Before we get too carried away by Mr Baird’s apparent turn-around on the issue of a single council for the Northern Beaches, perhaps he could assure Warringah ratepayers that they will not have to inherit the combined debt of Manly and Pittwater councils, which we are told totals well in excess of $100 million.
Alan Hislop (Letters, 17 Feb) says "reducing the company tax rate .... would stimulate the economy". All it would do is increase company after-tax profits. I thought is was widely agreed was that corporate tax avoidance was a major problem, not that companies paid too much tax.
In any case, isn't "stimulate the economy" just a euphemism for "increase spending"? Surely even more wasteful and waste-creating materialistic consumerism is the last thing this planet needs?
Since when did the transitive verb "to accommodate" mutate into "to accommodate for"? Is this Twitter-speak? Can the Herald please stick to English? (Inside Twitter's new office, 11 Feb)
You've got to hand it to Brad "Teflon" Hazzard for his mastery of weasel words.
When last [Monday] night's huge public meeting in Forestville voted unanimously to reject his government's plan to split Warringah council in two, Brad promised magnanimously to convey the resolution personally to the Premier. What he assiduously avoided saying was that he would support the sentiments of the resolution. In fact, his horrified face when a speaker suggested Brad should cross the floor on the issue told a different story - what an impossible idea!
The other message Brad will hopefully take from the meeting is the number of self-confessed Liberals who affirmed that they would no longer support that party, at either state or federal level, should the proposed split of Warringah go ahead.
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.