Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Friday, October 13, 2017

TWO of the biggest contributors towards catastrophic climate change are the meat and livestock industry, and the coalmining industry Steve Barnett (Short Takes, 11/10). Maybe cut those dole bludgers some slack, Steve – they're not wrecking the joint.

Mac Maguire, Charlestown

SINGLETON my thoughts are with you as you try to comprehend Wednesday morning's devastation. Sadly, it could have been prevented had state and federal governments listened to Singleton Council's longstanding call for a highway bypass of the town. The well-documented waste of taxpayers’ money again highlights why the Hunter's real priorities need to be funded. Singleton and the region deserve better than political lip service.

Garry Blair, Maitland

TO John Williams (Short Takes, 11/10): Maybe India should consider a sustainable population, just a thought, destroy our environment to feed a population of humans who are breeding out of control, probably not a good idea.

Dan Kirkpatrick, Karuah

AN interesting fact for the do-gooders and hypocrites – the hotter it is, the more ineffective solar energy becomes. So where on earth will that leave us if the lunatics continue with their global warming baloney?

Brad Hill, Singleton

I PREFER the buses going along King Street at the moment. I know it creates more traffic, and it's hard for those that drive, but I like it. Many won't agree I suppose.

Christine Lindsay, Cooks Hill

WRONG, Jim Gardiner (Letters, 11/10). Pumping 30 billion tonnes of CO2 into the air from burning 33 billion tonnes of fossil, (650,000 Sydney Harbour Bridges) yearly, the atmosphere and the biosphere are affected. Just like DDT and Agent Orange, only people can use them, but not control what happens. There's a world of difference between affect, as opposed to control.

Graeme Tychsen, Rankin Park

MAYBE the NSW Auditor-General may be about to give us what we have been asking for, without the 30 year wait (‘Auditor-General to look at light rail costs’, Herald, 12/10). Is Humpty Dumpty about to fall?

Tony Lawler, Newcastle

Steve Barnett, thanks mate, you are correct this time. There are a lot who don't want to work and it tarnishes the decent people who do want work. 

Colin Geatches, Mayfield

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ANGLICAN Care Auxiliary will hold their 40th annual art and craft exhibition and sale at Booragul on Friday, October 13 from 2.30pm to 7pm, Saturday October 14 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, October 15 from 10am to 3pm. There are more than 100 exhibitors, including artists and craft exhibitors from Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and beyond. Phone 4023 7059.