Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Saturday, April 22, 2017

TO Gerard ‘white Knight’ Mullit (Short Takes, 20/4): You have a very valid point. The upside is our history of five wooden spoons equal the Knights’ wins for the last two seasons. ‘Ere’s to the Dogs.

Brad ‘Bulldog’ Hill, Singleton

KEITH Parsons (Short Takes, 20/4): I will swap my Fingal Bay home with your East End abode for the race week, if I can invite my hoon rev-head mates. They don’t visit Fingal – too much serenity. Ah the serenity.

Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay

TO Gerard Mullit (Short Takes, 20/4): ‘Ere ‘ere mate, it has been a while since we made a grand final, but to you Brad ‘the Bulldog’ Hill, at least we know what to do when we get there.

Cliff ‘the earl of early Knights’ Rabbit, Nelson Bay

SO the property council and 'others' stated on numerous occasions there were no plans to build on the rail corridor. “It’s a conspiracy." Well, well, news now dribbling out of Revitalising Newcastle shows this was the case all along. Truth serums needed, Pinocchio noses lengthening, call it what you like. Some might prefer to call it deceit. From the artist impression of Civic redevelopment (Herald 19/4) the light rail could easily slide between, or under buildings. If Parliament is so concerned about social housing recipients, surely the poor police, ambos and nurses would love close proximity to public transport. Apparently buildings can be built over transport at other stations, but not Civic. Conspiracy indeed.

Tony Lawler, Newcastle

WE the people of the Hunter do not want houses built on the corridor.

George Tattersell, New Lambton

I HAVE a little difficulty understanding the 10 per cent GST to be charged on purchases made online over a certain limit. The government has thrust "free trade agreements" on us with many countries. We were told that these agreements would be good for the country and goods for consumers would fall in price. So now we shop online from the overseas countries and now the big retailers are complaining that sales have fallen. What are we to do? Can’t we as consumers have our own free trade agreements and get what we want, when we want it, at a price we are prepared to pay? We are constantly told that we live in a different world now than our parents did. So let it be and adjust.

Greg Lowe, Elermore Vale

THE POLLS

HAS Uber been a good thing Newcastle?

Yes 86%, No 10%, It's been mixed 4%

DO you agree with the Knights’ strategy to not spend the full salary cap this season?

Yes 89%, No 11%

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