February 10, 2018: Your say on driving, Daniel Andrews, advertising

Donna Bain, of Longford, calls out some dangerous driving in recent wet weather.
Donna Bain, of Longford, calls out some dangerous driving in recent wet weather.

Dangerous Driving

SHAME ON the driver of the ute who tailgated me into Longford during Monday night's fierce thunderstorm. 

Unlike you, I had slowed down due to the limited visibility and large volume of water on the road.

In the end I had to pull over because I was concerned you would drive into me. Shame on you. 

Next time, please drive to the conditions. 

My life depends on it, and so does yours.

Donna Bain, Longford.


THE Tasmanian branch of the Labor party has not made a wise decision to use the ALP Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, in its election campaign.

Mr Andrews and his government are very much on the public nose in Victoria and his party is set to lose the next election, later this year.

There has been a serious breakdown in law and order under his watch, power outages have become increasingly common and Melbourne's transport system is in gridlock, on an almost daily basis. What he has to offer the people of Tasmania is beyond me.

Michael J. Gamble,  Victoria.

Advertising funding

That  is always the question at election time.

There is an overwhelming number of Liberal posters on fences in Tasmania, and especially at Glenorchy, (with the highest rate of poker machine revenue).

The advertising costs – including television and other media content – must be huge.

The Liberal’s re-election war chest must be in the proportion with Malcolm Turnbull’s $1.7 million donated to the Liberal Party during the last federal election.

As well, there’s the non-political party “don’t vote Labor or Green” huge white ads on many pubs and hotels in Tasmania.

Is it any wonder that Tasmanians are very cynical about the current old political parties and are very interested in the so-called minor parties, which are listening to and reflecting their views?

Beth Muller, Glenorchy.

Cutting one’s own throat

WHEN I see all this automation, I see many people slitting their own throats in using self checkouts.

There is now the introduction of robots into the workforce.

A robot was just launched in US to be a retail assistant. Fortunately 63 per cent of surveyed people disliked it. 

Yet, worryingly, 33 per cent liked it, 

Every time a self checkout or robot replaces a person there is a job gone, but yours may be next.

Where are you going to get money to feed your family, pay your bills, when governments run out of social benefits?

Governments run on taxes and for every person who does not pay tax, the money has to come from somewhere, usually with countries selling assets. 

We sold Commonwealth Bank, utilities and even ports. There is not much left to sell but our own country.

Walter Christy, Shearwater.

Lack of toilets

IT’S GOOD to see Meander Valley Council has changed its tune about banning free camping at Deloraine.

It’s a shame they don’t do more to promote Deloraine as a tourist destination, like utilising the wasted infrastructure at the disused racecourse.

As it is, the free camping area is simply a bare paddock with no shelter, water or toilets.

I wish I had a dollar for every tourist who has asked me where the nearest toilet is.

While I always point them in the right direction, they usually find it more convenient to squat behind the council depot.

A.R. Trounson, Needles.

Thanks from The Salvos

ON BEHALF of The Salvation Army I want to sincerely thank The Examiner for an extremely successful Empty Stocking Appeal 2017.

It has been a particularly difficult year for so many individuals and families, and the generosity of the people of Launceston has enabled us to assist over 500 locals who would not have been able to celebrate Christmas.

The Examiner has incredible community spirit and we feel humbled to be able to distribute the funds collected at Christmas time to those who need it most.

Well done to the staff at The Examiner and to the residents of Launceston for your generosity.

Anita Reeve, The Salvation Army.

Traffic Congestion

I WOULD like to support Phillip Crowden’s letter (The Examiner, January 25).

I am a resident in the area and the traffic congestion and speed is a great concern.

In particular, occupants of the residential area in the middle of West Tamar Highway, between Allawah Street and the point of the congestion referred to in Mr Crowden’s letter, do not have safe express to the Tailrace Shopping Centre or the Tailrace playground.

There needs to be provision made to allow safe access for all, young and old.

In addition, widening the section of road referred to in Mr Crowden’s letter would provide much safer entrance into the properties on the lower side of the road heading to Legana.

Barbara Barr, Riverside.

Road Toll

A NEW year, a new report on the 'deadly' road toll. 

While there's no doubt irresponsible driver behaviour is a huge contributor, the government also has a responsibility to ensure the safety of our roads. 

On long-distance trips I've often been caught out by two-lane roads that suddenly become one-lane with little or no apparent warning. 

Improving signage on these roads will surely help reduce the tragic road toll.

Daniela Spadaro, Launceston.