Letters to the editor: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Estelle Ross, of Riverside, says the Gorge is one of the most visited destinations in Tasmania
Estelle Ross, of Riverside, says the Gorge is one of the most visited destinations in Tasmania

Basin Cottage Volunteers

THE GORGE is one of the most visited destinations in Tasmania so for the Launceston City Council (The Examiner, September 14) to propose that the Basin Cottage volunteers should desist from giving visitors advice on tourism, itinerary and accommodation is clearly ludicrous. Imagine the negative effect this would have on a tourist seeking advice?

Estelle Ross, Riverside.

Weather confusion

“WEATHER records tumbled this winter around Tasmania, with many cold nights and very little rainfall recorded over the three-month period” (The Examiner, September 2). While at the same time last year we had record floods.

Launceston, like several other areas in the state, had its lowest winter average daily minimum temperature on record. And for the record, this spring began with rain, snow, sleet and frost, which was exactly on par with last year. With global warming and all, I wonder what record weather we’re in for next year? Confused? So is the weather man.

Ashley Trounson, Needles.

Footpath debate

WHO OWNS the footpath? Is it the ratepayer or the council? That is the question I’m asking. If it’s the ratepayer then the homeowner on the corner of Hart and Olive streets has not done anything wrong by extending their boundary to the gutter, but if it’s the council, then what possessed them to allow this to happen?

If you are a pedestrian walking towards Elphin Road and live in Olive Street near that house you have to cross over Olive Street then Hart Street, then Olive Street just to get to Elphin Road. That’s a lot of crossing over if you have small children or are pushing a pram. What really concerns me is if you are driving and turn from Elphin Road into Hart Street to go straight, giving way at the intersection is extremely dangerous, as I found out when even slowly edging across I was still not able to see the car coming on my right until the last minute. For me to see what’s coming properly I have to slowly edge the car forward quite a bit.

I cannot understand how that was allowed to happen, I have never seen a  boundary extended to a gutter like that anywhere, otherwise we should all be allowed to do it.   Now I enjoy walking and have walked around Newstead a number of time and that was brought to my attention recently so it wasn’t something that was done years ago and  was overlooked by our council, all thought some of their decisions are questionable. They do need to fix this problem before there is an accident and somebody gets hurt.

Maria Milazzo, Invermay.

The Lord’s Prayer

I’VE ALWAYS had a great affection for the Lord’s Prayer but it shouldn’t be imposed on those who don’t ascribe to an organised religion. I seem to recall a passage from the Bible that exhorts us not to parade our piousness before the public, so that observers can see how righteous we are.

Parliamentarians would be wiser to observe a few moments of silence before a session in which those who want to say the Pater Noster can do so to themselves. The others can dedicate their energies to reflecting how they can better serve the electorate and refrain from the childish bickering and obstructionism that characterises parliament at both a state and federal level at present.

Those in favor of a mandatory recitation of the Lord’s Prayer claim that we live in a country based on Christian values. I’m sure those values don’t include the slaughter of the indigenous people, the theft of their children, the incarceration and abuse of asylum seekers who have done nothing wrong and the institutionalised paedophilia which we all have to endure as a moral blight on our culture. These are hardly Christian values.

Ed Tuleja, Meander.