Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with Ruth McFayden (Short Takes, 16/10) who hesitates to ask the butcher if he has any brains. I, too, would not have the intestinal fortitude to ask for any other varieties of offal.

John William Hill, Williamtown

TO Ruth McFayden (Short Takes, 16/10): Please don’t be afraid to ask your local butcher if he has any brains. Being a butcher myself I can’t remember ever sitting at the front of the class at school, if I bothered turning up at all. Too busy chatting up the girls rather than getting educated. The gift of the gab, that’s why chicks dig butchers.

Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay

THE claim that Donald Trump is heralding the end of democracy in America is a bit of over dramatic. Democracy was delivered a fatal blow back when President G. W. Bush and his war council fabricated evidence and lied to the American people and the rest of the world to illegally invade another sovereign country. The United Kingdom and Australia through the willing complicit actions of their prime ministers Blair and Howard have ensured that we are to blame as well.

Allan Earl, Thornton

IT’S a race to the bottom for Australia with the rise to the top of the likes of Pauline Hanson and the evangelical right in federal and state politics.

Mac Maguire, Charlestown

OK Mr Baird, you and Mr Stokes and Mr Constance keep banging on about the majority of Novocastrian and Hunter residents wanting light rail. I have a small business and the amount of people I have asked in the last couple of years have mostly (the others I can count on one hand) been in favour of keeping the rail corridor. Simple solution, have a vote.

Darryl Horne, Waratah

SOPHIA Campbell (Short Takes 17/10): Yes we do know that it will be forever gone (if buildings are built on rail corridor). We had a wonderful organisation called Save Our Rail but they got nothing but flack from everybody. I believe they did a wonderful job. I believe what has happened to our rail corridor is nothing short of criminal. 

Colin Geatches, Mayfield


DO you think the government will comply with council's conditions for the rail corridor rezoning?

Yes 23%, No 77%

DO you shop at your local butcher?

Yes 82%, No 18%

DOES Newcastle's centre need a parking strategy?

Yes 92%, No 8%


CESSNOCK Prostate Cancer Support Group will meet on October 27 at Cessnock Leagues Club 3pm-4.30pm. Guest speaker Dana Buzinec. The topic is: An update on Cancer Council new support and transport services for people in the Hunter Region affected by cancer during and after treatment. For details call 4990 4554.


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