LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, Aug 5: Please explain?

Please explain

CAN someone please explain the difference between a 'coward punch' on Saturday night in Kings Cross, and the same act at the footy on Sunday afternoon?

Alastair McInnes, Grafton


Winter support

I'M WRITING to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to the NSW community for their tremendous support of The Smith Family's 2015 Winter Appeal.

The Smith Family, a national children's charity, launched its Winter Appeal on May 20 to raise $3.5 million by June 30, for the ongoing support of thousands of disadvantaged children across the country.

This year's appeal highlighted the vulnerability experienced by the 1 in 10 Australian children living in disadvantage, especially when they are at school and struggling to fit in and keep up with their classmates.

Our appeal brought attention to the isolating effects of disadvantage on children, and the fact that they often start school behind, slip further and further back and are at risk of being in poverty in the long-term.

It is heartening that this message struck a chord with so many people in the community, who responded with great generosity to The Smith Family, ensuring we exceeded our Winter Appeal target and raised more than $3.7 million for disadvantaged children.

I would like to thank each and every individual who made a donation, and let them know that their help will have a direct, lasting impact on more than 9000 disadvantaged children in Australia, helping them to succeed at school and create a better future for themselves.

Steve Macready, general manager, The Smith Family, New South Wales


Firing line

WHEN Barry Cassidy from the Insiders program interviewed that extremely corpulent Clive Palmer on Sunday, he was possibly unaware of the danger he was in from that one tenacious button that was striving to hold Clive's suit coat together.

The coat was straining at the seams and looked about to let go at any moment with Barry in direct line of fire.

Strong cotton saved the day.

Fred Perring, Halfway Creek


Change needed

IF I may I would like to make a suggestion regards the layout of your paper.

Would it be possible to add another two sections to the comic section for Fred Perring and John Ibbotson to air their biased views?

This would free up the letters to the editor column for people who have something constructive and unbiased to write about.

This would also brighten up your comic section and give a lot of people a good laugh to brighten their morning.

Don Flitcroft, Yamba

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