Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Monday, March 5, 2018

GREAT game Jets! Played well with only 10 men for most of the game against Sydney City. To make it a fabulous month for Newcastle, all we need is the Knights to beat Manly next weekend. Go Knights.

Bill Slicer, Tighes Hill 

WHAT a way to start a busy sporting week in Newcastle, with a passionate win for the Jets. With only 10 men against the league leaders. Go the Jets and go the Knights.

Scott Wood, Cardiff

YOU know the legal system needs to look at itself when you get more for taking a few crustaceans than for ripping off people

Susan Macleod, Newcastle East

HOW ironic that on the day the Prime Minister delivers an announcement about bullying of children to the press, in question time he accuses his opposition of bullying a minister, but says nothing else, suggesting it’s – “do as we say and not as we do”.

Allan Earl, Thornton

REGARDING Raymond Grainger’s comment that the Union Jack will remain on our flag because only do-gooders,  greenies and Labor are opposed to it (Short Takes, 1/3): Couldn’t we equally say that it will one day definitely be replaced since only rednecks, bogans and Liberals support it? 

Mac Maguire, Charlestown

WAKING up to the kookaburras and parrots this morning and wondering if these sounds will still be heard in urban areas in the future. Development apace in North Lake Macquarie seems to be robbing us of the big older trees that legislation should protect. Too untidy, or need to sweep the pine needles now and again? It’s not good enough to replace a tall and stately Norfolk Island pine with low and slow growing species which won't provide the fauna habitat of established trees for many years to come.

Angela Longworth, Speers Point

BRAD Hill (Short Takes 27/2): a simple cat or dog would know the poo is about to hit the fan. Record low interest rates have created the most diabolical bubble built on debt. When it bursts you had better have a cash umbrella to shelter under.

Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay

IF Raymond Grainger (Short Takes, 1/3) likes the Australian flag and thinks it should be retained there are many good arguments he could put in support of his view. Instead he simply abuses someone who has a different opinion and suggests he "pack up and move on". This is also intellectual laziness of the worst kind. If he wants to live in a place where only his own views are tolerated then perhaps it is he who should be considering relocation, but I doubt he will find anywhere that suits his needs.

Ian Roach, New Lambton

OUR PM has written to every school principal urging them to stamp out bullying in schools, maybe he should also write to every Labor senator and ask them not to bully his ministers as they are a fragile bunch and under pressure could resort to uncontrolled verbal outbursts of stupidity for which they will not apologise.

Darryl Tuckwell, Eleebana


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