12 Dec 18

TENSION: and the US have long enjoyed a close relationship, but a heated call between the new US President and Malcolm Turnbull could be a game-changer.

HOW long will be silent before the madness that is Trump is called out for what it is? Is the offshore resettlement of 1000 refugees (yes, I said refugees not illegal immigrants) so vital that we will bow and scrape to a manwho is clearly determined to suppress the voices of all who oppose him?

Yes, our relationship with the US is important but so is our sense of decency and sovereignty.We can resolve this domestic issue of Nauru and Mannus – close the camps (yes, camps notprisons) and re-home these refugees in .

Our leaders need to stand their ground and show that is also an important player in the world economy.We are not to be ridiculed and mocked.

Draw a line in the sand Mr Turnbull, a bully is a bully is a bully.

Don’t let become a victim.

Kim Smith,AbermainShow day, for the kidsI WAS unhappy to read the Newcastle Show was struggling to stay open.I found it shameful to read the former state Labor Party in 2008 abolished the Showground Trust giving the management to Venues NSW.

I think the Hunter Business Chamber has a mean-spirited attitude because they deny the kids a public show holiday.

I would support Brett Gleeson, president of the Show Association, handing an application into Newcastle council for the public show holiday, as the Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said she still would support the show holiday, if an application was made by the association.

I reckon it’s time Newcastle council send a submission to the NSW government to bring back the assets, apply for a grant to update the show and re-establish the Newcastle Showground Exhibition Centre Trust.

In my opinion the kids are No. 1 and they need the show more than ever. In this day and age the kids are spending too much time in cyberspace and are becoming socially isolated and need a good dose of social interaction. There is no better way but to go to the show. Fun, fun, fun is good medicine.

Maureen O’Sullivan Davidson,SwanseaAll allowed an opinionIN response to Cheryl Daniel (Letters, 31/1) who statedthat, regarding the scare mongering of the Save Our Rail protesters, that my opinion doesn’t count because I live at Mayfield. I guess that in some ways I represent most of the population of Newcastle and I do expect to have an opinion and respect Cheryl’s right to have an opinion too.

I was commenting on the fact that all of the confusion that was predicted when the rail line was removed simply did not happen and most Novocastrians do not see that our city has been decapitated.

I also fail to see that Mr Baird can be blamed for more late trains and breakdowns from Scone and Dungog.

I believe that it was Voltaire that once said something like “I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.

That’s a democracy. And the people of Mayfield are allowed an opinion too.

Denise Lindus Trummel, MayfieldAnd then whatI WONDER if all those thousands of people who scream and march in protest against immigration controls – I believe 90 per centof whom are women – will take responsibility when our welfare system is overloaded and the government cannot pay pensions, unemployment benefits, subsidise crèches, give rental allowance, and so on – which of course will happen.

Will they take responsibility for their actions when bombs explode in schools and violence gets out of control on the streets and rape becomes a ‘normal’ occurrence?

It is easy to protest when you don’t have to be held responsible for the end results of your actions.

Tom Edwards, Wangi WangiThink of the childrenIT’S so good to know the Newcastle Herald is determined to protect our children (“Scripture suspension call over ‘dead animal dissection’ lesson”,Herald,31/1).

Hopefully soon there will be articles about the safe schools program, insisting it’s removed because it certainly doesn’t protect our children.

Also I hope to see an attack on the media about the sexualisation of children and TV stations that broadcast M-rated programs on free to air TV during times when children are likely to be watching TV.

I know that many will be concerned about the amount of violence and killings that are shown as indicated by recent concern about some SRE lessons.

Helen Walkom, HillsboroughEducation for tolerance​I AM surprised and disappointed that someone so committed to social justice such as Rod Bower seems to be advocating the removal of SRE in public schools (‘Scripture in schools ‘needs to be reconsidered’: priest’,Herald,1/2).

Father Rod should volunteer an hour out of his busy week and accompany one of the many SRE teachers in his area and see what happens in class. He may spend a half-hour or so in a world much bigger than a world of moribund secularism, where God can be discovered, explored and learned about.

Students that I have taught in SRE over nearly 20 years have been thoughtful, respectful and tolerant of other beliefs during class time.

SRE helps students discover that there is a big world out there that God has been involved in throughout human history.

A tolerant, secular society would never ban SRE in schools.

Michael Deal, WinghamCondition not understoodIN reference to the article ‘Fight to beat trauma’, (Herald,2/1)I wanted to let Michelle know she is not alone in her battle with PTSD and workers’ compensation.

I am a victim of a violent attack, at school two years prior, with a PTSD and depression diagnosis. Both the employer and the insurer have very little understanding of how the psychological injury affects daily life, yet despite having no certificate of capacity they still put pressure on you to return.

This continual harassment only makes the PTSD worse and prevents you from getting better. I have lost everything. Which part don’t they understand?

Name supplied, Warners BayLetter of the weekThe Herald pen goes toSue Leask for her letter about religious education.

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