Commonsense not so common
THE Tamar River is filled with ryegrass, mud and oysters.
The West Tamar wetlands are a tidal polluted backwater.
The Tamar basin is a sewerage storage.
The North Esk river is an utter disgrace.
The people who have controlled this in the past should all resign and stop sucking the money that has been provided to fix the problem.
They do not have a plan to fix the problem? Ratepayers we deserve better and should demand better.
Bruce Cassidy, Norwood.
A dignified death
REGARDING the Hot Topic in (The Examiner, September 7). Last year our lovely old labrador cross developed cancer.
Not wanting him to suffer we called the vet who kindly and painlessly euthanised him. Lots of tears but his suffering was over.
Some years ago I watched one of my closest friends die a slow and agonising death from incurable cancer.
His suffering over the last two years of his life doesn't bear thinking about.
We stopped our dog's suffering so why do we let members of our species suffer when there's no hope? Voluntary euthanasia, assisted suicide, call it what you will.
Regardless of religious or ethical arguments, we should allow people the choice of a dignified death of their choice.
Richard Hill, Newstead.
Senator's situation unbelievable
THAT Tasmanian Senator Claire Chandler can be taken to task for her statement "women's sport toilets and women's changing rooms are designed for people of the female sex and should remain that way" it is unbelievable that this should be called into question by the Tasmanian Equal Opportunity Commission.
The Commissioner warned that Senator Chandler's comments should be considered offensive, intimidating, ridiculing and humiliating. Reality obviously does not come into the equation. Senator Chandler should be congratulated for her courage in speaking against this radical left agenda which so many in our society fail to speak against.
Conceding to this intimidatory left agenda is nothing short of appeasement that leads to a loss of democratic freedom.
Appeasement is one who feeds a crocodile hoping that it will eat him last.
Wayne Williams, Labor DLP state secretary.
Look at other success stories
I'VE been reading a few articles about the North-East Rail Trail. Has anyone bothered to look at the fantastic setup that is currently working with the Gisborne RailBike Adventure in New Zealand?
Check it out on YouTube, it's worth the look and very relevant to what could be an alternative - just saying.
Greg Heawood, WA.
Motor vehicle registration fees
WHEN paying these fees one is given the opportunity of paying for six months or 12 months, this is obviously to enable people of lesser means to pay the lesser amount.
However, the very people it is intended to help are penalised.
Seriously by paying every six months the additional cost is 7 per cent.
John King, Deloraine.
Are we all in this together?
FIRST in best dressed.
That's the same abject reasoning that gave rise to the toilet paper debacle and "I'm all right Jack". I thought we are supposed to be all in this together. A web registration voucher application scheme, as a financial initiative to assist the tourism industry and encourage Tasmanians to get out and about and spend some money, to get the economy moving again, was never going to work.
Many would obviously miss out.
There are countless examples of similar failed exercises. It's alarming the government seems not to be aware of this, so pushed on, and further, did not even expect the vouchers to be snaffled up in half an hour. A better scheme might have been for tourism operators to offer say 50 per cent discounts on bookings with the government picking up the tabs.
I'm sure Tasmanians would eagerly avail themselves of such generosity. There would not be a mad scramble to participate.
Better still, no one would miss out.
But we are now advised the government, having got it wrong, is considering doing something similar again. Which is, for example, the Westbury prison argument.
The first proposal was positively promoted. Having found it didn't work, a second proposal is being positively promoted.
It's all disappointing that many decisions are being made twice over. You tend to lose confidence in government.
Jim Dickenson, Launceston.
Let's think 'glass half full'
WE have a lot to be thankful for in Tasmania when you look at worldwide events.
Not bad when all we have to complain about is missing out on some "freebies".
They were a bonus and some people were always going to miss out. A bit like not getting your preferred present off Santa.
Let's think of being a "glass half full" rather than a "glass half empty" whinging state.
Julie Airey, Hillwood.
Thanks for your support
AS a small business owner, I thank you for not opening our borders, as does everyone I have spoken to daily, be, business owners or employees.
Thank you for supporting us.