The Big Issue : Edition 482
10 THE BIG ISSUE 17 – 30 APRIL 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/ BOBBY DAZZLER HOW ASP ONGECLE A NEDU P THEWORLD $6 No 481 3–16Apr2015 HELPI NG PEOPLE HE LP THEMSELVES $3 of the cover price goes to your vendor As I would roam to and from work, pondering how busy and stressful my life was, I would often see Big Issue vendors advertising their magazine. After a few friendly exchanges with Sean, I decided to purchase a copy. Continuing on with my oh-so-busy-and-stressful-life, it was not until a few days ago – after purchasing the magazine more than a month earlier – that I finally read it. It exceeded my expectations so much that I wished I had read it sooner. This sparked a great appreciation for the organisation and its faithful vendors and supporters. The next day I recognised another vendor, Daniel, and I purchased an edition from him, too. During this time, I told him my sentiments and how I planned to send my copies to associates in New Zealand. He had the most grateful and heartfelt expression on his face. This reaffirmed how much we, as members of the public, can do by taking the time out of our “busy lives” to make a difference in another person’s. Thank you, Sean and Daniel, for putting a smile on my face. Athena Cotidis, Perth, WA Ah, Ricky French – fantastic! Regarding the column ‘Can’t Com-plane’, Ed#480: I too have just paid $100 for the privilege of my child being walked to her seat on the Qantas aircraft. But worse was to come! When I went to collect her after her return journey, they wouldn’t let me have her as I hadn’t brought my photo ID! So we had the child screaming, “Mum, Mum, Mum! ” with open arms, reaching for me, and the Qantas lady reading me the rules and advising that I should have checked my form more carefully. If it wasn’t so distressing for the child, it could have been something straight out of Yes, Minister. Jill Raynor, Wembley, WA Regarding Ricky French’s column ‘Can’t Com-plane’ [Ed#480]: Don’t worry, Ricky, the public probably would have come to your defence if given half a chance. Looks like you were “vomited THREE CHEERS FOR JAY There is a fellow named Jay who can be found at Lang Park on the corner of York and Jamison Streets in Sydney’s CBD. Amid the hustle and bustle, there is Jay, sending out positive vibes! Jay is a radiant Big Issue vendor who has the most inspiring, beautiful photos with quotes lining his little area. When our bus crosses the Harbour Bridge and I catch a glimpse of the park, my heart sings when I see Jay. If he is not there, the day and scene is quite dull. I’m sure Jay has no idea what a positive impact he is making on our community, and I would like to recognise him as being a shining light. Thank you, Jay. You inspire me always! Kathryn Jaoudat, Castlecrag, NSW Kathryn – we’ve passed on your message to Jay and he was thrilled. Jay has been with The Big Issue for seven years now and sells at Coogee as well as Lang Park. Kathryn wins a copy of The Most Good You Can Do by Peter Singer (see our review on p37). on all night” by what Qantas like to call the social media “angels” among their workforce. Qantas Media: 1. Customer is always right: 0. Justin Matheson, Perth, WA Regarding ‘Your Papers Please’ by Thuy On (Ed#480): While I agree with you that it is totally unacceptable that you should have to prove your Australian citizenship over and over again, two sentences in your article caused me to feel that I had to respond. Those sentences were “At the same time I was wrestling with passport paperwork, there was yet another racially targeted altercation on public transport. The details change but the protagonists remain unerringly similar: a Caucasian (and, by implication ‘Aussie-born’ native) screaming obscenities at a hapless non-white fellow passenger, telling him or her to “go home”. I take issue with this because every time I have seen such an altercation on public transport – and I use public transport almost every day – it has been an Aboriginal person abusing a Caucasian person. In fact, some years ago, one of my sons, then only nine years of age, came home very upset because while out riding his bicycle, a young Aboriginal boy had yelled at him “go back where you came from”. Even when I myself arrived in Australia from England some 64 years ago, at 15 years of age, I was constantly being referred to as “another bloody Pom” and it was not in a friendly fashion! So, Thuy, this situation does not only occur between Caucasians and other overseas-born Australians. Julia Lacey, Palmyra, WA @ChangeBuilders So easy to walk past someone selling @thebigissue without thought...feels much better to stop, have a chat & buy a copy.