The "burned Manuka clubhouse" to which Chris Chenoweth refers (Letters, September 7) was, as Mr Chenoweth probably knows, the home of the Canberra Services Club.
The building, which was of mostly timber construction, was destroyed by fire on April 11, 2011.
In its heyday, the Canberra Services Club was one of the city's favourite clubs, especially on Anzac Day.
The building also housed what the then club president, Matthew Harvey, referred to as irreplaceable war memorabilia.
When Canberra's lone RSL club closed in 2008, after losing most of its members to the Queanbeyan Leagues Club, the Canberra Services Club was left as the only armed services-associated club in the ACT.
It is to the great shame of the ACT government that the services club site at the intersection of Canberra Avenue and Manuka Circle remains home to weeds, broken glass, and the sadly charred ruins of an historic building.
Douglas Mackenzie, Deakin
Has Scott Morrison limited his role to being Prime Minister of New South Wales?
Tony Judge, Woolgoolga, NSW
Old is new again
"Shot while trying to escape" was a euphemism used by governments in the old Soviet Bloc to cover extra-judicial executions.
These days it seems to describe a familiar outcome between an African-American and a white police officer on the streets of America.
Dallas Stow, O'Connor
And ice hockey?
Fiona Carrick (Letters, September 10) points out that the new ice rink will be in Greenway, while there is no clarity on what will happen to the one in Woden.
Could it be that Barr government mismanagement will kill off the Canberra Brave Ice Hockey team after so many voters crowd-funded its survival?
Yuri Shukost, Isabella Plains
So, despite longstanding land-clearing rates internationally recognised as placing us miserably on our own among "advanced" nations, and only comparable to scandalous Brazil, this isn't enough for NSW farmers ably represented by the National Party.
Anyway, the issue at stake is merely the survival of what little is left of koala populations which has been feebly proposed by political colleagues not known ideologically for being remotely environmentally-minded.
We should remember this whenever the mass and "social" media sentimentally reprise the myth of "the man on the land" enshrining all Australian virtues, and representing what we should all be, or should want to be.
We should not be fooled by such sentimental dross.
It seems we need to make a mutually exclusive choice as to what we quintessentially recognise as admirably Australian in this country; "our farmers", or the koala.
Alex Mattea, Sydney, NSW
The good news
Re: "Aerial culls to go ahead" (canberratimes.com.au, September 10).
The article makes many very clear statements about the need to protect our struggling and fragile post-fire Namadgi National Park.
The control methods proposed by the ACT government are the most humane available.
Trapping and re-homing as a management method is dangerous to feral horses and staff, and has long proven to be exorbitantly costly and ineffective.
Transporting a wild animal more than 1200 kilometres to South Australia, or elsewhere, for rehoming has been documented as stressful and inhumane.
Congratulations to the ACT government for this strong and sensible stand.
Dianne Thompson, Fisher
A lucky escape
The voters of Eden-Monaro, and the Federal Parliament, dodged a bullet when John Barilaro decided not to contest the seat. NSW, and the Nationals, are welcome to him. One Barnaby Joyce is enough.
M Moore, Bonython
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