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Today, readers comment on a landmark US ruling, city infill and V8 racing.

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Commenting on the opinion piece: What overturning Roe v Wade means for the women of America

In all of the frenzied political and media debate on legalised abortion in present-day society, it is possible to forget and neglect the tragic circumstances of illegal abortions for desperate women with unwanted or unsustainable pregnancies.

In the 1960s and 70s, as a young doctor in a major hospital in Sydney, my daily rounds began in a 20 bed ward devoted entirely to the acute care of seriously ill women with sepsis or trauma resulting from attempted abortion, either at their own hand, or inflicted by “back street” abortionists.

I wish I could take on those rounds the pontificating proponents of the so-called rights of the pre-viable foetus over the survival of women who have to make the difficult decision to avoid giving birth to an unwanted child. – Warren Jones

Commenting on the story: City residents protest King’s Head tower

God forbid that there be noise and traffic in Adelaide’s CBD. – Matthew Doman

This proposal is directly symptomatic of our love affair with continuing the importation of too many people. We desperately need to learn and adapt to a more sustainable population level for many economic, social and environmental reasons, and not all for NIMBY. – Peter Hayward

Commenting on the story: Adelaide 500 locked in as series final for five years

I really wonder if the Labor Government has thought this through?

I used to participate in motorsport and attend this event every year as an enthusiastic spectator. I live in the east and am massively inconvenienced by the road closures, but didn’t mind as the event was worth it.

I would take Thursday and Friday off work to go for four days and it was always a special event on my annual calendar. But I stopped going about five years ago, for a number of reasons.

The event never evolved or improved. If anything it slowly went backwards with loss of grid girls, loss of the F18 fly by and other off-track colour and atmosphere. It felt exactly the same year after year after year, but slightly worse and more boring every year.

As well as the loss of locally made cars. I don’t have any emotional connection to American-made V8s. And finally, it’s 2022 – a substantial proportion of our population feels less comfortable “celebrating” V8 fossil fuel-guzzling dinosaurs with our growing awareness of climate change, including myself these days.

My next car will be electric, I am just waiting for the right balance of cost and performance to appear on the market. I feel this was a substantial reason why the Federal Liberal Government lost so badly.

The change of timing to start of December is interesting too. The month before Christmas is an incredibly busy time in my household, with lots of family and work celebrations and events. Going to a car race won’t be priority one. It will be interesting to see how the event performs overall within this context. – Paul Morgan

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