I NOTE with interest that City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten has announced that rates would probably not increase if councils got together and shared resources. I also noted that he didn't announce that rates would go down. Launceston used to have a spokesperson for the ratepayers of Launceston. His name was Rob Soward. But I think he has morphed into a council alderman. Anybody heard from him lately? The mayor talks about money and rates not rising, why does the council allow all this "tarting up" of the Mall, the Quadrant and Civic Square? The new Verge motel design? What another example of how to destroy a city’s appeal.
Steve Rogers, South Launceston.
IT’S CERTAINLY hard to understand the massive pay packets of the country's university vice-chancellors with one report detailing that the nations 38 public university heads were paid an average salary of $890,000 last year, with 11 of them earning more than $1 million. Interestingly, Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has urged restraint saying salaries should reflect community expectations. Where have we heard that before? Who can forget the recent reveal of the outrageous pay packet of the Australia Post chief executive. Currently taxpayers fork out about 58 per cent of university revenue, so it is fair to say that the vice-chancellors should take a good look at themselves and ask whether their pay does meet the expectations of students, staff, and everyday Australians. I for one says, it does not.
Robert Lee, Summerhill.
Medical staff thanks
THIS letter is on behalf of my next door neighbour, Mr Johan Pragt, who has just recently finished having radiotherapy for lung cancer. He wishes to thank the staff at radiology the treatment over the past six weeks, from May 31 until July 20. The care and respect that they give is unreal. You restore faith in the human race again. Keep up the good work, you make people happy again, whatever the outcome. A big thank you to all who work there.