Short Takes for Tuesday January 30 2018

HAVING to work on Day, I was feeling sorry for myself until I read thisuplifting article(“Family’s citizenship a ‘miracle and honour’”, Herald 26/1). Thank you Marie Niyowera for sharing your family’s story and your amazing positivity with us. It is citizens like you and your family that do indeed make the best country.

Dave McTaggart,EdgeworthA BIT rich asking a goalkeeper to command their 18-yardbox, Colin Geatches (Short Takes 24/1).The six-yardbox is enough. Leave the rest to your backline. As the modern game evolves, I observe defenders apprehensive to tackle, havinghands placed behind their backs as strikers and attackers go down quicker than the Coalition’s approval rating.

Rocco De Grandis,Cameron ParkI WISH to again comment onDavid Warner’s poor performance with the bat for . I think the selectors should have a long look at him before picking him.

John Levett,WaratahTHANK you Minister Hazzard (“Going public”,Herald 26/1). After emergency appendix surgery at the existing Maitland Hospital last September, I believe the staff deservethis ASAP, but I do wonder if plan ‘C’ will deliver as publicly expected. Apparently there’s space at Metford, so let’s not rule out private sector co-location if it can support the new public hospital. Over to tender,weary private health providers for ideas.

Garry Blair,MaitlandI DIDN’T hear the baby screeching at the tennis (Short Takes 27/1), or the ridiculous screaming of the players, or the incessant commentating while the points are being played. Oh, that’s right, I had the television muted. And, anyway, why do we have to have Jim Courier at “our”n Open every year? We have plenty of our own ex-champs who could do the job.

Joy Boots,Belmont NorthREGARDING how we celebrated (“Newcastle keeps it simple”, Herald 27/1),Michael Parris says people and national pride were all in short supply in Newcastle. That’s because they all came to Lake Macquarie and elsewhere. I wonder why?

Paul Brossmann,Warners BayFROM everything I’ve read there has been a shortage of drivers for well over 10 years. The system has been maintained by overtime.Is it too simple to suggest that thestate Government should simply employ more of them?

Shane Tull,DudleyWITH the debate about pill testing at festivals, will Fair Trading have a role to play? Surely the customer who purchases Ratsak Smarties has a right to a refund from their drug dealer when the disco frisbee fails the test. What has society come to when you can’t trust your local drug dealer? Lift your game drug dealers, you’re sinking to newlows.

Steve Barnett, Fingal BayTHE POLLSDID you know about the Smith Street car park at No. 2 Sportsground?

Yes 24%, No 76%

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