AWAITING AN APOLOGY
I GUESS you would have gathered by now the outrage caused by your publication of the letter by Mr Doddy suggesting that female paramedics should be rostered with male paramedics to enable them to lift and carry his 119 kilograms (The Examiner, March 22).
How you thought any workplace would endorse the lifting of that sort of weight by any two people, regardless of gender is totally beyond me. In a society where we are striving for gender parity, in any profession you have not given any consideration to the harm that you have caused in enabling this letter to be published. I believe, and many others, believe we are owed an apology.
It is probably too late to educate Mr Doddy in gender parity and what processes are involved in conducting our job, but it's not too late for the upcoming society. Every block at work, many of us are subjected to comments on our ability to drive, lift, perform our job, our looks, our family lives, subjected to questions that men are not. And you have a statewide, and probable national platform added to the attitudes that result in many men believing that women are inferior.
In a world which is trying to change these attitudes due to the amount of gender inequality, sexual assaults, random violence and domestic violence towards women you have truly failed in your role. It is often the accumulation of small incidents and attitudes that lead to bigger problems. We, all women, await your apology.
Karen Mitchell, Travellers Rest.
A NEGATIVE REACTION
HAVING just spent some weeks recovering from a stroke has given me time to look laterally at life and examine the decisions made by three levels of politicians during that time.
My greatest problem is with the Department of State Growth, which has made the decision to build an underpass under High Street in Campbell Town to give access to the recreation ground and swimming pool from the Western side of the highway. I have never heard such a negative reaction from the local community in 60 years of living here.
At a forecast price of approximately $7 million the main question is why waste such a large amount of money to build a drug addicts' below ground toilet block to take away from the value of nearby homes and businesses? Whose idea was it to build an underpass? Especially when it doesn't connect with the local hospital and aged care facilities.
Is our Education Department too dumb and not able to come up with a better idea to get school students across a street?The hospital advisory committee is all for the underpass without being aware of other needs of the institution, whether the $7 million would be far better spent on a full time physiotherapist and fully equipped facility to use.
Bill Chugg, Campbell Town.
CHANGE OF PRACTICES NEEDED
THERE'S no need to be wasting our money, time and effort on new trespass laws when they are adequately covered as they stand. What the Tasmanian government should be focusing on is protecting our beautiful native forests, which are so rare in the world now. Instead forestry wants to trash them, set fire to the rubbish they leave behind and allow their burns to escape containment lines. People feel they have a right to protest against this vomitous behaviour. Forestry needs to change its practices and there wouldn't be any protests.
Clive Stott, Grindelwald.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR HOTEL
AN excellent letter from Bruce Webb (The Examiner, March 23) regarding the yet again proposed hotel for the TRC site.
At first look it seems to be exactly the same design as that which was rejected by the planning commission. As a member of the now defunct volunteers at the gorge cottage, many visitors were from the mainland and extolled the virtues of our wonderful, untouched architecture and the fact that we didn't have the modern monoliths which every city seems to sprout.
Let Mr Chromy build a hotel there, but please let it be in keeping with the city's architecture, and remember that there is a stream beneath it which tends to flood the basement of the TRC when we have a large amount of rain.
Glennis Sleurink, Launceston.
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