Letters to the editor | March 13, 2018

Caroline Richards hopes that someone may have the original star for the Star Theatre collecting dust somewhere.
Caroline Richards hopes that someone may have the original star for the Star Theatre collecting dust somewhere.

Original star

THE Star Theatre, Invermay has reopened after 40 years, restored with love and hard work.

There is just one thing needed to give it that Star appeal of old – the original star that shone at the top of the facade of the building.

Someone somewhere in the community has it, I believe, perhaps gathering dust in an attic or garage.  

If you have it, please let the Star Theatre team know and ask them to restore it to its place of honour once more.

It would be a great gesture of goodwill to the Launceston patrons and staff of the past and present. But the main thing is that you will be adding to the delight of all in having the Star fully restored.

Caroline Richards, Deviot.

Fight for equality

World War I“the war to end all wars” (The Examiner, February 15). We still fight and die in wars, mostly here on the home front. Some men and children, but mostly women still fight and die from domestic violence.

Aboriginal Australians from unfinished business. Older Australians from unfinished business. Older Australians and children from systemic abuse.

Many of us still fight and die from poverty, profits before people, man-made pollution, drugs, alcohol, gambling.

Our discord with positions of power still rises with their duplicity and greed.

The stolen generation is the very tip of the iceberg regarding atrocities committed against Aboriginal Australians. There have been many stolen generations throughout history around the world, however this can never in any way lessen the responsibilities of Australia.

Australia is so willing to celebrate, explain away or forget the suffering of today and our past, even expecting Aboriginal Australians to be grateful the British invaded their land.

We call ourselves the “lucky country”. In reality we live in the land of the white Australia policy, which still raises its ugly head when it feels threatened.

The Anzacs, while the white Australia policy was rife in their day, they fought and died believing their beloved country would become a more humane place for all to live.

We know it’s not a perfect world however that can’t stop us from honouring our ancestors, our children and the true spirit of this beloved land by all working together toward a fair go for all, equal and transparent democracy.

Where no abuse/atrocity will ever be celebrated, explained away or forgotten. Where no one will ever need to fight or die for the basic human respect we all deserve.

Lest We Forget.

Deb Johnston-Andrews, Newnham.

No More 

GREG Hall MLC (The Examiner, February 26) pleads for more rather than fewer government MPs. Heaven help us.

Tasmanians already pay the salaries, staff, offices and perks for 25 lower house MPs and 15 MLCs, plus funding 29 councils - all to govern about 500,000 people. By comparison, the Brisbane City Council employs 27 councillors and governs a population of 2.4 million.

Mr Hall asks: “Can a government team of at least 13 sufficiently run a Cabinet, parliament and dedicate time to committee and constituent work?”, to which the answer is clearly no. He fails to mention that any democratically-elected government depends on the body of qualified, intelligent, loyal and hard-working professional public servants who do all the spadework, provide the recommendations, and implement even the sillier politicians' schemes. They make Tasmania function despite, not because of, our elected representatives.

Tasmania's best option for the Legislative Council would be a state funeral, which won't happen since they and only they can legislate themselves out of existence. The gravy train ensures that will never happen.

Bruce Lindsay, Longford.

Brisbane Street Mall

LOOKING at the new design for the Brisbane Street Mall, one does wonder where the designers have popped up from. It looks worse than what is there already and by the sounds of it there are no trees, no seating for patrons of coffee shops or eateries and the roof looks like rusty corrugated iron that can't make up its mind to take off or stay put. 

Civic Square is another case in point. It seems to be concrete and steps with the odd strange green “things” spaced here and there.  Instead of closed doors meetings for approving these very expensive projects maybe the council should consult early learning children, as I'm sure they could come up with something that was actually beautiful.

Glennis Sleurink, Launceston.

Concession speech

I CANNOT recall having ever heard such a vitriolic tirade as that from Cassy O'Connor on the Saturday night of the state election. 

I have never had much regard for the Greens, but any regard that I previously had has now gone completely. She would do her party a service if she were to stand aside and let someone else take over.

Chris Bucknell, Invermay.

Not Funny

MANY dollars have been spent educating us to obey roadworks signs and school bus signs.  I consider the use of roadworks signs for fundraising. A misuse of this signage just the same as the school buses parked waiting to start work with speed signs illuminated.  Not funny.

Craig Fulton, Riverside.

Goats

I OWNED goats as a youngster and I love goats (The Examiner, February 25). I believe the other companion animals they like besides their own kind are sheep, horses and donkeys. I hope your forecast of “goat-mania has hit Tasmania” doesn’t lead to irresponsible owners allowing these pets to escape into the wild.

How often have our introduced pets become pests? Cats? Rabbits? Tasmania doesn’t need yet another onslaught on its native wildlife’s herbivores.

Elsa de Ruyter, St Helens.

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