"In the 16 years that I have lived in North Canberra, the abysmal condition of the suburban footpaths never ceases to amaze me." So says reader GREG SWINDEN in this letters extra on footpaths, falls and failures.
"There is a danger Light Rail Stage 2 will become an expensive millstone round ratepayers’ necks," says letter writer DAVID DENHAM, of Griffith.
"I find it difficult to understand why people who have suffered under illicit drug policy want that same policy to continue," says letter writer MARION McCONNELL, of Giralang.
Letter writer STEVE ELLIS, of Hackett reckons the police have enough to do without having to spend lots of time apprehending illegal scooter users...
Reader DAPHNE HARDING, of Farrer, lives near a thick, tall forest of weeds that could prove to be a fire hazard in the summer and also a haven for snakes, but no one in authority wants to cut it.
JINGWEI JAI's car passenger window was smashed in Braddon. There were other passenger windows smashed in Belconnen. The mystery that binds them together is they are all Audis.
Letter writer PAUL VARSANYI, of Kambah, wants to see an independent investigation into the Army's role in starting the devastating bushfire in Namadgi National Park earlier this year.
"It is incorrect to claim that 'problem gamblers bet on anything'. Poker machine addicts’ compulsive gambling relates to the psychological manipulation of poker machines," says letter writer KARINA MORRIS, of Weetangera.
"We need a circuit breaker before everyone climbs back into their bunkers," says letter writer PETER TAIT, bemoaning that "planning for the city we want to live in continues to be a hot issue".
The Woden Valley Community Council is pushing back on a 24-storey building that's going to create wind and overshadow public space, says president FIONA CARRICK.
Letter writer Dr DOUGLAS MACKENZIE, of Deakin, has "a strong feeling" that the era of hydrogen fuel has arrived.
Letter writer SUE DYER, of Downer, is pining for better planning outcomes, citing the pre-election promises of the main parties.
On the basis we have to look at them, architect JACK KERSHAW compares the impact of two Woden tower blocks on the local environment.
Letter writer MURRAY MAY, of Cook, says the return of the Barr government suggests there is a good proportion of people in Canberra cashed up and untroubled by rising rates and taxes.
Letter writer JACK KERSHAW calls for the tram to Woden to be re-routed.
Andrew Barr is unpopular, Alistair Coe is of a lower profile but that is not a disqualification. History is full of new leaders proving their opponents wrong, says letter writer MARTIN GORDON, of Dunlop.
"Regardless of the West Basin infill, the apartment estate can still be stopped," says letter writer JULIET RAMSAY, of the Lake Burley Griffin Guardians.
LEN GOODMAN leads the burst of election letters and reporter DANIELLE NOHRA's interview with AWM's new chief Matt Anderson has caused a flurry of critical opinion.
Letter writer RIC HINGEE says he remembers how much better Canberra was when it was smaller, "but now we have a situation where population growth is contributing to climate change".
"I’m challenging the media to take a stand against the ACT government on what it has done with this city, which has become the concrete capital of Australia. We are seeing the slow death of the bush capital," says letter writer NOEL BARTONE.