GREED BREEDS UNCERTAINTY
WE LIVE in a society fed on greed, people are living in their cars and families in caravans because they can not afford the rents.
How long do people actually keep up with their rent?
Isn't a good tenant at a lower rent better than the turnover of people who stop paying their rent because of the amount?
I bet you most of these properties are rented by four to five single people all earning a wage. We are no longer the lucky country.
I am a renter, and have a great landlord. Our rent is under $290 a week.
We pay the rent always a week before its due and never miss a payment, but are terrified of one day having to move.
We have been on the government housing list for over seven years.
My son is disabled, bipolar and post traumatic syndrome and I am his carer. I am 68 years old and my son is 50 years old.
Maybe we will finish up homeless like so many others, but who cares?
No one, a very sad world we live in.
Denise Judd, Burnie.
BORDERING ON RIDICULOUS
AS A long-term Victorian, lockdowns have been our life now for 18 months or so.
Melbourne has now been in lockdown longer than any other city in the world.
I firmly believe, at the beginning of lockdowns, the majority of Victorians did the right thing, to protect themselves, family and the wider community.
But now things are starting to change, and I for one, totally understand their frustration, anger and despair.
This federal government has failed in every possible way, from the $9 million COVID app (that never worked), to saying "it is not a race", choosing the cheaper AstraZeneca vaccine back in July 2020, to hotel quarantine, to aged care, disability care, people on Centrelink and so on it goes.
As a baby boomer, I was always keen to take any vaccine available and I'm now happily double vaxxed.
But those of my generation who were waiting for Pfizer, shame on you.
You have greatly slowed the rollout (and availability) for your children and younger generations. And to all those anti vaxxers, "you have made your bed, so now lie in it".
QR codes will be fazed out and people will now choose where they go, who with and for how long. Livelihoods have suffered immeasurably but at least the lockdowns saved lives while trying to get the vaccine rates up.
I can't wait to finally get over to see my soon to be new home in Launceston, but I guess I will still have to.
Lesley Binks, Geelong.
COVID CASES A WAKE-UP CALL
WE NEED to tighten border controls for a safer state when we open up. The last two COVID cases are a wake-up call.
We have an ageing population, and we need very strong leadership.
This is a serious virus and no one is safe.
Kerry Good, Ulverstone.
VAPING LAWS A SMOKESCREEN
I WOULD just like to say that the laws on vaping are stupid.
I am 56 years old and have been smoking since I was 12. I have tried many times to quit, even with prescription medicine, and none of it worked.
Since I started vaping with salt nicotine, I have not touched a cigarette, which has been much better for my health and pocket.
People find a cheaper way to quit which is not as toxic and it gets banned. It is bad enough if you're a smoker, you get discriminated against.
Now you cant even vape. So much for freedom of choice
Anne Portet, Mowbray.
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