Newcastle Herald Letters to the Editor: Friday, May 19, 2017

BIN IT: We should be staying well away from single-use containers. Someday our children are going to have to pay the price for our wasteful takeaway culture.
BIN IT: We should be staying well away from single-use containers. Someday our children are going to have to pay the price for our wasteful takeaway culture.

WHILE we worry about the legacy of climate change and government debt we are leaving to the next generation, the more urgent concern is rubbish.

I am amazed at the number of cafes and restaurants that attract people to their business because of the location near our beautiful beaches and oceans. However they seem oblivious to the threat their practice of having disposable cups, plates, cutlery etc has on the environment.

We throw away a billion cups a year, many of them ending in the waterways as litter. This is not sustainable; someday the problem will have to be cleaned up.

Food leaves these premises as landfill creating hazardous methane gas far more damaging than carbon emissions. The oceans are full of plastic, much of it ending up in the gut of sea creatures who die a slow, painful death and some contaminates the seafood we all love to eat.

I cringe when I see people releasing balloons; most of them come down in the ocean, the strings tangling around birds’ feet restricting their ability to swim.

The problem is overwhelming and I congratulate the ABC Chaser boys for trying to do something about it with their War on Waste. Tune in for what each of us can do, and talk to your children about not buying one-use containers, they are inheriting this pitiful lesson.

Sarah Taylor, Merewether

Beyond electricity

ELECTRICITY is the problem. Well, at least mankind believe that it is the only form of energy that matters is the problem. We will never deal with climate change until we move beyond electricity. We have harnessed this energy form so well that we have stopped looking for the energy of the future.

Most people can not comprehend that there are other forms of energy that we could harness. Just like most could not comprehend a useable energy form beyond fire until electricity came along. 

Electricity and binary code have become the base of our modern lives and are the barriers to the next level of development of mankind. We will never travel to the stars while we are locked in a world where everything relies on electricity and binary code to operate. We will never conquer climate change when all we do is try to find other ways to generate electricity. We are like cavemen happy we have a fire and some coloured ochre to draw upon the walls.

Where are the scientists developing ways to harness the multitude of other energy sources? Busy trying to invent other ways to generate electricity, unfortunately. We do not need better solar cells and cleverer batteries – we need alternatives.

Where are the brave new thinkers, like those who initially identified the possibilities of electricity? And research needs funding – where are the visionaries prepared to fund research into things we can barely imagine?

It will happen one day but the sooner we get started the better.

Mark Apthorpe, Balmoral

Pay Nathan more

I COULD not believe the story regarding the treatment of “ Rossdog” (‘In-form Knights winger says pay me what's fair’, Herald, 18/5): $150,000 per season is a joke compared to other players’ salaries.

How can the retention committee let another quality player get away? Can’t this administration see what Nathan contributes to the team during the game? His influence is second to none. Every time he gets the ball there is a chance of a try, and when he crosses the line, his enthusiasm and passion has the crowd on their feet.

I have been a seasoned ticket holder for 20-plus years and if this wonderful player is forced/allowed to leave the club because of money (we have plenty in the war chest, after all) I may have to reconsider next year. I think I speak for many.

I hope Western Suburbs Leagues Club step in soon and take control of the Knights.

Chris White, Wallsend

No Cause for Celebration

THE Million Paws Walk on May 21 marks five years to the day since RSPCA NSW killed Max the Pointer for, I believe, being stressed in its Rutherford shelter (‘Put down without permission’, Herald, 16/10/12).

I believe the RSPCA told his owner she could have more time to pay the impound fee, and he had the phone number of a local rescue group on his blue tag. They killed him the day after the 2012 Million Paws Walk.

Too little has changed in the five years since Max's death. As Max's foster carer, I won't be celebrating.

Geoff Davidson, Ourimbah

Thanks for great support

ON behalf of the Leukaemia Foundation, I would like to say a big thank you to readers for their incredible support of World’s Greatest Shave this year. The extraordinary people who shaved or coloured and their generous sponsors have raised an incredible $4,920,000 in NSW alone, helping to fund projects that will make a genuine difference to families facing blood cancer.

The money will be used to provide safe and comfortable accommodation in the city for families living in regional NSW so they can more easily access life-saving treatment.

Meanwhile, researchers funded by our supporters are working tirelessly to discover more effective treatments. Although their critical research is improving survival rates, sadly an Australian still loses their life to blood cancer every two hours.

But thanks to those taking part in World’s Greatest Shave, we are well on our way to reaching our goal of $5.6 million in NSW. There is still time for people to sign up or donate at

Thanks to you, the Leukaemia Foundation can help more Australians with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related disorders survive and live a better quality of life. 

Bill Petch, chief executive, Leukaemia Foundation 

Nothing to whinge about

THE Wales has nothing to wail about. The 2016 gross income was $24.78 billion. The net profit before tax was $13 billion – this is 52.3 cents in every dollar taken.

Not bad considering their stock in trade is money which is mostly handled electronically. My stock requires physical labour and the best I've netted before tax is 5 cents in the dollar received.

We have a capital gains tax for those fortunates who make a windfall profit so why not an excess profits tax?

The higher the income the higher the personal tax rate, surely this should apply to other sources of income, including trusts.

Don McIntyre, Warners Bay


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