SHORT & SWEET
GWEN: I am now ageing and realise there is nothing I can add to the debate except to be sorry for my country (Piers Akerman: “We must destroy all jihadis, without mercy”, 11/6). We have no hope against the infiltration of those who favour accepting all applicants on face value instead of asking deeper questions. Australian citizenship should never have been given away after 12 months in this country. RODERICK: I travel a lot to Muslim countries, and always observe their customs while being a guest in their country (Peta Credlin: “Let’s pause in a minute of silence for Saudi hypocrisy”, 11/6). However, it just has to work both ways. They were guests in ours. It isn’t hard to sound racist when such a blatant gesture is waved at us. Having just been to a nation where Western ladies wear headscarves as a courtesy, I applaud Mrs Trump for doing things her way. They can live with it, and did. BEEB: The eradication of smallpox is testimony to the absolute effectiveness of vaccination (Jane Hansen: “Anyone herd of science?”, 11/6). Ideals getting in the way of intelligence, putting innocent lives at risk. JIM: The anti-vaxxers are like many other fringe/ loony groups, but most of the other groups do not harm babies and children. In over 40 years working in disability/special education with several thousand people (children and adults) having very impaired development and function, I have met only one child who had a verified reaction to the standard vaccination in early childhood.