The Big Issue : Edition 489
10 THE BIG ISSUE 24 JULY – 6 AUG 2015 LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT YOUR SAY ‘Your Say’ submissions must be 100 words or less, contain the writer’s full name and home address, and may be edited for clarity or space. Have Your Say about The Big Issue: • email firstname.lastname@example.org • post The Big Issue, GPO Box 4911, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue • website thebigissue.org.au/your-say/ It’s a bit ironic that, not so long ago, the unconventional were giving up on marriage. It was unnecessary, outdated and irrelevant. Couples were choosing to live together, without the blessings of church or state. Eventually, ‘common law’ partners were accorded the same status regarding property, legitimacy of offspring and inheritance. This seems a step forward regarding choices of lifestyle and freedom for individuals. But now, same-sex partners feel a need for the institution of marriage. They don’t want to be part of ‘living together as free spirits and refusing to make unrealistic vows’ relationships. What happened to New Age values? Why pander to conformist idealism? I suppose it’s to do with choice. You will be able to CHOOSE to get hitched, or not, rather than being told, it’s just NOT ALLOWED! Sally Horsey, Lake Munmorah, NSW I just wanted to let Robert know how much his Vendor Profile (Ed#487, see below) brightened my day. Robert, you are officially my ‘pin-up boy’! Thanks for being you! Karen, via email BACK ON THE DAY WARD I have just read Tina Morganella’s article, ‘Waiting’ (Ed#486). As a person who underwent chemo last year I related to everything she described: the ward, the nurses, the faces and the sounds. I was back on the day ward. The article bought back memories of all the brave people that were going through a similar journey, and how we swapped tips about head gear and ways we could get through that first week after treatment, feeling like death warmed up. It made me smile thinking about the wonderful nurses and the patient support lady who made sure my support person and I were well looked after: tea, sandwiches or a juice of my choice to swallow those goddamn awful tablets before I had the cannula inserted! Once again, you have outclassed any magazine on the market. June Doyle, Palmyra, WA Response from Tina: I’ve never had feedback quite like that before – it’s a wonderful, warm feeling to know I’ve connected with a stranger like that, especially about a subject like this. And that it made her smile! What a privilege. June receives a copy of Justified: The Complete Final Season (see the review on p37). FACEBOOK FRIENDS Lara Denver Hi Rob, the article about you made me smile (Ed#487). Isn’t Arnie lucky to be in the same mag! Chris Knight Love this magazine and have great respect for the vendors who sell it. I also work for the cerebral palsy league in Queensland – another great organisation that supports people to achieve their dreams. Ines Zepcan My only complaint about The Big Issue is that the magazine doesn’t come out on a weekly basis! David Streatfield With great sorrow I would like to let all of our readers know that OD, the dog on the cover of this year’s calendar, passed away due to surgery complications. RIP MY FRIEND. Aimee Skelton-Mulligan I consider this one of the best magazines to read... But, also, I love meeting the vendors. I have met so many extraordinary people through the years. Today was no exception at the Perth railway station. Bought a magazine, made a friend.