STOCKTON skate park - great innovation. So good to see young people off their phones and into activity. Congratulations.
Bob Salter, Stockton
I GOT onto Bill Shorten's website last week where I was invited to ask Bill a question. So I did. I asked him how many self-funded retirees will become eligible for the pension when they lost their franking credits and how much this would cost the taxpayer. He hasn't answered me. Not even an acknowledgement of my question. Perhaps he doesn't know.
Ruth Burrell, Merewether
THE letters from Steve Barnett and Brad Hill (Short Takes, 13/5), both in response to me, and both about Clive Palmer, are eerily similar, right down to the doffing of hats to Mr Palmer. Are we to believe this is mere coincidence? As for Mr Barnett claiming to know what Mr Hill thinks - telepathy or telephone? How they compile their letters is, I suppose, their business. But the least they could do is tell us which one of them came up with the first draft.
Michael Hinchey, New Lambton
DARRYL Tuckwell (Letters, 11/5): the people worried about losing their franking credits have worked hard and saved hard all their lives so they can support themselves in retirement and not lean on the 'country'. We don't draw a pension, we don't have government benefits but we enjoy a reasonable but not lavish lifestyle because of our efforts. Am I wrong in thinking this is 'doing something' worthwhile for our country?
Bev O'Hara, Hamilton
THE media has reported that over the last five years, Australian governments have given $77 million in grants to gun and shooting clubs. It seems as though providing better funding for nurses and schools, assisting impoverished people on Newstart, and compensating people affected by PFAS were not pressing enough priorities.
Susie Johnson, Adamstown
DON Fraser (Short Takes, 13/5): As a practicing Christian of many years standing I respect your self-profession of being an atheist. What concerns me, even though I agree with the general tenor of your letter in respect of free speech, is that as an atheist who believes in neither heaven or hell, on the day of your funeral you will be all dressed up with nowhere to go.
Brian Roach, Whitebridge
IT seems both political parties are very keen to make ag visas for foreign workers for farm work easier to obtain ('Uncertainty over agricultural visas', Newcastle Herald, 9/5). I hope this work is offered to unemployed Australian workers first. I also hope that the use of labour from overseas is not an excuse for some unscrupulous labour hire companies to exploit them by paying lower wages and cutting conditions, if they think they can get away with it.
Ross Nelson, Birmingham Gardens
THE A-league is it? Or F-grade at this rate. What disgrace was shown to a father and his disabled girl(s) by police and security guards at the Sydney FC vs Victory A-league final over the weekend. The right of being able to use and access a toilet.