PHILISTINES have seized Tasmania from their Hobart base. We have a minister wasting the better part of $500, 000 renaming LINC.
Why? Because he could not grasp that LINC Tasmania linked several community services including libraries.
Heaven forbid that he should visit Doo Town, “Thistle Doo Me” may snap his brain cell.
The result a chief librarian who apparently thinks that scholarship means the first six hits on the iPhone search.
The most important work on music - 29 volumes of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians - has been thrown out of Launceston because Hobart has a new copy.
Has this work been replaced by the online version? No. Is it available to Northern residents? No, because there is only one copy in Hobart reference library.
If it were available on request would that be any use? No. Why? It is a dictionary, therefore arranged alphabetically.
Reading on Pythagoras will cross reference to Boethius or Greek, Plagal will reference Cadence. That is how reference sets work. One needs to have the set to hand.
I used to sit beside the set in Launceston and do exactly that.
Worse still, one can no longer sit comfortably because the chairs with sensible backs have been replaced with brightly coloured plastic kiddy seats akin to a pouffe made with hard plastic.
Peter McMurray, Lilydale.
Taylors, Goodsons, and Jones
ARE there any descendants out there of James Goodson, a convict transported in 1830 for stealing food, who worked at Windermere Farm for pioneer settler Dr Mathias Gaunt?
His niece Mary Ann Goodson (a free settler) had her daughter Emma baptised at St Matthias' Church Windermere on May 3rd 1846.
This was the first baptism at StM. Mary married William Jones , a farm hand at Windermere, on Dec 24 that same year. Young Emma later married in 1865 to Thomas Taylor a Swan Bay farmer. So Jones, Taylor, Goodson, if you can trace your heritage back this way, we'd love to hear from you.
We have a special favour to ask of you for our 175th anniversary celebrations Nov 24/25. Please contact through Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret Hosford, Windermere.
REVIEW of cricket finds there is an arrogant and controlling culture, this also applies to other sports and large businesses where the holy dollar becomes more important than people.
Power, greed and image become gods and promote bullying, belittling, and a not caring attitude about ordinary people. This lesson is now being learnt by the banks.
Small businesses value giving good service and know the value of their customers.
With low profile sport we have to wait for the Commonwealth and Olympic Games to see these sports, but small businesses are all around us, and they will always get my support.
We don’t need the Donald Trump-style attitude in this world.
Roseann Howarth, Greens Beach.
THE latest appalling statistics for the number of women being killed by former and current partners in this country shows that the so-called education does not work.
Men can wear all the white ribbons and spout jargons, but there is some ingrained part of the psyche that is inherently violent.
Solving this could be impossible.
Peter Taylor, Midway Point.
Fair is Fair
INTERESTING listening today about the new legislation/law regarding domestic violence, as it is indeed a long time coming.
The law will now assist domestic violence victims to easier make their cases after three episodes and not have to have the added trauma of the guilty party cross questioning them.
I totally agree, but the one issue that came to mind as I was listening was that this seemed to be totally aimed at women being the victims.
As all know, this is not the case because men do very rarely report domestic violence because of the ramifications of such.
For a man being abused by the supposed weaker sex, is a stigma that very few males are willing to admit.
They quietly will cop a beating/biting or scratching because letting the courts know, is often not an option.
Men also do not want the mother of their children taken away and charged because of the added problems that arise because of this.
Let us give our male counterparts a fair go and an avenue to enable them to report their own abuse, but with no ramifications or blame.
We owe them this much.
Felicity O'Neill, Westbury.
OUR lawmakers have made the third breach of a domestic violence order a criminal offence.
Two breaches must be OK.
I wonder why?