One of our letter writers says shark nets have only been installed so that a
One of our letter writers says shark nets have only been installed so that a "bunch of narcissistic, arrogant and ignorant 'boys' can get into the ocean without feeling frightened". Graham Broadhead

Shark nets just for 'narcissistic, arrogant, ignorant boys'

A MARINE ecologist's letter to the editor, published in The Northern Star on Saturday, attracted a lot of responses. Here's the original letter, and just one of those we received in reply.

'The' letter

WE NEED to change the signs welcoming people into Ballina.

They should now read: "Welcome to Ballina, where dolphins, whales and a whole lot of other stuff is killed so a small bunch of narcissistic, arrogant and ignorant 'boys' can get into the ocean without feeling frightened".

If the ocean is too challenging for you on its own terms, maybe, as Andrew Niewenhof suggested, you should take up lawn bowls.

Jann Gilbert, Marine Ecologist, Ballina.

And in reply...

I BELIEVE Jann Gilbert's letter in the Northern Star on 10/12/16 is a complete disgrace and she should apologise.

She says, and I quote, "so a small bunch of narcissistic, arrogant and ignorant boys can get into the ocean ..."

Who are these boys she refers to?

Are they the boys who recently raised $5000 for men's health as part of Morning of the Mo?

Are they the surfboard manufacturers who have donated boards and other surfing equipment to many community groups' raffles?

Are they the surfing retailers who have also donated items for various raffles?

Are they the surfers who have assisted swimmers, other surfers and rock fishermen who have been in trouble in the ocean?

Or are they the paramedics, nurses, doctors, fire persons, police officers, teachers etc who do such a wonderful job for the community?

Please, Jann, tell us who these narcissistic, arrogant and ignorant boys are?

Making sweeping, general statements like you have clearly indicates you cannot debate an issue in a sensible and mature fashion.

John Heaton, Uralba.



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