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Your views: on bushfire risk, SA Health inquiry and noisy dining

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Today, readers comment on bushfire and climate change reporting, an inquiry at the top of SA Health, and a past era when eating out didn’t require shouting.

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Commenting on the opinion piece: Alarm bells ringing over future bushfires risk

Thank you for your clear-eyed opinion piece on the relationship of the bushfires to climate change.

It is great communication when you help non-specialist readers access specialist information, but also get at the nub of the arguments.

Achieving a helpful perspective in the fractious environment that Australian politics is conducted in, is the very best of journalism. – Catharine Clements

Commenting on the story: Investigator hands down SA Health boss report

The investigation into the probity of Dr Chris McGowan rolls along, despite the problems with ramping, EPAS, SA Pathology, and all the other ongoing problems associated with his department.

The idea of the Public sector Commissioner investigating the chief executive seems a very strange system.

If she has outsourced the matter, as it seems, then the report should be final now, and no further delay should be needed. There would seem to be nothing more to consider.

It either passes the “pub test” or it doesn’t. SA needs a conclusion to this matter so our state can continue to rebuild a health system that has been so damaged in the last 15 years.

Could we have an update, particularly about EPAS, and mental health progress. Finding solutions to these problems appears to have been sidelined while this investigation of the top dog continues. John Taylor

Commenting on the story: Adelaide’s plague of shouty cafes and restaurants

Totally agree with the recent analysis by Rainer Jozeps concerning excessive noise being allowed to overwhelm most of Adelaide ‘shouty’ cafes & restaurants (let alone the ‘pub’ scene).

These mega-speaker boxes are even permeating many of the so-called top of the listing establishments. Dining used to be such a pleasurable experience not so many years ago.

One spends too much time seeking out a quiet restaurant with some good sound proofing, some proper pleasant background music, some good, even old-fashioned wooden panelling and drapes.

Good design, which isn’t really all that difficult to achieve, nowadays is too often sorely lacking and commonly quite pathetic.

All the know-how is surely there amongst an army of interior designers and architects both via historic  knowledge and from experience with a plethora of architecturally permissive modern sound-absorbent panelling.

Really, we just want to go and eat where I can actually have a nice conversation over a good, tasty well-cooked meal whilst being well waited upon with good friendly service, and where these all together are shared with my companions listening to appropriate (mainly quiet) good quality music playing in the background.

Surely that’s not too much to ask even in these helter-skelter dollar-driven times which we live in. Apparently not alone, and still living in hope. Wolfgang Leyh

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