The issue of mental health is all too ready as a defence justification available to those who perpetrate horrible, life ending crimes on innocent members of the public. The community has been made vulnerable by deinstitutionalising all those who are mentally without proper pre-assessment of individual cases.


Johnathan Thurston’s exhortation (Sun Terr. 18/8) that parents read with their children is timely. We need our children to be well versed, confident and competent in basic literacy. There is too much emphasis on screens and too little on printed text.


Two men brutally bash another, breaking his skull in two places, rendering him critically ill with possible brain damage. They go to court and get bail!! And people are not supposed to question the decisions of the courts? I am dumbfounded!!


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