WHILE it’s disappointing to see a lot of footy clubs shutting their doors because of being unable to field a team, it’s not surprising. We as a community are rapidly evolving and it’s a part of life. Once footy was the main social aspect for a lot of people. Meeting up with other young people for training on a Tuesday and Thursday evening then the game on a Saturday and a few drinks after the game. Life has changed, with the use of mobile phones, so there isn’t the social isolation people experienced years ago.
But I feel the biggest reason is the fact the footy clubs haven’t evolved with changes in the community, with the main being insuring their players against injury.
These young people today have financial commitments, they have car payments, rents, mortgages to pay, they cannot afford to be laid up for six to eight weeks with a shoulder injury, a broken leg etc.
Some employers won’t allow staff to play extreme or high risk sports, because they are left without an employee until they have recovered. Footy clubs should have taken out injury cover for their players.
Realising this is a massive cost to insure for any club, but they can’t expect these young players to carry the risk of an injury that can put them in huge financial trouble, with little if any support from the club.
Steve Cripps, Westbury.
AN EXTREMELY good letter (The Examiner, February 21) regarding the empire building by the state university.
In Launceston they don't seem to be in a hurry with their plans for Inveresk, other than showing an artist's impression of what the new buildings would look like - a couple of flattened flying saucers on top of one another. It was spouted that we would be getting 10,000 new students all wanting to spend money they don't have in our somewhat dying city. The latest number is 1200 and with only associate courses of two years being offered that could be optimistic.
Why they can't just revamp the Newnham campus beggars belief, but it seems once buildings hit 30 years old they've come to their use-by date. Strange that Oxford and Cambridge are still going strong after 800 years and people boast about going there.
It's about time, as the letter writer said, that the empire building ceased and the powers that be knuckled down to teaching the students so that our uni doesn't slide down the academic scale any further.
Glennis Sleurink, Launceston.
FULL marks to Donald Trump on his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Mr Trump is the first American president to reach out to one of the world’s most socially isolated and outcast of nations, with the top priority of seeing itself rid of all nuclear arms.
Regardless of the outcome of this second summit meeting, Mr Trump is to be commended for his efforts and dedication in this most crucial area of foreign affairs and relations, as other ex presidents put this country in the too hard basket.
I believe all these anti-Trump haters out there should calm down, take a cold shower and stop being so easily fooled and led by believing all the fake, over-blown hype and hysteria drummed up by various anti-Trump new organisations here and overseas.