Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Friday, June 15, 2017

SORRY Richard Ryan (Short Takes, 14/6), Australia has done no such thing. We sided with our allies when a maniac and his cronies decided to fly planes into buildings. They made their bed, let them lie in it. I believe these countries blame western countries for their countries going to hell; they hate us, they hate each other, they hate full stop. I am just praying for the end of oil then these countries will realise they don't have a friend in the world.

Dan Kirkpatrick, Karuah

IN reply to Peter Sansom (Letters, 14/6): As a local resident I grew up with trams. I have my late father's 1912 Newcastle, Maitland and Cessnock street directory which shows street and motor road maps, but also tram lines throughout.

Bruce Donaldson, Kahibah

IN reply to Joanne McCarthy, (‘Sorry service’, Herald, 14/6): The former Newcastle man has slammed the Catholic Church for an apology to victims on Friday June 16, the day St Vincent, was made a saint. St Stanislaus College, Bathurst Bishop Michael McKenna, and the Vincentia Order, so far have refused to comment. Surprise, Surprise.

David Davies, Blackalls Park

THREE words that only a few will ever verbalise. Three words that way too many believe to be true.  Three words that are doing more to ruin this great country than any other words or deeds: ‘I am entitled’.

Dave McTaggart, Edgeworth

TO Richard Ryan (Short Takes, 14/6): Saddam Hussein was a lovely chap, as was Adolf Hitler. The kind of blokes you would love to have a beer with after a hard day’s genocide and digging mass graves. I am sure they were just trying to make their way in life like the rest of the world’s dictators.

Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay

I LIVE on the northern Central Coast. I have often visited the beautiful Newcastle foreshore, taking my family there when they visit me. I think the council should be ashamed at the carnage that is happening. All for some car race, that of course is all about "money". There must have been a better way. Shame, shame.

Anne Arnold, Chain Valley Bay

AN OA and MBE does not give one the right to vilify gay people Peter Dolan (Short Takes, 14/6). It's time Australia stopped pandering to the minority of religious extremists who believe gay people are second-class citizens who do not deserve equal rights in contemporary Australia.

Mac Maguire, Charlestown


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