Perth bypass noise unbearable
I VISITED my daughter’s house beside the new Perth bypass in Napoleon Street. The house has been in the family since 1949.
I grew up there and we couldn’t hear a thing, not any more. My hearing aids have three different settings but I could not find one that made me feel comfortable.
Apparently, there is going to be a retirement village situated between Napoleon Street and the new highway. Well if they are lucky they will be deaf or if not they soon will be. For a buffer zone, they have planted gum trees, the biggest attraction for possums.
That area is infested with them and they have every right to be there, but why put their favourite food on the other side of the highway? Makes you wonder where these geniuses get their education from. Why not put an earth bank there as they did on the other side of Perth? They can’t say they haven’t got the earth to do it because there is a huge pile already there.
Get your act together, you can’t say you haven’t got the money giving millions away for people to go on holiday, while the residents on the outskirts of Perth suffer.
Allan Salter, Ravenswood.
Why not mothball uni project?
WHAT kind of con job is UTAS pulling this time? The article states over 200 jobs in three to five years (The Examiner, September 2). However, further along, it mentions voluntary redundancies being called for a month earlier. The original 30,000 students promised had dwindled significantly. Now it is zero due to international students staying away in droves. Once more the huge loss UTAS has made is swept under the carpet. The Newnham Campus was to be demolished now they have backtracked on that. Inveresk will still go forward at a projected $400 million. Having spent billions, our federal government could probably find another use for that. Why not mothball that project for the time being?
Ron Baines, Kings Meadows.
The will to work gone
WHO is going to want to pick crops when there are JobSeeker and JobKeeper? We are and have been a very indulgent spoiled society since China came online to globalisation. The virus has just brought us back to a reality check to what we value most.
Peter Douglas, Karoola.
Separate toilets debate
I AM astounded that Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Sarah Bolt could take the stance of supposedly stating that separate toilets for men and women are no longer necessary.
My wife too was staggered that this is the case which suggests to me that the Act is flawed and in need of change and as the original writer suggests, completely out of step with Australian values.
Jeff Blackmore, South Launceston.
North-East Rail positives
THERE is seemingly a good solution to the dilemma of pleasing proponents of the bike path and the railway.
In Gisborne, New Zealand, bikes ride on the old rail line itself and provide a safe and easy way of travelling.
It is called Gisborne Rail Tracks.
If we did the same, the rail tracks could be left in place so that there could be a full historic railway and a bike path.
A win for both groups and no need to destroy the rail tracks
James Moore, Evandale.
A tale of two faiths
TO those opposing Voluntary Assisted Dying on religious grounds, when their time comes I wish them a peaceful and pain-free death. If this is not to be and they are fated to die in insufferable pain and anguish, their leaders tell them to take comfort that this is in accordance with the will of their god.
There will be benefits in the afterlife, based on their readings of a book of faith.
Myself, I put my trust and faith in a compassionate society that will allow me the choice to die peacefully and painlessly.
I am trusting in an assessment system that meets the community’s strict requirements to sanction the ending of my own life.
Two fundamentally different faith systems which are not mutually exclusive in a progressive, compassionate, secular society.
Both involve a voluntary choice. I encourage parliamentarians to allow me to practice my faith-based end of life system while religious believers practice theirs.
Malcolm Cowan, West Launceston.
Changing would lead to collapse
I HAVE deep concerns about the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill. Not that long ago we were all told that the way we defined marriage had to change and that a person should be able to change their gender just by signing a declaration to help prevent suicides. How do we reconcile this attitude with the proposed legislation that promotes suicide and murder on demand among the most vulnerable? How do you promote suicide prevention and assisted suicide at the same time? Both my parents are in their late 60s and they both feel like society wants them dead.
It’s like they are something to be rid off when their expiry date has been reached.
Life is full of suffering and there is no way of being able to grade human suffering and allow some this option while not allowing others, how can one tell how much another person is suffering, especially when they are mentally impaired?
Our society and the legal system was built on the Ten Commandments. This is why it is not legal to kill another person. Changing this will lead to our collapse as a society.
Aleksandra Lejda, Hobart.
Political nightmare looming?
SO Peter Gutwein has come out with all sorts of technical reasons as to why the VAD Bill should not only be delayed but be defeated. He has shown that his beliefs.
If Mr Gutwein wishes to be premier at the next election, then he would be well advised to support this Bill, otherwise, many older people will not vote for him if this much-wanted Bill is defeated.