Have religious leaders forgotten the commandment ‘love thy neighbour’?

Rod Tuck, Katoomba

Failure to pay

The “massive NSW Police enforcement effort” resulted in $3.5 million fines being paid and $3.4 million unpaid (“Police blitz nets 22,000 fines in four weeks”, September 12). What happens to the 50 per cent of offenders who fail to pay?

Alan Slade, Dover Heights

Feral horses

To believe any significant number of feral horses can be rehomed from their present run across the high country is in the realm of fantasy (“Slow cull fails to protect park”, September 14). The estimated population of horses in Kosciuszko of 14,000 is close to the number of horses, many of which are racehorses, that are dispatched each year in Australia. Those who fight for the claim of heritage significance of horses in the Alps would only win a pyrrhic victory. The cost of retaining the horse in the fragile Snowies will not only be at the expense of ancient endemic species and fragile ecosystems but in turn will see the eventual decimation of the horse numbers through starvation in a denuded landscape.

Steve Dillon, Thirroul

ICU focus

In the editorial about the COVID road map it talks about nuance (”We need more details on the road map“, September 12). Most problems have a single core around which everything revolves. A constant that cannot vary. In the case of COVID, it is the percentage of ICU beds available. No government is going to have people waiting because there are no ICU beds. It is political suicide. Everything else is a variable; a nuance. Send kids to school but limit businesses. Remove a curfew and increase vaccination. Let’s stop focusing on the number of new cases and focus on how full the ICUs are. That is the core number.

Neville Turbit, Russell Lea

Bondi rule-breakers

As a resident of Greater Sydney I find the scenes of Bondi and other beaches gut wrenching (”Hazzard says outdoor rules could relax ahead of schedule“, September 12). Most of us don’t have the privilege to be able to go to the beach but to see so many flouting the rules of no masks, distancing and gathering in numbers, it’s extremely disappointing and a giant kick in the guts for the rest of the population abiding by the rules. Can you please have the decency to show some respect and do the right thing?

Lynne Egan, Glenbrook

After last weekend’s images of happy beachgoers enjoying the unseasonal weather there are now several million Sydneysiders not within five kilometres of the coast who stand shoulder to shoulder with, and share the resentment of their fellow citizens, in the so-called “areas of concern”. Unless beach activity is restricted to exercising and not passive recreation there will be revolution in the air.

Phil Rodwell, Redfern

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