Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Friday, May 19, 2017

THE aged care industry is one of the most regulated industries in Australia. At Port Stephens Veterans, all our staff have police checks. Our care facilities have ongoing spot checks and have a three-day inspection by the department. Our staff have training in emergency fire evacuation and our facilities are fitted with compulsory fire sprinklers. Our staff receives ongoing training in the main objective; care to the aged and frail in our community. We should be thanking the dedicated staff, volunteers and families who, daily, have to perform these caring, sometimes hazardous, duties. Thank heavens we have an aged care industry, I am proud to be part of it.

Gerry Mohan, Shoal Bay

FURTHER to John Scott's letter regarding the no smoking policy at John Hunter Hospital (Short Takes, 17/5); I attended a specialist appointment there a few weeks ago. Following my appointment, I waited at the bus stop near the main entrance. I conservatively estimate that there were eight people in that vicinity. I was the only one not smoking. The smokers included patients, which is always a pitiful sight.

Brian Agland, Hamilton

IT’S been revealed the Victoria Police have received the final advice to decide whether to charge Cardinal George Pell, with sex abuse allegations. I understand it is only if he returns home voluntarily, and that appears highly unlikely, any time soon.

David Davies, Blackalls Park

BRAVO to Robyn Cotterell-Jones for your remarkable two decades of serving the interests of victims of crime (‘Retiring voice for the victims’, Herald, 18/5). Your advice and support for victims has been a necessity, given the yawning gap in the justice system. A tower of strength, you deserve every award you've received and more. Maybe a Freeman of the City perhaps.

Margaret Badger, Nelsons Plains

JUST heard that Maitland mayor Peter Blackmore has announced his retirement and won't be running for mayor in the September elections. I would like to wish Peter and Robyn a happy and long retirement. Thanks for all you have done for Maitland.

Greg Parrey, Ashtonfield

WHILE I enjoy a glass and a half of full Dairy Milk, reading the Short Takes I ponder how many university graduates it took to determine whether or not to cut the penalty rates of Oompah Loompahs at Wonka's factory?

Rocco De Grandis, Cameron Park

REGARDING John Scott’s comment on the cigarette butts at John Hunter Hospital (Short Takes, 17/5): Dodging them is a bit like playing hopscotch in a minefield, maybe a broom might help.

Doug Dowton, Toronto

THE POLLS

SHOULD Nathan Ross be dropped for his comments?

Yes 24.6%, No 75.4%

DOES King Street Maccas need a crossing?

Yes 78.85%, No 21.15%

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