IT saddens me to see the way technology of today is used. Bullies, hackers, scammers, store closing down and people losing their jobs because of online buying.
So many people live their life in front of a screen and sadly so many young and very young children, with parent's being warned to see what they are doing. Many children are having bad grades and those in power wonder why? Take computers and phones away and go back to basics.
The times table was drummed into my head back in the late 1950s and I still remember them. There is some hope, there are still many children who talk face to face and use their imagination, see and smell the world around, know what a library is, play or watch sport, take a walk and go camping.
In my youth, the record player was an amazing invention, you would work hard for your pocket money to save for a EP record.
As we have seen many times, when the signal or connection is lost nothing works.
Last year while sitting at the doctor's waiting, a mother came in with two young children, they sat down and straight away they started using their phones, then another mother walked in with a young child, the child went and got a book which the mother read to the child. Makes you wonder.
Lynn Morton, Beaumaris.
Barry Prismall Return
SO good to see Barry Prismall in print once more (The Sunday Examiner, March 15). I've missed you over the years Barry.
And what he says is so pertinent.
Bridget Archer has the ball in her court and must play it vigorously.
To push George Town and Bell Bay issues will find resonance with all Bass voters.
We all love development and prosperity.
Dick James, Launceston.
Crisis Panic Buying
THE sheer greed exhibited by all this panic buying is nothing short of spectacularly obscene. Those that have done this can not hide behind some lame excuse of "I was just being cautious" because it is simply called greed. Hopefully all this excess hoarding gets donated in coming months, instead of just wasted or stored till it is no longer any good. Somehow I doubt these hoarders will do this, going by the self centered attitude they have shown so far.
B. Wright, Launceston.
ABC Funding Cuts
I COMMEND the ABC for its coverage of the unprecedented bushfire season.
In times of crisis, Australians turn to the national broadcaster for trusted news and information which saves lives and Australians deserve a government that supports the public broadcaster.
The ABC is a lifeline for at-risk communities particularly when other lines of communication are affected by extreme weather events.
Since 2014 in breach of an election promise of no cuts to the ABC and SBS, the Liberals have cut general ABC funding as well as reduced funding for local newsgathering.
Now more than ever we need a strong public broadcaster yet Scott Morrison has locked in a further $83.7million in cuts that will result in more staff reduction on top of the 1000 jobs that have already gone due to the $366 million cuts by the Liberals in six years.
The ABC needs stable and adequate funding and now is not the time for cuts to our national broadcaster.
Peter Stevenson, Newnham.
Dustin Martin's Father
IN response to a letter regarding Dustin Martin's father (The Examiner, February 29).
As a direct result from generational discrimination and trauma, removal of power and acknowledgement of traditional elders, bloodlines and family names have been devalued and therefore created an opportunity for a large number of people to take claim as Tasmanian Aborigines.
From the Tasmanian Liberals policy to the face representing the Indigenous community, Michael?
The effects of this contempt on identity and culture are devastating.
Cranston Mansell, Launceston.
WITH the AFL possibly having to keep people out of stadiums an essential dimension of Australian Rules Football will be absent. Modern technology could be used to work around this problem in the following way.
If the AFL were to develop an APP to allow fans to cheer for their team during matches and for that cheering to be integrated into the background during match telecasts then fans would still be able to voice their support and enthusiasm during the game.
To have this sound broadcast over loudspeakers at the match venue would also offer players the kind of support and encouragement that brings out their best performances.
Australia could easily lead the world in such innovative technological solutions.
Robert Karl Stonjek, Kings Meadows.
Metro Bus Services
Transport Minister Michael Ferguson should get rid of his spin doctors (The Examiner, March 9) and get out of his office and into the real world to see just how bad he's made the Metro bus system.
Of course, this new system will speed up services, because if you wish to ride Metro their new slogan is "You come to us, we don't come to you".
The minister believes it is quite acceptable for the aged and infirm and everyone else now to tramp one kilometre or more just to get near a bus, which is probably not going where they wish to travel anyway.
Carol Hill, South Launceston.
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