Letters for Monday, January 25, 2016

MY 19-year-old son and five friends decided to walk home from the Wests club at New Lambton about 2am on Sunday.

As they walked past Lambton Park they encountered between 30 and 40 teenagers,aged about 15.

My son and one of his friends were attacked but thankfully managed to get away, although they both sustained injuries and torn clothes.

Police were called and came. They suggest my son and friend attend John Hunter Hospital if they felt their injuries needed medical assistance.

I called Waratah police when they arrived home and was told “there are lots of kids like that out there tonight”.

Luckily we were not seeing our son in a morgue today.

Unbelievable that not only these kids are out at 2am but more distressing at the violence they displayed.

Obviously the police have no answer to this problem and I do feel sorry for them.

Something needs to be done before the outcome is one of those tragic headlines we see when the victim is not so lucky.

Kim Watkins, WaratahIDEAS HEAT UPOLWYN Edwards (“Some like it hotter” 23/1)questions how people will survive if the sort of heat we have been experiencing continues into the future.

At present this is set to happen.

Even ifthe worldcould cease all greenhouse gas emissions overnight: – shut down all the coal-fired power stations, close all the airports and roads, factoriesetc. our planet will (because of the delayed response time) continue to heat up.

Becausethe necessity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been delayedfor so long, some scientists now see a need to attempt to artificially cool our Earth, using geo-engineering.

The term “Solar Radiation Management”is likely to come into use in the future and some people are taking out patents on ideas that they see as anew means of wealth.

Just two of these ideas include what is being called a “Cloud Brightening Ship” and a process that mimics the action of volcanoes when they erupt.

It is expected thatboth methodswill result in reflecting the sun’s rays away from our planet.

The first of these methods isby increasing the formation of clouds,by drawing salt water from the oceans up into the atmosphere.

Thesecond method is byproducing tiny droplets of sulphuric acid in the stratosphere.

How effective the methods will be of course remains to be felt.

One thing is certain though.

Geo-engineering should never be seen as an alternative to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible.

There is bound to be management problems and what happens when all that acid returns to Earth?.

John Ormandy,Beresfield TRANSITORY COOL THING: Letter writer John Ormandy says some scientists are looking at ways to artificially cool the Earth through geo-engineering.

BURNING QUESTIONSALL this unnecessary scaremongering – hottest year on record, etc.

In a comment piece on 21/1,Carbon Sense Coalition spokespersonViv Roberts, warns us that we are soon heading into another ice-age.

So we best keep on burning all that lovely coal to stave off the impending doom!

Quick … dig it up!

Shovel it into the furnaces as quickly as you can!

There is, however, the sticky problem of the time frames involved.

We may all be burned to a crisp before the “glacial winter” kicks in.​

Kevin McDonald,Balickera (East Seaham)BENEFITS OFVEGANISMI WRITE in response to the letter by Darren Burrows: (“Veganism a dead-end for sustainable future” 20/1).

Veganism has a minimal impact on the environment compared to the extensive worldwide deforestation caused in the name if agriculture.

It would allow us to feedthe world’s starving, instead of feeding a higher quantity to livestock each day.

Veganism is much more humane. The would be no need to manufacture life just to kill it off unnecessarily.

Worldwide health would significantly improve. I refer to the recent study thatlinked certain types ofmeat with types of cancers.

It is disappointing opinions such as Mr Burrowes’ presentedin such a way that misleads readers and attempts to undermine the massive validation of vegan diet benefits.

Ashwin Bhatt,Central CoastHELP THOSE WHO NEED ITI READ Lisa O’Brien’s opinionarticle. It made for good reading (“We need to do more for school leavers” Herald 20/1).

You’re correct:kids from disadvantaged backgrounds have the odds against them in the jobs market.

I know from my personal experience.

I left school in 1963. I passed my intermediate certificate, in all subjects, with an average of 85 per cent yet boys with lower marks, even some without the intermediate, gained apprenticeships.

I think that’s immoral.

David Davies,Blackalls ParkLEAVE THE GST ALONEONCE again the federal coalition shows its complete lack of any economic understanding or commonsense by introducing a 50 per cent increase of a regressive tax like the GST.

The GST rise andtheir frantic efforts to slash workers penalty rates show their complete lack of understanding of the basic rules of economics.

They come at a time when incomes are falling, consumer and business confidence is at record lows, real unemployment is 9.7 per cent, the market is tanking and returns to retirees and investors are at historical lows.

Any increase to this horrible tax will kill small business, causing more unemployment, lower tax collection from falling sales and wages and incomes,.

This is a time to stimulate an economy not starve it of fuel.

Here comes the recession we did not have to have.

Brian Crooks, SconePOLLIS it time that Australia got serious about building high speed rail?

Yes92.79% No7.21%

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