I HAVE just walked by the front of the Wickham railway interchange, and I have just seen something which makes me feel really sick. In front of the new artwork, there are three newly-planted trees destroyed, bent and broken at their main stem. Why do people do this? The artwork was subjected to graffiti days after being completed, too. I think it is time that penalties became much more severe for these low lives.
Derek Thompson, Wickham
AS if good country people are not facing enough with droughts, loss of stock and foreclosures, but we now have Tony Brown’s push for regional lockout laws (‘Push to go bush’, Newcastle Herald 9/1). So they can't even have a beer unless they run on his rules? What a joke!
Tony Morley, Waratah
WHEN you can’t be the real thing you have to come up with a name that (jump) suits your musical genre, so what better than Kingsley Rock (“Blue suede thongs just the ticket for Elvis fan”, Herald 11/1)?
Allan Gibson, Cherrybrook
WHY do we have to pay to watch our national soccer team in the Asian Cup? Come on, ABC, this is why we used to like you.
Bill Slicer, Tighes Hill
SOME have realised that governments do not work for the people. That’s history! When I saw the UK’s Grenfell tower burning, it was clear to me from the beginning that those responsible for public care would run for cover, again leaving the mug taxpayer to foot the bill for another bull-dust enquiry and tax slug. Correct or incorrect? Now we have the Opal Tower in Sydney. My first words were here we go again. I believe the taxpayer will be hit while the big boys and girls who control politicians on all sides hide behind yet another sham expressive enquiry. It now seems a surprise to some that the taxpayer is to foot the bill. One would never have thought that!
Stephen Bowskill, Hunter Valley
GREAT article yet again about Michele Renouf (née Mainwaring) by Joanne McCarthy (‘Lady and the pollie’, Weekender 13/1)! I love her work and as a newcomer I am enjoying having such a good local paper.
Teresa Murray, Maryville
IN regards to finance minister Mathias Cormann spending $37,000 in taxpayer money on flights to meet crossbenchers to discuss business tax cuts (AFR 11/1). Hasn't he ever heard of video conferencing, webinars, FaceTime, Skype or WhatsApp?
David Harris, Belmont North
GOOD on Canada for granting asylum to Rahaf Alqunun (‘Saudi teen Rahaf welcomed’, Herald 14/1). A country which still has a big heart and an open mind, both qualities much diminished in Australia over the past two decades. It's the trickle-down effect. I hope she has a great future.
Anne Phillips, Wallarah
A BIG shout out to the butcher from the Bay and Mr Hill out Singleton way. We live in the real world and your opinions only offend the ones that don’t want the truth, and I believe they are in the minority.