The Road Ahead : October 2012
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2012 10 LETTER BE IN THIS DAY and age of Social Media, let me reassure you the more 'traditional' medium of communication -- writing a letter or sending an email -- is alive and well. As editor, I only have to check The Road Ahead mail bag and inbox for evidence of that. Readers write in on a diversity of subjects and often put forward a different point of view. It's particularly gratifying to read so many are in support of improving road safety, a passion and commitment that the RACQ shares. Unfortunately, in the context of our Have Your Say section, the great majority of letters are too long. To give your letter the best chance of publication, it's best to be to the point and mindful of the word count. Around 100 words is ideal. Where we think the longer letter might be better addressed by one of the various departments within the RACQ, we are happy to refer it on. In this issue of the magazine, we feature the second instalment of our Bring Back the Queensland Road Trip series. This time, the focus is on the weekend away. As with the shorter drives detailed in our last issue, there is no shortage of interesting and enjoyable examples. The experience is, of course, as much about the journey as it is the destination. Barry Green have your say editor's note COMMUNITY EDITOR'S NOTE + HAVE YOUR SAY HAVE YOUR SAY: EMAIL ROADAHEAD@RACQ.COM.AU. FAX 3257 1863. MAIL THE ROAD AHEAD, P.O. BOX 4, SPRINGWOOD, QLD 4127. PLEASE INCLUDE NAME AND ADDRESS. LETTERS WILL NOT RECEIVE AN INDIVIDUAL REPLY. SUPPORT FOR ORGANIC I refer to the article 'Organic is better -- or is it?'(Aug/ Sep): My wife's health was severely affected by eating strawberries that had been sprayed with a now banned herbicide. Yes, organic food is more expensive, difficult to obtain and the nutritional benefits -- compared to conventionally-grown food -- are unclear due to the variability of factors involved in studying the issue. However, the fact that we are encouraging sustainable environmental practices, the food tastes better and we feel safer eating certified organic food is good enough for us. A. CORBETT, MOORE PARK BEACH. CANBERRA HAS ANSWER In reply to 'Sign of the times' (Aug/Sep): Why can't Queensland and other states do the same as Canberra, ACT? Their school zone signs are the same size as Queensland, but are in two pieces with a hinge in the centre. When there is no school, the bottom piece folds up so no times are shown. When EDITOR'S PICK MAKE QUALITY TIME Your editor's note regarding Sunday drives (Aug/Sep) took me back to my childhood. My parents were members of the local lapidary club and we often went on drives to find suitable places to fossick for different stones. As a child, I found this to be a wonderful adventure. Come on parents, figure out a housework schedule during the week so that you can make time on the weekend for adventure. Your children will build a bank of memories that last a lifetime. J. SYKES, ROSEWOOD. EDITOR: For writing this edition's best letter, J. Sykes, of Rosewood, will receive an RACQ Summer Fun pack, valued at more than $260. The pack contains two Beachkit Wearever Backpack Chairs, which combine the portability of a backpack with the comfort of a high-back chair (RRP $79.95, member price $69.95); one Beachkit Portabrella, a portable beach umbrella that provides UPF 50+ ection from the sun (RRP 79.95, member price $62.95); and one copy of Holiday in Queensland, a compact and easy-to- ead guide to help plan your ay at home (RRP: $29.95, ce $23.95). For more bout these great products, /shop. school is in, the times can be seen. J. QUILTY, GLADSTONE. MISSING THE TARGET Anecdotes detailing the occasional tragedy involving an older driver ought surely to be counter- balanced by considering the hundreds of thousands with wonderful safety records who are never likely to cause grief and distress. Targeting the elderly is easy -- but very unfair. For all drivers, should not regular monitoring, including testing, be on those who lose points by, e.g., running red lights and speeding? J. LORING, TAIGUM.
August 1st 2012