Minimise traffic around Bunnings
LAUNCESTON traffic management has always been about the bottleneck around Cimitiere Street, Wellington Street and Hobart Road, plus now you can include the two bridges.
Apart from major works, like a new bridge across the Tamar, or the Eastern connector, we will be just moving the traffic flow from one point to the other.
Add the extra movements from the planned move for the university, not to mention the parking congestion it will bring to the Invermay side and Bunnings.
In other news:
Just a new item that goes on an ever-increasing list for our so-called traffic control experts to see if they can adjust the flow of vehicles, and not just force them to use one bridge over the other, which they appear to be doing by banning right turns from Charles Street and the Esplanade.
I think it is about minimising the numbers around Bunnings and forcing drivers to find alternative routes to Invermay with the Tamar Street bridge having more usage of the roundabout.
I am trying to imagine the traffic when the university starts to work.
How many students are going to be there when it's fully commissioned?
Anthony Galvin, Launceston.
Can Pfizer justify its results?
I don't see how Pfizer can claim 90 per cent effectiveness from their COVID-19 vaccine.
Simply because 90 per cent of the participants who took their drug did not contract it.
We don't know how many participants were exposed to the virus, so how can Pfizer claim these results?
The trial should have been conducted on sufferers to judge its efficacy.
Rod Force, Sandy Bay.
Consultation can be done right
HOW wonderful for the suburb of Legana to be getting a new school.
With two rounds of community consultation (The Examiner, October 23) and more planned, the locals are receiving plenty of opportunities to have input into this positive development. It seems the government can appropriately consult a community if it wants to. Westbury and the proposed Northern prison? No such consultation was held.
Westbury was told where it was going after a closed door EOI process.
When it was obvious that the first site was too hot and problematic, it was kicked a few kilometres down the road into a rocky, boggy nature reserve that's situated on a winding, narrow road. Consultation? None. The immediate neighbours received a call 30 minutes before the June 18 announcement.
The community found out through the media. How come a school gets consultation and a prison doesn't? There is something terribly unbalanced happening here.
Anne-Marie Loader, Westbury.
Climate advocates need to lead
IF ONLY the climate change devotees were honest about the solution and lead by example they would attract respect.
We would have to accept a lower standard of living that would impact disproportionately on the poor, a culling of most of our grazing farm animals and a lowering of babies being born.
The imperative for this to be achieved globally would require very large subsidies from the rich to poor countries.
Gordon Thurlow, Launceston.
Ratbags abound in US politics
EVERY Australian knows what a ratbag is, although few would be able to define the concept with any degree of precision.
I would suggest that the greatest gift Australia could give to our friends in the United States would be the word "ratbag" and some instruction on all that it implies.
We have our ratbags, even in politics, but they usually become widely recognised as such.
I suspect that if the Americans had understood the word, they might not have subjected the world to the spectacle of the last four years. It is unlikely that just under half of the voters in the US are a bunch of ratbags, and when the most outrageous ratbag in the Western world is finally steamed out of the White House, I expect that many of them will recognise him as such, if only they have access to the appropriate word.