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The Loxton News, Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Unfortunate and inaccurate
Inote that an unfortunate and inaccurate
letter to the editor (The Loxton News,
February 10) reads, in part, “Waikerie
ratepayers have been paying for Loxton’s
continued prosperity...at the expense of us.”
The writer needs to get out a bit more.
Caravan park questions
Is the District Council of Loxton Waikerie
(DCLW) proposing to raise separate rate
levied against the land leased for the new
Waikerie Caravan Park to be paid by all
ratepayers, or only those from Waikerie?
What is the monetary amount of the ‘pos-
itive financial returns’ to council for leasing
of the “new” park land etc?
Since sale of the previously coun-
cil-owned Waikerie park, how much money
has been and will be spent by council, in
regards to the new caravan park?
Such monetary total should include,
but not necessarily be limited to legal
fees, consultancy fees, payments to SA
Government, infrastructure (above and in
ground, including maintenance), DCLW
employee wages etc.
Incidentally, which DCLW representa-
tives signed off on the sale of the previous-
ly council-owned Waikerie caravan park.
Change, or we’re stuffed
What an amazing result in America
this past week, with the stunning
triumphs of both Donald Trump and Bernie
Sanders in the New Hampshire Primary?
This is a clear message to both political
parties, the Democrats and the Republicans,
that the people have had enough of the old
establishment way of doing things.
No more family dynasties. They do not
want any more Bush’s or Clinton’s in the
White House. Donald Trump is an enigma.
He has taken America by storm, and he is
sounding like a true leader.
No more political correctness for him.
Banning Muslim immigration until they
can check on who is coming in, made him
a bigot to the left, and a legend to those on
the right, who are concerned with President
Obama’s open Islamic agenda. He has also
garnered support because he is self-fund-
ing. He does not depend upon any financial
backers, and therefore can highlight that he
doesn’t owe any favours to anybody.
And Bernie Sanders, an open socialist,
who demands free education and health
for all, has stunned the Hilary Clinton
campaign, with the young voters following
him, instead of Hilary.
It is incredible that, in the home of cap-
italism, the USA, that Bernie Sanders can
preach basically communism to the masses
and win massive support. The ‘yanks’ are
gone if he wins the presidency.
The parallels to Australia is remarkable.
We are also sick of the two main parties
saying the same old things and getting
nothing done. The debt is still growing.
The problem of radical Islam and refugees
is not going away.
And the Labor socialist progressives are
turning this country into a politically cor-
rect boring stale country.
Time for a change, me thinks. Otherwise,
we are stuffed.
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, February 17, 1966
Banks and business houses in Loxton reported
that although the volume of business was greater
than normally experienced, the changeover to
decimal currency proceeded smoothly with few
40 years ago
Wednesday, February 11, 1976
Members of the Loxton Rotary Club have started
on the adventure playground they are building on
council owned land in Aleppo Street.
30 years ago
Wednesday, February 19, 1986
There has been very strong initial support for
a callisthenics club, which has been formed in
20 years ago
Wednesday, February 14, 1996
Design plans for the redevelopment of the old
fire station into a gallery and tourist information
centre have been completed.
10 years ago
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
A number of locals took part in the Commonwealth
Games Queen’s Baton Relay when it reached
Loxton, including Theo Kaesler, Sam Fielke, Denis
Hann, Richard Bastian and Jill Clifford.
FROM THE BIBLE
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful
in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in
need. Practice hospitality.
Romans 12:12-13 (NIV Bible)
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Our town’s bright future
It doesn’t seem like that long ago
that funding was being pulled from the
Loxton Research Centre, sparking fears
that it would become a shell of what it once
Now, millions of dollars later, the site is
looking at the final stage of being turned into
a state-of-the-art research and conference
The economic benefit the new facility
could bring to the area is tenfold – not to
mention its potential to attract a larger
This, coupled with the opening of the
Kaesler Serviced Apartments yesterday,
marks an exciting time for Loxton’s small
One only needs to walk down Loxton’s
main street to see that most shop fronts are
full and seemingly thriving.
(Along with works being conducted on the
remaining empty shops).
Our town and it’s surrounds’ prosperity is
a tribute to its strong chamber of commerce,
its unwavering community spirit, and
locals’ propensity to support other locals’
Letters to the editor should be brief, preferably no more than 200 words, must
be signed and include name and address for publication. A telephone number
must be included for verification. The deadline for letters is 5pm on Monday.
THE YEARS GO BY
by PETER AND
DOSE OF DORIN
Five trucks of Moore Brothers’ Transport. In January 1966, Niel Kruschel began working for
John and Ruth Moore at their Loxton North fruit packing-shed. Niel’s jobs included towing
citrus bins from the blocks, sealing the boxes of packed fruit, and loading the semi-trailers
with oranges, mandarins, lemons, grapefruit and apples for transport. Three nights a
week Niel drove to the Adelaide market. Moore’s also ran five semi-trailers, carting fruit to
Melbourne and Sydney on roads ‘less than ideal’. Return trips went through Mt Gambier
to bring cut-pine slats for making packing cases. Later, Moore’s converted to using wire-
bound ‘bruce boxes’ and subsequently, cardboard cartons. In 1969, Moore’s bought the
then closed Glace Fruit Factory in Loxton and began juicing their own fruit, selling the
packaged fruit juice locally and in Adelaide under the brand-name Loxmor. In the early
1990s, Moore’s also juiced carrots for the Japanese market and concentrated grape-
juice for the local wineries. At times, Moore’s employed more than one hundred people.
