NO surprises that Newcastle's vast maritime pedigree is being trashed by bureaucrats ("City gives museum a week to sink or swim", Newcastle Herald 6/8). With so much here, the intercity railway infrastructure should have been strengthened to the coast in addition to a bigger light rail system for local travel. In this day and age, light rail does not replace intercity. It would be laughable if it didn't mean so much economic harm to the Hunter. Note this week's headlines of how brittle our fuel supplies are.
Graeme Tychsen, Rankin Park
HOW good were the Aussies? Particularly Steve Smith; what a champion. The Barmy Army silenced; the only sound to be heard was the sanding of a new plaque putting Smith up there with the best. Good stuff.
Brad Hill, Singleton
I WOULD nearly guarantee that if the government will change their 5 per cent unemployment rate and had 38-hour permanent jobs for the unemployed you could halve the mental health issues and halve the illegal drug problem. I'll bet you can't do better than that, Scott Morrison.
Craig Budden, Hamilton
Whoever is doing all the praying to alleviate poverty, homelessness, gun violence, cancer and particularly climate change needs to stop! You're making it worse.
Mac Maguire, Charlestown
I APOLOGISE to Julie Robinson (Short Takes 7/8) my intent was that men should take more responsibility for unwanted pregnancies.
John McLennan, Charlestown
IF Pat Garnet (Letters, 7/8) is tired of the subject matter in the opinions page of the Newcastle Herald then there is but one choice: start a conversation in regards to a subject of controversy and don't whinge. Someone will agree or disagree with you, I am sure.
John Bradford, Beresfield
RECENTLY I purchased a roasted chicken from a supermarket deli. It brought to mind two things. Firstly, where have all the pigeons gone? Secondly, if these chicks get any smaller the roasters should simply hard-boil the eggs.
John Bradford, Beresfield
I AM with you, Rocco de Grandis (Short Takes, 6/8). Cr Allan Robinson has always been a straight shooter, albeit not always a politically correct one. Stuff that he and most of us got away with in the past has suddenly become undesirable. Those that know Cr Robinson know that he has a heart of gold and would always stand up for the common man. Anyways, I believe that the term he used ('Deputy slams Robbo taunt', Newcastle Herald 26/7) applied to me I wouldn't mind. Its common use in our vernacular has made it more of a term of mateship. Being a bit fitness intolerant, I am often labelled "mud guts", "muddy" or "human roundabout." I take it in the manner it is meant; a light-hearted comment.
Tony Morley, Waratah
HOW do you ride the Newcastle light rail?