The Big Issue : Edition 485
10 THE BIG ISSUE 29 MAY – 11 JUNE 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/ Helen Razer [‘Cult Following’, Ed#483] is right, right and wrong in her rant against the cults in our society. Right in railing against the stupid cults that have people believing the most outlandish things against all reason and logic, while ignoring the kind of rigorous science that makes possible their sharing of their ignorance through electronic communications. Right in proposing that the explanation for their behaviour results from the takeover of their headspace by mechanical mice. Wrong in proposing the same solution for herself, then asking for contact with a faith healer. Helen, if you have a clockwork mouse in your headspace you need a watchmaker, not a faith healer. Or possibly a visit to Hearns Hobbies, which I noted with pleasure is still to be found under Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, still there 60 years on or so. They did an excellent clockwork train or two back in the day. I wanted to say something really clever about the Joel Meares piece [No Holds Barred, Ed#483], which I enjoyed, but I’ve forgotten what it was. That’s a direct result of being much closer to the inevitable than he is, give or take an errant bus. Geoffrey Heard, usually of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea Bought Ed#484 from Scott outside Kings Cross Station. Superb cover, vibrant design and interesting articles and reviews. Haven’t bought The Big Issue for a few months, but I feel it has improved massively. I particularly related to Rebecca Harkins-Cross’s piece on the closing of film rental stores and the diminishing of choice and human interaction. Thank you to all who edit, design and sell The Big Issue. Keith Howes, Elizabeth Bay, NSW The article ‘Do You See Him’ [Ed#483] was such an interesting article about a young man with bipolar disorder, and his struggle to find employment. His mother wrote in an I love buying The Big Issue. So much so, I often buy more than one copy of an issue from various vendors around town. It’s always a great read and the vendors make my day. The recent issue on refugees [Ed#484] really moved me. As someone who works with refugees, I have become increasingly frustrated with the rhetoric and negativity of government policies. Your issue was a compassionate look at something Australia needs desperately to re-evaluate. Thank you, Big Issue. Sally Stubbington, Brisbane, Qld Sally receives a copy of On the Move by Oliver Sacks. See the review on p37. understated and yet deeply moving way as she witnessed his continual disappointments. I was pleased that the employment outcome is looking hopeful. Compassion, empathy and courage. Wow. What a wonderful young man! Maree Brown, Clayfield, Qld FACEBOOK FRIENDS Michelle Bui Thanks so much for doing this issue! Too often we hear the rhetoric about asylum seekers/refugees ‘taking our jobs’ and people saying that we ‘should support our own first’ which neglects the fact that it doesn’t have to be one or the other. I’m aware of several cases of asylum seekers living in the community on bridging visas who have been cut off from financial support entirely and denied the right to work... Not much of a choice to live in poverty here or return to possible torture or death. Meanwhile, the threat of forced deportation ensures that people live in constant fear and uncertainty. Solidarity across causes is what we need. Will be encouraging members of the Refugee Rights Action Network WA and Students for Refugees to pick up a copy! Idea Bombing Melbourne Your vendor profiles were winning at ‘Humans of Melbourne’ before ‘Humans of New York’ was even a thing. Julie Campbell I love Big Issue and the people who sell it. You are all such positive people we allcanlearnfromJJJJ @morethanmad Thank you to the lovely man who sold me @thebigissue in #Geelong today – you brightened my day! Linked In – Rachel Palmer Great subject matter! We need to make individual stories of refugees visible to the public, to allow the humanity of this issue to be truly considered when people form their opinions. Great to see.