THANK you to Glenys Sleurink for putting into words what I have been thinking for so long (The Examiner, August 12).
As she asks, why is it that the likes of Sabra Lane, Kim Landers and our own Leon Compton will let Green and Labor supporters waffle on interminably, yet when interviewing the Liberal/Coalition side, will hardly let them get a word out before they so rudely and aggressively break in over the top of them?
I have long lost my respect and trust in the ABC. Thank God for the TV mute button.
B. Brozek, Launceston.
Fee for No Service
IF IT is alright for banks to take a fee for no service then surely it must be OK for the butcher, baker and candle-stick maker to charge customers for what they have not received.
This is certainly a novel way of doing business and overcomes the tiresome view that payment should accompany services rendered.
Ed Sianski, West Moonah.
IT IS difficult to understand Len Langan’s claim that parking in Launceston’s city centre would have cost him in excess of $12 (The Examiner, August 13).
“Once we had moved the car … to make our parking possible” - one firstly has to wonder why he needed to have a car moved to enable him to park.
Then there is the issue of cost. If Mr Langan was using on street metered parking in an hourly spot then the charge is $2.70. For a three-hour spot the charge is $2.20 an hour.
To park in one of the very central off-street parking facilities the fees are $2 for the first hour and $1 per half hour after that.
To reach the claimed fee of more than $12 Mr Langan would have needed to be shopping for more than four hours, or parking a vehicle that took up more than one on-street space for almost three hours.
It would have been helpful if Mr Langan had provided more detail as to why his parking fees would have exceeded $12 rather than simply being critical of parking fees in Launceston’s CBD.
Geoff McLean, Waverley.
IT IS interesting to find that another animal has made it to Tasmania on the back of some fruit. Recently a swarm of bees were found on a overseas ship in Melbourne.
We were lucky this time.
Biosecurity is a major worry, not only for this state, but Australia as well.
Now I read that our fabulous politicians are spending $7.5 billion on drones for coastal surveillance and $35 billion on new ships for the navy to stop future invaders of this country. Then they spend a lousy $313 million on biosecurity.
Some of these pests would cause major damage to our country. Wouldn't it be nice if only once the pollies could get it right.
C. Patmore, Poatina.
Better the Devil Cat you know
I NOTE with interest Lorraine Blaubaum’s criticism of the Devil Cat (The Examiner, August 15). And yet I read recently that in Czechoslovakia they have something similar.
I guess, then, we are stuck between the Devil Cat and the deep blue sea.
Luisa Gelbgras, Fingal.
OUR Legislative Assembly has rallied behind communities upset at Anglican Church sales (The Examiner, August 22).
The motion reads like a script from an episode of Yes, Minister. They are, “giving every support, short of help”.
It is full of waffle about considering commonly held concerns a call to “recognise community concerns” and the “potential adverse impacts”, implying that the diocese hasn't addressed these concerns, and is not continuing to do so. It calls for the church to “look to other areas”, to “consider alternative options”, as if it hasn't done so, and without suggesting even one alternative. Finally we have Ruth Forrest coming up with the ultimate cop-out, saying she “lost faith”, when the child abuse scandal broke.
Just the time when people of strong faith were (and still are) needed, to work with and in the church, to deal with this crisis.
We have just been given another shining example of what an absolute waste of space and time the upper house really is.
Peter Carroll, Osborne Park.
CONGRATULATIONS to St Matthias' for its great effort in raising the money that will hopefully secure the church from the sell-off. But what will happen to churches in disadvantaged areas? Many farmers are struggling as it is. And there's something wrong with the concept: Give us a lot of money or we are going to sell your church.
Caroline Miley, Heidelberg.
I READ with interest Bill Chugg’s letter to the editor (The Examiner, August 11) relating how, after being raised as a lad in the Christian faith, he now considers all he was taught about the faith to be a complete farce, due largely to his disillusionment with the hypocrisy of the church and the immoral behaviour of “many” of its leaders.
I feel his total rejection of the Christian faith, and that would include its author Jesus Christ, is a classic case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
There is no greater example for us to follow, than the life of Jesus, which exemplified love, compassion, wisdom, forgiveness, hope and sacrifice for others.
To reject all that Christ offers simply because of the human failings of some church leaders is so short-sighted.
My advice to anyone who is disillusioned with their church and its leaders is to stick with Jesus and seek another church, but don't expect perfection. Jesus doesn't expect it in you.