IN REPLY to Jim Dickenson about the mall roof, I am so glad that you had no say in the current project as it looks sleek, modern, classy and it’s a credit to all involved especially the council and the Baker Group.
James Bird, Launceston.
IN RESPONSE to Kerry Mitchell (The Examiner, August 3), concerning what people can do to help the RSPCA continues operating, I offer the following (non-official) observations.
While one-off donations are always welcome, what allows continued operation is continued funding.
As the RSPCA Tasmania shelter has statewide responsibilities, I would like to see its continuation prioritised above some of the other things that state and various local governments spend money on. What ordinary concerned citizens can do (apart from contacting politicians) is one or both of two things.
First, arrange for an automatic direct debit to come out of your bank account each month (it’s tax deductible and the RSPCA supplies the appropriate tax statement).
Second, consider the RSPCA as a will beneficiary.
(That lump sum can then be invested by the RSPCA to generate regular income.)
Even if you wish to leave stuff to your dear daughter, consider leaving a fraction to the RSPCA (if your daughter is worth leaving stuff to, still agree to this).
People like the Public Trustee can create/modify a will with minimal fuss.
Peter Davson-Galle, Rosevale.
I CANNOT imagine how low income, small businesses and pensioners or the majority of people are going to cope with a 40 per cent power rise per year on top of their already over the top power prices.
On average most low income have to cut so many corners anyway, so what will happen with this increase, so many going cold in freezing winters?
I am aghast at the broken promises of power accounts going down. This has been an ongoing promise only to culminate in this. Being the highest power increase ever in one hit. Is the government going to assist those who find this to hard?
It is the elderly and disabled I feel so much more for, as they will possibly have to continue their lives with more struggling than ever.
This should not happen to vulnerable people or anyone for that matter, what in daily life will have to cut to stay warm and use basic power?
I think our local government should step in and help change this astronomical power increase to ensure no further hardships on fellow Tasmanians.
Susan Goebel, Invermay.
AT LAST somebody has made sense.
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce in supporting three councils to control this state is the best solution that has been put forward.
I have supported this idea for years and it makes good commonsense.
But the big problem will be getting all those snouts out of the trough.
Bring it on, why not put the question to the people in the upcoming election.
Bruce Cassidy, Norwood.
ONCE again our upper and lower houses of Parliament are embroiled in debate for and against euthanasia.
The debate vacillates from the right of the territories to enact their own laws, and their right to resurrect the assisted dying bill, which they legislated in 1995 and was subsequently voided by the federal government.
Thus far however, the debate appears to be more about euthanasia, than it is about restoring the Northern Territory’s right to pass their own laws.
Euthanasia discussion should never be given any publicity, because if passed into law, it makes a complete mockery, both of respect and love for sick aged people and disregard for every effort to prevent suicide, which is a huge problem in our dysfunctional communities.
Leaders of governments must show good moral leadership, because the buck stops with the leaders.
Thus far however, we have an “anything goes” type of leadership.
What messages are being sent to our young people, who themselves may have mental health problems and indeed may even be suicidal.
We start with our littlest ones in utero, if they are inconvenient, well “we can fix that for you dear” we have abortion, so problem solved.
If you are born a girl or a boy and you want to change your gender, well ‘that’s OK we can fix that too” we have doctors who are willing to affect that change for you, with drugs and surgery – problem solved.
Then the saddest of all, should you be diagnosed with a terminal illness and you are in pain, plus you do not want to be a burden on your family “we can even fix that for you” we have doctors who can give you drugs to help you die.
We would even say it was a dignified death.
It is a shameful and degraded society with little or no respect for life at any age.
The tragedy is however, that all these “services” are regarded by some, as compassionate and a human right which “fixes’ all life’s problems.
How can young people develop into the happy, healthy, well adjusted, loving and respectful people, we wish them to be, when they are assailed at every corner with the role models we have, with so much power and persuasion, especially in their communities and on social media.
Mary T. Bates, Exeter.
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