CITYPROM’S Steve Henty thinks Launceston needs a contemporary Christmas tree rather than a traditional one.
I would ask Steve Henty what is a twisted pile of metal shaped like a cone? To him it’s a Christmas tree.
Just because its cheaper doesn’t make it into one. If he thinks that because it’s contemporary it will be safe from vandals trying to climb it, in my view, it would only be more inviting for them.
This is were tradition is a whole lot more appeasing than shiny cones of twisted metal. Tradition please council.
David Parker, West Launceston.
Violence on Sports Field
WITH the recent incident involving an AFL player hitting an 18 year-old 100 metres off play always brings out what punishment can the tribunal do when there is something extra happening on our sports field.
A lot of people say take it to the courts, but the last time this happened the player was found guilty with a $1000 fine, but was over turned on appeal, so what was the point.
The fairest judgment some people would say is a total ban from the game or at least the same time off the field as the injured player has to recover with a mark against the instigator for a total ban in the future.
Anthony Galvin, Launceston.
First Things First
WE THANK our aldermen for allowing the ratepayers to comment on the issue of the heights of the proposed hotels.
I would be more impressed if they allowed ratepayers to comment on the ‘cart before the horse’ aspect where the economic benefits are the primary issue here.
Increasing the numbers of tourists will have a side effect which we read nothing about in the media’s coverage of the debate.
They will increase the flow of untreated sewage into the Tamar. Please get that aspect fixed first.
Mike Adams, Swan Bay.
Local Government Reform
WELL said Kenneth Gregson calling for far reaching reforms in local government (The Examiner, August 5).
I totally agree with his suggestions regarding limiting terms for councillors to two four-year terms, as I do with his call for compulsory voting in local government elections and reviewing the selection process, along with restricting contract periods for council general managers.
It is hoped that the proposed future review of the Local Government Act will result in the introduction of many of the changes Mr Gregson recommends.
Jim Collier, Legana.
IT WAS most illuminating watching the news drama unfold in the mainland tabloid print media, news of such huge consequences, was it a political or financial crisis or something important? No, it was the two married Wiggles splitting up.
People remember where they were when JFK was shot, for this generation it will be where they were when Emma and Lachy announced their split.
Peter Taylor, Midway Point.
IMAGINE that, 25 million people and not a decent political leader in the lot.
Jack Sonnemann, Lucaston.
I WAS very saddened after learning of the terrible drought problem that farmers are suffering in outback NSW and Queensland.
Every monsoon season we see huge rainfalls and floods throughout Northern and Eastern Queensland and Northern NSW all of this drains into the sea.
Why, with technology available today, doesn’t the Commonwealth Government, along with engineers, look into and construct huge dams in the outback?
Then the upteen trillions of litres of floodwaters could be piped into these dams.
The American midwest in the 1800s had arid desert type areas. The government of the day built huge storage areas and today the region has some of the best wheat belts in the world.
The federal government is going to spend hundreds of billions of dollars building submarines. Why not use some of this money to create huge fertile areas in the outback instead? Maybe one day a city could be built there.
R.M. Greeno, Riverside.
IT IS rather disturbing seeing the images of farmers suffering so badly with the lack of rain.
Some years ago there was a salt water distilling plant built on the east coast of Australia. I realise that it would be near impossible to get water from there to farms. But even they shut it down because they said it was not needed. Why build it in the first place? It must have cost millions.
If petrol and diesel and milk can be transported in trucks then water should be considered.
I may be living in dreamland but the government at least needs to try something.
Cecil Neil Guy, Youngtown.
I AM reading the news and postings all over the social media and newspapers, and my heart is swelling with pride. Large companies such as Bunnings doing sausage sizzles for raising money to buy a bale. Restaurants doing Parmis to save the Farmis.
A wave has begun to come and I hope it is a tsunami containing all of the people of this wonderful country that actually care about our farmers and the strife they are going through by depending on the pollies that have obviously failed because to them, there are more important issues that need addressing.
Let us make this wave the biggest we can because at the end of day, we need our farmers and I know they need us.