I AGREE with Robert Lee that pokies are a scourge on our society. Owners of such machines are the greedy ones along with the government who one assumes can't survive without the taxes received. I used to play the machines when I was living in London; but the way the machines are set one will never win in the long run. I was at the local casino with friends for a birthday lunch last year and after the meal we all congregated at the poker machines. I had some loose change in my pocket and immediately lost it. Point taken.
Cecil Neil Guy, Youngtown.
CH Smith building
THE revamping of Launceston’s biggest eyesore, the CH Smith building, is going gangbusters, as we can hear. Now I read that because of minor changes that have to be made inside the building that little known entity, the Tasmanian Heritage Council has the capacity to put another spanner in the works. All I can say is put your money on the line instead of protesting just for the sake of it.
Glennis Sleurink, Launceston.
WHERE would we be without them? As I age, I am still excellent walking on most surfaces, but hopeless when it comes to vast expanses of highly polished surfaces such as at the airport and Launceston General Hospital. I wanted to visit a friend in the LGH that couldn’t have been further from the entrance. I rang the hospital and they put me in touch with Keith, a volunteer. He met me at the entrance, took me by the arm and escorted me to the ward. I am sure there are hundreds like him and I am certain I speak on behalf of the community in expressing gratitude to all volunteers.
Malcolm Scott, Newstead.
I WAS going to barrack for the Poms during the upcoming Ashes series but now fear that this may be considered as being unpatriotic and face possible deportation. Not taking any chances so through gritted teeth, it’s “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” for me just in case.