NTJFA UMPIRE ABUSE
As a parent, I have had to listen to the abuse flung at umpires all year.
It's disgusting behaviour, and certainly more rife in some clubs than others.
I cringe at the words coming from both women and men towards them.
It's something I thought went out in the dark ages, with signs everywhere about this is your child's sport not yours etc, they possibly have forgotten to go to Specsavers.
These umpires are there to help and nurture our kids, and do a fabulous job.
Some take the time to educate our young players as they go, and it's so appreciated. They are still only learning and so having rules explained is so important.
Even if it is hard and distressing at the time.
I don't know what can be done, I've glared at a few over the past year but unless it's banned or fined? It's pretty hard I guess.
Dimity Hirst, Westbury.
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SUPPORT FOR OUR SOLDIERS
IT is apparent that our ex-service organisations no longer have any empathy with our military personnel.
They allow our national broadcaster (ABC) to make such insulting and unprovable accusations against our main combat soldiers - the Special Air Service regiment, predominantly with impunity. This broadcaster is funded by us, the taxpayer, yet they use their current affairs program to promote a book written by one of their reporters, Mark Willacy. How is this allowable by the ABC board? Where are you Ita Buttrose?
Perhaps our ex-service organisations (such as the RSL) are going down the tubes due to them being run by individuals who never heard a shot fired in anger.
Do you need the maimed special forces soldiers to parade in their wheelchairs and prosthetics to show what the results of actual combat are? Yet you wonder why these young people will not join your organisations?
Come on, speak up you real ex-soldiers.
Kevin Mulligan, East Devonport.
VIOLENT COVID RALLIES
WHAT is happening in Australia with all these violent rallies over the lockdowns involving COVID-19? I cannot recall any such demonstrations. Who are the ones responsible, where have they come from?
It's all very well to demonstrate but not to the extent where police are injured and the crowds are vicious and running amuck.
What is it that these individuals want?
They say they want their rights and freedom, which is their main complaint.
Tough luck, we all have to cop it on the chin until this COVID is under control, life as it was will never be the same.
Unfortunately, it has brought out the best in some and the very worst in others.
But what it has proven to me is that they are selfish, arrogant and self-righteous and most can't see past their fiddled brains that the world does not revolve around them and they are just part of the human race, nobody of great importance. COVID is going to reign supreme for a very long time and just let say that this is not the Australia that I was born and raised into as it is fast becoming a land of bigotry, greed and selfishness.
Jo Ford, Legana.
GET ready for a bumpy ride as we allow intermittent renewables to play havoc with our present system. It looks like we're going to learn the hard way that there is a big difference between accessing electricity when we need it rather than when it's available. Who is paying for this so-called transition, certainly not the renewable industry? Silly me, I forgot those expensive changes required will be paid for by the government so there are no worries about electricity prices having to rise to cover costs. Subsidies, don't we love them.
Gordon Thurlow, Launceston.
WHY must we work toward a specific percentage of the population to be vaccinated to open our borders?
Surely it is more prudent to wait till all those that want to be fully vaccinated, at whatever age have been. Let's not give up on the younger generation. Why put those that want to do the right thing at risk?