GREAT weather for the beach, but there is no parking from Nobbys to Newcastle beach because of the closing of Wharf Road parking this year (‘Newcastle 500 Supercars track works off to flying start’, Newcastle Herald 6/11), and now they’re setting up for Supercars. When the race was on last year it was an opportunity to promote Newcastle and its beauty, but whether you’re local or a tourist you cannot get a park, so while it is great for Supercars it is not so great if you want to go to the beach for a swim.
Alan Ackroyd, Hamilton
MICHAEL Cassel ("Big is not best in cities of the future", 2/11): trams once ran parallel to trains to show their different roles. Trams for local trips, in contrast to distance travel. Now trains have been cut from the priceless advantage of reaching the coast where there is so much. A car-less small skytrain and/or cut and cover would allow intercities to ideal Newcastle station, which easily managed high-volume, high-turnover prosperity and put global Sydney at our doorstep. Now that's a sure way to increase the lower Hunter economic pie. Gotta love your "light rail..[is] the start of the potential".
Graeme Tychsen, Rankin Park
I WAS astonished to witness, on ABC TV’s The Drum, the eminent journalist Peter Fitzsimons refer to children as "kids". Are their parents goats?
Ronald Piper, East Maitland
STEVE Fernie (Short Takes 2/11): my last three contributions have been about climate change and having a gay time on the weekend. You refer to my utterings as not significant. I agree climate change is not significant, however it is important to be happy and gay.
Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay
RESIDENTIAL development in Newcastle: boxes in 50 shades of grey
Susan Wood, Cooks Hill
I’LL GIVE you the heads up, this is just another indication of an aleing economy (‘Brewers pour on in gaol beer festival’, Herald 2/11).
Allan Gibson, Cherrybrook
I ASK for help from those of your readers who know Christianity. Our new-ish Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a former Minister for Immigration, claims to be a Christian. When asked how this fitted with his treatment of asylum seekers, he replied "How I reconcile that with my faith is, frankly, a matter for me". My query to your Christian readers is: can you think of what that reconciliation might be? The only suggestion I have heard is the pragmatic "It stops the boats, and helps save lives", itself a dubious claim. But surely Christianity doesn't justify maltreatment on the grounds of pragmatism, or does it? Can someone please explain, or is Mr Morrison just a hypocrite?
Warren Brisley, Dorrigo
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