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Today, readers comment on InDaily’s newest football commentator and the Crows, the challenge of housing the homeless, cross-border trucks, police and Indigenous protest and agricultural education.

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Commenting on the story: Inside the Crows’ downfall – by SA’s most experienced football writer

Mr Rucci has, much to my dismay, once again found an outlet for his Power-biased, anti-Crow views.

You would get the quinella if you got Kane Cornes on the team as well.

However, I suspect this is all a conspiratorial even-up for years of Touch of The Fumbles, which provides us chardonnay drinkers with serious levity every Tuesday.

Well done Tom Richardson.Peter Grope.

I have been a dedicated supporter since the first bounce of their first game.

The club and team was based on pride and developed fire in their belly for success with the whole state behind them.

Since then there has been glimpses of the old Crows, who were feared by all other clubs. Now what we see is a proud club that is in the gutter.

Changes of players can be made, coaches can come and go, but what is definitely lost is the pride to wear the guernsey.

My old amateur football coach once said: players win trophies, teams win games, clubs win premierships.

I still have pride and fire in my belly for the Crows to be successful once again. I cannot make decisions for success but the club can. So please put a mirror up in the board room and regularly look at to see where you fit in the scheme of things.

Go the Crows, we can do it. – John Tucker

Can we not have a four-part piece on Adelaide’s downfall? Don’t you think we’re just flogging a dead horse?

And if we really, so desperately need another one, must it be written by a Port Adelaide tragic?

No amount of analysis is going to write the wrong of the past, unless it results in ridding the club of the remaining culprits, which I highly doubt. 

So, with that in mind, how about we focus our collective minds and move on. Write some analysis on the future instead, such as:

Who will we pick in what will be a completely unknown draft? What picks will we have and how will we use them?

How is Ned McHenry so ferocious on the field when, in his maiden interview, he said, “When I’m older, I once a fortnight want to have someone random over for dinner. It might be like a Thursday every second week, it might be someone I’ve met down at the newsagents,” McHenry said.

Let’s focus on the future. – Chris Komorek

The questions that never seems to be answered are: Why do the Crows lose more players? Why do those player’s become better players at other clubs? Why do the recruiters struggle to attract top-end players?

Why do the crows play no confrontational footy compared to Port, GWS, Brisbane? Why are our assistant coaches second-string? Why did Josh Francou and David Teague really leave? Why do they recruit players without pace and aggression? – Steve Pratt

Congratulations on getting my friend and colleague Michelangelo Rucci to write.

We go back to the 1990 soccer World Cup in Italy -grand memories – and also the US Open tennis when he was in New York.

Now he gets to share his experience with readers. I can’t claim expertise about Australian football but look forward to his pieces. (Parenthetically, I have Australian connections back to late 19C, on my mother’s side.)

Good luck with your new expert  – George Vecsey, retired sports columnist, The New York Times, Long Island, NY.  

Commenting on the future: Pandemic reveals “significant” challenges to housing homeless

“Rough sleepers” are a small, but visible and vulnerable, percentage of the homeless population.

Children and young people make up a significant percentage of the homelessness population and are extremely vulnerable to exploitation.

They are often considered the “invisible homeless” because they don’t often “choose” to sleep rough and expose themselves even more.

Successive governments in South Australia have not done well joining up services across departments, to address adolescent issues surrounding homelessness, mental illness, leaving guardianship care and incarceration.

Now facing record youth unemployment numbers, South Australia needs to join up a comprehensive strategy to turn disadvantage for young people into a youth “advantage” plan.

Whilst the State Goverment has done a praiseworthy job of quickly and comprehensively responding to the needs of “rough sleepers” it must develop strategies to stop youth homelessness (often the source of new “rough sleepers”) if it is serious about ending the homelessness cycle. – Paul Edginton, CEO SYC Ltd

Commenting on the story: SA rethinks NSW border opening after outbreak

Why can’t all freight be brought across borders by train? This is much more controllable, less polluting and less wear and tear on our roads.

It would be easier to monitor the minimum staff on freight trains for Covid-19, too.

Truckies would still get work to move freight to and from the stations.

It’s pretty bizarre we still have huge road train trucks travelling along Portrush Road, and no plan as far as I know to divert their route from around inner Adelaide suburbs.

Has this government scrapped the 7 year road plan to divert trucks from Portrush Road to a ring road around Adelaide city? – Gillian Brereton

Commenting on the story: Black Lives Matter protests prompt police “refocus”

Thank you for this article featuring the Assistant Police Commissioner Ian Parrot 

Looking forward to InDaily publishing a separate article of reply from the pint of view of the Black Lives Matter Adelaide organisers. – Michele Madigan

Commenting on the sponsored story: Hi-tech farms grow Ag output

Michael Macolino is quoted as saying: “Traditionally a lot of these government research facilities have been quite closed off to the public” but I remember going on a primary school trip by bus in 1950 to Turretfield, where we were shown work improving wheat varieties.

We had learned of Farrer’s experiments at school, and in the 1950s a friend working then in the South East tells me that at Kybybolite they had field days several times a year and a continuous stream of visiting farmers. – Les Howard

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