Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Monday, February 5, 2018

I AM appalled at the significant changes to our local high school buses. My son attends Callaghan College, Wallsend and is “in zone”, yet has to wait 35 minutes after school finishes to catch a public bus home. School finishes at 1.30pm on a Friday and yet he must wait until 3.35pm for the bus. Prior to the recent changes there was a bus provided shortly after finishing their school days. I do wonder if this was a different area or school, whether there would have been such significant changes to their bus route.

Claire Stanners, Wallsend

CORRECT Jeremy Bath. Newcastle has so much immense potential, as the most Australian destination, it defies belief it is no longer the destination of the nation's leading trunk rail corridor, taken off global Sydney's train network, (Weekender, 3/2). Where's the policy for frequent 90 minute inter-cities, to 21st century-ideal Newcastle station, to tap Sydney's wealth? Light rail can carry 1200 an hour, not even a train load.

Graeme Tychsen, Rankin Park

BLUE moon? Nonsense! I was reluctant to purchase some brie for the second time in the month in case it turned to blue vein. The moon is made of cheese, isn't it (according to Trivial Pursuit).

Allan Milgate, Valentine

WE were all hoping that the University of Newcastle's academic Dr Xanthe Mallett was finally going to solve the mystery of the disappearance of the Beaumont children when it was wildly publicised that she was one of the key scientific minds behind the “breakthrough” in the disappearance. Police have now called off the search as a new dig sight yielded nothing. Those involved say they desperately wants to find the missing children so their parents can give them a decent burial but, like so many other false leads in this case, all this new theory did was give the Beaumonts false hope.

Margaret Priest, Wallsend

BLAISE Joseph and Dr Buckingham (‘It's time to stop fixating on Finland's ed system’, Newcastle Herald, 31/1), should note that NAPLAN testing takes a full week out of the school year. Losing one week from 40 to 39. That's not education, that's a week of exam coaching. So yes, blame NAPLAN.

Peter Devey, Merewether

OH those poor humbugs who couldn't see the fun side of Ferry McFerryface and its possibilities. It could have been scheduled for the runs to Taronga Park and Luna Park. As a May Gibbs fan for the past 70 years I can see openings for her with the next two ferries off the boards: Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

Donald Matthews, Fennell Bay

THE POLLS

Do you agree with the removal of the Lombardy poplar trees on Maitland’s Long bridge?

Yes 50%, No 50%

MESSAGEBOARD

FIRST aid highlights, a course for parents of children and babies is on at Belmont Neighbourhood Centre on Monday, Feburary 19. Time: 1pm-3pm Where: 359 Pacific Highway, Belmont North. Cost: $10 per family. Bookings essential. Call 4947 0031.

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