A DEFINITION of a Luddite is a person who dislikes technology, especially technological devices that threaten existing jobs or interfere with personal privacy.
One of the earliest forms of technology was road building.
When the Romans invaded Britain, the existing roads were worse than useless. In the wet climate, they quickly turned to slush, and in the winter they froze over, with dangerous consequences.
The Romans immediately saw the need for good roads, and set about building permanent ‘ways,’ using stone as a foundation, so that they would be usable whatever the weather. Many of their roads are still in existence today.
We have the chance to grasp technology and endorse the building of Roe 8, which will be designed to carry large volumes of traffic swiftly and efficiently.
As it will be an addition to our existing road network, it stands to reason that it will relieve traffic on existing roads, and it will be environmentally friendly.
I hope there are no Luddites in Melville.
JIM REDDYHOUGH, Willetton.
(soon to be in Melville,