A poem to recognise the Christmas period
One can get lost in their Christmas Cheer
Family and friends, living far and near
Busyness creeps in, the days melt together
And I’m not talking about the weather!
Wrapping presents, shopping galore
Running around from store to store
Food needs preparing, lights to untangle
Put up the tree hope it doesn’t get mangled!
Then there’s the lonely, a table for one
Many don’t share in this Christmas fun
No present to open, no one at the door
Wondering, what on earth Christmas is for.
Regardless of which one, the reasons the same
Jesus was born, to this earth He came
One day doesn’t cut it….not what it’s about
It’s for change in this world, where there is so much doubt
Jesus came to bring hope, in hopeless situations
He came for mankind….all of the nations.
The sick, the well, the lonely, the lost
if only we knew how much it cost
Love came down upon this earth
you’re the reason for Christmas, you are His worth.
Shirl Hair, Horsham
Quest to return passenger rail to region continues
TONY Phelan’s letter (Titled: Bring back passenger rail, Wimmera Mail-Times, December 15) presents a studied view of the campaign to return passenger rail to Horsham.
However, it is difficult to understand the adherence to the Ballarat leg with its change of gauge and steep gradient.
There exists a standard gauge line all the way to Melbourne over flat terrain via Geelong – why not use it?
The suggestion that the Ararat to Ballarat leg should be standardised at great expense is passe. Why not use that money to build in Melbourne V-Locity rolling stock to run on the standard gauge?
Ron Fischer, Horsham
The difference three wise women would make
DO YOU know what would have happened if it had been three wise women, not three wise men?
They would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, brought practical gifts and there would be peace on Earth.
Libby Peucker, Burnt Creek
Regional, rural roads need some serious attention
COUNTRY Victorians don’t need a website to tell us regional and rural roads have been seriously neglected by the Andrews Government.
Labor recently announced a ‘bold plan’ for regional roads, but instead of spending money fixing country roads, Labor has spent money building a website and named it ‘country roads’.
The only ‘bold’ part of Labor’s plan is its absolute determination to ignore the needs of our country communities.
A website won’t fill a pothole.
And it doesn’t fix dangerous road edges.
Daniel Andrews is prepared to spend more than $1.3 billion not building a road in Melbourne, but he won’t invest in fixing our country roads.
Daniel Andrews is a Premier for Melbourne, not for all Victorians.
At the next election, country Victorians will have a choice. More of Labor’s neglect or a Liberal Nationals government that will bring spending back to country Victoria.
Peter Walsh, leader, The Nationals