The unavoidable part of life that no one wants to face

I too loathe the concept of passing (“A death rattle, and what to expect when you expire”, April 16). We die. We are dead. The first experience of a death that affected me was, as a young minister. A beloved parishioner, May Brown, died in St George hospital after a stroke. It took several days and I was distraught. From that day onward I have been aware that life has a beginning and an end. Neither are easy. Both are unavoidable. David Neilson, Finke (NT)

Trump similarity

It is astonishing that Parnell Palme McGuinness asserts that Anthony Albanese has made the Voice discussion a partisan political issue (“Far from splitting the Liberals, Leeser has done them a favour”, April 15). In fact, the opposite is true. The detail is provided by the work commissioned by Liberal government and provided by Marcia Langton and Tom Calma. It is disingenuous to suggest that the Labor legislation for the Voice would disregard the seven years of work put into it since the Uluru statement. Parnell is doing a Trump: accusing the other side of doing the reprehensible thing one is doing oneself. Dutton is the only one making this party political. Alan Stanley, Upper Corindi

Permit review

Parking permits are issued to people who have both short and longterm disabilities (“Parking permits issued faster than councils add new spaces”, April 16). I know a number of people on the Northern Beaches who have permits that were issued after leg injuries, hip and knee replacements and similar issues. These people are now fully recovered and regularly exercise, play golf and enjoy full mobility. The problem is that their permits were issued for five years, well beyond the required recovery time. Most do not abuse the use of the permit, but this does tend to skew the statistics. Unfortunately, I have often seen healthy, agile people take disability spaces and display a legal permit. Permits for injuries should be reviewed after a suitable time period and immediately revoked if no longer required, thereby freeing up disability parking spaces for the genuinely needy. Peter Cooper-Southam, Frenchs Forest

Coffee choke

I just about choked on my cappuccino: $3 million just for a private garage to house a collection of 15 cars (“Only in Sydney: spending $3million to store your cars”, April 16). Angie Miller, Bondi Junction

Preserved power

Rather than demolish Liddell Power Station, perhaps it should be preserved, like a medieval folly, as a monument for future generations (“Brown out, green in: Liddell’s new lease of life”, April 16). That way, every time people saw the structure, they would be reminded of the previous generations’ follies of emitting greenhouse gases and of privatising power generation. Geoff Black, Caves Beach

Private luxury

We see over and over again the ability of private schools to exclude students who don’t fit their culture (“Private school’s war on mullets: $20 haircut on arrival or get sent home”, April 16). Private schools have a “big stick” when it comes to behaviour. Meet our standards or you will be “invited” to leave. Government schools don’t have this luxury. George Graham, Byron Bay

Bondi dreams

Yet again, we see another attempt by private interests to make money by using Bondi Beach (“Proposal to serve booze on beach all but doomed”, April 16). Pop up restaurant indeed. Tell them they’re dreaming. Paul Doyle, Glenbrook

Janek Gazecki reportedly says he wants to “revitalise and diversify Bondi Beach by promoting it as a culinary destination”. That’s something of a marketing mouthful in itself, but what might be next? Repurposing the toilets at Town Hall station as a gourmet brand foodie experience? Ross Duncan, Potts Point

Toilet solution

I thought we were already (“Ready for the gender-neutral cubicle?” , April 16). It’s called a port-a-loo, and we have been using them at major events for decades. All public lavatories should be single occupant, single user cubicles and then gender doesn’t enter into it. Garry Feeney, Kingsgrove

Bad day

I loathe Mother’s Day (“Mother’s Day not fit all of us”, April 16). Every year the celebrations that others have rubs salt into the wounds of a person who has lost their mother, lost a child to miscarriage and can no longer have children. Please remember that not everyone has the good fortune to be able to celebrate Mother’s Day and that for many of us it’s a day that makes us desperately unhappy and one we wish to pass as quickly as it can. Name withheld

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