TOUGH TIME: Fans of the Newcastle Jets need to understand the challenges the club is facing, writes reader Grant Conway.
TO all the local football experts who dissect every Jets game and vary their opinions on why we played the way we did, usually blaming the coach and players alternately–I wonder if theyunderstand how hard it is for the staff and players operating on a bargain-basement budget.
TheFFA hasa lot to answer for.
They will tell us the area is important to the big picture of the A-Leagueand football in general, but they seem happy to let us just keep plodding along, keeping us in the dark onpotential buyers and limiting our budget to enter the player market.
Has anyone heard DavidGallop speak about his vision or plan for the Jets?
Let’s be patient, hopefully a buyer is not faraway and players, staff and supporters can have a clear vision on moving forward.
Grant Conway,LambtonGive the kids a goSCOTTMiller, it’s time tomake some decisions for the team, not for under-performingindividuals.
Tell me and the rest of Newcastle whya limping Leonardo gets game time whenwe have these talented juniors such as Lundy, Cooper, Crowley and Pavicevic on the bench,denied the chance toplay in the youth team.
Putthese kids on for the rest of the season and watch them shine. Stop usinginjuredplayers who wouldn’t get a run in my over-35s team at Bero.
Allan Robinson,WarabrookShort and sweetI WOULD like to comment on the Herald Short Story competition which has beenrunning for the last couple of weeks.
Reading the stories has demoted thecrosswords into second position on my “must do” early morning tasks.
I would like to congratulate all the finalists in the competition -you all deserveto win. All the stories have an uplifting touch to them, whether they are sad orhumorous.
Well done all of you. You are all winners in my eyes.
Audrey Mayo,WallsendNot the time or placeI HADthe privilege of attending the Port Stephens citizenship ceremony on Australia Day at FlyPoint.
It was a well-organised, well-chaired ceremony as part of the broader celebrations of the day. What was disappointing and embarrassing was the way in which Port Stephens Mayor Bruce Mackenzie used his address as an opportunity to push his barrow about councilamalgamation, exhorting peoplenot to “bloody well”leave without havingsigned petitions at the named tent.
Totally inappropriate. What a poor example Mr Mackenzie set.New citizens, please stay. There are some wonderful people heading up councils all over thecountry.
Gail Crawford,MayfieldRubbishing our cityON New Year’s Day, and again the day after Australia Day,I walked outto Nobbys breakwall, the latter occasion withmany visitors from the P&O’s Pacific Aria who wereexploring this great city.
Thanks to Newcastle council for supplying garbage bins for us all to deposit our rubbish in but Iwonder why the bins can’t be emptied before they overflow down into the river and out to seawhere,according to recent reports, plastic will soon outnumber the fish.
New Year’s Day was the same.Garbage bins full to overflowing all along the riverfront.
It’s a no-brainer that given the council organised the fireworks to attract people to the foreshore,they would expect to have a job the next day cleaning up. But no, just overflowing bins.In Sydney they start cleaning up as soon as the fun finishes.But hey,let’s just throw our rubbish in the overflowing bins and let it foulourwaterways and show the visitors what we really think of our city.
Peter Sinclair, NewcastleLocked out of the looWHILE many people enjoyed themselves at Australia Day celebrations, my family andfriends have nothing but scorn for Lake Macquarie council and their lack of effort with unlockingpublic toilets.
We arrived at a popular park at Marmong Point and set up the picnic table, when onemember of the family, who uses a wheelchair or motorised cart to get around, asked to go to thenearby toilets.They were found to be locked. A phone call to the councilgot a good response from thetelephonist who took all of my details and said someone would be there to unlock the toilet soon.
Guess what? Several hours later the toilet was still locked even after several other families arrived touse the facility. So come on Lacke Macquarie councilgeneral manager Brian Bell –get a memo out to your staff and letthem know that parks in Lake Macquarie are popular places on public holidays, and toilets are anecessity, not a luxury.
Rick Johnson, EleebanaLocked out of the loo, tooI WAS amazed to find the public toilets at the bus terminus at Newcastle station locked during the day recently. I was waiting for the Port Stephens bus to take me to Newcastle Airport.
The sign on the locked waiting room door indicated that I could access the public toilets in the adjacent Shortland Park, quite some distance away. I opted forCustoms House as a closer and possibly cleaner option.I feel this does not show our city as tourist friendly. I directed several other people visiting our beautiful city to the alternative facilities during my 45-minutewait.
Sally Sullivan,BroadmeadowNation buildingBOTH Sydney and Newcastle harbour looked great on Australia Day.If Arthur Phillip hadnot decided to start a colony atSydney harbour in 1788, it would today look like it did 40,000 years ago.
My ancestors arrived in 1791 and 1802 and did notconquer anyone. They were “stolen” from their parents aged 14 and 20 years and forced tocome to Australia.
Their crimes – catching a fish and not going to church. Despite this theyhave helped make a great nation. Without them and thousands of others,Australiamay not be free but occupied by French, Russians or Japanese.I do not feelmore Australianthan those who took citizenship oaths on Australia Day. We are one nation, one people.
I do,however, resent those who think that ancestry and a non-Australian flag give them a claim onour country.