WITHall the controversy over the Nobby’s new change areas out in the open, would a person be charged with obscene exposure by the police if found to be naked in this area? Maybe we need a few nudists to drive the point home or even better still a couple of readers like Steve Barnett and Brad Hill could meet up and take a selfie for the Herald.
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Neil Meyers, Warners BayGARYEdman (Short takes, 4/1) – business is booming, half of Sydney is here. After 35 years in the trade I know what a prime carcass looks like, the rumps on some of the visitors suggest too much time at the feed lot, instead of casual grazing in a good paddock. Remember chicks dig butchers.

Steve Barnett, Fingal BayMRBath the community would like to see copy of report of the public consultation support of removal of change rooms (Nobby’s toilet trouble’, Herald, 3/1). You can provide this report no doubt.

Michael Casey, MerewetherTHEtrouble with spin is that most of it insults your intelligence. With Newcastle council, it’s either spin or Sir Joh’s “don’t you worry about that now”. A quick inspection of the ocean baths and Newcastle Beach on Thursdayrevealed separate sex, community change rooms that have been there for many decades. How many complaints are on council’s records?

Keith Parsons, NewcastleJUNEPorter (Short takes, 4/1):Joseph, Mary and Jesus were indeed refugees. The gospel of Matthew, chapter twosays that King Herod felt threatened when told that a baby, the Anointed One, was to be born in Bethlehem. He ordered all male infants under two years to be put to death. Meanwhile, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream telling him to take the child and his mother to Egypt. The family remained in Egypt until Herod’s death.

Julie Robinson, CardiffMAYI suggest that a solution to the missing change rooms in the Nobby’s Surf Club pavilion could be achieved quickly, to reverse the current inconvenience to bathers and lessen the embarrassment to MayorNelmes, Deputy MayorClausenand new CEOMr Bath, if they dipped into the huge pot of money generated for the council by the overwhelmingly successful Supercars event andsimply put back the public change rooms that the people need.

Allan Burke, MerewetherFIRSTof all Newcastle council supported taking the train away from the beach. Then they put a racing car track through the back so we now have enough tarmac for a small airport. Now they’ve taken the change rooms away. How much did all this cost? By the way, I liked the old light posts that allowed pelicans to perch. Have any councillors ever been to the beach?

Craig Gardiner, WallsendIf lifejackets become mandatory who is going to check fisherman are wearing them?

Sue Fower, Waratah

MYER AFR 070327 PIC BY JESSICA SHAPIRO… GENERIC Myer, department store, Bourke St, Lonsdale St, consumer, customer, retail, sale, shopping, consumer, revamp… AFR FIRST USE ONLY PLEASE!!! SPECIALX 63150Myer’s incoming chairman has warned that letting billionaire rag trader Solomon Lew into the company’s boardroom would be “enormously damaging”, and is calling on shareholders to instead back an “independent” Myer.
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Returning fire after weeks of attacks from Mr Lew’s Premier Investments, Garry Hounsell sent a letter to investors on Monday saying Mr Lew’s only objective was to pursue his own interests, not those of all Myer’s shareholders.

It came as Premier ratcheted up its campaign against Myer’s board by claiming it may have failed to keep the market informed about its trading performance, and raising the prospect of legal action.

Premier is Myer’s largest shareholder with a 10.8 per cent stake and has been agitating for positions on the retailer’s board, which it says lacks retail experience and is mishandling the business.

Mr Hounsell acknowledged shareholders’ disappointment and frustration with Myer’s share price, which has fallen 74 per cent since 2013, and appreciated “the attraction of a company that promises to change Myer’s fortunes”.

However, accepting Premier’s request for board seats was a risk because the company is both a competitor and a supplier to Myer, he said.

Premier owns Peter Alexander, which has concessions in Myer stores, as well as the Just Group, Portman and Jaqcui E brands, while other companies linked to Mr Lew are major suppliers of branded and private label products to Myer and other department stores.

“It should go without saying that the potential risks in allowing a competitor into our boardroom where we discuss highly sensitive matters such as performance and strategy would be enormously damaging and against the best interests of Myer shareholders,” Mr Hounsell said.

Premier has called on shareholders to join it in voting against the election of Myer’s nominees at its annual general meeting on November 24, including Mr Hounsell, and has threatened to call its own shareholder meeting to appoint two of its own directors and an independent non-executive director to the Myer board.

Mr Hounsell’s letter said giving Premier the board seats it has asked for would result in a 10.8 per cent shareholder controlling 43 per cent of the non-executive board seats. Premier was trying to gain control of Myer without paying shareholders a takeover premium, he said.

“As your independent directors we have an obligation and duty to work in the best interests of all shareholders,” Mr Hounsell said. “Premier and Mr Lew’s objective is to pursue its self-interests which by virtue of its conflicts cannot be aligned with Myer’s.” ‘Poor disclosure’, legal threats

In its latest missive, Premier on Monday said it was concerned the market was trading Myer shares “on an uninformed basis” because of deficient disclosure.

