Newcastle Herald Short Takes for Friday December 8 2017

I BELIEVE in a dress code (‘NJC to look at dress code’, Herald, 6/12) but it should be aligned with current day fashion. The NJC pushed to improve their patronage, look at Boxing Day. Are they going to turn young people away because they are wearing denims? Please!

Phillip Boon, Newcastle East

I HATE to rain on my favourite butcher's Hamfest parade, (Short Takes, 7/12) but ham and other processed meats are classified as carcinogenic by the World Health Organisation. In other words – they give you cancer. Probably best to go easy on the dead pig over Xmas, Steve!

Mac Maguire, Charlestown

REGARDING the McDonald’s proposed development at Mayfield: the entrance and exit is very narrow and the corner of Section and Dora streets is very bad.  We do not want any antisocial behaviour, extra litter, car headlights or noise that I believe will come as they will be trading 24/7. We do not want to become a second King Street. Why should McDonald’s dictate to us how we live our lives? These are our homes.     

Monica Maybury, Mayfield

GRANT Conway (Short Takes, 6/12): I said nothing wrong about Pearce coming to Newcastle. While eating dinner at Wests Mayfield, I heard a table full of people in their Knights outfits talking and they were having a little whinge about Mitchell coming here. Myself, I wish him nothing but the best. I'm not a Knights supporter but Mitchell's dad was, and still is, a hero of mine.

Colin Geatches, Mayfield

IT warms my heart to see the grand old game of Test cricket is still popular. The crowds in Adelaide broke all records; I believe there were more people there than attended our recent car race. Although some critics might liken watching the subtleties of  cricket to "watching paint dry" I believe that term is more applicable to watching a car go round in circles 95 times!

Greg Hunt, Newcastle West

THEY are treating residents the same way they treat refugees (‘Angry residents beg to escape the red zone’, Herald, 6/12). These people are imprisoned on their properties because of this unjust federal government.

Vicki McDonough, Cooks Hill

WILLIAMTOWN is an awful situation that we should all care about. These families definitely need to be bought out and an action plan put in place (not just fudging of the figures to hide the problem). This potentially affects many more people and needs to be adequately addressed immediately.

Leanne Wood, Hamilton

THIS Williamtown issue is a disgrace. The government needs to man up and buy these people out so they can get on with their lives. I bet if it was on a politician land they would act immediately.

Norma Leslie, Wallsend

SOME time ago we visited Pearl Harbour. It's hard to believe that 76 years ago on December 7, 1941, a swarm of Japanese war planes assaulted the US base at Oahu, catapulting America into World War II.

Daphne Hughes, Kahibah