Letters 30.3.19

A tall story
THERE’S no need to cut down any trees along High Street, as the planned widening should be scrapped (“Treetop fight for tuarts”, Herald, March 9, 2019).
It is totally irrelevant for dealing with the High Street-Stirling Highway junction, which isn’t even a serious problem.
The whole exercise is typical of the massive extravagances of Main Roads.
It’s high time they learned to find sensible, modest solutions.
The money should be going towards a second bridge or the outer harbour or rail.
It is incomprehensible that at the same time as the government is claiming financial hardship, it continues to pour money into the unnecessary and exorbitant excesses of Main Roads.
They claim this absurd ‘improvement’ will save truck drivers all of a few minutes getting to the port, but how much will they be delayed while the road works drag on interminably.
It’s high time we stopped throwing money at new roads and stuck to just keeping what we’ve got in serviceable condition.
Paul Whiting
Farrell Street, Hilton

Boneheads
GONE are those blissful early constitutionals at our lovely South Beach.
Alas there is an increasing number of selfish people allowing their dogs to invade the beach when there are two dog friendly beaches within a short distance.
If you are brave enough to approach the owners you can expect an aggressive and defensive response.
I thought I was in a black comedy last week when three dogs running wild and unable to be controlled by the owners was met with “The dogs cannot read signs”.
On the same day I could not access my car because of the selfishness of a young woman who had parked her large vehicle outside the lines.
When approached her response was a stony gaze and the words, “Is this for real?”
Fay Kennedy
High Street, Fremantle

Club foot
IN reply to Chrissie Lidstone’s letter asking “is there any reason for golf clubs not to make competitions gender free” (“In the bunker”, Herald, March 23, 2019)?
I have analysed the results of four competitions held at my club last week – two men’s and two ladies’ –which took place in similar playing conditions.
The ladies’ best score was five shots behind the men’s on both days and the ladies on average would have finished no better than 40th in the men’s competition.
The men in 30th place on their day would have won the ladies’ competition.
I am sure the same applies to competitions in all other clubs.
After golf the men make fun of each other and bore for Australia on the day’s play.
The ladies’ conversations are far more delicate.
Hoping this solves Chrissie’s problem.
Ned Stokes
Beaconsfield

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