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Your views: on fountains, radio ratings and the economy

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Today, readers comment on the civil contractors’ proposal for every town to build a fountain, the latest Adelaide radio ratings, and a report warning of tough times ahead for the South Australian economy.

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Commenting on the story: Let a thousand fountains bloom

Seriously? Please explain. How do “fountains” provide “economic stimulus” at multiple levels? Am I missing something?? Business model, please. The world has gone mad… – Penny Mitchell

This is a positive and innovative idea, worthy of consideration. Fountains are positive spaces and council business is also about social enhancement. It was a shame to hear the idea dismissed by Sam Telfer. – Kaye Mehta

So, in the driest state, on the driest continent, in the midst of a drought, with climate change at the forefront and water a scarce resource, an industry group (civil based) wants councils to build fountains. What could possibly go wrong? Nice idea, but it is a “belling the cat” suggestion. What’s wrong with meeting at the local war memorial (all towns seem to have one of those), or “the coffee shop”.  – Andrew Porter

Commenting on the story: Radio ratings: New breakfast leader as ABC fades

Interesting that the ABC Radio Adelaide and FIVEaa breakfast programs transposed figures from the previous ratings period. This seems to be a regular happening over the year.

I don’t suppose the organisation will disclose how many people are sampled and what suburbs they come from – it must have something to do with it. I think that in my lifetime I have only been asked to fill in a ratings book once – if that’s what happens. – Bill Hecker

Commenting on the story: Pretty grim: Report forecasts weak SA economic growth for 2020

On Monday, the federal Treasurer reassured us that “the plan” is working. Tuesday we read that millions will be slashed from federal payments to SA, suggesting that there is a problem with the “plan”. The University of Adelaide states that the economic situation is “pretty grim”.

The Reserve Bank, most economic commentators and many business bodies are all calling for federal action to invigorate the economy. I guess that the Federal Treasurer must have his fingers and toes crossed as he seems to be “wishing and hoping” and looking for one of the PM’s miracles to pull Australia out of this situation. – Paul Turner

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