AN ABSOLUTE NO BRAINER
COVID complacency should never be a feature of Tasmania's fortunate lifestyle. Let us make it as simple as possible for Tasmanians to stay safe.
Firstly, mandatory vaccination is an absolute no brainer. Secondly, mandatory QR check in at all shops and businesses, including supermarkets. And let's make the actual QR check in code big - the size of the average person's TV screen at least.
The current postage stamp-sized QR codes are clearly inadequate and are so easily overlooked by so many of us. Tasmania is ideally situated to become the worldwide gold standard for living with the ongoing and possible perennial threat of COVID.
Neil Wilson, Launceston.
Despair at Tarkine rhetoric
WE constantly hear the phrase the Tarkine heritage area, but when asked to define the boundaries no one seems to know. Much of the area we are led to believe has already been farmed, logged, mined or destroyed by bushfires - so just what is the Tarkine?
One day it's area south of Smithton bordered by the Pieman river, and the next it runs all the way to Strahan. I just despair at the constant rhetoric thrown out by the Greens, the Bob Brown Group and others.
Where were they when bush fires swept through their pristine forest? Hiding somewhere complaining that no-one was doing anything to save it.
Ken Terry, Bridport.
CONCERN FOR OUR CITIZENS
MS Jane Halton AO PSM presented the final report of the National Review of Hotel Quarantine recommending Howard Springs be expanded to accommodate 3000 people.
The Commonwealth has expanded this to only 2000. Given that there are still 36,000-plus Australian citizens still waiting overseas who have been notified that: "Australia's COVID-19 vaccinations will only be available to people currently in Australia. Australian citizens currently overseas should consult their local health professional for advice on vaccine options that may be available locally".
Given that these people have been waiting weeks and months, the Australian government considered a system by which they could facilitate vaccination for these people while they continue to wait.
Is this just too hard? There may be fewer people rejected from return flights.
Besides, they would feel more confident as they wait, and we would feel more comfortable about their return.
Susann Sinclair, Wynyard.
SAFETY ON OUR ROADS
WITH the days continuing to draw in, the occurrence of cars driving with little or no lighting is becoming more evident.
While I appreciate at times we don't need our headlights to be able to see where we are going, we do need them to make us more visible to other road users.
As for people who only use park lights, these, as the name suggests, are for when your car is parked, not in motion.
You would think it was costing some people a fortune to run low beam headlights instead of park lights.
When the only real cost could be their life or someone else's.
Steven de Bruyn, Carrick.
HEADS IN THE SAND
THE writer of the letter suggesting teachers and students have too many holidays should pull his head out of the sand, and go to school and find out how many hours a day good teachers work.
How many weeks they prepare for classes during holidays along with the extra activities like sport, Lego exhibitions along with university studies for a number of grade 6 children that like to work extra.
That's just to start with.
Paul Clark, Hadspen.
SPACE SCIENCE CHECK
HEADLINES on TV - thousands of worms launched into space.
I noticed this morning that when I looked up at the sky it was peppered with small black dots.
Are these worm holes or do l need to clean my glasses?