Short Takes August 23 2018: readers have their say on the day’s news

HOW anyone can justify donating funds to Philip Wilson and Cardinal Pell in support of their legal costs (Herald 17/8) is beyond me. I find it disgusting that anyone could do this, yet apparently they are. I believe the people concerned are making martyrs of them and backing their actions.

Mal Chaney, Kurri Kurri

I HOPE our premier read that letter (Herald 18/8) about the people that went to Melbourne and saw their Victorian-built trains and trams running with no problems, not like ours. I believe she sold out our state and costs the taxpayers millions. Can some other person please take over?

Barry Spaulding, Cardiff

ED MATZENIK (Short Takes 20/8) asks how many water bombers a submarine could pay for. I think it would be far more informative to ask the people of Syria, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan and others what not deterring war in your country feels like. Bushfires are bad, but an inadequate defence force is incomparably worse.

Sean Farnham, Kurri Kurri

100 YEARS ago this September the first direct wireless message from England to Australia was sent in 1918. This message was sent from Carnarvon in Wales and was received by the Experimental Station at Wahroonga in Sydney.

Jenny Cahill, Soldiers Point

IT IS only August but Supercars are sending flyers telling residents in the race precinct that they must get accreditation from Supercars, a private company, to access their own homes. If residents apply for accreditation they get counted in the attendance figures. Our council may have signed up as service providers for Supercars, but I haven't and I won't be applying to anyone for permission to enter my own home.

John Hudson, Newcastle East

2000 YEARS ago organised religious leadership was corrupt and supported by government (the Romans back then) to keep control of the people. These same people had been promised a saviour, and when one came along it was easy to change and follow a new path. In this day and age, as then, we are disillusioned by our religious leaders, our political leaders and our financial organisations. The list goes on. The problem today, especially for the younger generation, is there is no sign of a saviour and they are left aimless with only the pursuit of pleasure as their immediate goal. No wonder our lives are becoming so fragmented.

Garry Robinson, Mannering Park

ALL aboard, as the time is nearing for light rail to commence. Was it called light rail because it looks like it was a model of a Dolphin torch? And if it gets crowded, I hope they have the surfboard racks on the outside.

Alan Ackroyd, Hamilton

G.T.W Agnew (Letters 17/8) cites radicalisation as a difficulty contributing to acts of terrorism but fails to explain why Christianity is at fault in the many instances mentioned. I would think radicalisation of a Christian would involve him or her caring for others, not causing harm.

Paulette Gray, Singleton