Myer is holding an investor day on Wednesday, where it is speculated it could release information about the performance of the “New Myer” strategy and could change the targets set out in the plan.

Premier said any update Myer planned to release on Wednesday should be announced as soon as it became available to the company’s management and board.

“Until that information is released, Premier believes that the market has been, and is, trading on an uninformed basis,” Premier said in a statement.

The company said on Monday it was “carefully considering its legal and other options in order to bring about urgently needed change to ensure that Myer shares are trading in an informed market”.

A spokesperson for Premier would not detail what legal options the company had available to it.

An spokesman for the Australian Stock Exchange that it was monitoring developments as a matter of course and that “at this stage, there’s no trigger for us to enquire about disclosure”.

Premier, a publicly listed company in which Mr Lew has a controlling stake, also repeated its call for Myer to release its first-quarter sales results.

Without this information, Myer shareholders would not be able to assess the “New Myer” turnaround plan, or make an informed vote on the election of new directors to the board, Premier said.

Premier said Myer had a poor track record of market disclosure, and that it believed it had been misled into buying $100 million of shares in March. The value of those shares have since fallen by more than $30 million.

Myer is two years into its five-year turnaround strategy but has been lagging behind the plan’s targets. That includes sales growth tracking at an average of 0.1 per cent a year instead of 3 per cent, and sales per square metre growing at 3.7 per cent compared with a 20 per cent target.

Mr Hounsell also used his letter to shareholders to spruik his experience managing successful turnarounds at business such as Qantas and Treasury Wine Estates.

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PAUL Scott is spot-on with his observations about movie goers (‘Novocastrians often make for obnoxious movie goers’,Newcastle Herald,30/10).He lists the very reasons why I stopped going to the cinema some years ago, no matter how good the movie might be. People with gargantuan appetites and loud mouths, constantly checking their iPhones, eating and talking non-stop, pushing their feet into the back of your seat, coughing incessantly when they obviously should be at home nursing their contagious virus. The list goes on. Any “atmosphere” the movie might have had is ruined.
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Kevin McDonald,East SeahamI BELIEVE the people of Newcastle, Upper Hunter and Central Coast are depending on the Labor Party who have the numbers on Newcastle councilnot to rezone the heavy rail corridor. It’s vital we itkeep for the future as the green house gasses are the highest level ever recorded. Building on the corridor cannot be justified.

Maureen O’Sullivan Davidson,SwanseaI KNOW Australia is a nation of aging people, but give me a break. Are you the same as me and sick to death (pardon the pun) of funeral and life insurance ads?If there isn’t enough garbage on TV, we have to be reminded about our mortality every eight minutes.

Ray Davidson,Birmingham GardensPOKER machines, like alcohol, are not addictive. It is the individual with an addictive personality that become addicted to these things. They should realise their problem and do something about it instead of blaming the people that make them available.

Steven Busch,TorontoAS a resident of Carrington, I totally support the comments expressed so well by John Butler (Letters, 27/10). The destruction of 18 mature trees is indeed mourned by the locals. Our once shady boulevard, with an eclectic mix of heritage buildings peeping out here and there, is now a hot wasteland. How is this kind of town planning allowed?

Anne Madden, CarringtonI FIND this dual citizenship thing strange. Considering Barnaby’s father became an Australian citizen in the ’70s, his NZ citizenship claim would be very tenuous. To me he’s just a scapegoat in an attempt to bring down the government by fair means or foul. The others brought down are just expendable to make it look legitimate.

Robyn Burtinshaw, Nambucca HeadsTHE point regarding Barnaby Joyce and dual citizenship seems to be lost on some. Yes he was born in Australia. Yes he is an Australian citizen. However the Constitution states you cannot have dual cititzenship. That is where Mr Joyce fell foul. The High Court got right, let it rest there.

Dennis Petrovic, RutherfordTHE POLLSWHAT do you think about Halloween?

It’s a bit of fun for one day of the year 47.42%,Not here, no way 39.18%,Best thing, ever13.4%WOULD you see Take That in Sydney?

Yes 15.6%,No 75.23%,I had tickets for Newcastle, but I won’t travel 9.17%

REGARDING the unit plan for Adamstown (‘Unit plan for Adamstown Motel site’, Newcastle Herald, 6/1).At the moment there are numerous families living here under government emergency housing plans, some for over 12 months. Where will these people go and what becomes of social housing issue? This should be high priority on local council’sradar and not filling their own pockets.
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Michael Casey,MerewetherYOU are a very funny man Steve Barnett (Short Takes, 29/12/17). What I don’t get is how you know those “monstrous bums” are from Sydney. When I go to the beach I make a point of swimming near those big’uns in the hope any shark cruising by has already had its appetiser.

