I LOVED the article about Kaden Centre ('The magic pill called exercise', Newcastle Herald 15/4) as it was based on science and so uplifting for everyone. Too many people don't exercise as they seem to feel it "doesn't work" to reduce their weight, thus failing to realise that exercise is really to tone muscles and improve the quality of life. To lose weight one needs to reduce the intake of food, but there are so many good reasons to exercise even if you don't lose weight.
Kate Bow, Wallsend
THANK you so much David Davies (Short Takes 13/4) for informing us that Supercars brought millions into Newcastle. Now all we need to know is what precisely was on the debit side of the ledger. If only we could see complete transparency around what it has cost Newcastle ratepayers. It may not bother you, living at Blackalls Park, but it bothers many of us Newcastle ratepayers. I recommend picking up a copy of the book The Wrong Track for a little inside information.
Denise Lindus Trummel, Mayfield
COMPARISONS with the capacity of Norway and Australia to effectively handle the inevitable changeover to electric vehicles are inequitable and unrealistic, but for every yin there is a yang. When you think of the extra coal China will need to make that change-over effectively, the mind boggles.
Ron Elphick, Buff Point
MICHAEL Hill (Short Takes 13/4) the problem isn't with 92 per cent of retirees. It's with the tiny minority and their self managed super funds using excess franking credits to not only avoid paying the 15 per cent tax the rest of us pay in the accumulation phase, but to suck money back out of the tax system. For them to claim double taxation, they have to have paid tax in the first place.
Colin Fordham, Lambton
ONE of Prime Minister Scott Morrison's favourite sayings at the moment seems to be that "if they can't handle money ... they can't run the country". It would probably be a catchy saying if it hadn't come from the bloke that spent $55 million for Cambodia to take two or three refugees (ABC 24/10/17) and $185 million to make a political point in the Christmas Island photo stunt ('PM backs Christmas Island spending', Herald 8/4/17).
Allan Earl, Thornton
PETER Dutton's comments about the Labor candidate for Dickson, Ali France who is living with a disability ('Dutton criticised after saying opponent uses disability as excuse', Herald 13/4), were an appalling and disgraceful attack on a fine Australian. I believe he has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is not a fit to serve in the Australian Parliament. I hope the people of Dickson end his parliamentary career.
Peter C Jones, Rathmines
THE bus stop across the road from the interchange and next to the new council chambers has never had a shelter or waste bins. In bad weather, people stand under the construction awning or put up with the conditions. I believe this was brought up with Newcastle City Council and Newcastle Buses about 12 months ago and there is still no result. It's not good enough.