Letters / Horrified at sport excesses

I WAS horrified to read that some AFL and NRL players and also some cricketers are being paid more than a million dollars a season (Tim Gavel’s column, CN, June 8).

What on earth makes them worth that much money?

It is no wonder that a number of them have gone off the rails and become big-headed, arrogant bullies.

Some players have been repeatedly in trouble (Todd Carney to name just one) and got away with it just because they are a supposedly top player.

When are we going to stop treating them like gods? Because until we do they will think they can get away with whatever they want to do.

I remember years ago the Canberra Raiders were asking Canberra to support them because they were loyal to Canberra. Before long they were accepting large salaries to go to other teams, so much for loyalty to Canberra.

There are a lot of people out there that do more than the AFL, NRL and cricket players and yet get nowhere near their salary. The people I am talking about are the emergency services people that put their lives on the line every time they go to work and I am sure they would also like to be paid millions. They don’t even get the glory, just beaten up and abused or even worse.

Vi Evans via email

Do us a favour…

THE road authorities would do all drivers a huge service if they painted the words “Give Way” on the lanes merging on to major roads.

Like Pat Dickson (Letters, CN June 8), I have also encountered drivers who seem to be under the impression that they have right of way and that drivers on the main road must move over to let them in, regardless of traffic conditions.

Kit Huang, via email

Barr’s lack of wisdom

ANDREW Barr is using his position of power to bully and intimidate Margaret Court because she said she would not fly Qantas in protest over CEO Allan Joyce’s advocacy of same-sex marriage legislation. (Mike Welsh, CN June 8).

Australians, including Margaret Court, still have the right to express an opinion as to whether or not they believe marriage is designed to be between a man and a woman, and support or otherwise those people and organisations who espouse views which are the same or different from their own.

However, those who believe marriage should be between a man and a woman are constantly the victims of bullying and intimidation.

As ACT’s Chief Minister, Andrew Barr’s statement displays a lack of wisdom .

Rewa Bate, Coombs

One prison for terrorists

SOCIETY knows as a fact that terrorists are indoctrinating other prisoners. If an extremely dangerous disease appears, the affected are immediately isolated. The same should happen with those convicted for terrorism-related crimes, then they will be preaching to the converted.

There should be one prison to hold only such offenders. Yes, it would use taxpayer monies, but what price liberty, or in this case security? If we wait for national agreement on bail, parole and judicial consensus we shall wait forever.

Colliss Parrett, Barton

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