School traffic congestion
WHO in their right mind from the City of Launceston council, Scotch Oakburn College and the Tasmania Police allowed the slow driving, double parking queues of cars blocking left turn lane and bus stop at the junior campus on Elphin Road.
Scotch College has an enormous block at the back of the school, why was this not utilised allowing the parents to drive in and pick up their children? This would be a better option safety-wise to get the cars off the road and make the whole area safe for everyone. It is chaos at the moment when children are entering and leaving.
John Toulson, Newstead.
Lift your game Ita
I have written to the A.C many times with no answer or result, and as one is unable to contact the boss Ita Buttrose.
One hopes she will see this letter.
At 82-years-old and a lifelong ABC watcher, along with many others deplore the constant repeating of programs such as Vera, Shetland, Endeavor, Poldark, Doc Martin (for the 4th or 5th time), Grandchester, Killing Eve, Silent Witness, Death in Paradise and many more. These programs are now being repeated on the commercial channels in Tasmania, adding much to the ongoing trauma of COVID-19.
Much has been made of ABC fund cutting, which is justified as long as they constantly serve up these otherwise excellent British dramas, but not in the same year.
ABC's board and executives were paid almost 70 per cent more over the past year, as it was forced to cut resources to journalism, and Australian taxpayers, as the employers of our ABC Deserve much better treatment than this. Lift your game Ita Buttrose.
Don Davey, Launceston.
Prison system problems
ATTORNEY-GENERAL Elise Archer claims she remains committed to solving the challenges of the state's correctional system (The Examiner, November 13).
To remain committed, you have to have been committed in the first place.
Tasmania has a recent history of significantly increasing prisoner recidivism rates, to the extent that maximum security prison number two is planned for Westbury, costing $500 million, use-by-date 1900.
It is very easy to allocate taxpayers money, but commitment without results of lowered recidivism has now become commitment without credibility.
Chris Donaldson, Westbury.
IF TasWater advertises that they are there to provide water to Tasmanians when they most need it, then why are they decommissioning the perfectly good Waratah Reservoir which is the main source of water to fight wildfires in a town surrounded by vast pine and eucalyptus plantations? ASIC and APRA have warned corporation directors that they must fully take the effects of global warming into their decision making, else they may each personally be held legally accountable by any future adverse outcomes.
Russell Langfield, Kimberley.
Smoking v COVID-19
I have a question concerning government-mandated masks.
Why have Australian authorities never stopped any adult from smoking despite how many deaths are directly caused?
Jack Sonnemann, Lucaston.
The people have spoken
THE people of America have spoken.
Donald Trump, you're fired.
Davis Seecamp, Trevallyn.
A warning to humanity
WARNING to all people be it America, China or the world, an elephant is loose in the Oval Office of the White House and is striking out and trumpeting danger noises and still has the nuclear codes and buttons.
This animal has always had its way and is lost when not the king, approach with caution as known to lash out even with best pal Rupert Murdoch's Fox Media.
This elephant unlike the jungle species does not remember the fake tweets it made or false trumpeting's made on other occasions or calling killed on active service personnel as "being losers".
A dog would be declared rabid for these actions and removed.
Mike Grey, West Tamar.
Transition of power
AFTER many years of watching the US presidential baton being smoothly passed from one newly elected leader to another, I am confounded by President Donald Trump's insistence on hanging on to a position which was entrusted to him four years ago.
The recent elections have made it clear that voters have chosen Joe Biden as their next president and that urgent leadership is required to address issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic which is devastating the nation.
Donald Trump has never been a team player and his antics only underscore the fact that he was never up to the task of being a president in a democratic country.
Ed Sianski, West Moonah.
The king is gone
DING dong the king is gone.
Or he should be, but true to form Donald J Trump is sticking firmly to his throne.
Now he is inciting violence and more hatred with an escalating number of lies and untruths.
Isn't there some law in the US that could have him up on charges of treason and inciting such behaviour?
After all, he's facing numerous charges, both federal and state, once he relinquishes power so one more wouldn't make much difference.
The thought of him being in court and charged is a very good reason for him to stay in the White House as long as possible.
I always thought they'd have to get a cherry picker to pluck him out.