WILL Santa be granted a universal COVID-19 quarantine exemption when traversing international borders this Christmas?
Possibly the biggest crisis for Santa since the installation of wood heater flues in chimneys?
Kenneth Gregson, Swansea
HERE we go again, not enough water for the summer influx.
Tas Water must be using the same rationale with fixing Bridport's water supply as they have for the relocation of the Macquarie Point Sewage Works. Just keep saying it'll be done in 4 years and then when anyone questions this the answer is" we've got to look into what would be the best way to progress". Well, since TasWater took over the Bridport water supply has now been 11 years and every year water restrictions.
There appears to be enough water for veggies, cows, grass and even golf courses in the Scottsdale, Bridport area but none for households.
Ken Terry, Bridport
KELLY Wilton (The Examiner, December 17) shoots the messenger while ignoring the message, as Nick Steel and Guy "the forests are just a wood bank" Barnett have done.
BBF forest protestors and Extinction Rebellion are trying to get people and governments to recognise and act on the scientific evidence that a climate and environmental disaster is well underway, how inconvenient is that?
Premiere Gutwein gloats about Tasmania's renewable energy production, but native timber forestry contributes a huge amount to CO2 emissions.
Tasmania's ancient native forests are among the most carbon-dense in the world.
They are not just trees, they are millennium-old complex ecosystems harbouring thousands of species of animals, birds, insects, plants and mycorrhizal networks, many unique to Tasmania. Logging these forests is not sustainable.
In fact, legal or not, it is not logging but ecosystem destruction, smashed and burnt with huge wastage.
Eighty per cent woodchipped and exported to China.
Gone forever. Future generations will look back in anger and despair at our blindness to nature.
Our politicians should be transitioning all native forestry jobs to plantation and protecting remaining old-growth forests in permanently protected reserves for the benefit of all Tasmanians and the world.
Steve Saunders, West Launceston.
CLIMATE change won't stop just because you say so.
I felt both sad and angry, reading Angus Mcdonald's satirical but well-researched piece, "PM to rescue ... if only" (The Examiner, December 19).
It's worth a read, to see how Australia could take a sensible approach to the climate emergency.
One thing the Prime Minister did get right: "Emissions don't have accents, they don't have nationalities" and the cumulative effect of climate change will be felt by all.
Australia has the science and technology but we lack the leadership.
Ros Lewis, Launceston.
OVER 20 years ago North Eastern Soldiers Memorial Hospital at Scottsdale funded and had TVs installed in the wards. A decision was made by the board not to charge patients who wanted to watch television.
The LGH and RHH in contrast use Hills Health Solutions to charge patients who would like to watch TV.
So, contract it out, add the word health and people have to pay for something that should be a given in 2020.
It's even been worked out that short stayers pay more; $9.80 per day, or $52.20 per week. I guess none of this money comes back to the hospital and why should it when it should be a free service anyway. What a rip off to charge sick people who have nothing else to do to take their mind off being sick in hospital. This does not aid in their recovery. Overdue for a rethink on this one.
Clive Stott, Grindelwald.
THANK you for giving your worms the recognition that they deserve (The Examiner, December 20).
That's my dad in the article, and he's been fighting the good fight solo for far too long.
Loss of our earthworms really is a crisis that needs our attention.
Zac Blakemore, Carlton North.
Vale Doug Anthony
VALE Doug Anthony - Murwillumbah farmer and former federal member for Richmond and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, has died at the age of 90.
Famous for running the country over Christmas from his caravan on the Eastern seaboard, was also known for his thrift and love of a bargain in his hometown of Murwillumbah.
Land for what is now known as the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre was donated by the Anthony family, where now the family farm borders the gallery.
Both his father, Hubert Lawrence Larry Anthony, and son Larry, also represented the federal electorate of Richmond, then mainly an agrarian seat, but has evolved into a more urbanised, Labor electorate.
Doug Anthony, a man who represented the country/National party with dignity and respect, in a bygone political epoch.