Letters to the editor

Graham Moppett, of Longford, asks cyclists to move into single file to reduce the danger  to other motorists and themselves.

Graham Moppett, of Longford, asks cyclists to move into single file to reduce the danger to other motorists and themselves.

Single file

I KNOW we hate to read about cyclists being involved in motor accidents, and I’m pleased that we have at last given them a one-and-a-half metre clearance when passing.

But at the same time, we still have to respect other road users, and in saying that, is it not time to restrict cyclists from riding two abreast.

Around Longford, we have many cyclists enjoying their passion for riding. The roads are normal size, not motorways.  

When you get two (or a group) of cyclists riding two abreast they take up the width of the lane, now we have to add 1.5 metres to pass, that puts the following traffic into the oncoming lane if they need to pass. One could ask, we should wait to pass?

But we find that the cyclist continues on his way as the traffic builds up behind them. Would it not be far better and safer for the cyclists to move into single file, and reduce the danger to oncoming traffic and to themselves.

Graham Moppett, Longford.

Same-sex Marriage

HERE we go again. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten playing politics at the expense of the plebiscite.

Up front, I will vote no if a plebiscite is held. And if the Parliament holds a vote in the house, I will not recognise same-sex marriage .

If Australia is allowed to vote and it’s "yes", I don't have a problem and reluctantly I will accept it.

But as it is in Parliament, at the moment with Mr Shorten looking for kudos and populous politics  (as he does), he is saying that the Australian people have no idea and it should be left to parliament to decide this issue.

As half of the sitting members couldn't get a job outside politics (unless they have ties with a union or China)  I feel they have no credibility to go down this path.

I was appalled by the Deputy Opposition Leader Opposition Tanya Plibersek pointing at a young chap and his two mothers in the gallery.

She made a spectacle of this young chap to try and gain traction for a parliamentary game of political popularity on this national social issue.

Support the plebiscite Mr Shorten and stop playing politics with the nation and peoples’ feelings.

Steve Rogers, South Launceston.

Emergency Preparedness

A STAGGERING one-in-three of people reading this letter will face at least one natural disaster in their lifetime.

And after the disaster hits, sadly there’s one thing most will also experience – regret about not being better prepared.

Red Cross is calling on all Australians to take action before it’s too late.

We want all Australians to be prepared for an emergency, whether it’s as large as a bushfire, cyclone or flood, or as personal as a family crisis.

Too many conversations after an emergency begin with “I wish I had…”. People wish they’d taken the kids’ baby photographs; kept their passports safe; upped their insurance; looked in on their neighbours.

For decades, we’ve seen first hand the trauma, stress, and hardship that disasters bring; things many of us just aren’t prepared for like anxiety, grief and loss, relationship problems, and financial hardship that can go on for many years.

You can’t get back what you’ve lost after an emergency. 

But you can plan to protect what matters most. And that’s different for everyone.

Our free guide can spare people much of the avoidable grief and trauma because we know that the better you are prepared, the better you will cope.

Download your RediPlan at redcross.org.au/prepare and get prepared.

Kat Faldui-Ball, Red Cross Tasmania assistant director.

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