I WAS so angry when I read the front page today regarding Nobbys (‘Lockdown’, Herald 7/2). This is indeed an iconic piece of our city. It should be open to all locals and tourists alike. The state government should step in and declare Nobbys a national park. I can't wait for the next council elections.
Max Turvey, Fletcher
IT has been said that renewable energy has saved the day over the summer period. I thought I would show the South Australian system for February 6. At 2.45 pm South Australia was consuming 1520 megawatts of electricity. Power stations were generating 1255MW while wind turbines and solar panels were generating 207MW and 58MW was being imported from Victoria. At 8.55 pm the demand was 1669MW. The power stations were generating 1080MW while 539MW was coming from wind turbines and solar panels. Imports from Victoria amounted to 50MW. On some days the wind turbines and solar panels are producing up to 1000 MW but the power stations are always in operation.
Mark Fetscher, Charlestown
THE Johns boys were a very important part of rugby league history in helping Newcastle to their first rugby league grand final. Andrew is now honoured as a rugby league immortal, a status that is well deserved. I am sure all Novocastrians will be wishing all the Johns family Garry, Gail, Andrew and Matty and their children all our support while Andrew battles a form of epilepsy (NBN 5/2). We are all behind them during these difficult times.
Gerry Mohan, Shoal Bay
STEVE Thompson (Short Takes, 7/2): so do you want to be called out as a “ f-wit” in a room full of your colleagues? I don’t believe you would. Bullying takes many forms.
Denise Lindus Trummel, Mayfield
I HAVE observed from the early 2000s that the general attitude of Coalition governments was very laissez-faire. In other words, the free market is king, and not to be brought to account. If some ordinary people are ripped off or lose their life savings, that's just a bit of roadkill. Let the free market roll on unimpeded, which obviously happened for many years afterwards. For a government which spent many years shielding the rich and powerful from scrutiny, to suddenly become all-caring about the roadkill is pretty hollow really.
Mati Morel, Thornton
I BELIEVE it would be interesting to know why the anonymous coward has such a low opinion of John Church. Is it because Mr Church has repeatedly criticised council’s wasteful self indulgence, or that he has called for greater transparency, or that he has questioned the poor planning of the beachfront skate bowl? Or perhaps it’s just because the culprit was bored and only there for the free food and accommodation.
Dave McTaggart, Edgeworth
THE fact that the share price of all the four major banks increased on the same day the report of the royal commission was released sends a clear message to the people of this country: as far as the ASX is concerned, the report will finish up in the dust bin and it’s business as usual for the banks.