I RESPECT the rights of people who smoke but not in an area that has a no smoking symbol displayed on the footpath within the CBD, especially at bus stops.
To the man who laughed while I was having a reaction to his smoke while waiting for a bus, shame on you.
Margot Housego, South Launceston.
John Setka Saga
IT seems to me that at present CFMEU Victoria secretary John Setka is being accused of denigrating Rosie Batty but what he actually said has not been revealed.
I would assume the minutes of the meeting must be available which should faithfully record details of the matter discussed and should be released to resolve this matter.
I am neither pro or anti-John Setka but believe it is totally unacceptable that this situation continues to remain unresolved.
A. Carter, Mowbray.
Queen's Birthday Awards
I WAS so inspired by the article about Tasmanian Will Smith making a difference in the world by starting a youth program for children on the Syrian border who have so little to look forward to (The Examiner, June 11). And I couldn't help reflect on the Queen's Birthday awards where people such as Kevin Rudd received an award.
It is almost as bad as when Johnny Farnham was named Australian of the Year.
People like Will should be getting the awards, not politicians and entertainment stars. It seems obvious to me.
Geoff Mooney, Westbury.
No Confidence Votes
I AM getting sick and tired of the Labor and Greens leaders carping on about health issues and putting votes of no confidence in Health Minister Michael Ferguson.
Instead of being so destructive I challenge Rebecca White and Cassy O'Connor to try being constructive and put forward helpful ideas and plans to improve the health problems. The Labor Party decimated many health services, including the closure of hospital beds so either put up or shut up.
Leave the health minister to get on with his job and to deal with real issues, not constant criticisms.
June Smith, George Town.
Turning 18 years old
MY granddaughter started working for a company when she was about 15 and a half years old, working after school, weekends, public holidays and almost every day during the school holidays. And by the time she was 17 and at college she was working almost every night and had learnt many aspects of the business.
Then she turned 18 and the work just disappeared. She now works a three-hour shift once a week. Talking to other people, apparently, this happens quite often.
It's hard to believe that employers spend so much time and effort in training their staff, to then just let them go, especially when they are so close to maybe starting uni.