Letters to the editor | November 30, 2017

A file photo of a pedestrian crossing the street. Sharon Langerak says a campign is needed to improve pedestrian safety.
A file photo of a pedestrian crossing the street. Sharon Langerak says a campign is needed to improve pedestrian safety.

Right of way

I AM writing to you to vent my spleen, at the interpretation of the road rules, concerning giving way to pedestrians on crossings.

Today, I was crossing Charles Street at the intersection of Charles and Paterson, with the green man flashing, when a car made a left hand turn into Charles Street, between me and the kerb. Surely I as the pedestrian, had right of way.

Leading up to Christmas, could there be more ads on television on how to drive and give way to pedestrians, before someone is killed.

Sharon Langerak, Hadspen.

Not the best

D. BRELSFORD (The Examiner, November 19) must drive around wearing blinkers by not seeing the behaviour of Tasmanian drivers.

Not giving way to the right going round roundabouts, not giving way to pedestrians at roundabouts, intersections not governed by traffic lights, pedestrian crossings at supermarkets and carparks. Not obeying speed limit signs and roadworks safety speed limit signs. Not keeping to the left lane over 80 km/h.

Exiting no-exit driveways, reversing out of a parking bay not looking and giving way to traffic both left and right. Crossing double white lines, overtaking in a slip lane, not giving way swapping lanes. Going through a traffic light that is already red, no idea what to do in a slip lane. That is just a few no-nos.

Yes indeed, we do have to watch out for the other drivers and be alert of what they might do next. So much for the best drivers in Australian.

K. Nunn, Newnham.

With thanks

I WOULD like to say thank you to two gallant men who helped me off the moving travelator at Woolworths in Launceston on November 20.

They are to me like two angels sent from God who came to my rescue when I fell backwards on the travelator. Trying to lift me up while it was still moving was no mean task and I am very thankful to them both. Also to the lady who was behind me too was extremely caring.

And not to forget the staff of Woolworths who were extremely compassionate to the extent that I was even driven home by them.    Yes, I am bruised and sore but without their help things would have been much worse.

Thank you, only two little words but they come from my heart to you all.

Veronica Davies, Beaconsfield.

Foxglove menace

FOXGLOVES are set to be more invasive then blackberries. In the UK they are regarded as a pretty cottage garden plant. In New Zealand they are endemic and they have given up trying to eradicate them. In Tasmania they are fast becoming one of the most visible and hard to control pest species I have ever seen.

Visit Liffey Falls to see wall to wall foxglove infestations. Other places I have seen them growing out of control are Spellmans Bridge on the Wilmot River and on the east side of the Forth River from Alma Bridge to Forth.

Nothing will eat them. They are poisonous to man and beast. Each plant produces up to 90,000 seeds and each seed remains viable for 10 years or more.

My property and those of my neighbours are covered each spring with plants. We are forced to spend day after day, week after week in an increasingly futile and expensive effort to just keep them under some sort of control. Yet they are not even listed as a noxious weed. To my knowledge no government department has them on a watch list let alone a watch-and-act list. At least blackberries can be eaten and are slow growing. The foxglove is neither.

God help us if the foxglove ever gets into Cradle Mountain National Park. Now that will be a true natural disaster.  They are already as close as Cethana. Can someone please come up with something?

Dax McHarg, Wilmot.

Words are not enough

THEY say 'a picture is worth a thousand words'; and they're right.  

The death toll from the horrific Egyptian mosque attack now stands at 305, which included 26 children and a further 128 injured.

The Examiner photo of November 27 was possibly one of the most poignant pictures I have ever seen. Two children standing among discarded shoes that remain from victims, outside Al-Rawda Mosque at Ismalia. No words are needed - the picture says it all and more. God help us all if this barbarian continues.

Robert Lee, Summerhill.

Voters Disrespected

THOSE politicians who refer to voters as "punters" are showing huge disrespect.

They are suggesting these "mug punters" who incidentally pay their salaries, are merely guessing rather than making informed decisions. What arrogance and condemnation of  democracy and universal suffrage. I hope all voters who find the candidate they are presented with regards them in such an elitist and ignorant manner will gamble responsibly.

Rod Fenner, Launceston.

No problem

I HAVE a question for the people pushing for same-sex marriage.

Are you now or have you ever been threatening to turn us gay? Are you now or have you ever been threatening to turn our children gay? If the answer is no then I have a question for the people pushing against same-sex marriage. What exactly is the problem with same sex marriage?

Davis Seecamp, Trevallyn.

Thank you Tasmania

I JUST spent two fabulous weeks in your fantastic state. I found fresh air, local produce and most importantly, friendly courteous people. 

My trip was highlighted by the gentleman who found my wallet in Launceston near Boags Brewery and Googled my name/state to locate me dining in Francos restaurant. I wish to thank this gentleman who unselfishly searched and found me. Karma and human nature at its best.

S.Turnbull, West Lakes, SA.