THE question that passes through my mind whenever I am in a car is: when should you indicate your intention to turn? It appears that many folk feel blinkers are an optional choice, to be used sparingly or only when you start to turn. Is this normal, or in this energy-conscious era it may be an energy-saving measure? Mostly it’s annoying.
Lyn Rendle, Rankin Park
STEVE Barnett (Short Takes 5/6), I believe to get an honest answer you need to ask an honest question. The school student protesters and others have never said they didn’t use resources from mining or eat. That’s someone’s straw man, an invention. Instead of continually playing the ‘man’, be useful and dispute the so-called facts and science behind the protesters’ case that many of the things we do and the way we do them are damaging and unsustainable in the long run.
Colin Fordham, Lambton
GREAT to see Tim Owen is promoting Newcastle’s engineering excellence for defence contracts (‘Owen to lead new defence task force’, Herald 5/12). I remind Mr Owen and the Liberal Party that we can build the light rail cars and trains but that were ordered overseas. Now we have dreams of a fast train ('Rail options have backing’, Herald 5/12) please look no further than the Hunter to build it.
Steven Wisnie, Dudley
ANOTHER rant from Tony Brown. Offensive screaming, brawling, vomiting and burn outs? I haven't seen it Tony, but I have seen some very talented musicians in my life. I'm 60 years young and I've been enjoying the Newcastle music scene since I was 16. Tony, pack up and move if you’re not happy. For all your vitriol you won't win, but I'm happy to arrange your farewell party. I can even find some organ music records for you.
Ann Ellis, Merewether
REGARDING Brad Hill’s argument religion causes most death and destruction (Short Takes 4/12), the carnage unleashed by the two most murderous regimes in recorded history, that in China 1949-76 of 60 million and the Soviet Union 1929-53 of 40 million, far exceed any others. They were both primarily an exercise of power. If Mr Hill is classifying atheism as a religion then part of his argument may make sense but not in reference to the Bible.
Paulette Gray, Singleton
IN reply to Ray Dinneen (Letters, 3/12), I've heard that betting agencies are laying odds of 100 to one that Newcastle’s light-rail will still be operating in 2030?
Peter Newey, Hamilton
DID anyone realise that for two days now we have not had any bridge results in the sports results section of the Newcastle Herald? Did anybody miss them, or even care that they were not there? I think not. Leave this section for the traditional sports.
Stan Spink, East Maitland
IF the Liberal Party has re-endorsed its remaining sitting members (‘Craig Kelly saved from preselection stoush’, Herald 3/12), how does the party hope to reach gender equality in its parliamentary ranks?
Susie Johnson, Adamstown
A Newcastle Herald advertising feature published Friday incorrectly stated R and R Murphy had received an HMA manufacturer of the year award in a story appearing on page 69. The award won by R and R Murphy was The Hunternet -2018 Port Waratah Coal Services Harvey Knox Award. The winner of HMA Manufacturer of the Year was McLanahan Corporation. We apologise for the error and any confusion.