Oh The Audacity
WENT shopping this week and was truly surprised to notice that prices of everyday items had risen.
Eggs rose by 60 cents a dozen at this store and other weekly items had also gotten a price hike so I got to wondering why?
It is not as if supermarkets have gone out of business as many other places of employment have had the misfortune. People have lost their jobs, livelihood and need to be quarantined at home, so money is now an issue, yet have to pay more for their food?
We all need to eat and depend on supermarkets to be able to supply this need, and they have raised their prices.
I was appalled at the audacity of this atrocity. So much for standing together in times of need.
Felicity O'Neill, Westbury.
Wearing Face Masks
I HAVE just read an article about people being abused and physically assaulted for wearing a face mask.
People must understand that unless a full expensive respirator it will not prevent you from getting the virus.
Wearing a mask is, infact, a courtesy to other people. We all from time to time sneeze or cough occasionally in normal life.
It does not mean we have an infection.
However, other people do not know this.
Wearing a face mask provides a level of reassurance to others that we are taking our social responsibility seriously.
Unfortunately masks are in short supply.
However, we can make our own sneeze guards. And we should respect others for being courteous in wearing them.
Paul Grigg, St Leonards.
The homeless Need Support
WITH coronavirus and colder winter nights here already, the plight of our many homeless and vulnerable families grow everyday. The challenge to help is now.
One potential solution would be to turn some of Launceston's empty buildings, such as Lloyds Hotel , or Crown Hotel - (which have been shut for sometime - and there are many others) with low or no-cost accommodation hubs, for the disadvantaged. Let's do something instead of talking. The word being passed around is kindness.
Gaye Willox, Trevallyn.
High Praise for Premier
CONGRATULATIONS to our Premier Peter Gutwein and his team for the regulations in place to protect us the Tasmanian people
You Sir, are doing a great job.
Diane Lovell, Beauty Point.
High Fuel Prices
WHAT an apathetic lot we are, it's no good me or Fred Average.
Individually telling our fuel outlet "if you don't lower the price of your fuel,
I will go elsewhere", is what needed for everyone to take a stand. so they lower fuel prices.
Fuel should now be between 80 cents and a dollar a litre at the very most, but no.
We meekly let ourselves be greedily ripped off by not speaking up. Especially now, in the beginnings of a world pandemic which is going see thousands of people out of work for a considerable period, need lower prices. But do they care?
Of course not, they will continue to rort the system and bleed us dry for as long as we comply. But if everyone takes a stand deciding, enough is enough, they will be forced to toe the line. So let's get with the program.
Don Davey, Launceston.
SAS Regiment Actions
AFTER watching the Four Corners investigation coverage of allegations that unarmed civilians were unlawfully killed by Australian special forces, I felt relieved that my older grandson had not pursued his childhood dream of becoming a Special Air Service soldier. It was quite sickening and shameful to watch multiple incidents where Afghan civilians were shot by highly-trained Australian soldiers who appear to have drifted from all moral and ethical considerations during their engagements.
Of greater concern are the findings of the investigations by the Australian Defence Force which have indicated that these killings were lawful. There appears to be a breakdown in the SAS command structure which has allowed individual soldiers to pursue their vendettas to the extent that innocent people have been killed.
The true spirit of these special forces lies deep within the regiment where courageous veterans are prepared to come forward and witness to the wrongs carried out in the interests of justice.
Ed Sianski, West Moonah.
Tamar River Criticism
GEOFF LYONS, former Federal Member for Bass, is very unjust with his scathing criticism of Alan Birchmore, former Chairman of the Launceston Flood Authority and former Liberal Federal Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic (The Examiner, March 12).
At least both of these gentlemen, unlike Mr Lyons during his period of office (as far as I recall), actually tried to do something to reverse environmental degradation of the upper reaches of the Tamar/Kanamaluka estuary including successfully obtaining millions of dollars in necessary study and research funding and some real on the ground action and they should be given all due credit for that.
Mr Lyons correctly points out there is now 'an explosion of silt in the Tamar' also saying he had the opportunity, while Trevallyn Dam was being drained, to 'paddle and ski in the Tamar' and while nobody does anything this is only going to get worse.
Presumably the temporary good clean water flows through the Cataract Gorge at that time, as consistently and vigorously lobbied for by Alan Birchmore (but permanently) permitted him to do this indicative of the fact that one of the obvious solutions to restoring the abysmal health of the Tamar/Kanamaluka Estuary are good South Esk River flows, and plenty of them too.