Niel worked for these companies for over 33 years graduating to head electrician and an
industrial ammonia mechanic.
PHOTO: Niel Kruschel.
Who remembers Dr Jilius Sumner Miller?
Who hosted the popular kids ABC TV
science education program Why Is It So? –
an enlightening and sometimes humorous
meeting between The Professor and the
This intelligent, dry, witty, eccentric physicist
with his thick rimmed glasses and wild hair
certainly left an impression on me and not just
because he promoted that there was a “glass
and a half of full cream milk in each block of
I recall, clearly, a bright, clean cut secondary
student beginning his attempt to justify the
reasoning behind his answer to a question
posed by the professor with the words: “I
Julius cut him off, and wrote in big letters
on the chalk board as he bellowed: “You see,
young sir, this is your problem. When you
ASSUME, you make an ASS out of U and ME.”
I was reminded of this when I was reading
more about vitamin D this week.
Rickets – an abnormal weakness, bending
and breaking of bones in children – was first
recognised about 400 years ago. Just under
100 years ago the cause was determined to be
defective calcium deposition in bones caused
by dietary deficiency or impaired metabolism
of vitamin D and calcium. This was most com-
monly seen in severe malnutrition, particularly
in smoggy and perpetually overcast industrial
English cities after the industrial revolution.
Soon after it was discovered that vitamin D’s
role was to increase absorption of calcium
from our food and that vitamin D could be
acquired from food (oily fish, liver, milk, some
mushrooms and red meat) or, more impor-
tantly, synthesised in our skin when it was
exposed to sun light. It then became apparent
that correcting a child’s vitamin D deficiency
could treat or prevent rickets and this remains
In adults, having ‘thin bones’ is called oste-
The amount of calcium in bones can be
measured reasonably accurately by Bone
Mineral Density (BMD) studies and relates
quite closely to the risk of fracture from minor
Given the Rickets story, it seemed reason-
able to ‘ASS U ME’ that low vitamin D levels
caused osteoporosis in adults and that vitamin
D supplementation would therefore prevent
or correct it. So the medical profession, me
included sadly, guided by drug companies with
multi-million dollar interests in selling all kinds
of supplements, took the bait and started pre-
scribing vitamin D pills for prevention and/or
treatment of osteoporosis.
In recent years however, a number of large
robust studies have shown, conclusively in my
view, that vitamin D supplementation provides
no benefit to anyone with the possible excep-
tion of the severely malnourished. Indeed,
some studies have shown vitamin D supple-
mentation to cause significant harm.
The same story, it seems, applies to vita-
Two weeks ago, I mentioned our Flinders
University Parallel Rural Community
Curriculum (PRCC) students for this year –
Ashlee and Nadine. I am pleased to report
they have settled in well with your help and are
already contributing to medical workload (along
with the Loxton Club’s quiz night and the ‘night
owls’ lawn bowls competition – although their
BBQ skills may need work).
This week I would like to also introduce two
short term medical student visitors, Jay and
Jeffrey, who are on an exchange from Harvard
University in the USA. If you see them around,
please make them welcome. They are par-
ticularly interested to learn more Australian
vocabulary so if you’re not “flat out like a lizard
drinkin’”, “give ‘em the good oil”.
Finally, you will be pleased to note that the
medical practice is being dragged, kicking
and screaming, into the 21st century. Yes, we
now have a proper website. Please have a look
(loxtondoctors.com.au). You may find it helpful
and we would welcome any feedback.
P.S . Am I just becoming a grumpy old
cynic or is anyone else struggling to come
to terms with the idea that a gravitational
wave created by the collision of two black
holes 1.3 billion years ago (and therefore
presumably 1.3 billion light years away (ie. a
tick over 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
km hither), travelled across space and just
happened to reach earth within days of the
completion of a 600 million dollar upgrade of
the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave
Observatory? Lucky timing for one thing. (I
wonder if, per chance, this amazing concur-
rence might have helped secure more fund-
ing). Perhaps even more amazing to me is that
the gravitational wave was detected because
it caused a vibration in a 4km-long laser beam
of less than 1 trillionth of an inch. (For dra-
matic effect this vibration was converted to an
audible sound so we could all identify with the
universe ‘speaking’ to us). Now I’m not saying
this didn’t all happen and I certainly wouldn’t
ever like to argue with Einstein, but I reckon
even Julius Sumner Miller might have struggled
with this one.
Remember, when you assume...
ON LOCAL HEALTH
Remember, when you assume...
Remember, when you assume...
ON LOCAL HEALTH
with Dr Peter Hamilton
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