Letters to the editor: Friday, September 15, 2017

Max Woodberry, Launceston, spoke to his grandfather in the 1960s about the Thylacine. He said the Tasmanian ‘tigers are open-range animal and must run their prey down’.

Max Woodberry, Launceston, spoke to his grandfather in the 1960s about the Thylacine. He said the Tasmanian ‘tigers are open-range animal and must run their prey down’.

Tasmanian Tigers

In the late 1960s talking to my grandfather Mr E.G. Pursell, who was a hunter and bushman, I told him I believed Tasmanian Tigers still exist. He said there will be no more tigers. ‘But grandfather, what about the West Coast? It’s mainly unexplored,’ I said. ‘No’, he said, ‘tigers are open-range animal and must run their prey down’. Fifty years on, this wise man is still right.

Max Woodberry, Launceston.

Arthur Pieman

I HAVEN’T always agreed with the Aboriginal views on certain subjects, but access for four-wheel-drives on the Arthur Pieman to be shunted has my full support. Why should a group of thrill seekers be given approval to destroy a heritage site because they want to play ‘boys with their toys’? Haven’t these people got better outlets for their boredom? Some drink to excess, which make it an accident waiting to happen as many are inclined to take too many risks just for that extra thrill. The state government needs to show common sense in this issue before it runs amok.

Jo Ford, Legana.

Eat Street Support

ACCORDING TO The Examiner’s online poll, 82 per cent of Launceston residents strongly support keeping “Eat Street” at St Georges Square. Our community is firmly behind this site and concept which brings families together in one of Launceston’s great public spaces. The City of Launceston has an obligation to serve the interests of all stakeholders. Alderman Darren Alexander’s comments and notice of motion seem to not be representative of all Launceston business owners. Social media has been flooded with comments from traditional business owners that support the Eat Street concept, and state that they would much rather receive some form of rubbish collection service with the higher rates and rent they pay rather than a war on potential competitors. If the council is truly interested in supporting the local business community it should explore and implement options that see small business in the Launceston central business district receive a rubbish collection service, and not poking the eye of potential competitors. Launceston residents are fully behind Eat Street and the mobile food van culture. Now, City of Launceston, it’s your turn.

Kyle Barrett, Relbia.

Martin Luther

THIS YEAR is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's nailing his thesis on a church door in Wittenberg. That event was the starting point for the protestant reformation. Martin Luther was an important person in history, and much of his thinking was moulded by his reading of the Bible. He was a bachelor until age 41 when he married Katie and they enjoyed a marriage of about 25 years. They had six children of their own, and also raised four orphans. Martin Luther truly understood those words in the Bible which say: “It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband”. This advice is very applicable to us today. Let us vote  ‘no’ in the forthcoming plebiscite.

Christopher Hopwood, Kings Meadows.

Women’s Footy

I AM RESPONDING to Ted Horlock’s letter on women’s footy (The Examiner, September 7). I highly suggest before one writes such a sexist and offensive letter to the editor about the AFLW (by criticising the weight, skills and fitness of these women) that one should probably take the time to watch more than just “some” of the game. The television stations and sporting boards are doing a great job at enhancing and promoting women in sport both nationally and internationally. I look forward to the day young women can choose a fruitful and successful career in sport and not be so harshly criticised based on very little facts and knowledge of the game.

Lisa Newsum, Summerhill.

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