ANY moves for a container terminal in Newcastle are pointless until the issue of the Adamstown gates rail crossing is addressed. Any significant increase in rail freight carrying containers would cripple traffic flow at the Adamstown gates.
John McDonald, The Hill
ALBO and the Labor party have been fooled by the polls again, because in my opinion many voters don't want a referendum or constitution changes giving Indigenous groups a third chamber or separate voice in parliament. Because like Uluru for example, our beaches and national parks could have their names changed to another language I can't speak. I fear you'd ultimately be banned from using them to fish, swim, surf, 4x4 or camp in. Don't you be fooled too.
Garry Hull, Raymond Terrace
I DO understand what some people are on about, that if drugs are being used ('Teen swallowed pills 'to avoid detection'', Newcastle Herald 9/7) we should make them safe by some means so the young can survive their mistakes. The trouble is that you are then encouraging other young (and even not-so-young) people to see it as acceptable. The main problem I have with pill testing is that not all the pills that are bought have the quality control that is necessary to know if the others in the batch are in any way the same dose as the one tested. Even if you discount the above, I have to worry that people, having taken drugs at a concert because they have been proven by testing to be "safe" will then proceed to get in their cars and drive home. It is probably more dangerous than drink-driving. God help us.
Rod Woodhouse, East Maitland
JUSTIN Lee's actions in taking the spare board to his son Connor ('Starkers dad rushes to aid', Newcastle Herald 18/7) demonstrated either his naked ambition or just his raw emotion.
Allan Gibson, Cherrybrook
PETER Dolan (Letters, 18/7): regarding confessionals, you say that with the seal of the confessional intact "the occasional paedophile might find a listening ear to assist on turning himself in." How good is that? Ah, the hypocrisy of religion.
Steve Paras, Pelican
I FIND it quite ironic that the current federal government is today contemplating increasing the powers of APRA to include the vetting of company directors on grounds of suitability or not ('APRA wants more power to regulate superannuation funds', Newcastle Herald 18/7). And yet in government, we have a hypocritical prime minister, a home affairs minister who lies and both of whom lack compassion. I wish the voters had had some advice from APRA.
Warren Brisley, Dorrigo
JOHN Arnold (Short Takes, 18/7), Jesus said let him who is without sin cast the first stone. Maybe I can save you a trip to Bunnings.
Peter Dolan, Lambton
ALL these comments on religion are really quite amusing. Can anyone at all prove that there is a god, that there is a heaven, and that there is a hell? No, I didn't think so. Religion; the source of all evil.