November 15, 2017: Your say on sewerage, citizens, and thank-yous

Malcolm McCulloch, of Pipers River, suggests Launceston could look at Chicago for sewerage and wastewater solutions.
Malcolm McCulloch, of Pipers River, suggests Launceston could look at Chicago for sewerage and wastewater solutions.

Launceston Sewerage

I RECENTLY watched a documentary on TV in which some of the history and progress of Chicago was built on a swamp.

Like Launceston, it was left with a combined sewerage and rainwater system, which was prone to overloading  and polluting local waterways in times of heavy rainfall.

They have solved their problem by building a place to catch the overflow, which is really a gigantic hole in the ground, until it can be treated later on.

It seems to me that this may be the only practical way to cope with Launceston’s waste water problems.

All they need to do is find a suitable place to build such a reservoir to catch the overflow.

If it can be made to work with a huge city like Chicago surely it is not beyond the realms of possibility for it to work for little Launceston.

Malcolm McCulloch, Pipers River.

Domestic violence

HEARTBREAK, shell shock, horror, disbelief.

How do we reply to domestic violence, let alone against a child?

Do we simply turn our head and look the other way?

Explain it away with that classic “never did me any harm”?

Do we openly voice our hero tolerance until we hide behind closed doors?

Do we label our children “entities” so we can show them such contempt as “parental punishment when nothing else works”?

Regardless our standing in the community, violence against children, whatever form it takes, never “works”.

The energy of violence anywhere ripples down (often silently) through generations.

All the more reason our communities and governments need to stop with the polite “or else” commands and the giving to families and children with one hand, bleeding them dry with the other.

Stop pulling that shoestring rug out from under children.

Then together we can wholeheartedly nurture our only real hope for the future, children.

Deb Johnston-Andrews, Newnham.

Opinions matter

SO THIS week the results of the same sex marriage survey will be announced. 

Now we have about a dozen conservative politicians putting touches to their own bill should the vote be yes. 

I always thought politicians were put there by their electorates and would abide by the views those electorates. 

What is the point of voting if those conservatives say it's my way or no way?

Australia isn't a country that is ruled by the church and conservatism these days, and everyone's opinions should be considered. 

After all, if this vote should sent biding to those members of parliament against it maybe the votes which saw them elected count either.

Glennis Sleurink, Launceston.

Dual Citizenship

MORAL authority is defined by the Webster dictionary as “trustworthiness to make decisions that are right and good.”  

The offshore detention policy that has led to the abysmal situation of refugees on Manus Island has considerably undermined the government’s moral authority.

The parliamentary prayer which is recited at the commencement of sittings of the Senate and House of Representatives urges that “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven”. 

This dual-citizenship prayer incorporating Earth and heaven cannot sit comfortably with those who persist in supporting a refugee policy which has caused so much suffering to so few people whose only “crime” was to flee persecution.

Ed Sianski, West Moonah.


I WISH to thank the Member for Windermere, Ivan Dean, for his generosity with his time regarding a matter dear to my father's family.

He truly went beyond what I expected.   

C. Venn, Rokeby.


I’VE RECENTLY been asked, why do I dislike politicians so much?

It’s not a matter of liking or disliking. I find most suffer from disillusional grandeur of self importance and loss of memory when convenient.

I just have lost all respect and faith in them as at times they behave like an unruly child who can’t have their own way when they want.

If they were to put as much energy into focusing on the problems facing us all as they do into insulting each other then our problems would maybe a thing of the past.

Jo Ford, Legana.

Legislative Council

THE LETTER written by Robert E. Lee (The Examiner, November 11) sums up what the legislative council should be, independents and not party stooges.

Over the years we have been blessed by some very good independent members,such as George Shaw, Reg Hope, Don Wing (former liberal president), Ray Bailey and of course our present hard- working Launceston member Rosemary Armitage,who will always listens and is accessible,which more than I can say for our previous local federal member.

Kerry Blundell, Norwood.

Gratitude to Redline Service

LAST MONTH, I travelled frequently to Hobart, courtesy of Redline Coaches. 

What a great service this is and made enjoyable by the jovial Drivers, along the way.

On October 15, one shone and I can never thank him enough for his assistance and understanding in trying times. 

The world would be a better place if we had more like you and to the young lass who also offered assistance on our arrival in Hobart, at 10pm. I am forever grateful.

Vonda Sushames, Wynyard.