Cyclists and Runners
THIS letter is to the runners/joggers and cyclists that persist in using our public roads without adequate lighting, hi-vis aids, and without following basic common sense. Yesterday morning I passed the cyclist (west of Carrick) who insisted on riding at 7.40am without lights, reflectors, or hi-vis clothing.
As a driver travelling east into the sun, the cyclist is well-nigh invisible until a distance of 30-50 metres. Last Thursday, he was on the road in heavy fog, without lights.
Last night I encountered a jogger (red shoes) on the left-hand side of the road into Westbury, running on the bitumen, into the sun.
As I pointed out to him, the traffic behind him was approaching at 80km/h and had the sun in their eyes - they literally could not see him until the last minute.
Now, if either of these men have a death wish, fine go ahead but do it off the public highway, where I (and other drivers) will not be involved and end up suffering post-traumatic stress for the rest of our lives, after we hit you with our vehicles because we can't see you.
Otherwise, please use common sense, lights, hi-vis gear and reflectors.
You might just have a small chance of surviving.
Frances Shaw, Westbury.
Regional Forest Agreements
I HAVE just read the abandoned scientific report commissioned by The Wilderness Society.
It makes shocking reading.
Effectively there is no protection for habit and endangered species throughout Tasmania and Australia in the areas designated as Regional Forest Agreements.
The report lists pages of threatened and endangered species, many with numbers in the low hundreds.
It is not for nothing that Australia leads the world in the extinction of species and habitat loss.
Yes, with even more land clearing than in the Amazonian rainforest.
Well, we Aussies do prefer our iconic species extinct; look how proudly we display the Tasmanian Tiger symbol.
It won't be long before we can also proudly display the symbols of the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, the swift parrot and the giant freshwater crayfish alongside the Tasmanian Tiger, while their ghosts haunt the clear-felled landscape of what was once one of the world's most unique and precious habitats.
Steve Saunders, West Launceston.
WITH reference to the article on page 16 in the Tasmanian Farmer on March 22.
What a disgrace.
We have youth and mature-aged unemployed walking the streets looking for a chance to learn a skill and gain permanent employment.
We also have some people that think the dole is their employer. Why can't the government, both state and federal, introduce a program enabling the above-mentioned people an opportunity to learn the skills required to fill this vital need?
I would suggest that the above-mentioned people would have a good command of the English language which would be needed in those occupations.
James Wimmer, Launceston.
HELENA Lettau, of Grindelwald, appears to want to get rid of all old people through euthanasia.
I for one will not agree as I wish to live my full life span regardless of which ailments I may be suffering.
Popularising the early demise of older people in my book is definitely not on.
The thing is I am not a lemming.
I think for myself.
Ken Wheeler, St Helens.
AROUND three times a week I drive past the new multi-storey CH Smith car park.
I have every confidence that someone in the city council will view the large expanse of north-facing roofs as an ideal place to install solar panels with a view to providing the power to run electric car recharging stations.
I hope that this confidence is not misplaced.
If it is, I hope that someone there will be inspired to follow up this novel idea.
In the meantime just put the panels in.
Mike Adams, Swan Bay.
YOUR editorial (The Examiner, April 2) was spot on.
Soon we will be lumbered with a heap of claptrap.
All we hear is "we might do this" and "we might do that".
The pollies will never say they will.
Hey you people out there, whether you wear a blue tie or a red tie, what about thinking about the more important issues for a change.
Our disgusting river, out-of-date sewerage and a bridge from Riverside to the Northern outlet past the Mowbray link road, to name a few.
If Hobart can get nearly a billion dollars for a bridge then so can we.
The Northern electorates have decided on many occasions who wins government.
So how about campaigning for more important issues instead of bowing and scraping to your leaders.
R. Greeno, Riverside.
ON my latest water bill the stated average daily cost of 71 cents per day does not include the fixed charges.
The total cost is over $3 a day, about $320 over 99 days or over $1200 per year.
Please don't mislead customers.