Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Thursday, May 18, 2017

HAVING visited Hong Kong many times during the last two decades I regularly made use of one of the world’s best and most efficient railway systems, the MTR. It was always with pride that I observed a small plate on boarding to see Goninan Quality displayed as one steps into the carriage. Perhaps the Hong Kong transit authority has more knowledge of a good thing than Gladys and her Newcastle rail-bashers have? How un-Australian to award what can be achieved here to South Korea.

John Chaplin, Merewether

YES Janet Sutherland (Letters, 17/5), grants and recurring funding to private schools do contribute to our community’s benefit, and it doesn’t all come from the government. Consider the supposedly wealthy over-funded independent schools. The vast majority of capital funding, almost 90 per cent in this sector, comes from parents and communities, and 90 per cent of these are low-to medium fee establishments. Fifty-five per cent of recurrent income in this sector comes from private sources.  As for Janet making her case for government funding for her BMW, a word of advice: don’t throw away your Opal card just yet.

Peter Dolan, Lambton

TOTALLY agree with John Scott (Short Takes, 17/5): I work at John Hunter and everything he says about smokers is absolutely true.

Name supplied, Waratah

I HAVE found the response to my call for support of a protest over Jarrod Mullen’s harsh penalty astoundingly overwhelming. Mullen’s suspension should be reduced from four years (for all intents and purposes a life ban) to one year, due to well-publicised extenuating circumstances. I think Knights supporters should respectfully contact NRL headquarters to protest the unfair decision. Go the Knights.

Gary Dowling, Hamilton

TO Brad ‘Willy Wonka’ Hill (Short Takes, 17/5): you're in desperate need of a pack of Smarties.

Cliff ‘Wonky Willy’ Rabbit, Nelson Bay

BRAD Hill you are right, the Bible does mention climate change" thou shalt not covert thy neighbour’s open cut".

Ken Stead, Lambton

TO Mac Maguire (Short Takes, 17/5): It’s unfortunate you are not aware of Australia's famous Cadbury chocolate factory. You may have to contact some uni graduates and go on an Easter egg type of hunt, you may be surprised at what you find.

Brad ‘Willy Wonka’ Hill, Singleton

THE POLLS

HAS privatisation hurt the Hunter?

Yes 78.51%, No 20.66%, Other 0.83%

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