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To the Editor - Paul Recher

Dear Ed;

In the article, 'There's a new weed in town’, Watterson states aka  Passiflora morifolia “… we don’t really need another exotic IN* our forests.” By forests, I assume, we are talking locally indigenous, relatively intact, not depauperate, dry and wet sclerophyll, remnant rainforest. 

I would like him or any reader to nominate exotic plant species that have naturalised IN our forests. Can you name one shrub or tree? + To highlight, camphor, privet, groundsel, crofton, ragweed, Ageratum, tobacco bush, ad nauseum have not naturalised IN any. 

* I.e. excludes roadside verge.

+ I can name two. I told the authorities only to highlight their hypocrisy re: wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars chasing Miconia and Cecropia. As expected, they didn’t act. The one invader of mature wet sclerophyll is typical of ALMOST ALL exotics that naturalise. They are no threat to biodiversity, and in fact ADD to the biodiversity and its stability

Paul Recher


Dear VJ Readers

Dear VJ Readers,

As a general rule I love feedback from readers and community involvement but I would like to share a recent phone call with one of our readers that resulted in a slight but necessary altercation.   I only answered because I did not recognise the number and thought it was my child ringing from a friend’s phone. The reader had read; “Same nasty product – different salesman” - an article about the rebranding of our PM from the Oct issue of The VJ and decided to ring me personally to “give me a piece of her mind” - at 6.30pm on a Friday evening.

Like most people I don’t like being rude but some people do push my patience and test my boundaries so I explained to her my position which I will reiterate now so as to not ever have to experience that kind of phone call again:

·       Firstly – this is my job

·       I stand by every word I ever write

·       You are more than entitled to your opinion about what I write

·       If you wish to share your point of view you are most welcome via our community forum

·       If you have an issue, I encourage you to write letters to the Editor (via our PO Box or email)

·       An Editor is not a Doctor or Politician, nor are we on call or available to the public 24/7

·       I do not have to debate you, justify my point of view to you or listen to yours

·       After business hours and on the weekend I do not belong to the VJ – I belong to my family

·       Just because you vote LNP or are upset or angry does not make these facts null and void

·       So if you ring me and  I tell you all of the above and you still insist on demanding an audience

·       I will hang up on you


Freedom Vivian 

Editorial - 312

Village Journal

It seems it’s “that” time of year – again, the ‘Christmas season’ (no longer content with it being just one day it’s now a whole season).  I had a surreal moment in the supermarket the other day when I looked to the left of me and saw cheap and tacky plastic crap on sale for Halloween and then when I turned to the right I saw cheap and tacky plastic crap on sale for Christmas! At the time my body actually had an immediate physiological reaction which in turn created a spontaneous physical movement. Granted it probably looked like a grown woman doing interpretive dance whilst making some primeval groaning sound but it was actually her body and soul momentarily collapsing under the pressure of modern life in aisle 6. The sound that emanated from the depths of my very being wasn’t exactly a word but it sounded like “eeuugh”. This was followed by a more clarified and slightly more dignified; “No I do not have the energy for this consumeristic crap anymore”. As my seven year old looked on horrified I pronounced to anyone within ear shot that; ‘NO, uh huh I am just not doing it anymore’.

And I mean it. No more Xmas at my house. No more counting the days down, no more rushing around last minute trying to buy ‘thoughtful’ gifts. Just no more Christmas induced frenzy.

But as my good friend said –“that’s OK for you because you’re not a Christian”.

That’s right Christmas is a religious holiday…. Don’t let your own religious beliefs be marketed and sold back to you under the guise of goodwill and giving.

If “Christmas as part of religion” is your excuse to go out and consume like crazy, remember ‘Christ’ was NOT a Christian and he certainly did not practice consumerism as a form of religion. Stop and consider - do you really think that our version of ‘Christmas’ was the message Jesus intended?

“All people are created equal but privileged first world people are created more equal than others and to honour me you must buy more overpriced, useless, plastic junk to give to those who already have one of everything and forget those other less fortunate people over there”?

No, I’m pretty sure he did not. To paraphrase Jesus - he said feed and house the poor, be a nice person and love the outcasts.

This coming Christmas my challenge to you all is: instead of partaking in obedient and mindless consumerism ‘because it’s Christmas’ instead just stop and think before you spend – think of the less fortunate, the environment and the future. And for our Christian friends ask yourself WWJD?

Freedom Vivian

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