TO Wendy Brown (Letters, 11/5), if you start a crowd fund page for Williamtown billboards, I'll donate.
Josie Bradley, Nelson Bay
SUCH a heartwarming story to start the day (‘Lucy made Doris’ day’, Newcastle Herald, 12/5). Lucy and her friends are regular visitors to many nursing homes in our region, bringing so much joy to elderly and disabled people who otherwise would never be able to interact with such gentle animals. It’s not only ponies, but a goat, an alpaca, several bunnies, guinea pigs and chickens that visit the homes and are welcomed by the residents and staff. I cried when I saw the story, knowing that my daughter Stephanie and her pets could make so many people so happy. So proud of Penny’s Ponies.
Olwyn Edmonds, Eleebana
THE fans all got to the football early on Friday night, pity the Knights didn't.
Bill Slicer, Tighes Hill
BILL Shorten undoubtedly would reject any suggestion he has anything in common with Trump, but there seems to be no other reason, politically, why we would rather have him behind the wheel other than thinking “he would be better than Hillary”.
Ron Elphick, Buff Point
STEVE Barnett (Short Takes, 11/5) seriously mate, I'm getting really sick of you branding everyone who doesn't work and is on Newstart as bludgers. Yes, there is a minority who don't want to work but the majority do and I think you're being rude as we all can't live the high life at the “bay”.
Colin Geatches, Mayfield
TO reply to Steve Barnett (Short Takes, 11/5), it seems you have never been unemployed and most of the people are looking for work, a lot of times the work is not there and people can't survive on air.
Alan Ackroyd, Hamilton
EVERY budget time, especially with an election in the wind, the circus comes to town singing that old familiar song “Everything you can do, l can do better, no you can't, yes l can, no you can't”, etc, etc, etc. Just once l would like a different tune without reference to one another. Most people including myself know, or have known, a person who had, or was going to do, almost everything. In my instance he was called “gunna”. Who will earn the title of “gunna” politician of the year?
Carl Stevenson, Dora Creek
“GIVE credit where credit is due”. Well, I give a lot of credit to Frank Ward OAM for his letter (Letters, 12/5). Frank, you summed up perfectly our federal government’s attitude to pensioners in this country. To them, we are just a drag on the budget. Their reason for increasing the pension age to 70 is their hope most will die before they are entitled to a pension. Self-funded retirees are their favourite people. Elderly Australians’ entitlement to a pension and affordable healthcare should be a higher priority than entitlements of politicians, they should be the first casualty of any budget cuts.
Darryl Tuckwell, Eleebana
WILL you be buying ticket's to Cher's Newcastle show?