CABARET IN COOTA
From Cole Porter and Chaplin to Jackman's Showman, a smorgasbord of entertainment was joyfully and professionally provided by Geraldine Ryan and her singing students over the weekend at the Country Club.
We were invited to keep calm and carry on, there was no time for calmness with such talent performing from a very young violinist to dear Roger Crawford in a wheelchair with his nostalgic glimpse of the 50s and rock and roll.
The venue seemed fine for the intimate occasion which included a generous dinner, once upon a time a cigar smoke would have completed the ambiance.
The show also included an enjoyable rendition of 'If I Were a Rich Man' from Fiddler on the Roof, by none other than one of the towns more successful businessmen, a delightful touch of irony.
Some years ago as a newcomer to the town, I commented that 'Cootamundra had talent'. Be assured folks, it still has, and thanks for the memories.
Ronald Bishop, Cootamundra
THE LUCKY COUNTRY
How right you are Colin (Letters, Cootamundra Herald, July 20).
Everyone in Canberra has a home, some call it the footpath. Yes they have food, thanks to the generosity of the passers by.
They even clean up the streets, looking for cigarette ends. Canberra is a very sad city.
I visited last week and lost count of the number of people begging in Civic. Christmas was worse.
I am very happy to say, I did not vote for this federal government!
They should come out of their offices, walk through Civic, and wonder where have we gone wrong.
In Sydney, people sleep in Central station, and on footpaths too. I am fortunate to remember when it was the lucky country
Judy Andrews, Cootamundra
WASTE OF PUBLIC MONEY
Rathmells Lane is a charming country lane and to spend $100,000 to seal this lane as reported in this paper months ago is a disgrace.
If people want to live in a lane in the country they must expect to have a dirt road, not a suburban sealed residential street; for heavens sake, there is eight residences and it is a no-thru road and begs the question: who lives up there to persuade the council to wash grant money is this wasteful manner?
It doesn't benefit tourism in any way, just a privilege to a handful of people who complained of reduced visibility in the wet of which incidentally we are going to get less of.
This is a pathetic result of the council merger to make them look as they are doing something constructive wasting public money to benefit a few.
A J East, Cootamundra
ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL
Taking money away from our local libraries is never OK, but that's what the NSW Liberals and Nationals have done.
In this year's budget the Liberals and Nationals slashed more than $5 million in funding from our wonderful public libraries.
It's now the lowest level of funding in twenty years.
They also wiped out the entire grants programme that was especially dedicated to build public library infrastructure across NSW.
Instead the NSW Liberals and Nationals are now making regional arts, culture and heritage projects compete against libraries through their regional cultural fund.
That's just robbing Peter to pay Paul.
The next State Labor Government will double funding for public libraries, including an ongoing Public Library Infrastructure Fund of $6.25 million every year.
We understand how important local libraries are to every community across NSW and we're prepared to pay to support them.