Short Takes for Monday, January 25, 2016

MESSAGE for the Newcastle Jets: Why bother?
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David McNaught, Pelican THEYare an affront to Newcastle soccer.

Bill Slicer, Tighes HillI’Masking Lake Macquarie councillors to go into Hillsborough either at 8 o’clock in the morning or at 5 o’clock of an afternoon and try toget out of the place. It’s a disgrace. As I’ve asked before, does someone have to die before something is done about this little suburb? I’m sure if any member of the council lived there the would already have traffic lights.

Colin Geatches,MayfieldHOW sickening it was for me to watch the unelected Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull lapping up the platitudes of Barack Obama regarding Australia’s military commitment to the fight against ISIS. Mr Turnbull recently rejected a request from the US for additional military support and Mr Obama’s platitudes belong to Tony Abbott,not him.

John Farrell, TenambitHAH!With Sarah Palin extolling the redneck virtues of Donald Trump, how can he lose?.

Greg Stewart,BeresfieldWHILE ratepayers and councils are fighting among themselves over mergers, they are leaving the politicians alone. Divide and conquer principle?

Peter Grant,Speers PointDURINGTony Abbott’s reign, he was often ridiculed for his one liner “We stopped the boats”, saying we want to know who is coming here.

Considering the escalating threat of terrorist activity in countries who opened up their borders, and the anxiety many of their citizens may now be experiencing, l believe many of Mr Abbott’s’s critics, although not publicly, will be saying good move Mr Abbott.

I, for one, am thankful we are an island. With the peace of mind of having a natural safety perimeter, and sensible border protection policies,thank you Mr Abbottfor stopping the boats .

Carl Stevenson,Dora CreekJOHN McLennan’s appeal for a more humane society is commendable but naive (Short Takes 22/1).

The reality is that we humans will eventually destroy our planet by environmental neglect, over-population or nuclear wars. Perhaps before then we might discover other planets that we can inhabit, but the likelihood is we will muck them up too. Hopefully immediate-future generations will be spared the demise of Earth when this little blob will have disappeared into the infinity we call Space. The fact is, we humans, for all our technology,are destined to self destruction.

Neville Aubrey,WallsendTEXTYet I will triumph in the Lord; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! Yahweh my Lord is my strength, he makes my feet like those of a deer and enablesme to walk on mountain heights.

Habakkuk 3:18-19

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