And why would TOs commenting favourably on an indigenous belief …

Comment on Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred? by Hal Duell.

And why would TOs commenting favourably on an indigenous belief system in The Alice Springs News Online be either more or less than any other person commenting negatively on, or questioning the relevance of, an indigenous belief system in this forum?
In these times when freedom of speech is under attack from cultural Marxists the world over, short of outright slander, let’s allow the debate to flow freely.

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Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?
Thank you, Russel, for acknowledging that TOs do sometimes get it wrong.
Not surprising, really, as sometimes getting it wrong is a universal human failing, and something we all share equally.


Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?
@ Russell Guy, Posted December 3, 2016 at 5:58 pm
“A TO, I believe, cannot speak in bad faith.”
This statement echos the doctrine of Papal Infallibility, a doctrine held to be an unassailable truth by members of the Roman Catholic faith.
Both seem to posit a higher authority, as in your assertion that anyone speaking contrary to a TO’s statement speaks from a lesser authority.
This higher authority is then used to negate any doubting or differing views, rendering any further debate inconsequential.
I question the universal validity of both, for while both are valid for those within the respective belief system, neither are held as sacrosanct by those outside.


Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?
It looks like the Melanka site with its trees will be with us for some time. Eventually something will be built on that now vacant lot, and I look forward to learning what that will be.
About the negative comment on the bike path around Meyers Hill, or Annie Meyers Hill: During its construction I too worried about the visual impact on the Todd River, but since its completion, I have no problem with it.
Yes, it is a construction and as such not natural or organic, but then what is Alice if not the same. I say well done Council. It will be used and appreciated and eventually found to be another far from offensive addition to our built environment.


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