Is a promise a promise?
A few months prior to the state election in March 2019, some big announcements were made by the State Liberal government that Karuah was to get a new police station.
It sort of came out of the blue, about the same time the Liberal candidate was announced.
It seems now that we don't even have a police officer at Karuah, so was the promise of a new station just one of those non-core promise sometimes made by the Liberal party on the lead up to an election?
Fred McInerney, Karuah
More doctors needed
In reference to Michael Eletr's letter last week regarding waiting times at Tomaree Community Hospital, unfortunately it is not only the elderly that have to wait.
It is also children and every other age group.
You would of noticed that there is only one doctor on call attending the emergency room and all ambulance arrivals that come in during the day and night.
Here is hoping with money spent on the upgrade that they can afford more than one doctor on duty to take care of the sick and the ambulance arrivals.
Three or four are needed.
Debbie Craven, Nelson Bay
Staff just want a fair go
Aged care workers have similar issues to government funded public hospitals.
Aged care workers are hard working, caring and dedicated but often get abused by some family members who do not understand the aged care industry.
The federal government set the funding for residents in aged care facilities .
This complicated system often leaves not-for-profit providers having to subsidise additional funding to their facilities.
With the assistance of a dedicated staff, numerous volunteers and caring community groups, providers will continue to provide care but their is a breaking point - and with no staff there is no care.
All providers and staff ask for is a fair go.
Gerry Mohan, Shoal Bay
Expectations are too high
A great article by Stephanie Wescott in the SMH on why we are losing young teachers from our schools by a young teacher who has just left the profession (We need to find new ways of valuing teachers, July 29).
Besides the huge bureaucratic workload placed on all teachers, the general expectation that all teaches who enter the teaching profession need to be expert in all areas from day one on the job is ridiculous.
This is followed by the continuous complaint by Ministers and the Department hierarchy that the needs of the students are not being met by our current teachers.
Please name another profession where members on day one in their job are expected to know everything about the job having virtually the day after they have left university.
For example the young solicitor being given a major legal case to lead or the young doctor being handed a major health issue to solve.
Our government leaders need to be more overtly supportive of the difficulties of teaching in the 2019 era.
And don't start me on the impact and expectations of parents with their overprotective "my child does no wrong" and employers who want students to enter the employment arena totally skilled in all areas of the job.
Add the a layer of legal issues with child protection and its no wonder teaching is unattractive.
The education of our youth is one of the most important things in our community but we need a more realistic and supportive environment for our teachers to operate within and produce the best for our future generations.