The Big Issue : Edition 487
10 THE BIG ISSUE 26 JUNE – 9 JULY 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 email@example.com • post The Big Issue, GPO Box 4911, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue • website thebigissue.org.au/your-say/ Your special edition (Safer Shores, Ed#484) has come at just the right time. I was struck by the fair analysis of the difficulty asylum seekers face when attempting to come through the so-called front door – that is, by having a visa. So many half-truths are exposed in the article, ‘Desperate Measures’. Well done to the author, Angelica Neville. Might I suggest she requests an interview with Radio National to bring the issue before many more people? I’d especially like to thank Glenelg vendor Brian, for drawing my attention to this edition. Although we may not always agree on this subject, he is a wonderful vendor. Thank you, Brian. Anne Parnis, Glenelg, SA The Safer Shores edition (Ed#484) brought me to tears on a packed train. “Life should be as simple as your child being able to play soccer in the street without being shot...as beautiful as being able to go for a walk.” These words are the alpha, the omega and the extinguisher. These words should live with everyone, every day. And then perhaps this country can find its soul. Thank you, Big Issue. Great job, as always. Skye Klein, Ballarat, Vic Thank you for another interesting magazine (The Dig Issue, Ed#485). In particular, I would like to comment on the [Sydney] vendor’s photograph. David’s lovely face and sparkly eyes show a man that seems happy, because selling The Big Issue is one of the best jobs he has had. David mentioned that while he’s out selling, there are people who always ask him directions. But maybe, one day, they will buy a magazine. HEARTFELT GENEROSITY I am fundraising for the Heart Foundation and have been selling raffle tickets for a signed, framed Queensland State of Origin Jersey. On a Saturday afternoon, I was outside Woolworths Bulimba, in Brisbane’s northeast, trying to sell tickets and having very little success. People were saying, “Sorry mate wrong colour” (what’s wrong with these people?) Or “Wrong code” (again, what’s wrong with these people?) I had sold fewer than 10 tickets in nearly two hours, and was about to pack up and go home. Then, along came Michael N. He was pushing his trolley full of Big Issue magazines and, I think, heading up towards his pitch at the Balmoral Cinemas. However, he stopped, looked at the jersey and said, “I need a new shirt and would like to wear it on Wednesday” – and proceeded to buy a ticket. It touched my heart that I was standing in one of Brisbane’s wealthiest suburbs and hardly anyone was stopping to buy a raffle ticket to help a great charity. Yet a Big Issue vendor would stop to buy a ticket. After telling this story to several of my friends, they have said they will buy tickets in his name. Jamie Towers, Brisbane, Qld Jamie wins a copy of West of Sunset (see our review on p41). Those words reminded me of a story that my husband, John, once told me about his grandfather. During the 1930s, Ted (John’s father) and his Pa were walking along a city street when they were approached by a man asking for money to buy a pastie. Pa willingly gave the man a few coins from his pocket. Ted asked, “Why did you give him the money when you know that he will only spend it on alcohol?” Pa replied, “Because you never know, one day he may decide to buy that pastie”. He was obviously a very kind and wise man. Denise Tarrant, Happy Valley, SA David sells The Big Issue at Town Hall, Sydney. –Ed Further to Fiona Scott-Norman’s column ‘It’s Time’ (Ed#486): Who honestly believes the world will stop because gay couples marry? What will changing legislation really do to affect the rest of us? The way I see it, allowing this dedication of commitment to go ahead unhindered only creates a healthier environment. As for same sex couples raising children: it’s been going on for years. It is the demonisation of same-sex parents that, I feel, causes the greatest damage. I honestly cannot believe allowing gay marriage will have a negative effect on the rest of the population. It is simply two men or two women celebrating their union, officially, between friends and family and getting on with their married lives. Just as the rest of us wish to do as well. Rebekah Blackwolf-Mitchell, Blackburn South, Vic Linked In – Fiona Corcoran An illuminating, thought-provoking TBI Special Edition (Safer Shores, Ed#484) – hat-tip to the editorial team.