I AM perturbed after going to Myer passing the closed Birchalls shop.
In the doorway was a person asleep on a blanket, covered with a blanket with belongings scattered around.
This was noon. The next day I had reason to pass the said doorway again.
This time there was a young girl with two dogs occupying the said doorway.
Taking my dog for her usual walk in Royal Park I saw a supermarket trolley in the bushes near the booking office for Tamar Cruises. On looking more closely there were three more shopping trolleys full of stuff, a circular tent and a lot of rubbish or belongings.
I feel the supermarket trolleys were stolen, belonging to supermarkets.
I realise homelessness is a problem having lived here in Tassie for over 40 years and never seeing the above before.
I feel the government and council are responsible for the above circumstances.
Please help these unfortunate people, it is a sad situation for Tasmania.
Gillian Todman, Trevallyn.
Too Much Trouble
Readers would also have felt disgusted that a homeless man had his stuff clothing, suitcase, bed and his life removed by a City of Launceston cleaning crew when a brief window of opportunity presented itself during his absence (The Examiner, August 29). Was it too much trouble to direct this homeless man to agency support, rather than just discarding this man's belongings to landfill?
I hope all those involved, politicians and council staff alike, felt remorseful and very ashamed of themselves as they turned into their warm, possibly electric-blanket heated beds, giving a thought to all those who know what bitter Tasmanian winters are really like. Don't they realise how difficult it is for homeless people to accrue their daily needs, and how very difficult it is for those in that unenviable position to guard their possessions 24- hours a day?
All those heartless people involved would do well to remember John Bradford circa 1510-55 uttering the words: "There but for the grace of God go I" when observing heartless cruelty.
Where has compassion gone?
Judith-Anne Tahir, Deloraine.
YES, it is correct to say the sacrament of confession is governed by canon law, Mary Bates (The Examiner, August 26).
It should be remembered that how confession was administered was altered, by man, in the 11th century and altered again by the 12th Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church after the Fourth Council of the Lateran held in 1215.
There have been numerous instances, in multiple countries, where the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (Confession) has been used to facilitate the concealment of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
For this reason alone Pope Francis must at least review the canon laws governing the seal of the confessional. I respect an individual's fundamental right to practice their chosen religious faith. I respect their right to freely express their faith's teachings, but not at the expense of sexual abuse victims.
What I do believe is that under the laws that bind our society together, is the belief that every man, woman and child are treated equally under our legislated laws. This is somewhat difficult to uphold if abusive priests, from any religion, are only accountable to the laws that control their religion.
The Catholic Church has been shaken to its very core through the revelations that surfaced during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and it is fair to suggest that it will take a seismic change to return the church so the level of respect it once held in society.
Anthony Camino, Youngtown.
I CAN see why Sue Hickey was so desperate to get the job of speaker.
How on earth could she manage on a backbenchers pay of only $140,185?
Robin Claxton, Dilston.
Murderer on Parole
WHAT sort of message does it send to anti-social criminals when a parole board grants leniency on a proven sadistic murderer (The Examiner, August 29).
A blatant horrific act taking an innocent young man life, brutally taken from him under extraordinary circumstances.
This is a crime without compassion, the young man was only in Launceston for three days seeking directions.
Those that commit a serious unprovoked crime should have no grounds for leniency.
Murder, rape, domestic violence, crimes of terror will never stop until our deterrent sentences are in place.
No parole, no leniency, harsh penalties for the proven taking of life, life imprisonment.
Sincere condolences to the victim's family.
Peter Doddy, Trevallyn.
I CANNOT say what kind of Prime Minister Scott Morrison is, but I can say he is a lousy Christian. Jesus found it in his heart to welcome the thief on the cross into paradise, yet Scott Morrison can't find it within his heart to welcome a Tamil family which is seeking to find rest in Australia.
Jesus says that whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren you do to me.
How then does Mr Morrison square with Jesus' command to love your neighbour as yourself?
For that matter, how do all the other supposed Christians in parliament continue with their masquerade?