TRIBUTES: Whether the attack occurred in Manchester, Sydney or Iraq, victims of terrorism and their families deserve empathy and compassion, not judgement.I HAVE seen that a 12-year-old Australian girl is among the victims of a terrorist attack in Baghdad while she was buying ice-cream with her family on holiday.
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We should be all responding to her loss with compassion, but instead I have witnessed many statements by members of our society filled with hatred and anger and posing questions such as ‘why was she even there?’, ‘why wasn’t she at school?’ and ‘what kind of family would take her there?’.

I am disgusted to see the hatred towards this innocent girl and her family who are going through their toughest time. We did not question why concert-goers at the tragedy in Manchester were there, so why are we responding with zero compassion for this young girl? In these horrific situations we should respond to the loss with compassion and empathy for families and friends of the victims, always.

The facts are clear. Terrorism can and will occur anywhere. It is no longer something that occurs far away, or only in third-world countries. It occurs right here at home, and everywhere else. However, we should not let terrorism define our way of life. We should not let terrorism define whether we attend events or not. We should not let terrorism define whether we participate in activities or not. We should not let terrorism define whether we leave the house today or not. We must not let terrorism divide our community, both local and global. We must unite.

My deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims in recent attacks.

Bradley Burns,CardiffListen on light railTODAY we read that NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has put the Fire Levy “on hold” until a further review is undertaken (‘Berejiklian delays fire levy’, Herald,31/5).

Gladys is quoted as saying: “We are a government that listens and we have heard the concerns of the community and will take the time to get this right.”

Sadly, this doesn’t seem to be the case with the plans for the light rail route here in Newcastle.Enough people have spoken out against the route of the light rail over the past couple of years and I would like to hear Gladys’ reason for not listening to her government’s Newcastle constituents in this case, as our voices seem to fall on deaf ears.

The cost of this “folly” to Novocastrians is just as important as the cost factor used as a reason for Gladys to act on the Fire Levy.

Come on Gladys, be the good Premier a lot of us believe you can be by using that “listening device” touted in the case of the Fire Levy for the case of Newcastle’s light rail route. Let’s not waste money raised from the lease of the Port of Newcastle. The savings to be made by taking the logical route for the light rail here in Newcastle can be used elsewhere, maybe in some other regional centre which is missing out, or even to offset the proposed Fire Levy.

Rod Faulkner,MarylandMore detail neededPERHAPS Supercars should head to Bunnings and purchase a moral compass.

Representative Cole Hitchcock appears to be telling residents they should make a decision for themselves about whether to stay or go during the event (‘Demand for noise plan’Herald,30/5). How can anyone decide without the relevant information? What if, like many, you don’t have the option to leave? Basically I think it boils down to Supercars trying to force people out. That way Supercars wouldn’t have to compromise or compensate for making 200 homes and hundreds of apartments unlivable.

Destination NSW and Newcastle City Council simply defer to Supercars when questioned over responsibility for noise. And all the while Supercars maintain the right to stay silent.

Mark Sampson, NewcastleDangers of drug misuseKERRY Redman (Letters, 31/5) rightly points out the dangers of marijuana.

The drug that causes society the most death, and damage, is alcohol, which sadly is legal and widely advertised.

All drugs, legal and illegal, are dangerous when misused. The problem with illegal drugs is that the user has no idea what they are consuming. Imagine if alcoholic drinks had no content on the label. We would have overdoses even more often that we do now.

It is no wonder there are deaths from illegal drugs. Sadly, we also have tens of thousands of deaths from the misuse of prescription drugs, tobacco, and alcohol: all currently legal.

Joan Lambert, AdamstownConcerning conditionsI HAVE read the terms and conditions of entry into the Supercars compound which will be applied to residents who decide to accept ‘free’ residents access tickets.In order to access our homes, we will be required to sign the terms, set out by Supercars and, presumably approved by Destination NSW. There are many parts of the terms which cause us extreme concern. I will list just a few of the more obvious ones.

Paragraph 5 states: “Warning – motor sport activities, the event and activities associated with the event are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. There is significant risk of an accident causing injury, disability, death or property damage or economic loss.”

Is this not an explicit admission from Supercars that this is an inappropriate event to be held in an inner city suburb where homes are within two to three metres of the track?

In signing on for the pass, we will also be required, in paragraph 6 to agree that: “Upon entering the event, each patron provides this release…: SCA and the associated entities are not liable to me or to any person with me for (regardless of how or when the liability is caused, or by whom it is caused….): a. my death, injury to me or the injury or death of anybody else with me; b. damage to, destruction of, theft of or unauthorised delivery up of any of my property or equipment…; c. or damage to, destruction of, theft of or delivery up of any of my clothing or other personal items.”

So Supercars are requiring us to absolve them of damage to our person, our death, injury (including hearing loss, presumably), regardless if it is the race itself, persons associated with the race or other visitors who cause such damage. Our question is: where are the protections to our property?

The critical question is: what will Supercars do if we refuse to sign? We are allowing this organisation into our suburb to conduct an event which by their own admission carries extraordinary risk.We have put this to Supercars, as usual, without response.

Kate Napthali, Newcastle East