Bay of Fires beauty
THERE is an ill-considered proposal to sink the HMAS Darwin as a dive wreck in the well renowned and much loved Bay of Fires at Skeleton Bay.
This is a beautiful pristine natural environment not deserving of a huge rusting wreck which is intended to serve the pleasures of just a selected few.
This proposal is wrong in so many ways and appears to be in response to a local dive business which would no doubt be the beneficiary of this at massive cost to the tax payers throughout the entire state.
It is understandable why there is so much disgust by so many with this proposal which is intended to desecrate this magnificent location at massive expense to the community. To put this in context imagine the justified public outrage if the proposal was to sink this wreck in Wineglass Bay.
Why is the Bay of Fires any less deserving of the same level of protection?
Gareth Murray, Lindisfarne.
AN unusual phenomenon.
The majority of how to vote signs displayed in the West Tamar local government area demand a vote from their fellow citizens.
“Vote 1 for Bloggs” they proclaim. Yet on Rosevears Drive and in a few other sites on the West Tamar one sign is different. It reads: “Please Vote 1 for Russell Hogarth”.
Was Russell Hogarth taught by his parents or even his grandparents that adding ‘Please’ to a request improves the chances of your request being acceded to or is it just a throwback to an earlier era?
From my old point of view, (I am 81) someone who says please wins every time.
John Paull, Lanena.
THE article by Dr Kieran Carlton on mindfulness was fantastic and one I hope many of your readers took in (The Examiner, Sepember 16).
The pity of it is that too few of us practice mindfulness, a safe place where peace is found. Dr Carlton recommends 15 minutes per day, and that is enough to make a difference. But the rest of our day could be so much easier if we take the essence of mindfulness with us whenever and wherever we can. One simple thing to work on is being constantly aware that not even God can change the past, so let it be done.
And it is pointless worrying about the future because, as they say, "how do you make God laugh - tell him your plans". The difficulty for most people who attempt the mindfulness exercises is allowing their mind to become blank. For some reason I didn't have much trouble with that.
Geoff Mooney, Westbury.
The new Civic Square
UNLIKE a few other correspondents who have criticised the refurbished Civic Square, I find it to be a much more people friendly environment now.
I urge all to wander through the square with its trees, increased seating and smooth granite-like pavers. Particularly look for the 38 inscribed pavers which trace the geological and social history of Launceston.
These, along with Stephen Walker’s native animal sculptures, make the square a history/science lesson for all ages. And just inside the library is a coffee shop to relax and catch one’s breath.
Dick James, Launceston.
LCC and Election
TWO great letters concerning the concerns of ratepayers and difference in councils (The Examiner, October 2) dated by Mr Geoff Smedley and Rob Kenna regarding waste and greed by the LCC.
As a ratepayer of Launceston I cannot believe the money that was spent and wasted by the Launceston City Council.
If this was a private business, the doors would have shut well and truly by now. Mr Rob McKenna talks about bike lanes up Westbury Rd ($400,000), spare a thought for
the supposed great bike lanes in Normanstone Road, a similar amount. I didn't know how to get into my driveway with all the white lines. But after complaints from people, another huge amount was spent grinding the white lines off. If any other council is considering a merger, I suggest be very wary and wait until we have new new councillors, a new Mayor.
This council needs renewing, not recycling. The malls - one is as barren as the other is cluttered . Playgrounds - thousands on playgrounds. The over spend on all of their projects makes me suspicious . Have your say people.
Steve Rogers, South Launceston.
Reading the article in The Examiner about Launceston’s mayoral candidates, I was disappointed but not surprised that not one of them mentioned fixing our city’s ailing infrastructure.
As for Alan Harris’s suggestion to meddle with the Gorge, its greatest asset is that it is unspoiled and a natural and delightful part of our city and should not be interfered with.
By the way, I liked Basil Fitch’s offer to not claim any remuneration. Perhaps all councillors should do the same.
Richard Hill, Newstead.
Launceston council elections
WHY should I vote for a name and face on a sign or handout?
I don’t know you. You haven’t knocked on my door to listen to my concerns.
All I hear is city, city, city. What about the Suburbs?
What about the decades ago proposed eastern bypass to replace the council approved defacto eastern bypass using suburban roads and streets?
What about tackling the fast food packaging that litterers throw from their cars? What about the trip hazard ridden suburban footpaths? What about the microscopic dust that covers our cars, residences and which we breathe?
Dennis Camplin, Ravenswood.