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Your views: on vaccines, libraries, SANFL and CBD

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Today, readers comment on vaccination choice, funding public libraries, local footy and foot traffic.

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Commenting on the story: SA records first blood-clot case linked to AstraZeneca vaccine

It seems increasingly clear that the risk of Thrombocytopenia and blood clots is not limited to under 50s. Therefore, why are older people not given a choice between Astra Zeneca or Pfizer when the risk is across all age groups and when Pfizer has higher efficacy, there is a shorter time between vaccinations, and Astra Zeneca cannot continue as a vaccination as the cell wall is not able to be penetrated over time.

The Australian Government needs to be manufacturing Pfizer if supply is the issue and going to continue to be an issue. As an older Australian with existing health difficulties,  I am happy to pay $12 as opposed to $4 for the Pfizer vaccine if it’s a matter of cost? – Marilyn Kingston

Let’s face it, the Australian Government bought a ‘lemon’ in the Oxford/Astra Zeneca vaccine – a bit like that other great British blunder, the Leyland P76. 

The vaccine is based on old technology, which has an indiscriminate side effect that is potentially lethal. I understand that it’s only a 1:100,000 risk, but for SA that means the government is prepared to risk the lives of scores of South Australians, when there are other safer vaccine options available.

If the Australian Government is concerned about the cost of dumping the Oxford/Astra Zeneca vaccine and increasing the order for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, then they could consider abandoning their whim to build a $600m gas-fired power plant (because no viable commercial interest would build it).

No amount of grandstanding and confidence boosting will change the fact that governments are willing to gamble with Australian lives, when there are clear options that don’t require that gamble be taken. I only hope to God that you are not that one in 100,000. – Paul McKinnon

Commenting on the story: Library funding fears as new agreement deadline comes due

Libraries are a mental health service, a community service, and a safe place. They are multicultural. They lack bias. They encourage independence in children and young people and help older people to retain theirs.

More people use libraries each week than go to football matches – but the government spends more money on sport. $25m is about $1 per head of population. It is hardly a big commitment. – KM Gunn

As an almost daily user of the library onecard network, for both myself and my child, I implore the Government to recognise the importance of access to varied reading material from across libraries.

There are so many reasons to protect this service, not least valuing the vital role it plays in the development of our children, providing access to the authors and series that inspire them, without requiring every library to own every book ever published. – Kirsten O’Callaghan

Public libraries prevent/postpone the onset of dementia/mental illness in our ageing population in the time of Covid.

It is cost-effective to care for our mental needs at a library, not at an institution. 

Any funding cuts would predominantly disadvantage the rural residents who are already prone to mental health challenges due to limited intellectual and cultural stimulation. – Malgorzata Schmidt

Commenting on the story: Taking sides in the SANFL v AFL reserves grudge match

I think the essence of Rooch’s article is that, for the AFL and for Port Adelaide FC, it is now a case of put up or shut up. It seems the AFL, PAFC, and West Coast want to make this move but also it is clear nobody wants to stump up the cash. Nobody else is stopping them really.

While I personally don’t mind the two AFL reserves sides in the SANFL, from friends, family or colleagues I don’t know of any other followers of the local league that don’t resent them being there. PAFC are considered quite welcome to leave – there wouldn’t be any stopping them this time. If they and the AFL don’t want to put up the money for this, they should stop complaining.

Furthermore, if these clubs or the AFL would like some further concessions of some sort from the SANFL, perhaps in a show of good faith they could stop the mid-season draft. They know how much this hurts the SANFL and is hated by all clubs and supporters.

And as PAFC lately are often reminding everybody they are a founding SANFL club, perhaps they could lead the charge on this on behalf of their beloved local league and lobby on the SANFL’s side to get rid of it. Finally, I must say this claim of the PAFC being under member pressure to win a SANFL premiership is a bit rich. Anybody who has been to a local Magpies SANFL game would think otherwise.

Apart from the dwindling band of true blue, ’black and white’ Magpies supporters who still faithfully attend all their games, it is truly breathtaking to hear the absolute pin-dropping silence from those there wearing black, white and teal whenever the Magpies kick a goal. Case in point at the recent game at Glenelg when the Maggies were making a real go of it in the last quarter.

Anybody who thinks the PAFC and the majority of its members have anything but resentment for the SANFL is sadly misguided. – Michael Stone

Commenting on the story: Adelaide still suffering from COVID foot traffic decline

I’d suggest there are others, like me, who have got out of the habit of going into the CBD at weekends due to their train line always (exaggeration) appearing to be off for works on the line at weekends.

Not a COVID outcome, but an ineffective public transport system. – Alan Chalmers

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