Borders mask fear
Ken Price (Bendigo Advertiser 23 July), it may feel like we are currently unloved, but people in the other states do not hate Victorians.
They are simply afraid, and having eliminated or never had community transmission of COVID-19, they have much to lose from visits by infected Victorians.
And the fact is, that is a real risk.
If we were in their fortunate position we would surely close our borders too.
Nor are we entirely innocent ourselves.
Some weeks ago, a major TV channel broadcast a segment on their evening news bulletin devoted to mocking South Australians, including footage of Adelaide from the sixties.
All because they had closed their border.
Within a few days case numbers in Victoria surged, proving how myopic and parochial these journalists had been.
Recently, we had a former Victorian premier stating how he longed to give the finger to other states.
Surely this was a childish response?
Bluster from New South Wales or Queensland politicians about taking sporting events may be concerning, but best not mention the Grand Prix to the South Australians.
Other states cannot lock themselves away indefinitely from us and they need us to succeed.
And outbreaks could have, and may still, run out of control interstate too.
All states were under prepared for this pandemic and, not surprisingly, systems have been found wanting and mistakes have occurred in all.
Greg Walker, White Hills
Aged care cutbacks
What an appalling decision to cut staffing at the Royal Freemasons Flora Hill and Kangaroo Flat Aged Care Homes by 6.5 per cent.
This is a time when residents are particularly and increasingly lonely due to lockdowns and visitor restrictions.
This is a time when staff are under increased pressure.
This is a time when cleanliness and hygiene are even more important than usual due to Covid-19 and additional support is essential.
I would urge all concerned people to contact the Royal Freemasons or the Minister for Health to express your concern at these cuts and to show your support for the health and well-being of all aged-care residents and staff.
Louise Howland, Sedgwick
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