Dave McTaggart,EdgeworthSPLENDID idea Neil Meyers (Short Takes, 6/1). Not sure, however, if the public is ready for a butcher and a barman to shock the public with anatomy. That’s not for the faint-hearted. The long and short of it, indecent exposure would be given a whole new meaning.

Brad Hill,SingletonCRAIG Gardiner (Short Takes, 6/1) please do not mention that there is enough tarmac near Nobbys beach for a small airport. That may lead to tenders being called to build a small airport there. It would have to be closed each November though.

Meryl Pickles,Macquarie HillsWHAT a fabulous, brave young woman you are Kassandra Long (‘I was told I was wrong’, Herald,6/1).But how can he only get eight years and able to be reduced? Let him rot in jail, I say!

Sandra Mercer,Elermore ValeIN regards to the land and housing NSW Housing is looking to flog off to the highest bidder in Light Street: I think this puts a lower value on these people and enforces the view that they are treated differently. Considering they have been created and allowed to fester into the crime-riddled social disaster ghetto housing estates, will NSW Housing be held accountable? I’m still waiting for review regarding what I would call the fire death traps that these buildings are.

Mark Sheerin,Hamilton SouthTO Brad Hill, don’t blame Dan Kirkpatrick for his views (Short Takes, 8/1). The north Karuah-ns have become hermits since progress forced the highway to bypass North Karuah. I think people like Dan have been brainwashed into believing in the green gods and can’t come to terms with the fact mining is good for humanity.

Steve Barnett,Fingal BayDIDTony Troughear really see ants absconding with his toenail clippings (‘Tony’s toenails’, HeraldTopics,8/1), or had he been assessing some brews with a little too much enthusiasm? You can’t trust photographic evidence these days.

Reg Howes,ValentineTHE POLLSSHOULD lifejackets be mandatory for rock fishers?

Yes 72.87%,No 27.13%

NOW the crowing has subsided, it may be time to draw the attention of all genuine cricket tragicsto a little-publicised act of grace.When Mitch Marsh reached his superb hundred, English keeper Johnny Bairstow, himself a centurion, stood at his stumps and clapped his gloves together high, as long as the applause went on.That kind of camaraderie is what made the game great and one hopes this will keep it so.
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DonaldMatthews,Fennell BayIT’S actually a very simple scenario for the federal government.If the Catholic Church does not want to follow all 189 recommendations set forward by the royal commission (especially the reporting of instances of child abuse during confession and the making of celibacy optional for clergy) they should not be able to practice religion in this country,and should be stripped of all financial assets in Australia.

Karl Hogg,Warners BayI DON’T think that when the “right to freedom of religion” was put into the constitution that it was meant to encompass religions that turned into large successful billion-dollar businesses and give them a free pass on not paying their rightful share of taxation. Nor, as is happening now, being able to opt out of paying their share of compensation to victims of horrendous abuse on children in their institutions. It’s time Australia took its selective rose-colored glasses off and faced up to what is actually right and wrong, good or bad for the country and what is driven by ancient ideology or political agenda.

Allan Earl, ThorntonJUST a shout out to the good people at Hunter Valley Private Hospital, Shortland. Had to have an emergency procedure Monday night which involved an overnight stay. I cannot fault the great care I received from everyone involved. Thanks also to Dr Routley for fitting me in.

Tony Morley,WaratahPARKING problems these days have become right up there with traffic congestion as a burr under the public saddle, yet while we all blame everybody else and somebody should do something about it but nobody does, all the time we are the culprits ourselves. You and me, the whole grumpy lot of us, we don’t just have a problem, we are the problem. Good luck with that and happy motoring. Ho, ho, ho.

Ron Elphick,Buff PointOH well, summer is here again and the hypocrites are at it already, the cry goes out the hottest day since whenever I can recall. When I was a boy the same scenario the big difference being that the do-gooders and hypocrites were not yet invented, oh how things have changed. Time for a coldie, a BBQ and to enjoy the summer months. Cheers to the normal people and merry Christmas.

Brad Hill,SingletonTHE POLLSHAVE you ever had to deal with angry customers at work?

Yes 97.33%,No 2.67%SHOULD Herman Ese’ese be granted a regular starting spot with the Knights?

Wait and see 60.36%,Absolutely 35.5%,No 4.14%

I READ with interest your article on the dinosaur exhibition (‘Prehistoric beasts on show’, Newcastle Herald,28/10). I remember taking my granddaughter to a dinosaur exhibition about eight years ago, I think. I presume this one has more prehistoric animals than the last one. Can anyone remember when exactly the last exhibition was on? Looking forward to taking other grandkids to this one. It should be a great show.
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Maria McAlden, MerewetherJULIE Bishop, to be acting PM. As Paul Keating would say, God help us.

