Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Saturday, January 13, 2018

WHY can't the people of Newcastle get over change for the better? I had to catch a train from Awaba into the new interchange on Tuesday to attend a funeral at Sacred Heart Cathedral. No longer do I have to look at a timetable for a train. There is one every 10 minutes. I was so impressed at the look of our city on the arrival at the new interchange. Newcastle is looking good.

James Macaulay, Rathmines

IN response to Garry McLachlan (Letters, 11/1), I am not surprised he received no response when police were informed. In September last year we had four litres of paint thrown over our car in broad daylight. Despite ringing 000 and seeing the offenders run off and also being captured on camera, the police failed to turn up. So when a few nights ago our car was also broken into, did we contact the police? What do you think?

Trish McKay, Cooks Hill

EVEN if the Catholic Church carried out every recommendation of the royal commission to the letter, it would not fix the dysfunction that has been revealed. A genuine fix requires a change of heart. Such a change would need compassion for the traumatised and repentance for their mistreatment. That means feeling their pain and not begrudging them of any reparation. Without that empathy, any change will be hollow. With that change the church will become what it was meant to be. A genuine fix may need something more than human strength.

Mark Porter, New Lambton

I NOTICED with dismay your story “Dirty dip” (Newcastle Herald, 11/1). It's a shame that the once pristine quality of the Newcastle Ocean Baths has become an eyesore. As a swimmer of countless years it was always a pleasure attending the baths. I sincerely hope that it won't be too long before things will be righted and once again we will be able to enjoy what is Newcastle's right: to swim in the quality which we have always been accustomed to.

Bruce Donaldson, Kahibah

DAVE McTaggart (Short Takes, 9/1), with a coffee in one hand, mobile phone in the other, avocado-stained shirt, 10 credit cards in top pocket all maxed out and a weird expression on his face caused by mortgage stress and the fact they paid $2 million for a toilet block in Parramatta. That’s how I know a Sydneysider. You also have more chance losing a limb at an all-you-can-eat buffet than from shark attack.

Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay

I COULDN’T agree more with the comments of lifesaving champion Jeff Dawson that the Newcastle Ocean Baths and surrounds consistently require more attention to detail when being cleaned (“Dirty dip”, Herald, 11/1). I am also wondering why the ropes separating the swimming lanes can't be put out in the pool early in the morning when the pool is super busy with people before work rather than put out at 9am when the pool traffic has slowed down.

Ric Herbert, Newcastle


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