THE article (The Examiner, January 2) is certainly of interest to Tassie cricket fans, but probably more for what Nick Cummins didn't say when discussing further use of UTAS Stadium, Test cricket, crowd numbers etc.
The reality is Cricket Tasmania is struggling with members departing in droves.
Comparison with value for money five years ago has seen many long-standing members leave. Why are they leaving?
No Test cricket, no state level 50 over games and free entry to all at Sheffield Shield matches.
The expanded Big Bash format has not been a raging spectator success either as many cricket purists see it as merely a hit and giggle.
Cricket Australia and its focus on dollars before the game has effectively dudded membership incentive in Tasmania.
The same is occurring in other states.
Since Mr Cummins took the chief executive position, Cricket Tasmania has effectively changed its administration to the Cricket Australia model under the guise of a continual review.
Cricket Tasmania now has fewer employees with many named positions occupied by volunteers who find difficulty in obtaining support when needed.
The Hurricanes’ success is great but certainly not a sign that all is well at Bellerive.
Perhaps when the plans go astray, and our cricket is in a spin, due to the member exodus and potential sponsorship disinterest, Mr Cummins might be recalled to another brief with Cricket Australia.
Ron Manson, Old Beach.
Prolific letter writers
A message to Peter Wilson’s letter (The Examiner, January 1) – don’t read them.
I do smell the flowers, volunteer, raise funds for City Mission, 13 years in local government as an elected member and headed a charity raising over $600,000 for needy children.
And I love to take an interest in current affairs by commenting “writing letters”, thanks to The Examiner.
It’s only my opinion, and never meant to offend. I comment on the failures of all governments’, the corruption of banks and in my opinion stupid remarks.
Retired, my day starts with The Examiner which provides me with subjects worthy of comment and the freedom to do it.
Mr Wilson always read The Examiner, but miss the letters to the editor section in 2019 so we don’t upset you.
Peter Doddy, Trevallyn.
THIS state government is punishing law-abiding citizens more than they do common criminals.
They continue to flog a dead horse of their own making by continually increasing tobacco taxes.
Wake up pollies, freeze the increases now before those law-abiding citizens actually become lawbreakers themselves.
Fair’s fair, enough is enough.
I served my country in the Royal Australian Navy for 18 years, only to cop this.
Is there an election soon?
Come on fellow smokers, stand up for your self-esteem.
Brian Kenna, Invermay.
NEW mums should be reminded that, at all times, they must keep a hat on their baby's head during the summer months.
It's during the first seven years or so of life that the nasty consequences of sun exposure are developed.
This is Australia - the sunburnt country.
Don't give your kids a nasty inheritance.
M. Cranfield, Prospect.
I HAVE just watched Escape From The City for the first and, hopefully, the last time.
The similarities of this programme to the UK programme of a similar name make the entire show totally predictable and one wonders whether people will take it seriously.
To me, I thought it was a good send-up.
If this is the best that the ABC can present, it is little wonder that the corporation finds itself in the parlous position that it is.
Chris Bucknell, Invermay.
LOOKING out of the window I thought what a beautiful day it was, endless blue skies and the promise of warmth.
Then I thought of seeing this, day in and day out, not for weeks or months but for years, and wondering how to feed the cattle, the working dogs and even the family.
The drought has been devastating and people pulled together to help in any way they could, but we don't hear much about it anymore.
I don't think it has diminished, I guess the sun still shines and the farmers still hang in there, but other things make headline news and they are pushed on the back burner.
I know whatever the large man in the US does can affect the whole world but surely we need to be reminded that our own people are doing it so tough that many give in.
Glennis Sleurink, Launceston.
I JUST want to say a very big thank you to the crews from Tasmania Police, Tasmania Fire Service and Ambulance Tasmania, who came to my aid just before Christmas when I took ill.
They’re a huge credit to their professions and I am truly grateful for their kindness.