Richard Ryan, Summerland PointIN singling out only early white settlers as the inflictors of terrible abuse on Aboriginal women, Kay Duffy (Letters, 28/10) might consider reading Captain Tench’s diaries (1788-1791) and the well-documented evidence of the barbaric and cultural abuse of Aboriginal women at the hands of Aboriginal men during the early days of white settlement and before the introduction alcohol, which today is regarded as the main cause of violence against Aboriginal women.

Yvonne Thompson, Brandy HillAND the high Court will so hold. Missed again Malcolm. Something to remember: “He who gets carried away with his own importance often never has far to walk back.”

Darryl Tuckwell, EleebanaI THOUGHT Alan Earl was a little unfair in his comments about our homeland security in his letter (Letters, 28/11).There are dozens of convicted extremists in Australian prisons whose plans to kill or maim our fellow countrymen have been thwarted by our security services over recent years. Their painstaking work in tracking the movements and communications of possible suspects deserves the highest praise rather than scornful criticism.

David Stuart, MerewetherIT strikes me as strange, that no one seems to complain about anything other than energy (electricity and gas) bills. In Tea Gardens, the water bill exceeds the electricity bill by around 25 per cent, yet I’ve n’er heard a word of complaint.The ‘access charge’ is around three times more than the usage – and, up here, bottled water is the main drinking water because a lot of people can’t stomach the tap water. The government needs to investigate this, too.

Robert Suker, Tea GardensI’M not a fan of Channel Nine’s The Block. The programbores me. But, if they made a bid for the Old Newcastle Post Office, something might actually happen there.

Lee Craddock, Warners BayTHE POLLSHAVE you ever tried Hunter Valley semillon?

Yes 76.67%,No 23.33%MESSAGEBOARDTHE Lysaght’s Annual ladies reunion will be held on Friday, November 24 from noon at West Leagues Club in New Lambton. It is requested that those attending please bring with them a gift to the value of $10 for a “Secret Santa”. For further information about the event contact Jan Wrightson on 4955 9861 or Pam Ellen on 4955 8241.

ANinteresting name for a ship in the Shipping News today [Thursday], among other interesting names was one “KING COAL”. Very fitting for Newcastle Port.
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Fred Saunders,Waratah WestERWINZehentner has a good point: how can people get ahead without full-time work (Letters, 3/1)?The sad thing is politicians get paid full-time even though their brains only go to work part time, if at all.

Steve Barnett, Fingal BayREADINGPeter Dolan’s letter (Letters, 3/1) brought to mind the idea that there are two groups that tend to get things wrong, those who make science their religion, that is the anti-religionists, and those that make religion their science,the fundamentalists.

John Brattan, ThorntonGREATresult Jets. You will beat them when it counts (‘Undermanned Jets show they’re the real deal’, Herald, 4/1).

Bill Slicer, Tighes HillMR Bath mentions in the Heraldinappropriate behaviour in change sheds, and can he provide proof of community consolidation of removing sheds (‘Nobby’s toilet trouble’, Herald, 3/1)?

Life savers informedcouncil of consequences! Do councillors respond like politicians and tell furphies when their backs are to the wall?

Michael Casey, MerewetherWHILST I would be inclined to vote ‘yes’to Australiabecoming a republic, the details are important to me. If I’m reading ‘Labor rejects republic poll’(Herald, 3/1)correctly, Labor’s policy is for us to vote ‘yes’ and trust them to decide on the details later. That would be a NO from me.

Dave McTaggart, EdgeworthERNIEMerrick for president, John Maxwell Hollingsworth (Short takes, 4/1). Has sharp wit like Paul Keating, convinces police not to press charges for the theft of three points and psyched opposition players to settle for a draw before the contest.

Rocco De Grandis, Cameron ParkPETERDevey and Carl Stevenson(Letters, 4/1):whether coal-fired power stations are built is a matter for the private sector. Power stations need to be economic for 50 years. BHP thinks this isn’t the case. So, the big Australianis reviewing its membership of the Minerals Council,World Coal Associationand US Chamber of Commerce, which promote coal investment. The uneconomic outlook explains Australian banks’ policyto end coal investment.

Graeme Tychsen, Rankin ParkPETERDevey (Letters, 4/1) the CO2 levels in the atmosphere are higher than ever before, yes, ever.

Every year is hotter than the last, all this since the industrial revolution, all facts, and contrary to what you state, and there is loads of evidencethat storms are far more frequent and severe. So let’s do nothing about it, keep on burning CO2 producing fossil fuels to provide energy to a selfish out of control species, and let’s sit back and watch it all burn, what a show. Yep I’m over sceptics.

Dan Kirkpatrick, Karuah

I TOTALLY agree with Jan Caine regarding Halloween (Letters, 1/11) and, whilst on the subject of commercialism, why do we need Christmas decorations in October? Surely December 1 would be soon enough?
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Sue Fower,WaratahA SLEEP deprivation study showed 17 to 19 hours with no sleep is equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05. Yet I believe NSW emergency services are working 24-hour on duty shift rosters. Clearly this certainly is not the best and most efficient emergency services for the communities within NSW. Premier Berejiklian must explain why.

