Letters – Episode 28 2014

Below are the letters from our Episode 28 2014. Click Here to Watch our Panel discuss these topics and share your thoughts on the letters below.

Letter One: Off the Line

Dear Mitch and Panel,

I’m a shopper. I love shopping. I’m a shopaholic. I detest the Internet. It’s just pretend life, but our younger generations have been totally seduced by this simulation machine, and because they are the group with the greatest disposable dollar, everything is geared to them. They don’t go to shopping centres or shopping malls, they shop on line.

What they’re doing inadvertently is heading us all towards the total elimination of traditional shopping. So out goes any form of service…how do you try on a dress or see if shoes look good on your feet over the net? You simply can’t.

This Internet monster is also about to put so many of us who are employed in the retail industry totally out of work. I can’t see a bonus in any of this…. on top of that, my daughter spends her life locked in her room chatting on face book…When I told her to pick up the phone or go and see her friends face to face, she said to me, “that’s just boring stuff mum and I can’t be bothered”.

Does anyone realise that our entire culture is being electronically attacked? How do we safeguard all those shops and our traditional social interactions? Is it too late? PS. I’m very well advised that traditional brothels are going broke, because people are linking up for commercial sex on the net…and paying nothing!!! This thing is utterly uncontrollable.

Betina, Henley Beach, SA

Letter Two: Burka Rebuker

Hello Sweet and Sour,

I congratulate the French for having the guts to do something years ago that most of us want to happen but our politicians haven’t got the balls to do except for the Reverend Fred Nile in NSW. He’s taking on the extreme elements in our community, and making it happen here. If he can get it passed in the parliament that is!!

And that is the banning of the wearing of the Burqa and the niqab. They represent backwards thinking in our progressive society especially at a time when we have this Islamic State crusading and enslaving women they capture, forcing them into these shrouds of oppression.

Our western women have crusaded themselves for over a hundred years to slowly chip away and claim the right to stand as equals in society. Yet these and demeaning dress codes, that are designed to ensure the total hiding of the female form and the demonstrating of female submission to the will of men, are taken straight out of the 7th century. Worse, they are allowed to proliferate on our streets simply because ‘we’ have to be tolerant of the most intolerant religious philosophy in the world. Representing all that generations of western women have struggled against for so long, how can we stand idly by?

Please put the message out there that these backward, non-progressive modes of dress are not acceptable and are utterly repugnant to those of us in our society who still values our hard earned female equality. Good luck Reverend Fred!

Clara, Nunawadding, Victoria

Letter Three: My Fair Bogan

Hi there Mitch and Crew,

When we married we were very young, both in our late teens. Apart from our marriage vows, we made a commitment to help each other grow, learn, develop and experience. After 17 years and two kids, both of us are now in our mid thirties, and he no longer wants to grow as an individual. Looking back, when we married we both spoke like bogans.

I went for speech and elocution lessons and amazingly just like Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady; it paid off both in my employment prospects and income level and also in the expansion of my social circle. My husband still speaks like a bogan, slurring and mumbling his words in a horribly nasal broad Aussie twang. And he’s says he’s happy that way…but he’s not…he gets embarrassed to front up to my work shows and mix with my friends, so he’s ceased to come along and is isolating himself.

I don’t know what to do to motivate him into broadening his horizons further. It seems that he may have made a decision to cease progressing. I can’t take that attitude and I have to keep progressing, as do our kids. I don’t know what to do here but he’s turning into a loser quickly.

Now I understand the proverb that if you stand still, the world will overtake you…I’d love him to continue the journey with me but if he doesn’t want to continue the ride, should I let him off the bus? After 17 years of marriage and commitment are we at the end of our road?

Connie, Orelia, WA

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