CWD readers’ comments on the stories of August 27-September 2

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We have searched our website and Facebook page and compiled the following selection of the comments you – our readers – made on the biggest and best stories of the week.

GONE TOO SOON: COMMUNITY FAREWELLS SANDI OSTINI AFTER LONG CANCER BATTLE

VIVACIOUS: Sandy Ostini. Photo: NSW CANCER COUNCIL

VIVACIOUS: Sandy Ostini. Photo: NSW CANCER COUNCIL

She had a hand in raising more than a million dollars for cancer research, treatment and prevention, and was a source of inspiration for many. But after a decade fighting her own cancer battle, Sandy Ostini died on Sunday, surrounded by family. 

“You were such a beautiful and inspiring woman I am proud to say that I knew you. You have gave so many people courage and shown what an amazing woman you were. So much love for Bryce and your amazing family. Fly high you beautiful woman” Meg Tooney

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WANTED: 70 STAFF NEEDED FOR MAJOR YOUTH WELFARE AGENCY COMING TO TOWN

PROBLEM: Marist180 will provide help for up to two dozen young people in Orange.

PROBLEM: Marist180 will provide help for up to two dozen young people in Orange.

A Sydney-based youth welfare agency is moving to Orange and is seeking 70 staff. The state government has selected Marist180, which has its head office in Blacktown, to be a provider for therapeutic care in the Orange region.

“Great news all-round. Great for the kids who need somewhere to stay, regardless if they are currently in Orange or not, and great for the host of people who will find work here. I have my fingers crossed for this whole enterprise” – Mary Stiller

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‘YOU WANT TO KEEP BEING CHEEKY?’ WOMAN PUNCHED IN HEAD ABOUT 20 TIMES

IN COURT: The Orange woman appeared before Magistrate Ryan to face charges of common assault and failing to appear.

IN COURT: The Orange woman appeared before Magistrate Ryan to face charges of common assault and failing to appear.

A woman who punched another woman in the head at least 20 times because the victim was “being cheeky” has been handed a suspended jail sentence after appearing before court.

“This is a shocking story. No one deserves to be treated like that. Thankfully the police and courts have stepped up and done their parts to protect this woman, and all of us” – Tom Markham

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ORANGE’S GOLDILOCKS: THIEVES ATE FOOD, DRANK RUM, THEN STOLE QUAD BIKE

A man who breached a suspended jail sentence when he and a co-offender broke into a rural house where they ate the victim’s food and stole a quad bike will remain in jail until at least June 30, 2019.

Clever headline, but a worrying sign of what is happening in and around Orange. Nothing is safe or sacred anymore. We all have to be on constant watch and alert. It’s awful” – Sarah Williams

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DRIVER ON PATH FOR FACEBOOK HAMMERING: FLOOD OF CRITICISM FOR ILLEGAL PARK

 OUT OF PLACE: The parked car which infuriated so many people on social media last week. Photo: FACEBOOK

OUT OF PLACE: The parked car which infuriated so many people on social media last week. Photo: FACEBOOK

The inability of some Orange motorists to safely and legally park their cars has long been a talking point, especially on social media, but the effort of one motorist seems to have stoked the fires of anger more than most.

“How the hell could anyone in their right mind think this is OK? It stinks of someone thinking they are above the rules that others have to abide by. I hope a penalty is dished out sharpish” – Peter Klein

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STATE GOVERNMENT DECIDES PROBLEM POOCHES WILL INCUR $195 FEE

LAW CHANGE: American pitbull terriers will incur a $195 annual fee as of next year. Photo: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

LAW CHANGE: American pitbull terriers will incur a $195 annual fee as of next year. Photo: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

Owners of dogs the state government deems to be dangerous will be slapped with an annual fee of almost $200. In a bid to disincentivise owning American pitbull terriers, pitbull terriers, Japanese tosas, as well as Argentinean and Brazilian fighting dogs, councils will begin collecting $195 a year from July 1, 2019.

“There’s always good dogs and bad dogs in any breed. The blood isn’t what shapes a dog’s behaviour – it’s the way it’s treated. This is an awful policy” – Amanda Gregor

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