WHATEVER happened to crime prevention (The Examiner, May 28)?
Yes Davis Seecamp, operation plunderer-marauder "Raptor" is indeed a despicable exhibition perpetrated by a regime hell-bent on fear mongering under the guise of protecting the community.
Crime cannot be prevented by labelling the disenfranchised with such contempt or ripping threadbare rugs out from under already struggling suburbs so to create a budget surplus.
Just as any other community in Tasmania or the world, despite being treated with such contempt by the powers that be, the vast majority living in the northern suburbs of Launceston are respectful hard working people.
I have lived in the northern suburbs for more than 20 years in peace and harmony, and intend to do so for many years to come.
People involved in the Northern Suburbs Community Centres are inspirational.
Humanity cannot thrive on community centres and grandstanding church and state gestures alone.
We need genuine unconditional humanity from our politicians and community leaders to help us create equality for all.
With promises of similar fear mongering exhibitions in other areas in the future our elected representatives and other leaders of the community involved in such power plays need to plan a long overdue search and rescue mission to search their souls and start genuinely working with us, rather than blatantly sabotaging humanity within our suburbs.
Deb Johnston-Andrews, Newnham.
THERE was an old saying, people with no vision can't see past their nose.
The latest free advertisement of train trips around the world on TV makes the Launceston to Scottsdale railway line a no-brainer, especially having the world famous lavender farm nearby.
There are chairlifts all around the world, yet we can't get one up at Mt Wellington.
We used to have one of the most spectacular gorges in Australia joining our once clean Tamar Basin, still, they are all ignored by that long nose.
Barry Milner, Ravenswood.
Brendan Lee column
I ENJOY Father Brendan Lee's column. Always sprinkled with an even mixture of pragmatism and humanism. In (The Examiner, May 29) "An aggressive minority must not hold sway" is a bit of an outlier.
First of all the climate change protest in Melbourne last Friday was registered, non-aggressive and escorted by police - as opposed to the vegan protest which was random and unauthorised. Secondly the 'school-aged' aka young Australians are extremely frustrated at the decade long inertia and failure of our political parties to reach consensus and address climate change.
They both have a case and a right to protest. Thirdly just over half our population voted the government back in.
That is a slim majority that could be overturned at the next election - so for the very large minority, this is no time to put up your hands and give in.
Fourthly one could say over the past six years, to reframe a quote from Fr Brendan, "The government when they were good they were very good and when they were bad (which was often) they were horrid".
Tony Newport, Hillwood.
Israel Folau comments
D. BRELSFORD attempts to defend Israel Folau's assertion that certain people will go to hell upon their passing.
To do so he cites a well known and defining remark by Jesus Christ implying that Israel Folau is without sin, having 'cast the first stone' so to speak.
Umm, talk about hypocrisy.
Folau can believe what he believes but in saying what he said he was stating as asserted fact matters which are the decision of the Almighty after the subject person has passed.
He is clearly just plain up himself.
Mike Seward, South Launceston.
I AM responding to the Ros Lewis letter (The Examiner, May 29).
Ros Lewis wonders why I cheer for the fossil fuel economy.
I never did.
Actually, I said, "We should reduce the use of coal because of its pollution not because it affects climate, because it does not".
I never even mentioned the other fossil fuels, because coal is at present uppermost in everyone's mind.
Having misread my piece he suggests people should check my facts.
He did not comment on any of my other facts.
Checking facts listed by government agencies is at your peril because they all toe the government line.
I based my information on the say so of close to 40 climate scientists, who published their findings in a number of books or spoke about climate change in public fora.
Of these 16 were Australians.
Dr. G. H. Goldsteen, Norwood.
PETER Doddy, so you are saying you approve of the horrendous factory farming that consigns animals to a lifetime of cruelty and torture?
This is what vegans are protesting about and it is a noble cause.
I urge people to watch just five minutes of a film called Dominion.
Any decent person will be horrified.
Tracey Ditchburn, Burnie.
INSTEAD of declaring a climate change emergency Australia would make a far better contribution by declaring a local gas exploration emergency followed by a local reliable electricity supply emergency.