Short Takes Wednesday June 13 2018: readers have their say on the day’s news

IN REPLY to Keith Parsons (Letters 9/6): cities all over the world including Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and London have polo in the park events without causing long-term damage. A few weeks after, you wouldn't even know they had ever been there. They don't churn it to mud!

Shelley Fellows, Mayfield East

TO Anne Stuart (Letters 12/6): council doesn't care what you think. They will do whatever they want to do. Surely you have worked that out by now.

Tony Padgett, Newcastle

MATT Ophir (Short Takes 11/6): instead of criticising Knights cheerleaders, someone like you should campaign for inclusion. I am sure a few of the transgender people who have recently featured in the Herald for inclusion would be thrilled to be a Knights cheerleader. Who knows, there may even be a decent front rower amongst the ladies.

Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay

I WONDER how much Harry and Meghan's holiday is going to cost the Australian taxpayer.

Ann Ellis, Merewether

IN REPLY to Topics (“Hunter’s Knitwits spin out the world”, Herald 12/6) I think you will find the June birthday holiday for the Queen was retained after King George V, whose birthday was in June. King George VI was born in December and Queen Elizabeth was born April. These last two birthdays are at Christmas and Easter and the celebrations were left in June. Not a big deal!

Gillian Young, Pelican

NEWCASTLE, being one of the fastest growing cities in Australia, should be looking to accommodate as many major sporting events as possible. With the airport growing rapidly and a long overdue development boom underway, the world is Newcastle’s oyster. The negative individuals will be long forgotten as rapidly as Newcastle is growing.

Brad Hill, Singleton

A 2018 STUDY by the Reserve Bank has found no evidence that small increases in the minimum wage causes a loss of jobs or reduction in workers’ hours. What will industry and business invent to blame next?

Colin Fordham, Lambton

THE off-street parking fines issued by Newcastle City Council (“Council parking fines ruin day for footy fans”, Herald 11/6) at the footy are said to be safety issues. If safety is truly the motive, why not have a parking ranger present and stop cars from parking unsafe and directing them else where? I reckon the stadium management would happily pay the cost of wages not only last time, but every time. I think the truth is that it’s all about the money. The safety flag is wearing rather thin for mine.

Carl Stevenson, Dora Creek

I THOUGHT there was a slight improvement in the Knights. In fact, to my eyes there were a few flashes of mediocrity.

Bill Slicer, Tighes Hill

IN REPLY to Robert Morris (Letters 11/6), there was a time when most trains had a luggage carriage. Just a pleasant memory.

Daphne Hughes, Kahibah

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