Father Brendan Lee writes (Mercury September 25) that it is good to have the US in our corner because many countries have "leaned on the United States to end their human rights atrocities". Wrong, it's just the opposite. The wars the US has waged since WW2 have been a disaster. Vietnam for example involved us in a war to prevent the spread of communism.
It was a lie. Vietnam is now a favourite tourist destination. Then there was Iraq. Another one based on lies about weapons of 'mass destruction'. They are still at it, the next one is Iran. The world is refusing to be involved in this one so should we. Finally Father Lee praises the $150 million donated by Morrison to Trump's plan to colonise Mars. Money that should usefully go to the unemployed on the pitifull Newstart allowance
Reg Wilding, Wollongong
We are judged as individuals by various criteria. These can include our behaviour, our values, our treatment of others, etc. Another criterion often considered important is what sort of people we choose to have as close friends. Our Prime Minister has done a disservice to Australia by his over-extravagant declarations of admiration and appreciation for the President of the United States, a man who as a World Leader is considered by many to be an untrustworthy, unpredictable and unmitigated disaster, waiting to happen. Certainly makes us look bad on the World Stage.
John Martin, Woonona
The Mercury should be ashamed to have published a cartoon in this Monday's paper depicting a magpie attack on a cyclist a week after the death of the cyclist as a result of such an attack the previous week. This shows little sympathy or empathy to his loved ones, friends and those who witnessed the attack. Witnesses who called 000, delivered CPR to keep the man alive and emergency services who worked tirelessly to save the man's life would all be shocked at this portrayal as a cartoon. It is especially galling as this cartoon was published on the day of the man's funeral.
Darryl Foster, Minnamurra
I write in admiration of all the Young People who took part in the Clime strike to try and raise awareness of how Global Warming is about to bring about the demise of the human race. When 16 year old Greta Thunberg well and truly told the United Nations how things really are on
Planet Earth, she set a conscience target for the leaders of the world. Straight away these so called world leaders more or less fobbed her off with yet another mirror job, we promise to look into it. Closer to home, Wollongong Coal seems more confused than a Rabbits Dick in Springtime, as it persists in its efforts to extract coal from beneath our last remaining reserves of fresh water, this company has a history of ignoring rules and regulations and thinks that Wollongong is a province in the Pinjab.
Scott Morrisons political mates want an expansion of coal mining in Australia for one simple reason, Money. The young people of Climestrike will be voting soon. There are no mirrors in a ballot box.
Dave Cox, Corrimal
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