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Today, readers comment on use of a political label, the slow takeover of new suburban footpaths, council catering costs, and maintain the rage about the airport drop-off zone.

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Commenting on the story: Richardson: The One Nation warning for SA Labor

In his opinion piece, Tom Richardson labels Mark Latham as “far-right”.

American political scientist, Oliver H. Woshinsky, who died earlier this year, said “far-right politics includes but is not limited to aspects of authoritarianism, anti-communism, and nativism. Claims that superior people should have greater rights than inferior people are often associated with the far-right. The far-right has historically favored an elitist society based on its belief in the legitimacy of the rule of a supposed superior minority over the inferior masses.”

This term “far-right”, is almost always used incorrectly to describe political persons and parties with no attempt made to justify such a description.

  Perhaps, for some journalists, it is used simply to pigeon-hole as unacceptable persons who hold opinions with which the journalist doesn’t agree.

Where Mark Latham is concerned, labelling him as “far-right” is risible.  There is nothing that Latham has written or said that could reasonably justify that description.

May I suggest that Tom Richardson and other journalists refrain from using labels as weapons unless they can objectively justify that description on the basis of evidence.

This labelling of Latham is unjust, and may even be thought to be defamatory. – Father John Fleming

Commenting on the story: Labor’s car parking policy would drive up housing costs: industry

Regarding this comment by Antonio Luscri: “Not only are our local streets clogged with parked cars but the added disaster waiting to happen of kids with only footpaths to play on.” 

Unfortunately, another symptom of the inadequate provision for parking is that residents’ vehicles not only congest streets through normal parking. but some place their vehicles across footpaths (‘hanging’ out of driveways), or fully on them.

Builders’ vehicles on footpaths compound the issue, so the problem starts even before the new two-for-one dog-boxes are completed. 

As a result, kids often can’t play as much on footpaths either, and pedestrians are forced onto the roads when their access is impeded.

Heaven help the kids, or people with mobility issues or pushing prams. 

Which councils actually enforce safety in a meaningful way, let alone plan adequately for safety and public amenity?

Wait to see which council admits culpability when someone is injured or killed. – Steve Evans

Commenting on the story: Reveal city council “oysters and champagne” bill: councillor

These councillors should be hanging their heads in shame.

They have no right to be wasting ratepayers’ money. Grow up, people. – Christine Fazekas

Commenting on the story: Airport flights, passengers and road traffic set to take off

Over the last week I have been reading with glee the complaints about the drop-off and pick-up area at Adelaide Airport.

I spend my life in airports and have been saying for years that it is literally one of the worst terminals in the world – first world or otherwise.

The ‘improvements’ made just a few years ago are without a doubt one of the most Adelaide things I’ve ever seen.

Paris, LA, Washington, Sydney, Melbourne (and every other terminal is Australia), Toronto et al, all have ramps to the terminal without an issue.

Who on earth made the assessment that Adelaide is more of a target than some of the biggest terminals in the world?

There is no other way to put it – Adelaide Airport is an embarrassment and is borderline not fit for purpose.

In just a few short years it will be even worse, and there is no way to fix it. Andrew McKenzie

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