Dodged a Bullet
FOLLOWING Scott Morrison's Coalition government's win, the popular catchphrase at the moment seems to be "Australia dodged a bullet".
It's hardly surprising when we see the alarming lengths that those of the extreme left will go to, to impose their radical ideologies.
Personally, we dodged a guided missile packed with toxic hatred for the values and traditions that have helped make Australia such a great country.
Having been given the "thumbs down" by the silent majority, or as Bill Shorten sarcastically calls them, "knuckle draggers and cave dwellers" - the radical left will no doubt increase its efforts to indoctrinate the next wave of potential voters, our children, as they endeavour to receive a balanced education in a public education system which is widely acknowledged as being dominated by left-wing philosophy.
Hopefully, the government will find time to address this situation, as it is outrageous that in a democratic country like Australia, our public education system, is biased against our finest conservative traditions, particularly at university level, where there is a strong reluctance to include in the curriculum, the benefits that western culture has brought to Australia and the world.
Ian Macpherson, Newstead.
FROM the time Labor went to bed with the Greens, they lost their soul and their bonding with ordinary working-class Australians.
At the last, federal and state elections cracks in policies were starting to appear resulting in the Coalition left to clean up the mess and debts.
Because Green ideologies and ideas simply do not blend with blue-collar workers' needs and priorities, their important values and dreams who voted for Labor.
Labor cannot make further political progress while united with the Greens, any more than rowing a boat upstream with the anchor hanging out the back of the boat can move forward.
What Labor needs to let rank and file speak, then listen, then democratically elect a new leader, with its top priority to return to its original foundation where ordinary Aussie people and families are at the centre.
Cut the anchor, get a new direction or continue to sink.
Yes, climate change is real, but may not be permanent and could be the biggest pick pocket in the history of the world.
In the meantime, we can thankfully celebrate our great nation, democracy, lifestyle and all the benefits we enjoy.
Neville Newett, Ulverstone.
Costs of Living
IF any proof was needed that the costs of living are rising, consider our ex-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has had to get a real job to make ends meet even with all the perks from his former employers - the Australian taxpayers.
A. Carter, Mowbray.
West Tamar Highway
I COMMUTE each day along the West Tamar Highway.
As regular users of the road will know, long stretches are narrow and there are often animals, fog, large trucks and farm vehicles to contend with.
At this time of year also, on the way into and home from work, it is dark and the road conditions can be wet, windy and icy.
On every trip, however, I notice that there are drivers who tailgate other drivers and, if the conditions are dark, this means that their headlights are shining right into the vehicle in front.
The tailgating vehicles are so close that if the driver in front had to apply the brakes for any reason, there would be an accident.
I can see no benefit in tailgating as it puts yourself, the driver in front and other road users in danger.
This aggressive behaviour would not be tolerated if walking in the street where your face can be seen by all, but tailgating is common on the road where the driver is seemingly not accountable.
Amanda Gaunt, Beauty Point.
Lest We Forget
ON Monday, marked the 50th anniversary of the loss of USS Frank E. Evans an American destroyer.
She ran under the bows of HMAS Melbourne, our Australian aircraft carrier.Both were exercising at night as part of a SEATO exercise in the South China Sea.
74 American sailors died.Hundreds of lives were scarred.
Such exercises are a normal part of life in the defence forces of all peaceful nations like Australia, but they are dangerous, and from time to time Fate extracts a penalty.
At the various services which will no doubt be held at naval memorials around Australia, such as that at Ulverstone, we have an opportunity to give thanks, to remember, to pause,and to reflect on the Roman adage "Si vis pacem para bellum".
This translates as "If you want peace, prepare for war".
R.M. Baird. Campbell Town.
IS the world pumping too much iron?
This week is World Haemochromatosis Week.
Haemochromatosis is the most common genetic disorder in Australia and causes your body to absorb too much iron from food.
It is easy to test, simple to treat but tragic to ignore because the excess iron overloads body tissues, damages organs and can cause premature death.
Many people suffer the effects of haemochromatosis without being diagnosed because early symptoms are common with other conditions and include tiredness and aching joints.
When detected early haemochromatosis can be managed easily through blood donations and is no barrier to a normal life or life expectancy.
Find out if this is you at www.ha.org.au