TO THE group of 20 cyclists that tried to get me to overtake them on Bridgenorth Road (a very windy, rural road) on Saturday morning (August 11).
Those were double white lines in the middle of the road and blind blends ahead of us.
There's no way I'm going to pass you if I can't see for myself what's coming in the opposite direction, no matter how frantically you wave your lycra clad arms at me.
I'm responsible for how I drive, not you.
I attended a traffic accident once where a cyclist had been hit by a car.
I held his hand while he bled from the head and shook uncontrollably.
I've no idea whether he lived or died after the air ambulance picked him up.
I never want to be the cause of an incident like that.
I drive carefully and give you the respect and distance I think you need.
If I'm okay with staying ten yards behind you for as long as it takes, and arriving a few minutes later at my destination, you can put up with it too.
Fiona Stocker, Glengarry.
I have a granddaughter who is on Newstart.
She is lucky as she has a supportive family.
She, as well as others, are at TasTAFE attempting to learn courses to improve their chances of employment.
Being aware of her Newstart allowance amount I wonder how many can afford the cost of parking daily to attend these classes.
I would think many would be put off doing a class knowing that they are going to lose $20 a week.
For some I am sure that would be impossible.
What a shame.
Gail Wilson, Newstead.
Politicians vs the Rest
HOW IS it that when 17-year-olds leave school they need to provide a full resume detailing scholastic, vocational and sporting accomplishments in the hope that they might be selected for a job that might, if they’re lucky, pay up to $35,000 a year.
After appointment, these same employees do exactly as their employer asks of them, otherwise they risk termination of employment.
Conversely, an aspiring politician provides little more than their name, in order to gain a salary of $200,000, plus perks.
They then only need to convince their mates in the local party room that they’re “the one’.
After appointment, these political employees do exactly as the “faceless party heavies’ demand of them, resulting in these same employees ignoring what their employer (we – the voters) required of them, in order to maintain their employment.
Seems to me that our political system may be a little flawed.
Robert Clark, South Burnie.
THE Australian parliament’s response to Fraser Anning’s racial raut was noble.
But isn’t it just a little hollow when our own First Nation people have been denied inclusion by way of Treaty or Constitutional Recognition?