Name suppliedWELCOME back Jeff Corbett. I’ve missed you. The sad thing is that many of the current readers of your column misunderstand your wicked sense of humour and how much you have always enjoyed ‘stirring the pot’. Sadly we are living in a world where political correctness has stifled satire. Looking forward to your next column.

Ann Ellis,MerewetherTHE result of the most awesome display of dogged determination and self belief came to fruition on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. After turning down a scholarship to play baseball in America, a young Jason Doyle set his sights on being a professional Speedway rider. Sixteen years of relentless sacrifice, travel, competition, injuries and visa hassles were put behind him when he became the World Speedway Champion. Despite having 14 screws holding his right foot together, Doyle pulled on his boots and was merciless in destroying his opposition, wrapping up the title in round three and then going on to win the final from behind in emphatic style. Jason Doyle, take a bow, you’re a credit to your family and the sport of Speedway and you are a fine ambassador for our town and our nation, ‘Go Doyley’

Bub Phillips,BeresfieldTO John Butler (Short takes, 27/10): I may stand corrected but if my memory is correct the 18 “heritage” trees referred to removed on Carrington would be approx 25 years old. Most residents of my vintage could see no sense in growing trees on a main street. Their thoughts were proven correct when many of thesetrees caused problems as forecast, blocked drains, overflowing gutters, footpaths damaged and falls to the elderly and the unwary. On consultation with residents it was decided by council that trees more suitable will replace and enhance Mount Street and footpaths attended to. I can assure John Butler that innocence and beauty of the island has not been torn from its heart. It remaining embedded in the very bones of it to residents. Those most fortunate to reside here.

Neil Pitt,Carrington PAUL Nicol (Letters, 31/10) suggests that part of the rail corridor should be used for parking. Why not tar the lot and Supercars can race there too?

Lynne Jones,IslingtonTHE POLLSSHOULD food and drink be banned at the movies?

Yes 24.54%, No way 75.46%

NOW the crowing has subsided, it may be time to draw the attention of all genuine cricket tragicsto a little-publicised act of grace.When Mitch Marsh reached his superb hundred, English keeper Johnny Bairstow, himself a centurion, stood at his stumps and clapped his gloves together high, as long as the applause went on.That kind of camaraderie is what made the game great and one hopes this will keep it so.
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DonaldMatthews,Fennell BayIT’S actually a very simple scenario for the federal government.If the Catholic Church does not want to follow all 189 recommendations set forward by the royal commission (especially the reporting of instances of child abuse during confession and the making of celibacy optional for clergy) they should not be able to practice religion in this country,and should be stripped of all financial assets in Australia.

Karl Hogg,Warners BayI DON’T think that when the “right to freedom of religion” was put into the constitution that it was meant to encompass religions that turned into large successful billion-dollar businesses and give them a free pass on not paying their rightful share of taxation. Nor, as is happening now, being able to opt out of paying their share of compensation to victims of horrendous abuse on children in their institutions. It’s time Australia took its selective rose-colored glasses off and faced up to what is actually right and wrong, good or bad for the country and what is driven by ancient ideology or political agenda.

Allan Earl, ThorntonJUST a shout out to the good people at Hunter Valley Private Hospital, Shortland. Had to have an emergency procedure Monday night which involved an overnight stay. I cannot fault the great care I received from everyone involved. Thanks also to Dr Routley for fitting me in.

Tony Morley,WaratahPARKING problems these days have become right up there with traffic congestion as a burr under the public saddle, yet while we all blame everybody else and somebody should do something about it but nobody does, all the time we are the culprits ourselves. You and me, the whole grumpy lot of us, we don’t just have a problem, we are the problem. Good luck with that and happy motoring. Ho, ho, ho.

Ron Elphick,Buff PointOH well, summer is here again and the hypocrites are at it already, the cry goes out the hottest day since whenever I can recall. When I was a boy the same scenario the big difference being that the do-gooders and hypocrites were not yet invented, oh how things have changed. Time for a coldie, a BBQ and to enjoy the summer months. Cheers to the normal people and merry Christmas.

Brad Hill,SingletonTHE POLLSHAVE you ever had to deal with angry customers at work?

Yes 97.33%,No 2.67%SHOULD Herman Ese’ese be granted a regular starting spot with the Knights?

