AS we work through the very new and untested COVID-19 recovery sometimes we see things that are inconsistent or illogical.
I preface my remarks below by saying there is no criticism of any activity listed, of any individual, or any political party.
As it stands at the moment under the laws in Tasmania I am legally allowed to travel from my home in Launceston to St Helens to do any or all of the following providing I return to my home at the end of the day: to work, to play golf, to attend a funeral, to visit a lumber yard, a garden centre, to attend a meeting, to cut a load of wood, to bushwalk, to ride my bike or visit my family who live there.
I am also permitted by law when I do any of those things above to stop at any or every service station and fill my car up with fuel, at every coffee shop on the way to grab a take away coffee, at every bakery or take away shop for food, cigarettes, a drink, a newspaper or lotto ticket.
All of these things are legal.
However, if I want to do that exact same journey with a boat on the back of my car to put in at the St Helens boat ramp I am apparently a danger to the health of the locals. When I do any or all of the things mentioned above I am not a danger.
See the inconsistency?
Rob Soward, City of Launceston councillor.
PLEASE let Premier Peter Gutwein do what needs to be done, with the advice from our own experts, on behalf of Tasmanians.
Death is too big a price to pay for haste.
Politics should be set aside and we should all work together.
Gaye Handby, Launceston.
A drum for the forest
IN Tasmania we are marching on at the same discordant pace, clear felling old growth forest and stepping up for more. Ferocious fires have recently devastated a huge proportion of Australia's natural environment. Ecosystems and countless individual animals and plants have been destroyed. And still Peter Gutwein, self declared Minister for Climate Change, and Guy Barnett preside over the felling of what still remains standing in the Tasmanian environment, the jewel of Australia.
Tasmanians have heeded the call of the premier in staring down the face of the viral pandemic; proudly, responsibly, magnificently. Yet will our premier return this faith in him and rise to take a stand for Tasmania's old growth forest in the face of the great environmental crisis of our times?
When will we proudly hear the heart of our premier beating, for the people, for the planet, resounding we will keep you safe, we will keep you alive?
Helen Tait, West Launceston.
Ross Swimming Pool
HOW does a council recommendation "to consult with the community about the pool's future" get turned around to say they will "consult with the community about the pool's disposal"?
The Ross pool amenities do need upgrading but not as desperately as Mr Jennings suggests, and certainly not at a cost of $550,000. What does need desperately upgrading is council's building planners and estimators.
I think the council might be sorry they picked this fight.
Steve Robinson, Ross.
Putting others first
HE could have survived with the others but instead chose to strap himself to a gun and keep firing allowing others to escape.
There is no need for any new evidence.
It is all there, he deserves the award.
Raymond Smith, Newstead.
Bravery in adversity
'TEDDY' Sheean was an 18-year-old sailor. His ship was attacked and was sinking.
He decided to continue to fight. A decision that cost him his life and saved the lives of many of his crewmates. Those who witnessed his actions believed that he deserved a Victoria Cross.
At the time he was only mentioned in dispatches.
Subsequently the Navy named a submarine after him. Any reasonable person believes he should have been awarded a Victoria Cross.
Now, thanks to the persistence and hard work of Garry Ivory and Guy Barnett MHA, the tribunal has recommended a Victoria Cross be awarded.
Not enough. The recommendation has been rejected.
Victoria Crosses have been awarded in all sorts of contexts.
In World War I, a teenage sailor, mortally wounded, was awarded a Victoria Cross for "remaining at his post, quietly awaiting orders". Jack Cornwell, 'The Boy VC', became part of an empire wide campaign to raise morale.
Teddy Sheean must get a VC.
As senator Jacqui Lambie said this should not have to be discussed any further.
I will be asking my political representatives: "Do you support Sheean VC?"
Peter Kearney, Lanena.
ON July 4, 1940, at Portland England on HMS Foylebank a 23-year-old leading seaman Jack Mantle, during a large air raid, took to firing his pom pom gun even though his left leg was shattered and was wounded further times but kept firing until he fell by his gun.
He was awarded the VC.
To the Australian Government, does this sound familiar?