Letters to the editor August 18 2017

REDS AND GREYS: Over the Northern beaches by Peter Howe. Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.
REDS AND GREYS: Over the Northern beaches by Peter Howe. Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post to our Facebook page.


In response to the letter by Barry Swan ‘Wide of the Marx’ (Illawarra Mercury, Friday August 11, 2017),  what a talent, Barry is?

Very funny and entertaining while at the same time I am sure Mr Swan understands the more serious aspect of my letter.

Groucho, Chico, Zeppo and Harpo Marx were indeed extremely talented and funny.

Apart from A Day at the Races, and A Night at the Opera you missed The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, Room Service, At the Circus, Go West, The Big Store, A Night In Casablanca and Love Happy.

The Marx Brothers join a select group of great entertainers in the early years of Hollywood including Laurel and Hardy, and The Three Stooges.

The wit, timing, lyrics, comical genius and actions of these people should never be lost.

Adrian Devlin, Fairy Meadow


A few heads might turn here with a few of my comrades, the current government is correct to lift the bar for immigration this time. How many Australians are we now stuck with who have zero interest in our country as we know it.

I want to see potential immigrants prove their willingness to support Australian values and laws before they are offered citizenship, but how do we do this? We are always going to get inevitable questions of just what Australians values are.

There should be no religion based privileges or exceptions be it a special diet or time off for prayer and there should be no segregated facilities.

You have to assimilate and communicate in English. It’s a shame that other countries value Australians, but our immigrants don't.

Matty Ryan, Fairy Meadow


It is good to see the police finally enforcing bike laws at last. For too long many cyclists ignored the road rules when it suited them and had very little consideration for other road users.

Now that the rules are being enforced the cycle groups are complaining that it is driving people away from cycling but in the same article they are complaining about the low enforcement of the new cycle passing rules, it appears they want their cake and be able to eat it too.

Ken Goodhew, Mt Warrigal


Australian culture appears to be just a step away from becoming very “un-Australian”.  We are about to see the beginning of a law-making process where only one group in our population, the loudest and most organised, is allowed to have any influence on the outcome.

The homosexual group in this country has been telling us for years that most Australians want to see same-sex marriage made legal.  Yet every time there is an attempt to take a vote on it, the homosexual side goes into a complete and utter state of panic.

In its attempt to stop a vote the best the homosexual group can do is to vilify the opposition.  Its members repeatedly claim the anti, same-sex marriage group will  employ actions to physically and mentally harm homosexuals during any election campaign.  Even the highly intelligent Justice Michael Kirby has become completely unintelligent in his rambling arguments against any sort of vote on the matter.

I wonder where the Political Correctness Police have all been during all the nonsense that has gone on around this extremely low-level issue.  Why haven’t they been on the ground censoring some the politically incorrect and outrageous statements made by many in the homosexual group towards those who do not agree with their views – those who only want to have the strength of their opposition publicly measured and registered.  

Richard Burnett, Wollongong


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