Letters – Episode 36 2014

Below are the letters from Episode 36 2014Click Here to Watch our Panel discuss these topics and share your thoughts on the letters below.

Letter One:  Pick Your Moment

Hey Mitch,

Am I the only one who thinks technology might be taking over our lives? You can go to any restaurant and see some kid sitting there on their phone during a family dinner. And the parents act like, that’s ok?

What really brought this issue to my mind is a bit of an embarrassing situation… My girlfriend and I were having an intimate moment last week. When everything was all over, I was laying there thinking about how much I love this girl, or at least I was, until she reached for her phone and opened up Facebook! What The Hell?????

I was furious! She apologised and everything but I’m still pretty angry.

How is it ok to pull out phones at moments like these? Surely we should be teaching people how to live without the need for checking how many likes they have at every single moment of the day?

Jake, Bankstown, NSW

Letter Two: Family Unplanning

Hey Gary,

I’ve gotten myself into a bit of a pickle. I decided to go and date my best mates’ brother and after a long, hard, emotional slog it’s just not working out and we’ve gone our separate ways.

The relationship was itself was pretty turbulent but it was nothing compared to the break up. Messy doesn’t quite cover it. By then end there was cheating, abuse and some really disgusting behaviour. Whilst I’ve turned away from the relationship it’s made things really strained between me and my friend. To further complicate matters, she lives with her brother (the ex).

I don’t want to go around to their house. If I never saw him again it would be too soon. But my friend just can’t seem to grasp that. It’s been three weeks since I’ve seen her at a time when I could really use a friend. And I’ve been told I’m more than welcome around there anytime. I’ve tried going over there when I know he’s out and I just jump out of my skin at every little sound. There’s been several occasions when he’s found out I’m there and come home early. I’ve run out the back door before I had to talk to him.

I don’t know how I can get it across to my friend that I just can’t be around there. I really need her to put in an effort as well. I don’t want to tell her about all the awful stuff that he did. It’s her brother and it was issues that happened between us, not her. I just want my mate back, without the ex getting in the middle.

Any ideas ?

Mary, Guildford, WA

Letter Three: Health[care?]

Dear Panel,

I migrated here from England 42 year ago when I was 20 years old. I’ve worked extremely hard my whole life and had a gardening and landscape business until we went under 4 years ago. All those hours outside though have taken their toll. I now have severe deterioration in both hips and have been told by my doctor that I will need at least one hip replaced immediately.

Apparently the government feels that “immediately” means “two to four years”. I’ve worked my butt off, paid my taxes and added to our economy for more than 40 years and now I feel like I’ve been slapped in the face.Boat people come over here illegally and their every sniffle is seen to ASAP. All I get is, “ take these drugs that will numb your pain”…. (and brain).

Shouldn’t we be looking after our own first?  Or maybe I should have gotten on a leaky boat to get here instead?

Elizabeth, Parkville, Vic

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