Letters to the editor

SHALLOWS: Reader Carl Stevenson reckons the receding lake level caused by the dry spell was the biggest current threat to sea grasses. Picture: Phil Hearne
SHALLOWS: Reader Carl Stevenson reckons the receding lake level caused by the dry spell was the biggest current threat to sea grasses. Picture: Phil Hearne

Receding, not rising, lake

PREDICTIONS that global warming will kill off the lake’s sea grasses (“Hotter, drier future threat to lake species”, Lakes Mail, September 7) with rising oceans caused by our lakeside power stations, l believe, are pushing the boundaries of reality.

Yes, the sea grass out front is looking rather sick, but it’s not because of rising oceans, but a receding shoreline caused by the lack of rainfall over the last few months.

It’s that rainfall that helps keep lake levels normal for sea grass growth.

While we’re on the subject, the lawn could also could do with a good sprinkle.

As for the current energy providers who are pushing for renewable solutions, l say remove the government subsidies and see how quickly they change their tune.

I believe these people don't care much about anything besides making money, and if the government can provide a guaranteed  30 years of subsidies for supplying renewables, that’s the way they will go, regardless of the consequences. 

Don't fall for the propaganda being used to feather their nest. The name of the game is money.

- Carl Stevenson, Dora Creek

More time to pay

WITH these electricity companies offering discounts to their customers, some as much as 25 per cent, it shows me how much they are over-charging in the first place. But here is the rub: they give you two weeks to pay, and if you don’t pay inside that two weeks you lose your discount. Why don’t they give the customers extra time to pay so they can keep their discount?

- Andy McFadden, Warners Bay

Remembering Dutchy

I WAS lucky enough to umpire Bob Holland in a few first grade games. When Dutchy appealed, there was a good chance the batsman was out. No airs and graces – no "what's in it for me attitude". Would never consider striking for more pay. A true gentleman of sport. RIP mate.

- Sam Clough, Cessnock

Media reform laws

I SEE the federal government has its media reform laws passed. Bit of back slapping and high fives, but what does it mean? Does it mean we will get a 30 per cent reduction in the retail price of electricity and gas, if not, I do not think anybody really cares.

- Darryl Tuckwell, Eleebana

Dry argument

HATS off to Northern NSW for hosting the NPL grand final at McDonald Jones Stadium. However after the 70th minute, headed for extra time there's nothing more lonesome, morbid or drear, than to stand at the grand final on a hill with no beer.

- Rocco De Grandis, Cameron Park

Calling for a leader

AS someone who was born in the late ’40s and experienced numerous changes within society I feel a great sadness to what is occurring in this once great country. 

I can remember when coal-powered electricity stations where owned by the state and the coal came from state-owned mines. The profits returned to the whole community and times were stable. Then, for whatever reason, utilities were sold off, profits went to a few, and the CEOs became multi-millionaires; virtually overnight greed replaced the care of the community. 

There is nothing wrong in being wealthy as long as it is not at the expense of the community. I find it extremely distasteful that a lot of CEOs are foreigners who have no compassion and are interested in a quick pot of gold before leaving our shores, never to return.

I agree with Dick Smith who it seems has upset all these economists with facts which they themselves cannot answer. This country needs a strong leader who is there for all Australians not just a handful but I'm afraid not of those presently fit the bill.

- Alan Metcalf, Stockton