Wait and see 60.36%,Absolutely 35.5%,No 4.14%

THE lack of empathy and sensitivity of some Novocastrians is breath taking. I believe the East End residents, by courtesy of the Newcastle City Council and Supercars, have been traumatised. For many residents it has been a very tough year. I believe many residents will have lasting negative effects, including both financial and personal. Less than a week after the Supercars debacle, another group wants to “use” the East End. This time it is the runners, admittedly a lot less toxic event than Supercars, but nevertheless it does have the possibility ofanother mass invasion. Iurge all Novocastrians tobe aware of what the rest of us, by agreeing to Supercars,have done to the East End and its residents. Leave the East Endalone so they can rebuild their lives.I believe they have had enough.
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Henry Wellsmore, Carey BayI’M sure the ratepayers of Newcastle would be happy to supply the council with a list of things they’d like $1.6 million spent on, it wouldn’t be a Ferris wheel or a fountain. I’ll start the list with a request for repairs to the damaged and uneven pavements in my area which are a trip hazard.

Ann Ellis,MerewetherI FIND it humorous when the religious regime says same sex marriage would undermine the sanctity of marriage. Heterosexual marriage has been doing just that for many years, with murder, child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. A great deal of damage to love has been done by making a sin of it by these so called Christians.

Richard Ryan, Summerland PointREADING and watching the media I’ve come to the conclusion that the abusers of women actually despise women, not just exploit them (‘Cleaning up the mess’, HeraldWeekender,2/12). They seem to display contempt and hatred, it’s more than just sexualised behaviour. I’m sure a psychologist could explain this obsessive behaviour.

Mary Bourke, WestonAS Donald Trump continues to back himself into a corner and putting millions of people in unnecessary harm’s way with his school yard taunts and threats to North Korea, I believe it is the obligation of journalists, that when publishing headline news casts of his latest threats, also add what the consequences of such a preemptive action he threatens with, would have on millions of people in Seoul, Tokyo and North East Asia where tens of thousands of US personnel are stationed. The threat of terrorism would be a tea party compared to how the world would be changed forever if such politically irresponsible threats were – one way or the other – triggered. It is in no one’s interest to egg this bloke on.

Allan Earl,ThorntonTHE POLLSWILL you use the new McDonald’s home delivery service?

Yes 63%, No 37%MESSAGEBOARDTHE Belmont View Club will meet on Wednesday, December 13, from 10.30am at Central Charlestown Leagues Club.New members and visitors are most welcome to attend. For more information, please phone 4951 1524.

CONGRATULATIONS Mark Curry on your induction into the Australian Country Cricket Championship Hall of Fame. I have known “Prawns” for years and he is well deserving of this honour, not only in the way he plays cricket but the way he conducts himself off the field. A man in much the same mould as the late, great Dutchie Holland. Well done to those who bestowed this on Mark. Now all you have to do Mark is send me the $100 you said you would give me if I wrote something nice about you. Only joking. Well done.
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Melville Brauer,GatesheadCAN you please stop printing the rude letters from Fingal Bay about people from Sydney? It is unedifying to read such nasty, petty comments and one couldn’t blame anyone for deciding to take holidays elsewhere in future if an area whose income depends heavily on tourism is so unwelcoming. While you’re at it, can you please ask the butcher and his correspondent/s to meet for coffee and a chat instead of subjecting us all to their pointless banter? Thank you.

Wendy Webb,BelmontREGARDING ‘Dirty Dip’ (Herald,11/1). We get into trouble at times relating to the “good old days”. Well they were when Peter Walmsley, along with his wife Janette, managed the baths. Pristine? Yes.

Ken Harvey,Warners BayJAMES Macaulay (Short Takes, 13/1), then why not have those services running to ideal, functional Newcastle station? The station could feature a part of its rich history. Just think of the choice for a vibrant hub that’s ready to go. Now that’s a gateway, for our peerless CBD that has raved about beaches and waterfront. Services can stop at Wickham.

Graeme Tychsen,Rankin ParkSO Premier Gladys Berejiklian ignores her own Treasury’s advice of tackling negative gearing and the generous capital gains reduction to improve housing affordability in NSW. In whose interest is she acting – the ordinary taxpayer’s or property developers’?

Susie Johnson,AdamstownRECENTLY I had an emergency visit to John Hunter Hospital. The treatment I received was exceptional from everyone . They mended my heart with professional care, always keeping me informed, making sure I understood procedures and with a sense of humour thrown into the mix. In short you saved my life and my family and I will be forever grateful. A heartfelt thank you!

Christine Galvin,Cardiff SouthIS James Macaulay (Short Takes, 13/1) seriously suggesting that there is a train “every 10 minutes” from Awaba to Wickham interchange? How about every hour (two hours on weekends)? If he had to attend a funeral at Christ Church Cathedral, further east, instead of Sacred Heart he might be less inclined to say “Newcastle is looking good” and “change for the better”.

Keith Parsons,NewcastleTHE POLLSWHICH one is scarier?

