Letters to the editor Tuesday June 12 2018

BREAKTHROUGH: Knights forward Herman Ese'ese on the charge in Saturday night's narrow loss to Sydney Roosters. Reader Allen Small dubbed it their best game of 2018.
BREAKTHROUGH: Knights forward Herman Ese'ese on the charge in Saturday night's narrow loss to Sydney Roosters. Reader Allen Small dubbed it their best game of 2018.

THE Knights may not have won on Saturday against the Roosters but in my opinion it was their best performance of the year, they showed real grit in defence. Their attack showed some glimpses of what they are able to do when they do move the ball around. 

There was only one blemish to my eyes, and that was when Jack Cogger kicked too deep into the in-goal at the time the Roosters were down to twelve men, thus giving them the relief they needed with a seven tackle set starting on the 20-metre line. 

If the Knights can perform like that for the rest of the season, the defeat to the Sharks will only be a memory and keep them away from the dreaded wooden spoon which, in my honest opinion, we were heading for after that defeat.

Allen Small, East Maitland 

CHAPTER WITH WRONG TITLE

THE Ellis defence (“No defence”, Herald 11/6) is a title of shame and guilt. It is also a misnomer. That shame and guilt do not belong to John Ellis. The shame and guilt belong to those who enabled such disproportionate child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. I believe they did that by their presumption and hubris.

As John Ellis has written (Letters 11/6), the survivors want justice. However, we all need healing. Healing requires the Church to take responsibility for that presumption and hubris. Then the church needs to seek forgiveness from the survivors who were abused and betrayed.

Nietzsche wrote: “Because you lie about that which is, you do not catch the thirst for that which should be.” In the same vein Christ attributed the denial of truth to Satan. Hence we do not change from doing what is wrong to do what is right. Such is the human condition; we have all been there.

Some of the witnesses at the recent royal commission did not get it.

Mark Porter, New Lambton

THERE’S AN ART TO IT

I WAS surprised to read in both the Newcastle Herald and the Maitland Mercury that councillor Philip Penfold and his followers feel that the Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) is too expensive to run (“Casting vote blocks bid on gallery funds”, Herald 25/5). From its inception in 1957, MRAG has become a centre for not only art, but a comprehensive range of activities which benefit the whole community from young children to the elderly.

The quality of what MRAG does for the citizens of Maitland has attracted financial and asset donations from individuals and organisations locally, state and Australia wide. This clearly demonstrates the wide recognition that MRAG has gained as a result of the quality and diversity of its offering. Its recent achievements in the national awards held last week in Melbourne once again highlights Maitland’s reputation as not only one of the fastest growing areas, but also the quality and the diversity of the lifestyle we, as locals enjoy. 

Additionally, the amount of money it raises for charitable organisations, such as ovarian cancer research, further proves the gallery’s ability to attract local and intrastate attendees to support their activities.

From what information I have read, there are as many visitors from outside the Maitland local government area as there are locals. The revenue its visitors bring to our area would obviously benefit other local services and businesses – would these visitors exist if it weren’t for MRAG?

For those hundreds of people that attended the gallery’s recent open day, I am sure it was an experience they not only enjoyed, but an eye opener for those who toured all of the facilities that the Gallery now has.  It is an incredible shame that some Maitland Councillors think MRAG is “too good for Maitland citizens” – as I certainly don’t agree!

We have an opportunity to grow the reputation and appeal of MRAG – let’s be proud of what has been created and move it forward - not freeze it’ funding!

Peter Cockbain, Raworth

PEOPLE USED TO COME FIRST

HEY Lindsay Young (Letters 7/6): as you stated, only 12% of workers belong to a union. It’s probably the main reason why wages are going backwards while company profits and living costs are going skywards.  "Be grateful the business has given us a job" - are you serious?

Where would any company be without its workforce, all while top executives are receiving obscene remuneration through self-preservation and keeping shareholders happy at the expense of workers and customers? What happened to looking after workers and customers and profits looking after themselves?

Tony Maddison, Cams Wharf

PLANNERS MUST TAKE BLAME

“PEOPLE are going to have to learn to live with it.” (“Parking ‘reality’ sinks in for traders”, Herald 9/6). I think the instigators of this “plan” are going to have to learn to live with the reality that this was a terribly ill-conceived idea. 

What an arrogant and short-sighted view of the situation. You shouldn’t need to “learn to live” with an untenable situation. The public transport service is clunky and difficult to use. The last “overhaul” of the bus system was a step backwards. Without a well integrated and streamlined public transport system, people will drive and if they can’t park, then they will simply drive elsewhere. 

Am I going to attempt to navigate a disjointed public transport system with a family of six? Absolutely not.

Matthew Searles, Minmi

TENTATIVE TOE IN THE WATER

REGARDING bringing the Volvo Ocean Race to Newcastle (“Sails pitch”, Herald 8/6): I would say good idea, as I did about Supercars until I found out what they planned to do. I would need to know how much public and private space and resources would need to be alienated for this to occur before I would begin to think it a good idea, and I would expect my elected councillors to be able to view the relevant documents before agreement is struck (“V8s race deed kept secret”, Herald 9/6).

Anne Stuart, Mayfield

SLICING THROUGH TO DETAILS

BRAD Hill (Short Takes 11/6) talks a lot about facts but doesn’t actually provide any to prove his statement that wind turbines cost more in energy to build than they produce. This, despite him having two opportunities to do so. Maybe his opinion is just a lot of wind.

Colin Fordham, Lambton

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