SO THE big supermarkets have had a dip in their profits because of the plastic bag ban? Too bad. People still need to buy their groceries, they'll be back. Or shoppers could just do like some of always chose to do and bring reusable bags. I will add, though, it can be a bit annoying when you are openly followed at some shops and clearly watched as a potential shoplifter. Oh well, I guess it's just a small price to pay to try and be a bit more environmentally friendly.
Helen Mulligan, New Lambton Heights
METHINKS Carl Stevenson (Letters 3/11) thinks too much about nothing. A domino reaction to planned high rise buildings in Wickham, are you serious? As a tradie, I think you’re right in one sentence, Carl: you should have just bitten your tongue.
Mick Porter, Raymond Terrace
THE "outhouse" tacked on at beautiful Nobbys (Letters 3/11) is horrendous. I believe my five-year-old could draw a better design. Every week we see this, council doing the most hideous things. Are you serious, Newcastle City Council?
Brendan Mackay, Warners Bay
PLEASE stop accusing someone of racist or sexist comments without evidence. This tactic is typical of the extreme left. I would appreciate also if you could clarify for the readers and me exactly what you find racist or sexist about my letters. I hope you have enough respect for the freedom of debate to reply.
Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay
JULIE Robinson (Short Takes 3/11), typical of today's society, if someone has and shares an opinion that somebody doesn't agree with they pull out the racist card or the bullying card. We are all different and have different opinions, right or wrong, and thank goodness for that. I'd imagine that we won't have freedom of speech for too much longer with the political correct ridiculous way the minority groups are trying to take us, in the meantime I'll continue to enjoy my black beer and have a gay old time agreeing to disagree.
Brad Hill, Singleton
THERE’S no place for hate-fuelled extremists like Gavin McInnes in Australia (‘Labor calls on government to deny visa to Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes’, Triple J 25/10). Ban his entry. It is abhorrent to the average Australian to contemplate Australia being infiltrated further by extremist right-wing fanatics. This kind of repugnant behaviour has no place in our country. A ban would reflect our determination as a nation to have a safe and tolerant society within which our whole population can live without fear.
Georgina Huxtable, Hamilton East
FURTHER to Peter Dolan regarding funding to private schools (Short Takes 5/11), I remember quite a few years ago now I along with a group of staff members at a school at which I worked we were having a discussion about governments funding private schools. We decided that the public schools were there for all children, but if parents wanted their children to go to a private school it should be at their cost. I think that stands to reason.