RAINING ON THEIR PARADE
I DON'T get why the Christmas parade was cancelled, when we had the AFL here, which attracts more people than what the parade would have, and the carols are still going ahead.
Christmas is something the kids absolutely love and it's all been taken away from them.
It's no wonder Christmas doesn't feel the same anymore and kids are starting to not believe anymore.
It's just not the same there's hardly any Christmas stuff around I mean look at our streets nothing it's boring, bring Christmas back to life like it was back in the 90s now that was great
Kylie Stephens, Ravenswood.
ARCHER ACTED WITH INTEGRITY
HATS off to Bridget Archer for crossing the floor to vote against something she believed to be fundamentally wrong.
It's good to know there are some pollies who are not the mouthpiece of the party they are, in but act on what they believe to be right.
Glennis Sleurink, Launceston.
ALL ABOUT THAT BASS?
COULD federal MP Bridget Archer's credible vote for independent MP Helen Haines's attempt to bring on debate regarding Dr Haines's private member's bill for an integrity commission in the House of Representatives have been influenced by a forthcoming election in the highly marginal Tasmanian seat of Bass?
Kenneth Gregson, Swansea.
DON'T BE FOOLED BY FACADE
THE argument put forward by Dick James suggesting that Tasmania's forests are sustainable and a drive by will allow us to see thriving healthy forests plays with the truth and reality (The Examiner, November 24).
While quick regrowth forests might be OK as a resource, there is no justification for the felling of old, unique and threatened tree species, as is the case with the misnamed Sustainable Timber Tasmania.
For those people viewing the forests from the main roads, don't be fooled by the facade.
Take a drive up the fire trails and logging tracks and see the devastation that is hidden with acre after acre cleared of trees and homes for the state's wildlife.
Victor Marshall, Meander.
FIRE PITS A HEALTH HAZARD
FIRE pits seem to be a novelty in hardware and heater shops at present, but they come with a warning, or at least they should come with a warning.
CHOICE, Australia's leading advocacy group, was forced to amend its review into fire pits, warning smoke from fire pits is a health hazard.
We all know by now that wood smoke thickens your blood, which can lead to heart attacks.
It causes asthma and COPD exacerbations and the fine particulate matter can cross over into your bloodstream delivering toxins to every organ in your body.
Particulate matter is a class-1 carcinogen.
In Tasmania, solid-fuel-burning fire pits are mentioned in our EPA Smoke Regulations along with wood heaters, fireplaces and fire pots, so best to consider this.
Smoke can affect anyone, there are cleaner alternatives.