Short Takes Saturday August 11 2018: readers have their say on the day’s news

IN REPLY to the Gibsons (Letters 8/8): if the NSW government was to lower the registration on caravans for Grey Nomads to a fee-only status, imagine how much disposable income would free up to be spent in the towns affected by the weather. It’s easily done with a stroke of the ministerial pen. Pensioners spend, they do not hoard.

John Bradford, Beresfield

IN LIGHT of Phil Gould seemingly making an attempt to have Ivan Cleary break his contract at the West Tigers and return to Penrith, I believe it is a disgrace. He should be charged with bringing the game into disrepute. Gould seems to think he is the be-all and end-all of rugby league. All he is doing is causing fans to hate Penrith because of his actions.

Ross Gillard, Argenton

TO MAC Maguire, there is another word that is rarely used but should be used regularly. The word "imbecile" should be paramount in this day and age.

Brad Hill, Singleton

AFTER being sacked by Penrith, why would Ivan Cleary even contemplate going back there? I get that he would like to coach his son one day but the Wests Tigers threw him a coaching lifeline. He should honour his contract.   

Andy McFadden, Warners Bay

ENERGY Australia, now Ausgrid, announces a 198% rise in profits for the first half of 2018 ($129 million to $375 million ) but believes upward cost pressures will ease soon. Move on, nothing to see here.

Chris Peters, Newcastle

DONATIONS to drought relief are essential but are as effective as putting a Bandaid on a cancer unless climate change is seriously addressed. We’re soothing a symptom and not treating the cause. As a collective group we have immense power to change political decisions. In addition to your donation, write to your political party of choice and demand immediate action. If they refuse, vote for a party that has a strong history of climate change action and support an activist group that will actually fight for a liveable future, not only for our farmers, but for our children and grandchildren. 

John Arnold, Singleton

NEWCASTLE is already a harbourside jewel, (‘FeWspace”, Herald 8/8), so why isn’t there 90-minute intercity trains bringing global Sydney to our doorstep at the former ideal Newcastle station? Battery-powered with a CBD cut and cover or a single stanchion sky train is 21st century in-depth infrastructure efficiency. Now that's a smart city.

Graeme Tychsen, Rankin Park

WITH the Defence Force’s march towards political correctness, officers may soon be required to tuck in new recruits each night and read them a story about gender diversity before lights out.

Jim Gardiner, New Lambton

HAS anyone else tried to find a phone number for the ATO in the current phone book? On further investigation only contacts for local MPs are given. Is the government in hiding or is this a cost cutting exercise?

Betsy Watson, Swansea

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