Economic myopia

In challenging Archbishop Freier’s grasp of economics, Colin McLean (Letters, 10/4) evidences his own brand of fiscal myopia. Dr Freier is not the only one who needs to be thankful, as he undoubtedly is, for the tax exemptions the Church receives. Millions of the nation’s poor and marginalised, if they had the luxury of time to study economics, would have even more cause to rejoice. Many of them are alive, clothed and fed because the Church cares in the name of Christ, and budgets accordingly. Mr McLean might even join in the thanksgiving chorus, recognising how little of his own taxes are spent on state welfare.

A grinch for New Year!

Raining on others’ parades is not normally my style. But the $256,000 budget for the fireworks over the ‘G rates at least a casual question. Impressive? Spine-tingling? Jaw-dropping? City exalting? Undoubtedly, and much more.

But just so we can say “the biggest ever”? The same was trumpeted last year. So are we to expect a still grander pyrotechnic largesse for 2012? And that’s not to mention the legendary rivalry with the harbour city to our north. Heaven forbid that their’s might be more impressive, wowing and glorifying than ours! (Even if they do have the bridge, and a seven-figure budget.)

And if the show-me-yours-and-I’ll-raise-you passion really takes hold, what then? Are the citizenries of the two state capitals now unwitting participants in a perpetual Olympics-style bidding war for an annual 30 minutes’ luminescent supremacy?

Let’s just hope the trains can get us home.