LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Support for stupa, but not for smoking bans

Picture: Pixabay

Picture: Pixabay

Re: Proposal for Buddhist stupa (“Plan to house more deceased’s ashes”, Champion, Dec 5). Well done and congratulations, Ven Thich Bao Lac, Ven Thich Pho Huan, Ven Nun Thich Nu Giac Anh, all nuns and Buddhist members of Phap Bao Temple, you have worked hard for this. This is a beautiful and significant project for your home town. I’d be happy to see this stupa built inside St Johns Park's landscaping. I hope the council will support this and help this project be completed as soon as they can.

Ven THICH NGUYEN TANG

Story from the Champion, December 5.

Story from the Champion, December 5.

Thank you, Phap Bao Temple, for this magnificent project. This tower will be the beautiful and peaceful place to connect all love ones together. As dying is one important part of our life, it would be so great if our loved ones can have this place to rest. Love the temple with their kind help, respect and care. Our family have learned a lot from the reverend monks and reverend nuns in this temple. I hope the council will approve it by the end of the year as the development has dragged on so long already. A lotus flower for all.

CHRISTINE DOFF, St Johns Park

SLEDGING SMOKING BANS

Re: “Sledgehammer, anyone?” (from John Muszynski, of Lurnea, Champion, Nov 28). When did it become the council’s responsibility to enforce federal and state government matters? The council has no authority to enforce no-smoking laws. Council rangers have limited powers to enforce any laws. They can’t even insist on identification and can only nab you through vehicle registration. So many people quickly jump to the conclusion that they must have a council issue but in many cases it’s state or federal. Only police have the authority to demand identification in certain circumstances and they hardly have the time to stop people to enforce smoking bans. As for putting a “safe injecting room” in the middle of the CBD, thank heavens it did not get the green light. Dealing with methadone clinics is hard enough for all concerned. Smoking bans are a state and federal government issue, which should not be shoved onto the council to administer and ratepayers to fund. We already pay federal and state fees, charges, excise and taxes. Stop making us pay for it again! There’s only so much the council can do; enforcing law and order is no​t part of that.

REINARD van LIESHOUT

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