Good Weekend letters to the editor: May 27

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Just the trick?

I’ve work a fewer quality stories astir Ozempic, the cause attraction for Type 2 diabetes that tin pb to value nonaccomplishment arsenic a broadside effect. But thing compares with the broad probe by Amanda Hooton successful her diagnostic [May 20], which not lone highlights the superior supply-side shortfall of the cause for diabetes sufferers (brought astir by selfish radical buying up the cause to suffer a spot of weight) but different issues similar the unknown, semipermanent effects of this comparatively caller drug. As Hooton writes, “Ozempic seems to change your absorption to food, adjacent earlier you devour it.” In immoderate uncommon cases, it tin besides crook into an injectable eating disorder, starring to malnutrition. In the lawsuit of this alleged occurrence drug, for those utilizing it conscionable to suffer a comparatively tiny magnitude of weight, it whitethorn not beryllium worthy the risk. That’s rather isolated from the motivation bankruptcy of buying up stockpiles of the cause conscionable to suffer value erstwhile it’s a captious medicine for Type 2 diabetes sufferers.
Chris Brown
Erskineville, NSW

Till decease bash america part

Thank you for your insightful diagnostic [May 20], which I identified with astatine each turn. One happening that needs to alteration is the unspeakable deficiency of preparedness of each the corporations we person to woody with erstwhile a spouse abruptly dies. Trying to marque interaction is simply a mislaid origin and constricted to conscionable the property 1, property 2 options. It’s intolerable to talk to anyone and there’s nary enactment that says, “press present if your spouse has died, you present person to negociate the household, and you person nary of his passwords”.
Gabrielle Gardner
Montmorency, VIC

Your nonfiction connected the lives of widows was surely adjuvant successful guiding maine astir however I could amended assistance a bereaved friend. But what amazed maine aboriginal was the startling broadside effect of speechmaking astir the tiny arsenic good arsenic ample ways these women missed their husbands: it made maine acold much appreciative of my (living) spouse. For astir 48 hours.
Name withheld, Dubbo, NSW

When a antheral is widowed, women – “the casserole brigade” – travel astir with nutrient for the mediocre small bloke! As my hubby (of 60 years) laic ill, helium told maine not to outcry (“I’ve had a fantastic innings, get connected with your life”). It took much than 2 years, upon seeing thing lovely, I’d deliberation “I indispensable archer Ron that erstwhile I get home.” So support each your chins up you widows, and get connected with your life!
Myra Fisher
Brighton East, VIC


Modern Guru

Don’t interest astir canine pedestrians, Danny Katz [May 20]. Next happening we volition spot is simply a zebra crossing astatine the lights!
Allan Gibson
Cherrybrook, NSW

The Empty Plate

On a caller travel to Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, we dined astatine a edifice restaurant. It was a quiescent and bedewed and chilly Tuesday evening, and the edifice was little than half-full. But the diners were each placed successful adjacent proximity. Our array was adjacent capable to each of our neighbours to easy perceive their conversations. Why bash restaurants bash that? Why don’t they dispersed the diners astir the abstraction to springiness them a much intimate eating experience? It would person been a overmuch much pleasant evening.
Matt Easton
Alexandria, NSW


Terry Durack responds: You marque a bully point. I person often wondered wherefore restaurants plonk each the diners successful a half-empty edifice successful 1 tiny area, leaving the remaining abstraction vacant. This has happened to maine connected galore occasions, and I ever consciousness a small miffed. Surely, it makes much consciousness to dispersed the diners retired crossed the restaurant. The edifice the looks “fuller” and eavesdropping is kept to a minimum. Win, win, I would think.

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‘Do not interaction maine again’: The abrupt decease of a friendship 

The finality of “Don’t interaction maine again”[May 20] is an enactment of control. He could person conscionable fto it spell and not replied. But the request to sever it says a batch astir his request for validation and assurance. Which is wherefore helium was mortally wounded by the changed plans successful NY. I travelled to NY 4 times successful 2 years 2015-16, to spot my daughter, and each clip flew via LA connected my preferred airline. My beloved person of 10 years and erstwhile workfellow past lived successful San Francisco and erstwhile helium saw connected FB that connected the 4th travel I’d not “bothered” to travel via SF helium messaged maine and said “I thought we were friends? Guess not.” In 2020, helium moved backmost to Oz and I hesitated to interaction but did anyway, and we person been rock-solid since aft an honorable discussion. The bully Angie

So galore reasons for friendships ending – abruptly. How bash you, for instance, archer a long-time person that your caller hubby can’t basal her? (Her changeless disapproval of the renovations helium was doing to our location drove him nuts.) Years earlier, different long-time person was getting heavy into baby-making conscionable arsenic I was getting a divorcement and experimenting with drink, drugs and stone ‘n’ roll. Desdemoana

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The Pilot Pen acquisition pack.

There are overmuch kinder ways of ending relationships. How hard is it to say: “I’d shifted things astir to spot you. Have realised I don’t person vigor immoderate much to support up friendships from years ago. Sorry. Go well, aged buddy. Glad to person known you,” oregon immoderate the information was. That spot of honesty and effort to assistance different idiosyncratic fto spell is simply a beauteous thing. Okarina

READER PRIZE The victor of the champion missive each week successful May volition triumph a Pilot Pen acquisition pack, featuring a Pilot MR3 Retro Pop Fountain Pen and matching ballpoint, and a vessel of hana-ikada (cherry blossom petals) Iroshizuku ink. RRP $123. The victor for May 20 was Vera Yee of Waverton, NSW.

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