Greed is the driver

City Hall warmer and drier

Mercury (Hobart) - - OPINION - Miles C. Pit­man Dover John Hard­ing Bel­lerive C. Wil­son Cairns Bay Jack Buzelin Ta­roona

MUCH is be­ing said about the home­less sit­u­a­tion, chiefly, that ev­ery­one has a right to have a house. Like many, I was able to buy my first house only af­ter work­ing for 20 years and, while rent­ing, had to ad­here to a strict set of rules or face be­ing evicted. The only thing that seems to have changed is that greed has made it al­most im­pos­si­ble for young peo­ple to rent or buy and that seems to be where all the ef­fort is needed. Changes al­lowed by state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments, such as neg­a­tive gear­ing and con­ver­sion from rental hous­ing to Airbnb, have to be fixed or done away with so Tas­ma­ni­ans liv­ing on a Tas­ma­nia wage can af­ford to live in Tas­ma­nia.

Not an­other Venice

HOORAY Charles Woo­ley ( TasWeek­end, June 8-9). It is what I have been telling my peers for months. We are killing our nat­u­ral beauty, the se­cret is out on all so­cial me­dia. Please let us not be­come an­other Venice. These mas­sive tourist lin­ers belch out un­healthy smoke from bunker fuel as well. Not an­other “gree­nie” but I value our her­itage.

Look­outs with tele­scopes

HAS any­one thought of in­stalling look­outs with tele­scopes in re­mote lo­ca­tions? I’m think­ing about giv­ing peo­ple the abil­ity to view the nat­u­ral won­der as well as the South­ern Aurora. It’s seems an in­ex­pen­sive way to at­tract peo­ple through­out the year.

Pray for Hong Kong

WITH the CCP (Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party) tight­en­ing its grip on pro­test­ers in Hong Kong, let us truly pray that the po­lice crack­down does not turn into an­other mil­i­tary se­quel of a 1989 Tianan­men Square blood­bath. The Western world couldn’t surely turn their backs this time, if it hap­pened.

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