Short Takes Wednesday May 16: readers have their say on the day’s news

REGARDING Monday’s story (“End of an era at Telecross Charlestown”, Herald 14/5): I was a volunteer 2009-2010. Was a wonderful experience, to think we were often the only person some of their clients spoke to. 

Leanne Rankin, Charlestown 

NO takeaway sales until after 3pm (“Changes for popular long lunch event”, Herald 14/5)? Too bad if you want to buy from the first stop. Surely this will affect the winery more than anything, as only those there in the afternoon can make purchases? 

Bec Prestwidge, Warners Bay

IT IS sad Newcastle City Council's small wish list (“Light rail, art gallery on council’s wish list”, Herald 15/5) reallocates the same old local economic pie. Why so silent about real intercity rail services, for a  90 minute, humming connection, with global Sydney, to a well developed, sensationally laid out and located, Newcastle Station, with the Wickham interchange? 

Graeme Tychsen, Rankin Park

BACK in the days before these lock out laws you could walk the length of Hunter St with no worries. There were lots of people and it never crossed your mind to feel unsafe. These days thanks to folk being either locked in or gone home the streets of Newcastle are lonely and deserted. Not a place I would wander that's for sure and for a city that's pretty sad..

Glennis Craig, Windale

THE wedding of Megan Markle and Prince Harry, will cost in the vicinity of $55.5 million Australian dollars. Considering the poverty in Britain, and for that matter world wide, I just think that's immoral.

David Davies, Blackalls Park

HARRY and Meghan, Meghan and Harry. What a bore! Who cares? The sooner we become a republic and cut ties with this country, the better.

Don Fraser, Belmont

SO IF we get pulled over by the booze bus and asked for our E license show the cops on our phone do we get fined for using a cell phone in charge of a motor vehicle?

Daryll "Dash" Horne, Waratah

IN REPLY to Brian Suters (Letters 23/4): here’s an idea for funding. Members of the community could 'buy a brick'. A person can buy a brick for $10. For a family it costs between $30 and $50, $100 to $300 for groups, %400 for businesses and $3000 plus for large corporations. Make it all tax deductible as the museum is a not-for-profit organisation. The idea for buying a brick is not new, as I know other groups have used this successfully.

Rosalynd O’Shannassy, Marks Point

WOW. Just read in the Herald that it’s going to cost one to three million dollars to clean up an old council landfill deposit site at Stockton (“EPA dumps plea for waste levy exemption”, Herald 14/5). Looks like it’s taxpayers that are going to have to put our hands back in our pockets and pay for someone’s stupidity once again. It sounds just like the Williamtown RAAF scenario: no one wants to take the blame.

Ross Jurd, Edgeworth