A HOUSE UNITED
INTERGENERATIONAL housing was common in the past, and is still the accepted norm in many countries.
If building regulations were relaxed here to allow two or more self-contained "residences" within the one larger house, or a second granny flat on the same block, multiple generations of a family could live together with a degree of privacy for all, financial benefits for the younger ones and extra support for older members.
This would need to be subject to a minimum block size, but it would reduce pressure on the rental market, and lower homelessness, while also allowing older people to stay in their homes for longer.
Margaret Hosford, Youngtown.
NEW CHAPTER FOR LIBRARY
CONGRATULATIONS on 50 years of library service to Tasmania and Launceston.
I worked for the State Library for 16 years and am still working in a library 16 years later on the other side of the world.
Yes, there has been a huge digital revolution, but libraries provide essential democratic access to information and major literacy support for whole communities. An essential cornerstone of a decent civilisation is demonstrated by the existence of - and access to - libraries.
Ruth Holsten, Rotenburg.
WE MUST REOPEN EVENTUALLY
MANY Tasmanians have commercial interests in more than one state.
It is inconceivable that Tasmania can continue with the current policy.
Those who have suitable situations for private quarantine must be permitted to do so subject to strict conditions: Ankle bracelets, be fully vaccinated, subject to mandatory detention if any rule is broken.
Otherwise, as our premier is fond of saying, "people will die".
We all have a high duty of care to our fellow Aussies and must acknowledge that.
It is time for our health experts and politicians to show some backbone and leadership. We can't live on huge budget deficits nor sit on our hands any longer.
Nick Gee, Low Head.
HEALTH WOES OVERSTATED
I AM a New Zealander who has been a new Tasmanian since 2011. I worked in Melbourne from 2000 to 2011 and we moved as a family to Launceston knowing several colleagues were happy here.
I work in public and private radiology across the East Coast, North and North-West of Tasmania.
In the last two years we have had a PET CT installed in St Vincent's hospital on Frederick Street. We are extremely busy with cancer and dementia imaging. We make a difference.
We have one of the most complex CT scanners in Australia. We have excellent general practitioner and specialist referrers.
Quality of life is good as a medical doctor in Tasmania.
Last week I taught the class of medical students at the Launceston Clinical School set up by the progressive Professor Berni Einoder. He wanted to train local students in medicine. This has been a success.
It can be depressing to see the statements from politicians, unions and mental health advocates about all that is wrong about health.
Look around, ramping occurs in all states.