I BELIEVE that we should hold elections every year when one considers all of the wonderful promises that are made to us by the politicians. It seems to be the only time that this occurs as they spend the other two years slinging insults at each other.
Alan Kendall, Neath
I HAVE never been a fan of guns. I don't see the need for them, and there are plenty of ways other than guns to eradicate pests. However, the banning of guns is really opening a can of worms. What will happen when a few lunatics decide to stab a few dozen people to death, do we ban all knives? The butchers will be in trouble, let alone the family barbecue. What will happen when a few fanatical idiots decide to run their cars into a few people carriers, causing death and destruction to many? Do we ban all motor vehicles? The problem as I see it is the fanatical religious groups. Maybe we should be looking at banning all religion and get rid of the churches, mosques and anything else to do with religion. I know this will never happen, so therefore I believe the banning of guns is totally irrelevant and a waste of time.
Brad Hill, Singleton
DON'T get upset because there is nowhere to ride your bike in Newcastle among the city's traffic, or with Newcastle council for putting in a congested tram that probably will not last long. Get into Lake Macquarie council for taking all the cement to build a cycle track through Argenton and not a second lane for a traffic bottleneck. What's going on, Lake Macquarie? You had the answer to fix the traffic congestion along that part of the road, but instead you're going to fix that by putting in a main road through a Cardiff industrial centre.
Ross Jurd, Edgeworth
IF the temporary PM, Scott Morrison, could spend a large amount of taxpayers' money to give a 'stunt' press conference on Christmas Island a few weeks ago, he should have made it to Christchurch today, standing shoulder to shoulder with New Zealanders, supporting their remarkable leader. You never know some of their compassion might have rubbed off.
Wendy Atkins, Cooks Hill
MEMO to Australian politicians: "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." Like it or not, it must be difficult not to be cynical about Australia's claims today that it is still not a mouthpiece for US interests in the region. Even now our Aussie lingo is starting to take on Yankee tones. Americanisation of our culture is taking hold here, we fight their American wars, such as Iraq and Vietnam, both wars fought on lies, if I may say, but do we have to be lap dogs.
Richard Ryan, Summerland Point
CONGRATULATIONS to Don Owers ('Indigenous heritage is Australian heritage', Opinion 21/3) for his outstanding contribution on National Close the Gap Day. We must all be ashamed of the slow progress towards achieving equality for First Nations people on most of the indicators. Only when our national leaders accept the advice from the Uluru Statement from the Heart can we take a first step to achieving these objectives.