Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Monday, May 15, 2017

I ALWAYS enjoy the Adopt-a-Pet page and remember when we welcomed our feline friend Marlin into our home. He gave us many years of companionship and when he passed away, Daisy came into our lives and she is a delight. I thoroughly endorse the saying that pets are therapy.

Daphne Hughes, Kahibah

WELL, 47 years after I got my first paper driver’s licence I now have another one. In the age of computers the Roads and Maritime Services will be posting me my new plastic licence sometime in the next fortnight. Is this some sort of joke?

Ann Ellis, Merewether

WHEN you read through this federal budget and see how this government treats people on low incomes and on welfare, a normal caring person must find it hard to believe that anyone could vote for these people.

Darryl Tuckwell, Eleebana

IN Brad Hill's world of the future, the less well educated we all are the better (Short Takes, 12/5). Strange logic Darb, I mean Brad.

Mac Maguire, Charlestown

THE NRL needs to come up with a better drug policy. We have the ridiculous situation where Jarrod Mullen cops a four-year ban for using a banned substance to speed up his recovery time to get back on the field and then you have fully fit players caught taking cocaine and only getting four weeks and a fine. If Jarrod was caught with steroids in his system while playing, he would have deserved the ban. I think he should appeal the decision. With cannabis oil becoming available for pain relief, the NRL and other sporting bodies need to get a plan in place.

Neil Meyers, Warners Bay

HEY, guess what Mr Morrison? By everyday household standards, a person earning $87,001 per year is rich. Pretty damn rich, in fact. But what would we know?

Suzanne Russell, Rivett, ACT

I DON’T think Kim Jong-un cares two-hoots about the education of his people. The point is that the privileges enjoyed by a few should be available to every child.

John McLennan, Charlestown

THE POLLS

DO you support a policy of random drug-testing applicants for Newstart and Youth Allowance payments?

Yes 70.63%, No 29.38%

DID the Jets make the right call on their coach?

Yes 83.5%, No 16.5%

MESSAGEBOARD

CESSNOCK Prostate Cancer Support Group will meet on May 25 at Cessnock Leagues Club from 3pm. The guest speakers will be Terry Wheeler and Jim Newton. The topic is: Information about different prostate cancer journeys from diagnosis, treatment, recurring cancer treatment and incontinence. Their insights may help you along in your journey. All welcome to this free event. For more information, contact Barry or Rose on 4990 4554.