Roll up, roll up, it’s the time of year when it pays to show off
Opinion
'Tis the best time of the year. The time when you are encouraged to show off, get your hands dirty, make stuff for people, buy other people's stuff, and eat suspect sausages on sticks drowned in tomato sauce. Bringing them back up after the Ferris wheel ride is an optional extra. It's showtime. You can see the best of everything...
Balancing act or sleight of hand? Council budget needs careful consideration
Opinion
NSW councils like Eurobodalla Shire Council (ESC), not popularly known for their belt-tightening in tough times, appear to be reeling under the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s edict that rate increases will be capped at 0.7 percent for the 2022/23 year. ESC has set up an online project titled Balancing Act. It asks members of the community to tell council...
Nurses need our care – and a decent wage
Opinion
I've had reason to watch nurses a lot recently. I've watched them work; I also wanted to see what they did when they weren't working - but that's rare. I discovered most can't remember the last time they drank hot coffee - it's always cold by the time they get to it. I watched them for hours in one of...
Talking about TV’s good old neighs, of course, of course
Opinion
I blame it all on Mr Ed. You know, the talking horse of a couple of lifetimes ago. He would only speak to his human, Wilbur, an architect. He had his own TV show, with Wilbur as support act along with his (Wilbur's) wife Carol, who gave new meaning to the word perky. (Mr Ed never said whether he was...
When real life turns the turntable on love songs
Opinion
If music be the food of love, I'm well and truly stuffed. I used to love how music took you to times via songs. Music that you favoured because of the way the lead guitarist looked. Or when the drummer winked at you as you tried to squash the people who were crushing you trying to get to the front...
Ash Barty and the Women’s Ashes at Manuka: women’s sport, bring it on!
Opinion
A decade ago there was hardly any women's sport on free-to-air or pay television. The only offering was the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, one game a weekend of the WNBL and the W League, the Australian Open Golf and tennis. For a number of these sports, there was a sense that broadcasters begrudgingly provided coverage of women's sport as they...
Plenty of question marks about the Raiders in 2022, starting with club legend Jarrod Croker
Opinion
There's a sense of deja vu as the Canberra Raiders prepare to head into the 2022 season. I've watched the likes of Laurie Daley, Terry Campese and Alan Tongue struggle to keep going through the latter years of their NRL careers because of injury. They all had time remaining on their contracts, but their bodies simply had taken a pounding...
Has Canberra’s Nick Kyrgios finally found his true calling?
Opinion
The sight of fans queuing to watch a second-round doubles match along with television ratings going through the roof is surely evidence enough that a tennis revolution is taking place. Nick Kyrgios, as the band-leader in his doubles combination with Thanasi Kokkinakis, has almost single-handedly pulled tennis into the mass entertainment market at the Australian Open. Chest pumps, laps of...
Where has the public service and risk management been in the pandemic?
Opinion
If there is one thing that the pandemic has highlighted, it is a lack of risk management from government, something you would expect from the body charged with national security in all its forms. The list of fails is long and growing, from all-the-eggs-in-one-basket approach to acquiring vaccines to the stroll out ("it's not a race"), and more recently, the...
Why this tail has a happy ending – as long as it doesn’t stain the carpet
Opinion
They call it foster fail and, I have to say,  I excel at it. A foster fail is when you try to find the dog you are fostering its best forever home, only to find that home is your own. It involves a dog, usually one with an unhappy childhood, unattractive bowel movements and a thing for stealing vital pieces...
I have one word for people complaining about noise at Wakefield Park Raceway: stop
Opinion
When asked the age-old question of whether I am a cat person or a dog person, without any hesitation, I pounce on 'cat'. Cats are evil. Winston Churchill once said they are the only animal that truly looks down on people. Conversely, I know that dogs look up to people, are loyal, and can bring you your paper in the...
What is this derelict PM’s shelf life?
Opinion
Before Christmas, I tried to be optimistic as the country, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his NSW acolyte Dominic Perrottet, blithely waltzed into the holidays as if the pandemic was over. But I knew what was coming. We were all relieved that some degree of normality would be restored, that we could see friends and relatives in person,...
Why true romance, and women’s unmentionables, never get old
Community
It's hard to understand why people don't write like they used to. Today it's clever stuff. Innuendo, rendering ideas, drawing parallels with something obscure that happened a million years ago. But what about the good stuff? The old, tattered, yellowing magazines with cover lines like, "Remember Not My Sin ... is a story to move every woman's heart to pity...
BEST OF 2021: The perils of admitting URnotOK in a world where notOK is still frowned upon
Opinion
Year in Review: Region Media is revisiting some of the best Opinion articles of 2021. Here’s what got you talking, got you angry and got you thinking in 2021. Today, Edwina Mason shares some very personal thoughts. Most of the time, admitting that URnotOK is literally putting your head on the chopping block. People will judge you forever, steer away...
The five momentous moments in the Raiders’ first 40 years
Opinion
As the Raiders lined up for their opening game in the NSWRL in February 1982, there was little understanding beyond the club’s inner circle of the battle behind the scenes to get to that particular moment. The Raiders faced significant opposition from rival centres to be the 14th team in the competition. Initially, there were three bids:  one from Canberra...
Outgoing Yass Mayor Rowena Abbey says thanks
Opinion
I became a councillor 13-and-a-half years ago and the first female Mayor of Yass Valley nine-and-a half years ago. I'm very proud of those achievements. My mayoral term started with the Cobbler Road grassfire which began on 8 January, 2013, and burnt 14,000 hectares within six hours. The headline in the paper at the time was 'Baptism of Fire' and...
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