LETTERS: Turns out testing poo is not a wasteful idea
WELL, who knew poo could reveal so much?
I mean, we know authorities can pinpoint ice hot spots in Queensland through sewage checks and then set up raids to rid towns of the drug.
But the ability to detect a coronavirus case from sewage is kind of astounding.
We have no idea whether the virus fragment comes from an infectious person with symptoms, who has not been tested, or an infectious person who is asymptomatic.
It could even be someone shedding the virus who is no longer infectious.
Regardless, it's fascinating. And the lightning fast ability to set up fever clinics is impressive too - two pop-up clinics in Airlie Beach right away.
Congrats must go to Mackay Hospital and Health Service for that feat.
But if you're in the Whitsundays and you have even the hint of a cough or cold, do us all a favour and get one of those sticks shoved up your nose.
And for goodness sake, stay home until you have the test results back.
We'll all sleep better at night knowing you have.
Rae Wilson, editor
Catch up on the article here:
Great to catch up
STILL miss the old time paper.
Reading your bylines in the Courier Mail is not the same. Seems to lack that personal touch of the past.
So many oldies lost through not reading the funeral notices and then asking about a person who has passed away - embarrassing scene.
Miss sending letters to the paper, though you probably don't miss them at all.
Enough griping from me and all the best to the gang because I do read the Courier Mail to try and catch up on your stories as well as being online
Patricia Russell, Mackay
Editor's note: Great to hear from you, Patricia, and thanks for keeping an eye out for our bylines. Keep those letters coming, it's always lovely to hear from our locals. As for the funeral notices, we're hoping to get them onto a page in the Digital Edition soon. We've been talking to the funeral homes in recent weeks. - Rae Wilson
Collinsville power station
IT IS good that Dawson MP George Christensen wants jobs for his constituents (Collinsville coal result a win for regional Queensland, DM 2/9/20).
But he should not mislead them.
An independent report by PWC called The Future of Energy - Australia's Energy Choice concluded that new High-Efficiency Low-Emissions coal plants would result in a poorer economic outcome than renewables.
Any proper feasibility study will reach the same conclusion.
BHP has announced a transition from coal-fired power to renewables.
The Collinsville power station will not be built.
Mr Christensen needs to accept this and work to create real jobs with a real future.
In the energy sector, these jobs are clearly in renewables.
Ray Peck, Hawthorn, Victoria
WITH the State Election about to take place, I believe all voters should consider the following when casting their vote.
Instead of just a party vote, ask yourself has the present member in your electorate's performance rating been poor, average, good, excellent?
Do they follow up on local issues like roads, housing, medical, schools, etc?
Do they get out and meet the people at events, or are they just seen on TV standing behind their leaders nodding at every word said?
Are they outspoken in parliament or just party parrots?
Are there other candidates that have been in positions that render them for consideration? Remember if a party secures enough seats, the leader becomes premier.
We have a crime wave in Queensland, the police catch people, waste their time going to crimes and the judges let them go free to steal, assault, etc.
This must stop now. Enough is enough. Laws must be passed and judges must get real.
As an example, if you are caught drink-driving (no accident or injury) at present, you get the book thrown at you.
Bert Cave, North Mackay
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