LETTER: Short Takes

Congratulations to Katherine Williams and Helen Gregory (‘‘Love in the Frame’’, Weekender, 19/1). The front-cover photograph was truly beautiful and the article and further photography outstanding. I was also raised in an extended family in my early childhood (four generations of women) and have a strong sense of family, and what we lacked in material possessions was overshadowed by the wealth of love. I was a millionaire in that sense. Thank you, ladies, for making my Saturday morning reading a true pleasure. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Karen Sheen, Raymond Terrace

I wholeheartedly agree with John Church, concerning his campaign signs being stuck to a fence at the old Belmont Airport (being on ‘‘private property’’). A true and proper eyesore to behold. May I suggest another site, also on private property – his front yard at Whitebridge?

Warren Johnstone, Blacksmiths

I feel I should say something regarding bushfires and adjoining neighbours. Without doubt the bushfire department have made it very clear about keeping one’s property clean, the gutters etc, during this hazardous time. Unfortunately people are not listening or are just ignorant to the fact they could be burnt down. I live 30metres from the bush and there are houses dividing us from the bush. I have protected our house as well I can and yet the dividing houses have not bothered, and they have ironbark and gum trees in their yard. What am I supposed to do? I am sure I speak for many others in our predicament.

Name withheld,

East Maitland

I totally agree that speed cameras and safety cameras should be placed in areas of greatest need, as a deterrent. However if there are cameras that are defined as big earners, surely this means that drivers are continuing to speed and/or run red lights in those areas. If motorists want to stop this ‘‘revenue raising’’, then don’t speed or run red lights! Simple.

Alison Gilson, Maryville

In reply to Jared Smith, (‘‘Beware the puffed-up’’, Letters, 10/1). I think you have missed the point of what Joey Picton was referring to when he said this is a ‘‘nanny’’ state. It simply means ‘‘freedom of choice’’ – you choose not to smoke, others choose to smoke. If the government were fair dinkum, they would ban cigarettes altogether, but they can’t because of the freedom of choice concept.

Lorraine Adams, Cardiff South

Don Bradman’s ‘‘Invincibles’’ sailed off to England in 1948: 17 cricketers, accompanied by three support staff (manager, masseur, scorer/baggage handler). The team played 34 matches, six days a week, from May to September, and completed their tour with an undefeated record. Compare this amazing feat with the current Australian cricket team, which has more support staff than players and uses a rotation policy, which clearly isn’t working very well. Perhaps administrators should revert to past methods and remove the cotton wool.

Eric Roach, Croudace Bay

What are you trying to say, Dennis Harvey (Short takes, 29/1)? If the Third World played tennis the world would be a better place?

Craig Swan, Kotara South

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