Short Takes for February 1 2018

THANK you to the Herald for a great summer holiday’s worth of reading. I have enjoyed the short stories and the extra crossword each time I have bought the paper. My only disappointment has been when I slept too late and the papers had sold out when I got to the shop. Keep up the good work.

Lesley Comerford, New Lambton

WHAT sort of government sees Australia’s future as an opportunity to export weapons and help perpetuate war misery and destruction? Oh the Turnbull government of course. Praise the lord and pass the ammo Malcolm.

Mac Maguire, Charlestown

IN your editorial on Tuesday regarding the construction of the inner city bypass, you say that the government has addressed the "biggest outcry" by promising a full interchange at the hospital. While the government has indeed altered its plans for the hospital interchange, this was far from the biggest outcry. Of the 168 public submissions to the environmental impact statement in December 2016, 112 were protesting the plan to sever the Jesmond Park shared path and replace it with three sets of traffic lights.  We are still waiting to hear if the government will address this outcry. Traffic infrastructure needs to cater not only for motor vehicles, but also for people getting around on their own two legs.

Lachlan Wetherall, Lambton

I, TOO, would like to commend David Dial on his wonderful contribution (Short Takes 29/1). I read the whole thing each edition in memory of my grandfather, always wondering just what it would have been like for him.  He was lucky – he got to return home though he was wounded twice.  So thank you, David, for your dedication to the Centenary of World War I.

Glenda Winsen, Speers Point

CONGRATULATIONS Holly Bruce (“Winner’s twinkle of talent”, Herald 27/1). Woo hoo! Second year in a row winner of the Newcastle Herald short story competition. So pleased to see your writing talent acknowledged … perhaps there's a novel not far away. Follow your dreams.

Pam Dewson, Arcadia Vale

RON Elphick can rightly claim to be an indigenous Australian – but he will never be an Indigenous Australian. It is irrevocable. 

John Arnold, Singleton

MY better half is from Wollongong, and on Australia Day down there it was absolutely uplifting to see all the beaches, parks, public tables, chairs and barbecues being fully utilised for celebration and outdoor activities. This was at 7.30am. Wollongongians seem to all be on the same page. I said to a local at Sharkey's Beach that it was unreal. He said “Sshhh ...don't tell anyone.”

Bryn Roberts, New Lambton


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