Short Takes February 20 2018

AFTER every US massacre, politicians inform their voters that “our thoughts and prayers are with you.”  Well, it isn’t working. I call upon these Americans to think and pray harder - they need to pray really, really hard if this is how they plan to stop deaths.

David Rose, Hamilton

RON Elphick (Short Takes 17/2), I introduce my same sex spouse as “my partner Bill” but for you I will use the term “husbear”. For us, we have the same surname and have had for nearly 20 years. Maybe we need to meet over a beer so you can see what a real gay couple look like. You may be surprised.

Andrew Whitbread-Brown, Cardiff Heights

CONGRATULATIONS to the Newcastle Knights’ powers that be. We have signed this name, that name and everyone else that "deserves a chance". But what has happened to giving a go to the players that have played week after week, through the good and the bad? They have turned up every time, listening to the fans saying “Maybe next week, maybe next year". Do they get pushed aside for a big-name player? Hopefully loyalty to a club will get rewarded, or will these new signings will move on with the coach when greener grass beckons?

Jenny Henderson, Maryland​

WHILE the leader of this country and his deputy are lobbing grenades at each other, do they think the people who are struggling to pay their gas and electricity bills while trying to raise their families by making ends meet really care who is bonking who? You have been voted in to run this country but all you have done is let the people down. 

Andy McFadden, Warners Bay

I HAVE lost count the number of times I caught the 225 bus last year only to be told by driver that the Opal machine was not working. No wonder numbers were down (“Keolis Downer calls time on ‘ghost buses’”, Herald 19/2).

Jan Clarke, North Lambton

I NOW know what the NBN network initials stands for, we thought that it must be better than what we had in the past, but I am convinced that it stands for NOTHIN BUT NOTHIN network.   

Gary Graham, Raymond Terrace

Virtually all terrorism and violence is perpetrated by right wing thinkers. Now we see conservative National Party member George Christensen posting images glorifying guns and encouraging violence against environmentalists. The man needs to resign.

Mac Maguire, Charlestown

George Christensen’s post on social media seemed to support gun violence.  Hurtful, untimely, and perhaps dangerous.  It is not OK. Couldn’t the LNP find a better candidate? 

Susie Johnson, Adamstown

THE POLLS

IS private health insurance worth the cost to customers?

Yes 26%, No 74%

SHOULD ferries go to Carrington and Wickham? 

Yes 92%, No 8%

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