Bendigo Advertiser letters to the editor

Thank you, taxi driver

May I, through your paper, thank a very honest taxi driver.

Today (Tuesday, May 9) I picked up a taxi in Queen Street, he took me to Sherrard Court, North Bendigo, to see friends. When we got there he got out of the cab to open my door and help me as I use a walking stick.  He then drove off and I went inside.

A short time later there was a knock on my friends front door, a man asked if I was still there and he gave my friend my taxi card and change, which neither of us had realised I’d forgotten to get.

My friend thanked him but I didn’t see him and don’t know his name. I appreciate his honesty as I probably would have thought I’d lost it somewhere when I realised it was missing. Thank you sir very much! As an older person on a pension, that card comes in handy. I use the taxi service quite often and find the majority of the drivers very friendly and helpful.

Once again many thanks.

Noela Botham, Spring Gully

Tax outrages reader

I needed a day or two to calm down before writing this.

This bank tax shows without a doubt that politicians are completely, absolutely, unequivocally out of touch with the real world. To actually come out and say that banks should absorb this tax proves my point.

I also understand their philosophy behind this tax and that makes it even worse, because Morrison and Turnbull are openly saying (by their actions) that Australians are stupid.

I am appalled, disgusted and outraged they think I am stupid. Until Turnbull and Morrison are gone, I will no longer vote Liberal (I will never vote Labor, I consider them worse). Oh, how I miss the Howard/Costello era.Look how far we have fallen. I truly fear for the future of my children in this once great country.

Peter Lesuey, Kennington

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No need for compensation

For human rights lawyers, such as Hugh de Kretzer, to suggest that youths who are capable of violent behaviour, terrorising innocent families in the presumed safety of their own home, should be referred to as children is insulting in the extreme.

These criminals caused so much damage to the youth detention facility that, for their safety and those of the staff, they were transferred to a modified adult prison. 

Nothing wrong with that. 

Now some ambitious lawyers are trying to gain sympathy for these thugs – even to the point of claiming compensation? Give me a break! 

For the poor victims of their attacks, this must be the last straw.

Helen Leach, Bendigo

Taking issue with views

Upon reading Saturday's (May 13) Advertiser in relation to nine beggars having been charged by local police, I noted that there was the expected outcry from the legal fraternity in relation to this subject.

 Senior lawyer Cameron Lavery laments that "criminalising begging is not reasonable".

One would think that a person such as Mr Lavery, whose very occupation exists because of the law, would know that begging alms is illegal because it has been made so by an Act of Parliament.

It therefore goes without saying that the police, when upholding this law, are acting legally and without fault.  

All very "according to Hoyle", if you will.

If Mr Lavery and his like-minded compatriots feel that an injustice is being committed on the streets of Bendigo, then perhaps they should hold a protest on the steps of Parliament House?

And does his theory extend to other crimes? By his reckoning, theft, burglary and even assault should not be illegal for the homeless, due to the fact that their circumstances "give them no choice", as he puts it.

Phil Norris, Bendigo