Reversal to cost a fortune: Word in the Streets

We must be more responsible for our four-legged best friends. File photo.
We must be more responsible for our four-legged best friends. File photo.

A petition is going around Boorowa at the moment asking people to sign up demanding the de-amalgamation of Hilltops Council and the re-instatement of the Boorowa Council.

In Word In The Streets of December 19, 2019, I spoke about moves afoot in Harden and other nearby shires to revert back to their original status.

People have a democratic right to put their signatures on a petition supporting ideals they feel should be recognised and have their democratic right to expect.

I can see where they're coming from, I can feel their 'pain' in relation to the current situation, I will probably sign the petition if I sense the mood in the community is strong enough.

I will sign the petition full well knowing the effort is, in all aspects, futile.

The cost of establishing these new 'Mega Councils' has been extensive, to go back would be costly.

The question is, who will pay?

As I said December 19, don't expect your protests to be upheld, but also remember, 'The squeaky wheel gets the most oil'.


My piece on responsible dog ownership has been well received by many readers of this column.

I have been made aware of another law regarding dogs, and that is the fact they should not be left in cars in the hotter months, with dog owners facing fines of, I believe, $200.

A woman recently had the window of her car smashed in order to assist a poor dog locked inside the vehicle.

The woman copped a fine and faced the cost of replacing the window.

Owners of dogs have a responsibility, they should do the right thing, or be prepared to cop it.


A girl went into a Mexican takeaway in Sydney ordering a taco and asking the person behind the counter, "Minimum lettuce."

The reply, "Sorry, we only have iceberg lettuce".

Believe me, this is another 'fair dinkum'.


A 90 year old man goes to the doctor for a check-up and all his tests come back normal.

The doctor says, Larry, everything looks great. How are you mentally and emotionally? Are you at peace with God?"

Larry replies, "God and I are close. He knows I have poor eyesight, so he's fixed it so when I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, poof! The light goes on. When I'm done, poof! The light goes off".

"Wow, that's incredible," the doctor says.

Later that day the doctor calls Larry's wife.

"Bonnie," he says, "Larry is doing fine! But I had to call because I'm in awe of his relationship with God.

"Is it true that he gets up during the night and poof, the light goes on in the bathroom, and when he's done, poof, the light goes off?"

"Oh sweet Jesus," exclaims Bonnie, "He's peeing in the refrigerator again!"


Fortunately we're keeping our eye specialists despite the 2020 phenomenon.

I am aware of only two people picking up on the error I made in last week's column.

When visiting an obstetrician it is usually related to childbirth.

When concerned about your sight you visit an optometrist.

I did make a mistake using the wrong word, but was it deliberate to test your eyes.

Make up your own mind, the truth can only hurt.