LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Your views

SLEDGE-HAMMER, ANYONE?

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Re: Macquarie Mall smoking ban. What's wrong with a “sledge-hammer approach”? Would a blanket ban really be unworkable? And is anti-smoking education a solution? Yes, for kids and teens; not for long-term smokers. We must act decisively. Not that success will come quickly. Like the fight against illicit drugs. You could say a blanket ban of those is unworkable, too. But we must do our best. North Sydney Council used a sledge-hammer with good reason. Our council’s inability to fight smoking isn’t unexpected. About two years ago they voted no to a medically-supervised safe injecting room. Some said it would affect local business. Yes, the council must consider local business but it must also consider public health. Whether it’s smoking or more serious drugs.

JOHN MUSZYNSKI, Lurnea

GLARING MISTAKES

In this week’s Champion (November 21), on page 6 there’s an article “School raises restored war memorial”. There are two glaring mistakes, “girl and boy cadets laid reefs”, is written twice. It’s “wreaths”. 

HELEN WATERS

Helen, you’re absolutely right. I apologise. I've corrected it online. I actually remember making corrections before we went to press but our publishing program let us down and the corrections did not stick. A poor workman blames his tools and I take full responsibility. Thank you for keeping us on our toes! Again, my apologies. – Ian, Ed.

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