Letters 2.2.19

Alive & kicking
JUST read you section on ‘Seniors’ and by the time I got through all the patronising ‘aids’ I almost needed help to assuage my blood pressure.
The aids included ‘Balancing your Meds’, ‘Buckle up’, how to ‘help someone living with Dementia’ and many many more.
No doubt the Voice benefits financially from all this condescension, but this is troubling in the extreme, as the assumption is that anyone over 65 is ready for a ‘home’, needs help to walk, or requires a stairlift or aged care.
It would be rather nice to feature the many people over 65, or indeed over 70, who are physically and mentally active in 2019 without being patronising.
My friends and I (who are of a certain decade of birth) walk a lot every day, swim in our wonderful ocean, have quarter-acre gardens which are self managed and provide joy every day, play tennis, golf and bridge, have a great social life, are members of WASO, look after grandchildren, and many are still gainfully employed in areas like architecture, university lecturing and computing.
We are also important members of our local communities (treasurers and secretaries), and last but not least are avid volunteers across the spectrum.
So…how about a few positive profiles of the ‘seniors’ of our community!
Mattie Turnbull
Address supplied
Ed says: We have run lots of positive stories about amazing seniors who are very active in the community, but unfortunately there are elderly people who do suffer from poor health. These people are just as brave and amazing, and we try to cover all the bases over the course of the year.

Who’s the dud?
AFTER reading the article “Vincent council starts street works” in last week’s Voice, I came to the conclusion that perhaps this week’s headline should read – City of Vincent dud.
The planned upgrades include planting 38 new trees (great idea), of which 20 will be planted on the side of the road, thereby eliminating 20 car parking bays (bad idea).
If anyone is familiar with the area in question, it’s obvious that car bays along that strip are already in short supply due to the cafes, restaurants, offices, wellness centres and many other businesses there.
The other thing I noticed in the “before and after” pictures is that where there is currently a continuous white line separating the two lanes of traffic, the upgrade will include a “pedestrian refuge median strip”, which I assume would be about 1m wide. This raises some very obvious safety concerns, but I guess cars and cyclists smashing into opening car doors is less of an issue than having a refuge to stop in the middle of the road. The thing that I found amusing, in a moronic kind of way, was that “The goal is to improve connectivity between the Leederville cafe strip and the Mount Hawthorn centre, as it’s a long Nullarborous scorcher of a walk”.
Really? I had to check it wasn’t April 1.
Worse still, who came up with this policy for our council to implement?
The idea that these technocratic (bad) policies are being implemented for the sake of spending public funds is sheer arrogance to say the least.
Gene Lorenzon
Address supplied
Ed says: The changes will result in the loss of five car bays, and the addition of two motorbike bays and 12 bike racks.

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