On the issue of safety, under the present system of …

Comment on Back to the drawing board on pedestrian crossings in Alice CBD by Hal Duell.

On the issue of safety, under the present system of using a centre island pedestrians have to look in one direction, spot a gap in the coming traffic, walk half-way across the street, look the other way, spot another gap and complete the crossing.
It works. With apologies to Cr Martin’s mum, it works. Traffic flows and pedestrians manage to safely cross either of two busy streets in our CBD countless times every single day.
A wombat crossing will stop traffic. When next in town, have a look at the pedestrians waiting on either side of Hartley and Bath Street, or on the island in their middles. And then consider what will be the result if they know they can walk out with impunity and traffic from both directions will have to stop to accommodate them.
The traffic on both streets, each linked to roundabouts at either end, will periodically be forced to stop, and sometimes for extended times. The potential for a traffic jam with the accompanying anger is simply too great a risk for Council to proceed with a wombat crossing. They will be putting pedestrians in danger, and they will be angering motorists.
Or if they do proceed, they should be prepared to handle the blow-back.
I agree that speed bumps are not a good idea, and I think the push-button on any lights will be abused. The current system works. Why try to fix it?

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Back to the drawing board on pedestrian crossings in Alice CBD
Since I’m opposed to it, it’s good to read that the idea of a wombat crossing is not being supported. If there are others out there of a similar mind, may I suggest you contact one or more counsellors and express your views?
Since being elected six months age, this new council has shown itself willing to listen. They are, or at least they seem to be, approachable. So if enough of us let them know how we feel about this, we could help bring about a better-than-a-wombat outcome.
Of course there is the matter of them not answering the questions that they take on notice, but hopefully that, too, will soon change. Or at least so Mayor Ryan assured me at Monday’s meeting.


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Thank you, Russell, for sharing your family’s history. Your grandfather showed great foresight in first getting out of Germany and, later, moving to Australia.
Back to the present, and while I repeat that the Nobel Peace Prize being given to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons came as a most welcome bolt out of the blue, I can see one big problem in trying to implement its agenda.
Looking at the world today, the hot wars are being waged against countries without nuclear capabilities. These are mostly across the Middle East and in north and sub-saharan Africa. No one is seriously contemplating starting a hot war against countries with a nuclear deterrent, whether they be the big three of Russia, China and the USA or the second tier countries of England, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel, blustering and posturing notwithstanding.
Looked at in this light, having nuclear weapons makes good sense. Would that it were not so, but, unfortunately, it is.


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@Steve Brown
Posted October 17, 2017 at 6:28 pm
No argument with what you say about the war in the Pacific, but try as I might, I cannot place that theatre between Japan and Germany.
I can, however, place Mao’s Eighth Route Army there, but if we are to look at that it would mean opening a whole new chapter into who did what in WWII.
As to stability, the Korean war waged from 1950 to the present day has not brought stability, the war in Vietnam did not bring stability, the current kerfuffle in the South China Sea is not bringing stability and the annual Talisman Sabre is not bringing stability.
However, Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 did open a road to stability, but that was an exercise in diplomacy, not sabre rattling.


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An interesting comment below that the only thing standing between Russell’s father and the Japanese was the strength and commitment of the USA.
It might be more accurate to say that the only thing standing between Russell’s father and the Japanese was the Soviet army.
The Wehrmacht was broken at the battle of Stalingrad (today’s Volgograd), not on the beaches of Normandy, an inconvenient truth, but the truth nonetheless.


Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
Being in my own way an optimist, when Trump was elected President of the US I had hopes that he really would get out of foreign wars, make nice with Russia and rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. Instead he seems to be locked into waging yet more wars, demonising Russia and destroying infrastructure (and how many lives and hopes and dreams?) in other lands.
Foolish me!
But there may still be a silver lining to the cloud of Trump’s presidency. All over the world people are waking up to the real and present danger of anyone, let alone an unstable person, having nuclear codes at his command.
And he is hardly alone in the unstable stakes. Can anyone really find reason to hope when looking at the antics of Kim in North Korea or Netanyahu in Israel?
The recent Nobel Peace Prize came as a bolt out of the blue. Hopefully it will not be an isolated and forgotten moment of sanity in a world with an increasingly desperate need of sanity.


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