Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

LONDON’S fractured transport, Mike Sargent (Short Takes, 4/8) and Colin Fordham (Short Takes, 7/8), meant major centres quickly learned the need for central stations' efficiency, like New York. Sydney's 1979 Eastern Suburbs line, "under" Macquarie Street's nose, shows the modern, smart downtown way. High speed, (trunk), rail comes right in.

Graeme Tychsen, Rankin Park

AFTER reading the Knights are chasing Adam Blair, I would suggest the Knights keep their powder dry as it is now suggested as many as 12 clubs are likely to be over the cap and many high priced players will be off loaded.

Robert Martin, Warners Bay

I AGREE with Peter Dolan (Letters, 7/8) that if marriage is to be changed it should be via a people's vote. However, rather than a plebiscite it should be a referendum with the next federal election so that this matter can be addressed with certainty and taken off the political agenda.

Clive Jensen, Merewether

SO if Wests takes over the Knights will they deliberately take all the good players out of other teams in the local comp and put them in the Knights reserve grade to deliberately weaken them to make the Rosellas stronger? 

Colin Geatches, Mayfield

IF The Store building holds so much significance to the Newcastle region, where were the protesters when a heritage order should have been sought? Please, let’s get some progress happening in the city.

John Bradford, Beresfield

COLIN Fordham questions the veracity of my statement that there are no railway stations in the centre of London (Short Takes, 7/8). I would have thought Colin would have learned by now that 'factscheck' is seldom wrong. The City (CBD) of London is one square mile which roughly follows the outline of the Roman City of Londinium. The 1846 parliamentary edict prohibiting the building of railway stations in the City of London was made to protect the old buildings in the city. The 1846 law is still in force today. All you have to do is Google 'there are no railway stations in the City of London'. 

Mike Sargent, Raymond Terrace

I WOULD like to have whinge about the clarity, (or lack thereof), of the loud speaker system at Newcastle Airport. Last week while waiting to board a plane to the Gold Coast the announcements being made were almost impossible to understand in the waiting area. Muffled would be the best way to describe them and combined with the normal chatter of people waiting in the waiting area (as is only to be expected), complaints were coming from all direction that the announcements being made were as good as useless. Surely it is not too much to ask that Newcastle Airport provide a reasonable level of clarity for their announcements.

Ian King, Warners Bay


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