I AM writing this letter on behalf of 50 men and children who live at 67 Victoria Street, Adamstown. We are all very concerned and worried about our future.
What does 2019 have in store for us? It’s very uncertain at the moment.
Just before Xmas the council decided to bust into the boarding house we live at in Adamstown. We are at a loss as to why they have decided to target people who are less fortunate than most. They should be working to help the needy, not create more homeless people.
Fifty people will be out if they close our home. Add that to the 80-plus who were thrown out when the Carrington and Mayfield boarding houses closed. It’s a disgrace to think our council would rather force people out than help fix the situation with our landlord.
We pride ourselves on being a family-friendly boarding house. We have numerous children who live here with their fathers both full time and on weekends. Are the council really that cruel and heartless they would throw men and children out when we live in a good, clean, safe, home?
This house has been open for over 10 years. If you have issues with it, then work with us to resolve them. Don’t just throw people out who have nowhere else to go.
Jason Nichol, Adamstown
A tram with no purpose
IN Saturday’s paper there was a story comparing the Gold Coast tram service to Newcastle’s tram. Simple: the comparison is one has a real new purpose – and the Newcastle one has no real purpose at all, except to settle the disquiet in Sydney over the endless disruptions and eyesore of George Street.
The Minister knew the Sydney tram was never going to get there on time and on budget – needing a pretty thing in place to show Sydney what they are going to get – Newcastle Tram. We have an election and the Minister needs the votes of Sydney to get the government over the line and a pointless tram in Newcastle could show Sydney what it would be like – that is why it must be operational before the state election. I suggest it will feature in the re-election campaign under the title “Sydney your tram is on the way”.
Perhaps I am a little cynical and a little bias but $650 million admitted to move a railway line at most less than 100 meters is disgusting to say the least – a huge waste of taxpayers’ money.
Milton Caine, Birmingham Gardens
Drama with strata
PROBLEMS with strata buildings in NSW have been known by both of our major parties for many years. A new Strata Act in November 2016 solved nothing. Simply put, the Act cannot be enforced. I know this from an ongoing personal experience in a combined residential strata building in Charlestown.
Our local member Jodie Harrison and opposition spokesperson Yasmine Catley have both spoken in parliament of the dilemmas of innocent people suffering serious financial and emotional hardships due to the actions of certain private certifiers, developers, builders, lawyers, real estate agents and layman-type strata committees. Minister Matt Kean is also well aware of the issues. Seemingly the Opal Tower debacle will demonstrate many of these issues; a bipartisan approach to the legislation is urgently needed.
Richard Devon, Charlestown
Jesus, the evidence
I WOULD like to reply to the last paragraph of Tony Emanuel's letter about religious groups (Letters, 5/1) where he states, "with no direct or primary evidence of his very existence, it is difficult to speculate what Jesus might do”.
There is good evidence for the existence of Jesus of Nazareth. The Roman historian, Tacitus, writing in the 2nd century AD about Christians who had been condemned to death by Emperor Nero says of them, that their "originator Christ had been executed in Tiberius' reign by the governor of Judaea, Pontius Pilate".
In his book, The Antiquities of the Jews, the historian, Josephus, a Jew from Judaea, born in 37 or 38AD, wrote "At about this time lived Jesus, a wise man … who accomplished surprising feats and was a teacher of such people as are eager for novelties. He won over many of the Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Messiah. When Pilate, upon an indictment brought by the principal men among us, condemned him to the cross, those who had loved him from the very first did not cease to be attached to him. On the third day he appeared to them restored to life, for the holy prophets had foretold this and myriads of other marvels concerning him. And the tribe of Christians so called after him, has to this day still not disappeared."
The above is sourced from Ian Wilson's book, Jesus: the Evidence (1984).
Colin Robinson, Cardiff
Case against euthanasia
THE latest in Carl Stevenson's anti-Catholic diatribe (Letters, 2/1) is that opposition to euthanasia (as well as birth control) has been part of a Catholic plot since medieval times to maintain Catholic numbers and control.
Never mind that historically all Christian churches, along with the medical profession, have opposed euthanasia. Even today, an overwhelming majority of the World Medical Association's constituent national medical associations oppose euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, including the AMA (Australian Medical Association).
It hardly makes sense to promote suicide prevention programs on the one hand and to sanction assisted suicide on the other.
Peter Dolan, Lambton
Your beliefs, my life
PETER Dolan (Letters, 2/1), asks why I don’t think that any argument based on religious beliefs should be allowed in a debate about a law that would be available to everyone under its jurisdiction, and am I not being democratic?
I respond by asking Peter a couple of simple basic questions. Does he believe all the hundreds of differing religious beliefs, ideology and customs, some of which are abhorrent to many should be allowed to participate? Or is he speaking from the knowledge that his belief is the one and only right one? And if he is given the right to act out his version of what is humane without question, why does he want to deny me the same right, which is based not on some handed down ideology but real life experiences.
This is one particular subject that highlights the danger of not understanding the true meaning or of abusing the “right to hold a religious belief”, and allowing it to affect the personal lives of others.