Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WELL thank God I live on the south side of Karuah, Steve Barnett (Short Takes, 15/4). Lol.

Phil McMahon, Karuah

I HOPE Trump doesn't hurt north Karuah.

Colin Geatches, Mayfield

KEITH Parsons (Short Takes, 14/4): I may be a goose but this goose has a very long neck and doesn’t care who wants to chop off my head. Mark Creek was alarmed at the reaction to him having an opinion (Letters, 10/4). I have received anonymous hate mail at home. At least Mr Creek had the courage to put his name to his beliefs and should continue to do so. The reference to bludgers and druggos was not intended for East Enders, I was referring to opinions I hold which I get criticised for but will always voice. Mr Creek, I hope will do the same. Mr Creek, Newcastle will one day soar like an eagle despite the turkeys.

Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay

THANK you to 'Woolies' and all the other shops etc who closed for Good Friday. Sending a simple message; we don’t wear our faith on our sleeves but you’re welcome here if you respect out ways. Which is basically love of God and love of neighbour. God protect and bless Australia.  

Robyn Burtinshaw, Nambucca Heads

WHY do people keep going on about our councillors not asking their electorate about rail truncation? It was a state government decision. Us little people are not involved, we only have to deal with the utter chaos.

Darryl Horne, Waratah

KEITH Parsons (Short Takes, 14/4): The East Enders should be known as the Excluded Enders. The Supercars are happening and you and other East End residents should draw your curtains, lock your doors, put in your ear plugs and go to sleep. But I bet you have a little sneak look at the action.

Brad Hill, Singleton

CHRISTIANS are a minority in this country. Why should people of other religions and no religion have to put up with the inconvenience of closed shops on Christian festivals? If Christians don’t want to shop on these days, fine. But Jews, Moslems and Atheists etc should not be restricted.

Neville Aubrey, Wallsend

IF the proposed penalty rate cuts had been in operation this Easter, it’s been shown low-paid workers would have had $30 million less in their pay packets. That would make a lot of difference to struggling families, some of whom we all know. When retailers are complaining about the effects of already reduced demand, and more small businesses are going broke, it’s madness to have even less money in circulation via reduced penalty rates and an attack on the basic wage.

Lorraine Yudaeff, Fern Bay

THE POLLS

DO you agree with the new anti-coal protest laws?

Yes 12.47%, No 87.53%

DID Martin Lee make the right call on Mark Jones?

Yes 71%, No 29%