BRAD Hill (Short Takes, 12/8), in the words of the great Ritchie Benaud, Miss Universe is absolutely magnificent, what a catch, I'm dead set batting well above my average for a balding butcher with Marty Feldman features. As for the cricket, I like many admire Steve Smith's batting. I did write to the Herald in disappointment at the sandpaper affair and said I would not attend a test if Smith was selected. However, if we smash the Poms I will do my own Brexit and attend the Adelaide Test as I have been doing for some time. We may be witnessing the greatest since Sir Donald Bradman.
Steve Barnett, Toorak Gardens
DAVID Harris (Short Takes, 13/8), that young female supermarket employee had every right saying she didn't want to be touched by you. There are lines that should not be crossed and this is one of them. It has everything to do with respect for others and keeping your hands to yourself.
Julie Robinson, Cardiff
IF you are being pinned down constantly at your end of the field for 80 per cent of the game, how the hell can "one out" football, set after set, get you out of that situation? Either you are being told to play that way, or you are being told not to and ignoring the coach's instructions. Which is it, Nathan Brown? Why are us Knights fans suffering this humiliation every week?
Eddie Niszczot, Thornton
REGARDING Kalyn Ponga and his reported pay rise ('Ambition not dollars key to Ponga's future', Herald 10/8); sure he shows promise, but perhaps his head is bigger than his game. He is impressive when he is close to the line, but his defence is questionable and he is now playing in a very weak and suspect team where any young show pony would look good. It has to be value for dollar and to be honest, young Ponga has a lot of weak links in his game chain. Certainly, he is not yet a Joey Johns or Peter Sterling. I think that people should praise him for his pluses but also point out his weaknesses. Most show ponies are poor jumpers.
Dennis Crampton, Redhead
WE have just received a letter in the mail from our electricity supplier. The letter is to advise us that our regular pay plan details have been amended upwards by the supplier to $92 a month. The joke is on the retailer, as we have been paying $92 a month for over two years. Taking into account the time and effort to raise this automated letter, plus the postage cost multiplied by thousands of like customers, it is little wonder that electricity prices continue to rise.
Neil Fletcher, West Wallsend
NEWS reports say bad economic times seem to lie ahead for Australia. It could be a chance to see how well off we've been as a nation. The past 28 years of unbroken prosperity has spoilt our country. To come out of the bad times predicted, we will need politicians with conviction and not just egos and institutions that work for us and not against us. Justice Haynes put Australia on notice when he said there has been a complete failure of public policy. Maybe tough times will force us to set a new course where divisive politics and corrupt institutions are just bad memories.