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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Welcome to this week’s editorial

Being a teenager in the 1970’s came with owning lots of T-shirts. Back then T-Shirts carried the message of your firmly held views and those who inspire. Even though I was tens of thousands of miles from anywhere I had my Janis Joplin T-shirt, my Canned Heat, my Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and Bob Dylan to name just a few of the influential poets and singers who spoke to me through their lyrics. I was fortunate that my father had given me a powerful fourth hand tube radio that picked up the world. I had a fine turner so, me being me, I trawled the radio waves and wrote down the stations I found. There was Voice of America, the BBC, All India Radio and ABC with over a hundred or more other depending on the weather. Through my radio I came to realise that there was “a battle outside raging”. The song “The Times are a changing” is worthy of a read. There was a ground swell of protestors around the world saying things needed to change and with every movement came a new line of T-shirts. When I arrived in Australia those with slogans on their T-shirts were called Hippies if it had anything to do with the environment. They were denigrated as Greenies and attacked for their opinion. Those Greenies still stand proud, and defiant for their cause as do the Environmentalist's who, long before the world understood the impact of fossil fuels revealed the latent impact of where we were heading. Once again these folks wore their protest on their T-shirts, protested and raided their placards. We’re a weird mob. The Majority of us are intolerant of those who don’t agree with us. It took a massive effort to allow Gay Marriage. Why? The power held by the two faced Christians in power. For the thousands who wore their Rainbow T-shirts with pride many were victimised and ridiculed. Many still are as they “dare to be different”. Legislation is one thing but the intolerance remains in the streets by those who don’t agree.

Put on a T-shirt that indicates your political perspective and you will soon find someone who wants to challenge you. We have a referendum coming. There are two sides, Yes and No. Be sure to buy a t-shirt of your choice so you can be influential over someone else’s decision. You already have your mind set. Today many households received referendum booklets that have guidance on both Yes and No. I doubt many of the Yes folk would read the No reasons and vice versa. Instead they will buy the t-shirt of their choice and parade the street with the No people shouting their perspectives back whilst in their favourite NO t-shirts. Six weeks to go. Bottom line is that we do our best to learn for ourselves what the Voice is and what it is not. And then once your decision is made keep it to yourself and try to encourage your friends and family to do like wise. There will be many out there who will vote without thought and only by influence. Alas they will wear Yes and No T shirts to influence others. US or THEM Either they are researched or not. We don’t know. OWN YOUR VOTE. Until next—lei

Come gather 'round people

Wherever you roam

And admit that the waters

Around you have grown

And accept it that soon

You'll be drenched to the bone

If your time to you is worth savin'

And you better start swimmin'

Or you'll sink like a stone

For the times they are a-changin'

Come writers and critics

Who prophesize with your pen

And keep your eyes wide

The chance won't come again

And don't speak too soon

For the wheel's still in spin

And there's no tellin' who

That it's namin'

For the loser now

Will be later to win

For the times they are a-changin'

Come senators, congressmen

Please heed the call

Don't stand in the doorway

Don't block up the hall

For he that gets hurt

Will be he who has stalled

The battle outside ragin'

Will soon shake your windows

And rattle your walls

For the times they are a-changin'

Come mothers and fathers

Throughout the land

And don't criticize

What you can't understand

Your sons and your daughters

Are beyond your command

Your old road is rapidly agin'

Please get out of the new one

If you can't lend your hand

For the times they are a-changin'

The line it is drawn

The curse it is cast

The slow one now

Will later be fast

As the present now

Will later be past

The order is rapidly fadin'

And the first one now

Will later be last

For the times they are a-changin' Bob Dylan 1964


NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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