We've seen off tobacco, and now alcohol. Hopefully Cricket Australia will resist the temptation to follow many other sporting organisations into the welcoming arms of gambling. Cricket has already had enough match-fixing scandals to prove that sport and gambling aren't a good mix.
Politicians and planners please note, it isn't just flora and fauna which are at risk from the eradication of our green natural environment, humans suffer as well. ("Nothing Safe", and "Sydneysiders willing to pay a premium", 12 March). " Health benefits ... come from living close to open green spaces and trees".
And Anthony Roberts obviously missed Economics 101 - price is the interaction of supply and demand. Housing prices cannot be a factor of supply alone; this country's mad obsession with unsustainable population growth in limited areas lies at the root of many evils, housing un-affordability included. If you must have more people, create a new city.
As a resident of the Warringah (federal) and Wakehurst (state) electorates, I can be forgiven, I hope, for thinking that democracy is a failure.
But I am heartened to see that the citizens of Western Australia are intelligent enough to reject utterly the propensity of many of our so-called leaders to stoop to whatever depths (eg grubby, unprincipled preference deals) they feel are necessary for them to retain or win power. People don't react well to being blatantly and cynically manipulated, or to being ignored, to suit politicians' self-interest.
Brad Hazzard tells us (Manly Daily, 2 March) that a casual conversation with a couple of doctors at Westmead convinced him of the need for additional housing around the NBH. On the other hand, multiple in-depth studies by expert consultants during the hospital planning process failed to identify any such issue.
If the viability of the hospital depended on providing staff accommodation, NSW Health should have said so at the time, and that would have become an explicit condition of approval, or might have resulted in the hospital being relocated to the preferred site in Dee Why.
It would appear to be only developers and not the medical and planning professions who share Mr Hazzard's opinion. Local residents certainly don't.
Has Brad Hazzard forgotten that it was he as Planning Minister who signed the 16 October 2012 Order designating French Forest as the site for the new hospital? Does he now regret not reviewing or updating the NSW Health 2005 Development Options Business Case on which the choice was based, whose “robust qualitative analysis” ranked Frenchs Forest a poor third of the six sites considered, and calculated that the roading upgrades would cost $21.3 million, a far cry from the current figure of $500 million? It was he who put the hospital in the location he belatedly realises is unsuitable.
Has he also forgotten the public meetings he attended in 2010/11 when the community vociferously rejected the 'Frenchs Forest State Significant Site Proposal’, the “second Chatswood” concept he seems determined to impose on us?
Can I point out to him that those who chose to live in this “peaceful back-yard environment” were here first? Telling us that we can simply piss off and go somewhere else is not the appropriate attitude for an elected representative. Perhaps we will leave, Brad, but not until we’ve got our own back at the next State election.
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.