Spiders 40.32%,Snakes 26.34%,Sharks 21.51%,Other11.83%

PERSPECTIVE is a wondrous, thing, Andrew Smith (Short Takes, 21/11). Depending on your focus, the mathscan demonstrate all sorts of viewpoints. Andrew’s focus is on who didn’t vote ‘yes’. Using the same method but focusing on ‘no’ shows that 38.4 per centof the 79.5 per centwho voted, equals 30.528 per cent. That is, fewer than one third voted against marriage equality. Another look at the glass reveals it really is half full.
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Janet Sutherland,HillsboroughPERHAPS Niko Leka (Short Takes, 21/11) should also consider the many Australians who will be living in darkness and heat this summer because they are so worried about how they will be able to pay their electricity bill they are scared to turn on their lights and air conditioning. These are not people who tried to enter Australia illegally. And what has this excuse for a government sitting in their comfortable offices in Canberra done to address this problem?Rhetoric and empty promises.

Ann Ellis,MerewetherTHEsong ” Running Scared” would be well known to Roy Orbison fans, and that is precisely what I believe the Turnbull government is doing by closing Parliament for an extra week. They obviously think theAustralian voters are fools and will not see what they are about.

Darryl Tuckwell,EleebanaWHY can’t people, in their interpersonal contacts, deal with others as normal in their own way as they expect to be treated as normal in their own way? Dealing with issues objectively, without a presupposed bias about the other person, would foster the idea of the fair go.

John McLennan, CharlestownWITH mad dogs and Englishmen about to take the field and tennis grand slam contenders warming up in the wings, those who report these dominant summer battles should be sure they know how to correctly do so. In recent years that has become a lost art.A tennis match is not lost 6-1 6-1 6-1, that is a winning score; and one-day cricket games, along with the big-bash, are decided simply by who scores the most runs, regardless of overs bowled, or wickets taken — 10 for 201 always beats none for 200.

Ron Elphick,Buff PointTO Mac Maguire (Short Takes 20/11):Belgium’s divorce rate has soared to over 70% since the introduction of legalized gay marriage. Like I’ve said the only winners trying to sort out Bruceand Barry’s divorce will be the lawyers, just stating the facts.

Brad Hill,SingletonTHE POLLSDo you think biofuels could replace coal as the Hunter’s biggest industry?

Yes, 52.8%, No, 47.2%MESSAGEBOARDOn Saturday, November 25, about 300 former workers of the Kurri Kurri aluminium smelter will reunite at the Kurri Kurri Bowling Club for the smelter workers’ fifth annual reunion. The event will begin at 11am. Light finger food will be available. All permanent, casual and contractors who worked at the smelter and their families are invited.

IT must be a wonderful ability to have selective memory in your dreams Allan Morris (Letters, 2/11). For the last 65 years in NSW the ALP have governed for the majority of that time. Closer to home the ALP have held the NSW and federal seats around Newcastle almost exclusively. In all that time, as the Newcastle CBD declined and rotted away over the last 40-odd years, what has the ALP done for Newcastle? I have put all their achievements below my name. Please look closely.
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Neville Morris,ValentineHDC’sMichael Cassel rightlycuts a lonely figure at Newcastle’s abandoned station (‘Night activity for station’, Newcastle Herald,2/11). Go nowhere ideas for the buried station.Here’s a policy for everything falling into place: Real Sydneyintercity coming right to thepeerless destination at the functionalstation, not the 65km/h trundlers, for humming activity, all around. Let’s have our cake and eat it too.

Graeme Tychsen,Rankin ParkTURNBULL delivering stable government: Deputy PM – gone, Senate President – gone, Nationals Deputy – gone, Leader of House Chris Pyne encourages Independent to run against his own party. What will next week bring?

Joe Roskell, CharlestownRECORD deficit federal Treasurer Scott Morrison, Thursday November 2 on ABC TV’s 7.30, telling Leigh Sales and viewers what a good job the federal government is doing and how united they all are.How refreshing. There is otherwise a current scarcity of good comedy.

Ronald Piper,East MaitlandLET’S all get together in our sunnier, less shaded neighborhoods and organise a ‘plant a tree in front of your house’ day. With summers only getting hotter, some shade for the streets would keep us all a bit cooler. Just a 2c thought.

Samuel Rogers, RedheadIF ever the federal government and the opposition stop their game of one-upmanship and political point scoring, maybe they will have time to do something positive for Australia, maybe, but with this current lot, I seriously doubt it.

Jim Gardiner, New LambtonAS one of the mere 40 per cent of Australian Australians who are entitled to sit in the Federal Parliament, I would gladly put my hand up and do the job for free, just to bring back some common sense.

Maree Eggleston,MerewetherI THINK Brian Roberts is optimistic regarding the trundlers (Letters, 3/11). I’ll give them five years and after the taxpayers compensate the operators the state government will have to buy it back at inflated prices. It means we pay three times. Once to travel on it, once for compo and again to buy it back.

Peter Grant,Speers PointTHE POLLSSHOULD shark nets be installed on our beaches?

Yes 53.45%,No 46.55%

Regarding Tony Brown’s letter (Letters, 24/11): Well said Tony Brown, you need to be congratulated.
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Neil Coutts,Martins CreekI THOUGHT the money the Catholics gave to the church was for the poor, not to buy the Pope a new car. But I see their schoolfees are going up in January.

