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Your views: on youth, online learning, reinventing Adelaide - and mozzarella

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Today, readers comment on young coping people coping with COVID-19, students returning to school, Adelaide’s strengths and pizza.

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Commenting on the story: Isolated, out of work, learning online: How young people are impacted by COVID-19

In reading your article, as a 68 year old retired male I want to thank our young people for following the government-imposed restrictions, which they will remember for many years as a time when community respect for each other came to the fore.

Now that the fear has passed, it’s time to allow our younger people to enjoy a better way of life that we should all respect as their rite of passage.

And in facilitating this I call on all employed South Australians who have reached the age of 65 to talk to their employers about job sharing with a younger person so that they may take over their position. 

Workers over 65 need to move aside and retire.

And if you are over 65 and own a small business I call on you to pass your business onto younger people who can work with you in a transitional way, purchasing shares as they take over more of the day-to-day running responsibilities.

Young people should not be unemployed. It is the responsibility of older workers to make way for the future wellbeing of the country.

We Baby Boomers in this country have enjoyed a life safe from wars, civil unrest and famine and our property prices have kept up with inflation, providing most of us with a nest egg for retirement.

Its time for us to leave the workforce and provide mentorship, moral support and volunteer our talents in whatever way we can if it is requested.

Its time to hand over to the younger generations. I’m sure they will be responsible and talented, taking our great country forward as a world example of equality and fairness. – Graham Webster

Commenting on the story: Online learning portal crashes as children return to school

First of all, the advice provided from the government encouraging parents to send their children back to school for term two is in my opinion premature. 

I believe that caution needs to be exercised in relation to lifting restrictions so that we don’t have a more severe outbreak and undo all our good work thus far.

Other countries where restrictions were relaxed too soon have seen a second wave of the outbreak much more serious than the first because people became complacent. We are at risk of the same happening here. 

It is unfortunate that school students who are still going to be learning from home, like mine, are now going to be disadvantaged because of IT issues and now for one of my children, Zoom classes have been cancelled so she is just expected to complete a few worksheets each day with very little support and interaction with the teachers.

After spending 3 weeks preparing to support students to learn from home, it is disappointing that there will now be very little support for families who are exercising caution and keeping their children home a bit longer.

My children will not be returning to school at least until my workplace allows me to return to the office – something that my workplace is sensibly exercising great caution in doing.

The Government is providing the public with mixed messages about school and other restrictions. On the one hand they are saying children should go to school and be with their 200+ peers, but on the other hand they are saying children can’t go to a playground, dance lessons, sport or birthday parties, where there are fewer people than at school. 

There is no consistency with the messaging at all. – Danielle Bailey

Commenting on the story: Beyond the gloom, Adelaide has a chance to reinvent itself

Jodie van Deventer’s opinion on where Adelaide should be going now is that it is refreshingly different from the notion more often peddled that we should be the same as Melbourne.

Speaking as one who might have been trapped in a European apartment right now instead of in Adelaide, the relief and the appreciation is great to be here, rather than there. 

The apartment lifestyle has been spun here for some years now. Whilst not denying that some good quality medium density apartment options are a positive addition for Adelaide, the notion that we should be a city of badly made highrises because that’s the way to compete with Melbourne is insane.

As Jodie van Deventer says, we should be competing through what’s special about our city.

Right now, picturing those skyscrapers in the Melbourne CBD and surrounds, so close you can almost reach out and touch the one next to you, it’s hard to see why anybody would be choosing to live there, rather than in Adelaide. Cathy Chua

Adelaide could be a world class initiative in mass hemp production  for manufacturing all types of of things, from fabric to car parts.

Good quality products, maybe even sell some to China. Go green post Covid-19. – Clive Thomas.

Has anyone thought what a potential disaster looms with the current flight path? 

Now that the western end of the city is far more populated it would make sense to alter the approach, possibly to South Road until past the city. 

At present planes track over Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hospital, Adelaide Oval, Convention Centre, University of South Australia, Medical Research Building and most importantly Royal Adelaide Hospital. 

With flights so few at present, this is a perfect chance to avert another risk to safety. Cheryl Chappell

Commenting on the story: Pizza hunger drives Asian mozzarella sales

We are now in an increasing virtual world and will be for some time.

I am mindful that Google and Facebook seem to know exactly what I am up to.

I just bought home some mozzarella cheese, and now find it is in big demand. It must a case of mozzarella group think! 

Homemade pizza must be on everyone’s menu. – Jenny Esots

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