Letters to the editor Saturday, February 24, 2018

WHY would Bill Shorten give Kristina Keneally an easy passage into Federal Parliament – she who as NSW premier gave a foreign company our electricity department? She handed it over late at night, leaving businesses and the people of NSW battling to pay the ever-increasing power costs bleeding the people dry. I think public utilities should stay in public hands. It’s a matter of national security.    

Maureen O'Sullivan Davidson, Swansea

MELVILLE Brauer (Letters, 22/2): was the female with tattoos behind the counter not as friendly or professional as a clean skin? Do tattoos make people different? You don't like tattoos on females – your opinion! One day you might get a silly haircut and people will treat you with the same contempt.

Graeme Bennett, Warners Bay

LORETTA Steers (Letters, 22/2), you don't have to worry. Most Australians wouldn't give their belly button fluff to a lefty organisation like Get Up. I would rather buy a beer for $4.80 at the pub. Get down, and go away, Get Up.

Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay

THERE has been some hilarious satire on the media lately about the government’s self-inflicted predicament, so it’s a good job that Australia still has a bit of the ability to be able to laugh at itself, but not so good is the rest of the world laughing – not with us, but at us. Wake up and grow up politicians.

Allan Earl, Thornton

REGARDING Bruce William (Letters, 22/2): Merewether people were successful in stopping an Aldi store, which would have had off-street parking and some trees, from being built on corner of Merewether and Llewellyn streets. Look what we have instead; a mammoth structure filling the block, with none of the aforementioned benefits. Be careful what you wish for.

Thurza Snelson, Merewether

READING John Barnes’ opinion piece (“Council on one-way street to urban vandalism”, Herald, 20/2), it didn’t make sense to me that the removal of the barrier in Council Street was for pedestrian safety. I lived in that street for much of the 1980s, before and after the roadblock. Traffic travelling west from Darby Street would often not stop at Dawson Street resulting in frequent accidents. So the barrier was introduced. With the roadblock’s removal, I would imagine these accidents would have an increased chance of occurring again. Increased traffic flow and pedestrian safety seems contradictory.

Catherine Kavanagh, Mayfield

BRAD Hill (Short Takes, 21/2) claims that most mining in the Hunter Valley is on rocky barren land unsuitable for farming. Brad should take a scenic drive around the valley and observe thousands of acres of world-famous wine grapes growing on arable land. Some mines are already slowly encroaching on some of these vineyards which are a major tourist attraction for the area. Mining giants care not about land features if there is money to be made.

John William Hill, Williamtown

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