Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

NO disrespect to Sue Fower regarding money for art gallery (Short Takes, 29/9), but what’s your opinion on money for health? I almost choked on my breakfast, art before health? I know children love their crayons but I’m sure they’d rather be at home enjoying their creative skills and not sitting in hospitals with chemo etc.

Michael Casey, Merewether

TOO right Brad Hill – at work we watch the same deadbeats walk in and out of employment plus dressed like bums, unshaven, long hair, totally useless to receive the dole; these sponges should be photographed and if there is no effort to be presentable, cut the off Centrelink. I have seen one of these blokes every week for the past 18 years attend his appointment with a skateboard tucked under his arm, dreadlocks, unshaven, wearing circus pants, no wonder a man turns to the bottle after work frustrated to see my tax wasted on these sloths.

Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay

SEE, even Tony Abbott must agree with don't jam the same-sex marriage thing down children's throats. And fancy taking it to the football grand final, another joke. You would end up with a big mess on your hands I reckon. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

Ross Jurd, Edgeworth

CAN someone please enter Brad Hill from Singleton in Who Wants to be a Millionaire? What do you reckon Brad? It should be easy money for you.

Otto Delew, Mayfield

IT looks very much as if the ‘Yes’ vote has won. But it does not matter who wins I will never vote for any party that has either Turnbull or Shorten as its leader – and that includes many of my friends and relatives. Senator Eric Abetz summed it up when he referred to an English school that has been threatened with closure because it refuses to lecture on the advantages of homosexuality. That will, of course, happen here. Rest assured that this will not be the end of the homosexual demands. Who is running this country? How that proud Australian image of the tough Aussie has vanished – you get what you vote for; live with it.

Tom Edwards, Wangi Wangi

IT is a disgrace that the residents of the East End have to go through what Jennifer O'Donoghue (Letters, 22/8) describes. It is like the city passes we had to get after the earthquake. The difference is the earthquake was a natural disaster and Supercars in Newcastle is an unnatural council-inflicted disaster

Bruce Brown, Marks Point

STEVE Barnett, why would the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Shell, by its 1991 warning, be lying about climate change? NOAA's warnings are truth. In a scientific age, its role is to study, monitor and report.  

Graeme Tychsen, Rankin Park

THE POLLS

WHAT do you think should be done about littering?

Tougher penalties, like in Singapore 86.22%, More education, awareness and community efforts to clean up 9.18%, Other 4.59%