Letters to the editor

WORTH TRYING: Tank traps are shown along Newcastle Beach in 1946. A reader reckons they're a possible solution to the threat of vehicles targeting crowds.
WORTH TRYING: Tank traps are shown along Newcastle Beach in 1946. A reader reckons they're a possible solution to the threat of vehicles targeting crowds.

New use for tank traps

CONCRETE road dividers have proved ineffective when trying to stop a charging truck. So, as various objects are being tried to tested, what will stop a truck in its tracks?

The only proven barrier would have to be the concrete pyramids used on our beaches during World War II.

These were commonly called tank traps, and were designed to rotate on impact lifting wheels and tracks off the ground.

Surely there is a smart cookie out there who will manufacture and hire such objects for use in places where crowds are expected.

The simplicity of these pyramids enables them to be easily lifted from an eye bolt at the top, and easily relocated by a HIAB loader crane. There is no need for special tie-down apparatus, or fork lift expense.

- Carl Stevenson, Dora Creek

Thanks for nothing

I WOULD like to thank the people who decided they deserved to have my dirt bike, and my son’s dirt bike, which were stolen in the light of day from Rathmines recently. I go to work to pay for those bikes. If only you could have seen the devastation on my son’s face after the hours of building he put into his bike, not to mention the financial strain. I know it's a long shot, but if anyone has any information, I am sure the Toronto police would appreciate it. Thanks

- Andrew Digges, Rathmines

New Catalyst diluted

THE October 20113 report by the ABC's Catalyst program, 'Hearts of the Matter', called into question the big money spinners of the drug companies. 

Catalyst has been at the cutting edge of scientific knowledge and all those confronting reports have since been confirmed and adopted by most mainstream groups. Although I observe there are still some people misled by the saturation media denigration of the Catalyst program and its expertise that followed the 2013 report.

This attack on the ABC and its programs reminds me of the book burnings of history, typifying ignorant regimes such as Hitler's Nazis, designed to deny knowledge and mislead ordinary citizens.

The recent, new Catalyst programs I have seen, although excellent, appear to have had their relative impact diluted. Compared to the original program they are a sad reflection of the limitations imposed by those who would destroy any source of independent, unbiased information contradicting mainstream academics and the economic ambitions of big business.

- George Paris, Rathmines

Compulsory drug testing

REGARDING compulsory drug testing for people receiving social benefits, the opposition gets to me when you think of all the people such as police, ambos and defence services who face random compulsory drug and alcohol testing where positive results can mean dismissal. The government is trying to help these people by still giving them support but wanting to stop money being spent on other things, and we have these do-gooders opposing it. Shame on you.

- Doug Buchanan, Swansea

Same-sex marriage

FORMER PM John Howard voices support for the ‘no’ vote on the same-sex marriage question. Mr Howard once told us that the institution of marriage is for the “survival of the species”. John’s relationship with George Bush, and plunging Australia into the Iraq war, resulted in the deaths of thousands of the “species” in Iraq. Sorry, John, I will be voting ‘yes’.

- Richard Ryan, Summerland Point

Cameron Smith’s record

I WASA wondering will these records that Cameron Smith is being recognized for include all the games in which the Storm cheated and rorted the salary cap? What a shame such a decorated career will always be tarnished with a cheating tag.

- Brad Hill, Singleton