Workplace bullies challenge
IT IS common practice for the victim of bullying in the workplace (once they have put in a complaint) to be required to leave their employment, seek psychiatric and psychological support, visit various legal entities (at great financial cost), face the bully, have their whole work ethic questioned and lose their income.
They have to prove emotional trauma when it's obvious they wouldn't have left unless the bullying existed.
It would behove the boards of companies to question the bully, remove that person to seek the psychiatric and psychological help which would perhaps assist them to change their behaviour and save future employees the trauma they have caused.
I challenge boards to look carefully at how they handle these situations.
Dianne Scetrine, East Launceston.
Tale of two turkeys
THIS week at the White House it appeared that one turkey was pardoning another.
Ed Sianski, West Moonah.
Tamar River pollution
WITH living in the upper reaches of the South Esk and Tamar rivers, on the Elizabeth River, I again wonder why the so-called river experts only worry about the end of the water trail within the Tamar and not the whole catchment? Why criticise the Trevallyn Dam for interfering with normal water flow in the river when at the same time, allowing dozens of irrigation dams (both private and government) to be built in natural water courses creating far greater interference to the Tamar River than the Trevallyn Dam?
In a normal situation without all these dams, heavy rain creates run-off which in turn cause minor flooding which at the end, help flush the Tamar. Now, that rush of water is interfered with as it is diverted into dams. The Elizabeth River at Campbell Town has had very high turbidity for months due to forestry and farming operations so is it any wonder the Tamar River is polluted.
Bill Chugg, Campbell Town.
The Middle East conflict
AT the time the Howard government was enthusiastically pushing for US and Australian involvement in wars in the Middle East, the critics were focused on the excuses being offered: Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.
A very, very good reason to refrain from becoming in involved was the type of war this was always likely to be: a nasty guerrilla war, featuring ambushes, deception, child soldiers and restrictive rules of engagement.
It was furthermore certain that the war would be entirely secret, as all Australian government policy is in the areas of border security, detention, and military operations.
And, thus ignored and hidden from view, it appears likely that some elements of the ADF did what conventional armies fighting guerrillas have so very often done.
Many of those who sent the men and women off to war are still happily in power, enriching themselves daily with secret grubby deals. Whether in the mountains of Afghanistan or the restaurants of Canberra, few voters want to know. What a disgrace.
Peter Lloyd, Reedy Marsh.
Road maintenance overhaul
USING old tyres and glass bottles is the most fantastic way to recycle and maintain our roads in Tasmania. Best idea yet.