Letters to the editor - June 14, 2017

Pharmacy staff Kiara Ferguson, Melissa Stever, Tammy Tague, Chloe Nicholson, Molly Jones, Ash Ritchie, Cindy Jory, Lisa Corbett, Sally Baddeley and Anthony Whittle.

Pharmacy staff Kiara Ferguson, Melissa Stever, Tammy Tague, Chloe Nicholson, Molly Jones, Ash Ritchie, Cindy Jory, Lisa Corbett, Sally Baddeley and Anthony Whittle.

Not about the surgery

We refer to the article, “Doctor facing jail for assault”, (Narooma News, May 24) and Dr Jenny Munro’s letter “Difficult time for surgery”, Narooma News, May 31).

We would like to point out to Dr Munro (Wray) that this is not about either the Lighthouse or Bermagui medical practices, or how these businesses will recover from the actions of Dr Schmaman but, more to the point, the suffering of a female patient while in his care. 

I find it distressing that Dr Munro did not mention the patient at all in her letter.

Her heart should go out to her, not to Dr Schmaman.

Dr Schmaman is suffering because of his own actions.

He is not a victim, but chose to use his position of trust as a doctor to his own advantage.

What he has done is unforgivable.

We thank the woman involved for having the courage to go to the police and report the assault and we wish her all the best with her recovery from this awful event in her life.

Jan and Des Burridge

Narooma

Money for the Cancer Council

Narooma Plaza Pharmacy held a Biggest Morning Tea on May 25 and raised $920 for the Cancer Council. 

We would like to thank everyone who supported such a wonderful cause.

It was a really great, fun day and we hope everyone had a wonderful time. 

We would also like to thank Mark Whitty for his wonderful music and for keeping everyone entertained; Narooma Rotary for running the sausage sizzle, Narooma High School for the chairs and all the girls who baked the yummy goodies.

Congratulations to our winners of the lucky door prizes.

Tammy Tague

Narooma Plaza Pharmacy

Council’s ‘war on tennis’

A recent proposal to increase charges for tennis court use in Narooma is another nail in the coffin for tennis.

Present charges of almost $18 per hour, per court, are prohibitive for a parent to take their kid for a game.

This leads to the courts getting little use from tourists or locals. Keen members who regularly use the courts are being unfairly slugged. 

Ethel is in her 80s.  She goes to tennis three times a week, paying $5 per time, with her member’s discount. 

After paying her $50 membership, Ethel's tennis costs $800 per year, a lot for a pensioner. 

Ethel could play golf seven days a week, all day, for $650 membership.  She could play on the newly fenced playground all day, every day, for nothing.  Ethel could use the flash new skate park 24/7 and pay nothing.  She could sit in the library Monday to Friday, play on computers or read books - no charge. 

She could ride on the cycle way, put her boat in at the boat ramp, play on the oval, swim at the netted beach or climb the stairway to heaven - all free. 

But Ethel wants to play tennis. Her tennis group picks her up and takes her home and looks out for her in tough times.  Like the Men's Shed, tennis provides many benefits for players' well being. 

Despite approaches for a concession for elderly and children, there has been no result. Even at the pool, season tickets are available. 

The council allows the tennis club no say in policy or price setting. I propose the tennis club, which maintains the courts, pay a nominal lease. They could have a pricing policy that encourages court use and increases revenue to maintain the courts. 

There are volunteers happy to do this and allow council to reduce staff, leaving more money to improve sporting facilities in the shire.

Bruce Rapkins

Kianaga

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