Something to hide
ON November 2, [Corrections] Minister Elise Archer committed to concerned members of Westbury that she would return to Westbury to attend a public meeting.
However, residents have now received an invitation to meet with her one on one over three different dates totaling nine hours of her time. It was reported that 1900 residents received the invitation, so how can anyone take this seriously; she has allocated 540 minutes of her time to potentially meet with 1900 residents.
A maximum of 216 residents will be able to meet with her. No wonder she has the Northern Prison site in the wrong place.
I call on her to attend a community meeting and not look like she has something to hide or is she just scared of crowds.
Carol Firth, Westbury.
Tip of the iceberg
HOW low do they go trying to extract money from a dead person's estate under false pretenses on several occasions for a debt that does not exist.
What is the correct terminology for this sort of behaviour? I can think of many which are unprintable.
They do not come any lower than this and I bet our case is the tip of the iceberg.
Ian Hardman, Musselroe Bay.
A narrow vision
THE discussion about a location for a Northern prison in Tasmania belies the reality of the problem at hand. The need for a second prison is an admission by the Liberal government that its policies on law and order have failed, and if lessons are not learnt the second prison will have the same problems as Risdon does now.
The Hodgman government's poor management of the correctional system and narrow vision for probationary services have contributed to the prison crisis.
It is no surprise that a government characterised by short-term, quick buck measures is now coming unstuck by its own lack of strategy and failure to invest in community safety.
Rather than burn-up $270 million of taxpayers' money making the same mistakes, the Liberals should learn the lessons that punitive emphasis on imprisonment alone delivers null results. Instead, a cohesive approach to integrate community services, coupled with major investment in the correctional system, will produce more dividends.
It is not where the prison should be built that is at hand; it's the fact that it shouldn't be needed at all.
Jack Davenport, Blackwall.
Cricket, a team sport?
VERY disappointed to hear calls for Tim Paine to be sacked following his decision to declare with David Warner not out on 335, supposedly denying Warner a chance to break a couple of personal records.
I may be wrong, but I thought cricket was a team sport. John Cullen, Prospect Vale.
RECENTLY on social media there were a few arguments over the decision made by the planning review tribunal on the Gorge Hotel development. One of the anti everything brigade members stated that people should accept the umpires decision and move on.
Then I read in (The Examiner, November 29) that there is a protest over the Lake Malbena eco-tourism development which was given the green light by the planning review tribunal. Is that not pure hypocrisy?
Cyril Patmore, Poatina.
I'M writing about the unjust, discriminatory, Draconian laws that have just come in against the bikies clubs.
I am appalled by how they were treated on a young man's memorial ride last Saturday, it was totally disgusting and so disrespectful.
These clubs have been around for years with little or no trouble, and to class all as criminals is criminal.
I'm married to one of these club members, he has a heart of gold, he has no criminal convictions, he pays his taxes and works hard for our family.
And to be told what he can and cannot wear is total discrimination. Our forefathers and fathers fought damn hard for our freedom, but this government can bring in a law that is so against all our civil liberties.
It's started with the bikies, but you watch, it will affect everyone. All the while the real criminals are out there getting away with home invasions.car thefts, burglary and god knows what else.
I will proudly stand by my husband and his club because they are not criminals; they are family.
Vanessa Dean, Mowbray.
Not just bikies
IN International, Australian and Tasmanian law there is a presumption of innocence for any person, group or organisation regardless of any evidence against them.
As with past vilification against whole races, cultures and religions, that we now consider abhorrent, certain Tasmanian groups are openly accused and harassed for crimes for which there is no conviction or even charges laid.
In the 50 year of their existence, no Tasmanian bikie gang has ever been charged with a drug crime.
Police have their suspicions but these rumours are based on evidence so weak that they have never laid drug charges against any of the clubs.
A trafficable amount of drugs needs to be stored, needs to be imported physically and it needs to be distributed, all stages outside the bikie gang which, despite frequent raids, the police have been unable to find, ever.
Some people who happened to be members of gangs have been involved in drugs, but then so have non-gang members.
Robert Karl Stonjek, Kings Meadows.