Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A 15-year-old Syrian-born Canadian terrorist, freedom fighter call him what you want, throws a grenade and kills a American medic in Afghanistan. His life is saved by the same people he is trying to kill. He is sent to Guantanamo in 2002. After being there for 10 years he makes a plea deal and is sent back to a Canada. Now he is set to become a millionaire, $10 million and an apology to be precise. This is what the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to. Do we have processes so this will not happen here?

Ray Davidson, Birmingham Gardens

WHY am I penalised for working. I have always worked long hours. As a result I earn more than others. That means when I go to a GP or specialist I pay the full amount, while others just hand over their Medicare card. Is this equality? I pay a lot of tax. I want it spent on me, not subsidise bludgers. 

Mark Dultry, Wickham

WHY, when we have a lack of housing stock, and when homelessness is a social issue, do our councils rezone houses for commercial use as dental surgeries or medical practices or alternative medicine practices? Could these businesses not be better "housed" in commercial spaces?

John Pritchard, Blackalls Park

SO glad to see the return of Jeff Corbett to the Herald. I have missed your witty prose during your short-lived retirement. Glad you have returned to brighten our (reading) days – even if it is only once a week.

Kylie Armstrong, Lambton

WOULDN’T it be nice to have a least one day of no Supercars negativity in the paper? This event is going to happen, like it or not.

Helen Allen, Warners Bay

MIDDLE of July and spring is here. Birds and animals are in breeding mode. Has been happening a little bit earlier for the past 10 or more years at least. Seems our climate change deniers need to start telling the wildlife that they are getting it wrong.

Mal Sinclair, Cameron Park

"WELCOME back Jeff."

Greg Stewart, Beresfield

A MUCH better game by the Knights this weekend. At least they didn't embarrass themselves. The funniest part of the evening was on the way out when my young grandson looked across at the Newcastle trotting course and said "Pop, why do those horses have wheelchairs"? Lol.

Bill Slicer, Tighes Hill

HOW can this country put it's name to any accord – when we sell all our coal overseas to be a pollutant? Why do we pay so much for power, when we are not allowed to use our own coal? Crazy, me thinks.

Ros Hendy, Old Bar

WELCOME back Jeff Corbett. You and the local sport were why I started reading our Herald. I hope the good life hasn't dulled your acerbic wit or turned you PC.

Dave McTaggart, Edgeworth

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