HOW long will long-suffering motorists have to endure the delays caused by the major roadworks at the end of the M1 at the intersection of John Renshaw Drive? Are we to get a traffic signal controlled replacement to the mindless initial design of the roundabout? Surely this major intersection deserves a rethink and serious consideration of a flyover.
Allan Gibson, Cherrybrook
AUSTRALIA spends many billions on purchasing defence equipment, most from overseas suppliers, against a possible threat from a unknown enemy. How much better would it be to spend about 1 per cent of the defence budget on building a hospital ship that could assist from known climate threats, like the recent tsunami in Indonesia? We could build a rapid response vessel - 40 knots - based on the Incat’s wave-piercing design which could provide many of the urgently needed requirements such as power, fresh water and medical assistance from an on-board hospital. Based in north Queensland, it would be within easy reach of much of the Pacific region, including the most at risk areas of Australia.
Don Owers, Dudley
STEVE Barnett (Short Takes 5/10): while your claim of 300 power plants in production is wildly inaccurate, hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens regularly protest against their coal industry and coal-fired plant construction. The brave fight against the wealthy and powerful for common sense, science and the future of our species is found in all cultures.
John Arnold, Singleton
IT IS so nice of the ex-workers from Queensland Nickel to fund Clive Palmer’s newest political push. After all he really looked after them when he shut down that plant. If you think Clive has your best interests at heart, then I believe you must be from another planet.
Mick Miller, Salamander Bay
I WAS thinking after reading the Topics column item about gender neutral farm animals (Topics 3/10). If the politically-correct crowd behind this gem are fair dinkum, I offer anyone who believes in this rubbish the opportunity to milk Sebastian, my 500-kilogram Hereford bull. Latte anyone?
Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay
I MUST ask, does anyone really care whether Cameron Smith plays on? I say begone, the greatest of all time, and take your premiership trophies and other awards. Get some trophies made up for the premierships stripped for cheating and begone.
Brad Hill, Singleton
SO NORTH Stockton continues to be decimated by big seas, yet the powers that be would rather look after the big end of town, put vulnerable men in boarding houses out on the street due to fire concerns (‘Landlord says tenants are out’, Herald 5/10) and attack small business in the suburbs (‘The council boss, the barking dogs and the radio personality’, Herald 15/9). What?
Tony Morley, Waratah
WAS 2018 Dashville Skyline’s best yet?