Nature is missing out
Mike Carlton’s article was a fair round-up of the current state of our nation (“The land of the fair gone”, March 31–April 6). He omitted only the appalling attitude of the state and federal governments towards our natural environment, which is one of exploitation and destruction from greed and the population “Ponzi” scheme. Our future as a society is grim, given the public outrage towards these problems is not the same as to the cricket debacle.
– Karen Joynes, Bermagui, NSW
Tasmania fits the bill
It was strangely comforting to read Mike Carlton’s view that Australian liberal democracy was in general freefall. Down here, many Tasmanians felt we were well in the vanguard of that trend. We have recently been reminded once again by economist John Lawrence, writing in Guardian Australia, that the state government has poured $1.3 billion into forestry subsidies and 82 per cent forest depreciation over the past 20 years. This figure averages out to about $65 million a year in our poorest and smallest state. This calculation excludes any assessed damage to the climate, water catchment quality, public health and competing industries. It does not include the $50 million spent exterminating fictitious foxes and whatever native wildlife sampled their fox baits. Carlton does not mention Tasmania in his jeremiad against the nation’s moral rot, but his synopsis, particularly the “corruption” bit, could have been custom-made.
– John Hayward, Weegena, Tas
Leaders found wanting
Thank you, Mike Carlton. I have spent fruitless hours trying to compose protest letters to The Saturday Paper but you have said it all for me. I, too, lie awake worrying about what is happening to our country. We do indeed need genuine leadership, but where is it to come from? Our present leaders are merely politicians, not statesmen, and in a broken system my vote is useless.
– Elizabeth Hall, Drummoyne, NSW
Welcome to Mike Carlton
Great to see Mike Carlton in The Saturday Paper – more please.
– Bruce S. Guthrie, Mandurama, NSW
Food for thought
I was reflecting recently on how satisfying it is reading the contents of your paper. I then read another of your editorials, and I, too, thought they are worth bottling (Vicki Marquis, Letters, March 17–23). Keep up the good fight.
– Rohan Cassell, Mitchelton, Qld
Australian cricket’s shame
Bravo to Martin McKenzie-Murray for showing Australian cricket as it is (“Facing the reality of our boor war”, March 31–April 6), for reminding us that Phil Hughes’s death was no freak occurrence; rather, the inevitable result of bullying on the pitch, of not caring for your fellow man. He lists our earlier travesties, underarm and paid pitch information, but has omitted perhaps the most indicting: Steve Waugh claiming a catch at point, more than once, lying to the umpire and declaring innocently, “I thought I had caught it”, only to be rewarded with the captaincy the following year. Australian Cricket Board or Cricket Australia, shame on you.
– Jonathan Silberberg, Newcastle, NSW
Breaking the rules
There is enormous worldwide outrage when the rules in cricket are broken. Where is the outrage when the rule of law, which is vital to maintain our democracy, is broken or completely ignored? There is enormous hypocrisy in how we treat cricket cheating and how we treat politicians when they ignore the law in their treatment of asylum seekers, leaving many people to rot on Manus and Nauru.
– Joan Lynn, Williamstown, Vic
The cost of chronic migraine
I missed your article on migraine (Cat Rodie, “Heading the bill”, March 24–30) because no one brought me my regular copy of The Saturday Paper to the hospital where I was having a five-day ketamine infusion, my latest trial to conquer, or at least manage, my serious, chronic 45-year battle (I’m 51) with migraine. The ketamine is promising – it’s my second go and both frequency and severity have reduced. Botox has also brought about an improvement, however, every word in your article resonated. There is a huge financial cost to this malady, both personally in terms of time off work and investment in medications, and societal in reduced and lost productivity. I’d encourage anyone interested to join in an international online (free) conference this month at migraineworldsummit.com. If nothing else, it just makes you feel like you’re not alone.
– Susanne Schmidt, Fadden, ACT
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