I OBSERVED the many smokers leaving Festivale to partake in their habit outside Launceston City Park main entrance, only to realise that no ashtrays or trash receptacles were provided. So many cigarette butts littered the ground only to be washed down the drains into the Tamar when it rained. Festivale and the council needs to look after the city better.
Brad Scott, Launceston.
CLASSROOM teachers soon learn to identify and isolate those causing disruption in their classes.
They know to punish all because of the misdemeanors of just one or two is counter productive and merely leads to more widespread disruption. The same basic rules should be in place in our prisons although the information I receive would indicate this is not so.
Too frequently the prison goes into "lock down" because of the discipline problems caused by a few. Basic human management skills are overlooked when this procedure is followed.
Prisons are far better advised to reward good attitudes and behavior. Praise of such behaviors is a powerful tool as any teacher of children will attest.
Lockdowns bring forth no positive results but merely generate ill feeling.
Prison life should be based on rewards.
Failure to meet expectations should bring a negative result for the offender out not all inmates. Basic rules of psychiatry should guide actions.
Dick James, Launceston.
US Election coverage
WHY are we subjected to such an extensive media coverage of the US elections?
If we have an election campaign that goes beyond two months many Australians can't wait for it to end. Yet we will have to put up with another country's election for more than 12 months. Give us a break. Are we that desperate for news?
Craig McLean, Travellers Rest.
Made in China
WHEN are our manufacturing, and all associated companies in this country, going to realise that this country needs to make its own goods, products and everything along the supply chain rather than making a quick buck with every item made in China because it is cheaper.
This country needs to manufacture most of its own goods to provide employment and supply of raw materials so it has its own productive base rather than being supplied from overseas mainly from China.
It seems strange to me just to provide the raw materials to other countries and then buy back their made products at inflated prices and think we are doing good out of this arrangement.
It brings to mind Bob Menzies selling scrap iron to Japan before WWII with everybody warning him of the consequences.
This country needs a good manufacturing base just to survive and trade our goods and services with other nations rather than being like the Pacific Island people looking forward to the ships bringing goods into their island just to survive.
Now to make matters worse China has realised that if they buy the farms and property of Australia, it can by-pass our country completely so doing the whole supply chain themselves. Wake up Australia before it's too late to do anything about it.
Anthony Galvin, Launceston.
Tickets for Symphony Under the Stars
I WAS fortunate to obtain tickets but friends that have joined us at this event for the last 15 years missed out.
So totally disappointed.
Also, my adult children have come back from Melbourne for the last seven years to enjoy Symphony under the Stars.
The ticket system has made returning to Tasmania more difficult/expensive, especially this year when ticket release is so close to the event as cheaper airfares are not available.
The spontaneous joy of networking with friends and enjoying this stellar event has been squashed.
Karen Munro, West Launceston.
JUST another event ruined and over-complicated by bureaucracy.
Absolutely ridiculous this ticketing fiasco, just open the gates and let the people in who wish to attend what has been an outstanding event for many years.
As someone who has attended many times I've never seen any issues that arise from overcrowding given the size of the park, people are quite happy to arrive and get their little patch to sit back and enjoy.
Not everyone wants to sit up front to see it all, most are happy to be able to just go and listen with family or friends.
Please change this now.
John Collins, Perth.
Symphony Under the Stars
PRECISELY at 10am on Monday morning I rang the TSO line to reserve tickets for Symphony Under the Stars.
I was lucky enough to get them but told that there weren't many left.
It seems to most idiot system after years of just being able to walk into the park without going through barricades and having a piece of paper scanned.
All this so that the organisers are able to cater for the hordes.
Every previous year it hasn't been a problem and people have taken their biscuits and cheese and bubbly.
I feel sorry for those who have missed out, especially those on the coast who come and make a day and night of it.
It's about time the people were considered as this is an event we look forward to and don't have to line up to walk into our own park.
Please go back to the original plan next year, unless of course you do what you've done in Hobart this year and ditch it all together which would be such a shame.
Glennis Sleurink, Launceston.