First-class fundraisers

THE CAR Boot Sale as a fundraiser for the Toodyay Music Fest was first class, well run and well supported.

The St Stephen’s Anglican Church car boot sale was also fabulous in spite of the many other attractions being held on the same day, including the opening of the new pool to the public.

The event was very well organised and patronised, with a huge variety of goods for sale at bargain prices.

It would be great if we could have two car boot sales each year – one in autumn and the other in spring.

Patricia de Soto-Phillips

Cheaper in Northam

IT WAS a staggering and abrupt reminder last month when I wanted to purchase 500g of polony locally at just how those of us on a limited income are getting to the point of wondering whether we can afford or even justify buying locally.

A 500g log of polony at the Toodyay IGA store cost $6.99.

A couple of weeks earlier I had a medical appointment in Northam and, like most of us, took the advantage while there of shopping at Aldi, Woolies or Coles.

I went to Aldi where the normal price for a 1kg log of polony was $3.49.

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Tony Lush,

Buy a one-way ticket to China

IN REGARD to last month’s Herald column Ol’ Blind Joe written by Stirling Hamilton.

May I suggest he gets hold of Clive Hamilton’s book Silent Invasion.

When he has finished reading it, he should buy a one-way ticket to China – to be among friends.

Most people in Australia prefer to live in a democracy and not under Chinese Communist Party dictatorship.

Ibeth Hojo-Hansen

Thumbs up to display

IT IS a long time since I have written a few words for the Letters page, but I thought it important to send special messages to the local community and further afield about the importance of Breast Cancer Month.

It was wonderful to walk down Stirling Terrace and look at the display that Toodyay Op Shop had produced to promote breast cancer awareness.

As far as I know, they were the only ones who were involved, but I apologise to those who also may have participated.

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Di Roberts

Ol’ Blind Joe just can’t see

ALONG with probably the majority of regular Herald readers, I can’t be bothered reading the Marxist propaganda of Ol’ Blind Joe (OBJ) each month; his by-line is appropriate and his other faculties are also questionable.

However, Alan Henshaw’s letter last month in response to OBJ’s previous pro-China diatribe prompted me to have a glance at the column.

Then a local farmer whose business is being severely damaged by the Chinese barley tariff told me of his grave concerns that a well-respected Wheatbelt newspaper should express support, and even adulation for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

A glance was all it took to convince me The Herald should check Mr Hamilton’s contributions for veracity before publishing his outlandish statements and incoherent misinformation.

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Geoff Appleby

VINO lifts spirits

LAST month’s VINO art exhibition at Coorinja Winery helped bring new joy to our community in what has been a difficult year for many local people.

It was an on-again off-again project as Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions crushed many arts and culture events with devastating consequences across Australia.

The Arts Toodyay committee sat down in July to talk about this year’s VINO.

Last month’s annual Toodyay Picnic Races were cancelled so where was Arts Toodyay with VINO?

Do we take the risk?

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Margaret Sommerville
Treasurer, Arts Toodyay

Leave him alone

AS SOMEONE interested in various aspects of local government I have applauded Toodyay’s high voter turn-out rate (Toodyay Herald, December 2017).

I like The Herald but a matter becoming irksome is that paper cannot mention Cr Brian Rayner without the ad nauseum insertion of the barb that “no one voted for him”.

It is not his fault that no other candidate stood and it is to his credit that he threw his hat into the ring.

Perhaps other readers feel as I do.

Can you imagine where you’d be if there were no candidates?

Alf Campbell

China blind

THOSE who do actually read Stirling Hamilton’s monthly Ol’ Blind Joe diatribes in the The Toodyay Herald will have noted his comments on China; a nation he regards as a ‘friend’ as opposed to that harbinger of all evil, the United States.

His piece in last month’s Herald where he dismisses the threat of China is simply dangerous thinking.

Does he really believe the propaganda emanating from China?

Is he really willing to discard the protection of the US, a long-time ally, for the honeyed promises of a communist dictatorship that is now trying to bully us into line?

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Allan Henshaw

Sean was right

I WAS overwhelmed by the way our whole community responded to last month’s Arts Toodyay’s VINO exhibition at Coorinja Winery – it surpassed all previous events.

Firstly Sean Byron of Christmas 360 who encouraged us to go ahead with this year’s VINO and gave us a donation to cover the immediate costs and the major prize.

Sean told us our community needed this event to lift its spirits during this strange year – how right he was.

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Ruth Silvester
Acting-President, Arts Toodyay

Shoalwater fans hail Herald

EACH month a friend visits me in Shoalwater and brings me the latest Toodyay Herald.

There is always something of interest for non-residents and I was amazed to learn that it is compiled by volunteers and is a not-for-profit community-run newspaper.

With local newspapers closing their doors or now publishing only online, Toodyay residents should be very happy that they have such a high-standard free paper providing local news.

I am not the only fan of the paper in Shoalwater as a neighbour is always keen to know if I have finished reading it.

It would be fantastic if retrenched or retired journalists in the Rockingham area could get together to produce a similar newspaper to The Toodyay Herald.

Richard Prosser

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