Barry Spaulding,CardiffHA ha ha, Jeremy Bath, you’re hilarious (“Luke lashes luncheon”, Newcastle Herald,25/11). You decide to host a $40,000 party disguised as a charity event and then remember just in time to invite a charity! Unbelievable!

Lyn Linklater,KotaraGREAT column from Jeff Corbett (“Sliding into invisibility”, Herald,25/11).One point Jeff, I don’t think the”F” in FOC meant fantastic! As for you turning invisible in shops, this is a phenomenon that I started noticing at about 60. I found it helpful to ask the server if I was in fact invisible, got some queer peers from them. That said I believe the circle has come around, more people now do not step in front but say “this man is next”, people really are good.

Kevin Miller, WindaleTO my mate Steve Barnett, luckily you’re not of the generation useless era. If you were, you would be suing your work colleagues for bullying, sexual harassment, verbal harassment and everything else. This would of course happen between power naps and at the boss’ expense.

Brad Hill,SingletonA SIMPLE and blunt message to all those serving on local councils, state governments, and the federal government. Under Section 44 of our Constitution … “If you currently hold dual citizenship, you are there illegally”. So grow some balls, get your snouts out of the trough, and get the hell out. You can’t serve two masters.

Alan Wallington,Mayfield EastHOW did the American Black Friday sales become part of our culture all of a sudden?

Andrew Whitbread-Brown,Cardiff HeightsTHE decision of the state government to spend $2 billion demolishing two perfectly acceptable sporting stadiums just to build almost identical replacements is an absolute disgrace. That $2 billion would have been much better spent on schools, hospitals and rejuvenating TAFE, instead of wasting it on tearing down stadiums which are under 30 years old and adequate. This government certainly has some strange priorities.

Peter C Jones,RathminesAT last there is pride of place at the Newcastle Jets. Well done to Ernie Merrick and his team.

Sue Burrough,Carey BayCONGRATULATIONS to Victoria on its assisted dying with dignity bill, and I hope the rest of Australia will follow suit soon.

Eva Koulis, EleebanaTHE POLLSSHOULD the lockout laws be changed?

No, they work 51.63%,Yes, they should be relaxed 37.25%,Yes, they should be tightened11.11%

THE site of Malcolm Turnbull basking in the re-election of Barnaby Joyce nearly sent my beer flat. If he really thinks his great leadership helped Joyce be re-elected he should really consider seeking medical help. The only reason Joyce was re-elected was the people of New England thought he was treated badly.
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Les Baldwin, PelicanTWO words can describe the forthcoming bank royal commission, short and cheap. This will be a farce, it will be on the banks’ terms and will accomplish nothing, and of course the government had to include the union super funds.

Darryl Tuckwell,EleebanaCASTIGATED for not doing it, now ridiculed for doing it. One thing Malcolm can bank on, creditors and debtors will short-change him at every opportunity and foreclose on him at the earliest. When the penny drops, where will thebuck stop?

Ron Elphick,Buff PointIN another great article by Jeff Corbett (‘Despicable Don Burke’,Newcastle Herald,2/12),he writes of how the disgusting behaviour of Don Burke unfairly reflects on all men. I believe the same unjust treatment is occurring to members of the Catholic and other churches. The despicable actions of a minority and the even worse cover ups should not be seen as being the fault of the majority. Yet in our understandable eagerness to expose the evil, the balance seems to have tilted to such an extent, that many believe, all are guilty until proven innocent.

Dave McTaggart,EdgeworthIN regard to the Knights signing Mitchell Pearce it makes me feel like selling my new dirt bike and buying a horse, red and blue cape and running around like Super Hubert on game day. Great boost for supporters like me and our great city.

Mathew Earl,CessnockREGARDING the McDonalds proposed development: Like a previous correspondent, I was shocked to hear that McDonalds has submitted a proposal to redevelop their premises, increase trading to 24/7 and have two-way access in Dora Street. I think this would impact on traffic flow in Dora Street and surrounding streets adversely affect residents’ right of quiet enjoyment of their home and cause safety concern for children at the child care centre one property away.

Margaret Rees,MayfieldTHE election you have when you’re not having an election (‘Barnaby swings back’, Herald,4/12). Is that what we just had? Not a nice way to get rid of someone. People showed their disapproval at these underhanded tactics and in the interests offair play, by voting to return the person kickedout. Atleast till the next genuine election. It’s called giving someone a fair go.

Robyn Burtinshaw,Nambucca HeadsTHE majority of Knights supporters make me feel a little sick in the stomach. Last season you signed SKD and I heard everyone whinging about it, but he was your best player at the back end of last season. Now you are all complaining about the signing of Mitchell Pearce. I think he will have a great season.

Colin Geatches,Mayfield