Thanks to honest shopper
A short note to say thanks to the anonymous honest shopper who found my wallet in the car park at IGA, Long Gully.
Around two years ago my car was broken into by smashing the window and a wallet taken. Not a lot of money more a mammoth task to cancel and renew the various cards and licences.
No idea how, but this week I must've dropped the wallet and later in the day backtracked to where I had been.
Low and behold it had been handed into the service counter at IGA without a name and all the items intact.
In these strange times with so much going on we can take huge positives that the majority of people in our wonderful city care and are good honest citizens.
A huge thanks to "honest John" and hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and 2021.
Plus of course the friendly staff at IGA Long Gully.
Name supplied, Bendigo
Lack of EV charging facilities
As the owner of an electric vehicle (one of four in the family) I write to express my disappointment at the absence of non-Tesla EV charging facilities in Greater Bendigo.
Yes, there a several "Micky Mouse" options, but they are in difficult to access multi level car parks, and usually occupied by non-electric vehicles.
As an "Old Bendigonian" it grieves me to acknowledge that when it comes to the charging needs of EVs of all persuasions, Ballarat, in spite of having the worst weather in Victoria, is in front by a country mile.
Access to high rate charging facilities are a must if you're planning to tempt EV owners - and their disposable dollars - into your region.
John Horwood, Croydon
Harder prisons the answer?
I am writing in response to Michael McKenzie's letter (Friday, December 18).
The problem with crime stems from lack of respect for authority, lack of respect for other people and their belongings, and lack of discipline.
As children were taught to respect our neighbours, we respected our teachers and feared being sent to the principles office, this rolled on to respecting anyone in a uniform.
If your child steals from a shop today and you were to give them a hard smack on the behind, you are likely to end up in court yourself.
Parents abuse teachers for trying to discipline their children and the majority have little respect for law enforcement or any type of authority. So how can we expect our children to know 'Right from Wrong'.
Mr McKenzie is right in one respect, more prisons are not the solution. Harder prisons are.
How can we expect criminals both children and adults to learn if they get better conditions inside a jail cell than a lot of people have outside. People who break the law need to fear the consequences.
Think of how much cheap labour we could get done by prisoners. Send them to pick the produce that is rotting in farmers crops. Hard labour. Take their privileges away so they fear prison.
James Howden, Ascot
This week's Letter of the Week winner is Jack Venema, from Strathdale.
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