Working overtime for the nation



Good luck to those who never plan to retire (“One in four workers over 50 doesn’t think of retiring,†June 27). Young people expect to be fit and healthy in their old age, but when the time comes, their aging bodies may not agree. Graham Lum, Northern Rocks

I am soon 66 years old. Fortunately, after my career ended as a result of my marriage (yes, it still happens), I ended up working in disability care. It pays off, okay. It’s low status, and the hours aren’t great, but I love the job. You can potentially do this until you’re exhausted, and it pays off for the mortgage and the teens. So how can I afford to retire? David Neilson, Braitling (NT)

Many older Australians will not retire because they cannot afford it or because they do not want to be relegated to Australia’s ageist trash. This has advantages for the general population. Since these people will be self-sufficient, they will not receive a full pension and will be a burden on the taxpayer. Since many of them will die on the job, probably quite suddenly and in our 60s, the rest of us won’t have to shell out as much for wheelchairs, home modifications, nursing homes, medical procedures, etc. with retirement pensions and pensions it would be even cheaper. Geoff Black, cave beach

A lesson in priorities

The modification of school hours for specific educational purposes has a certain merit (“Time for school: case yet to be made for changeâ€, June 27). Many young children are more alert earlier in the day; early adolescence and later in the afternoon; and schools can make better use of resources, buildings and fields if split school hours are enabled in larger schools.

However, it was clarified that this series of trials was for economic reasons, to allow parents and businesses more flexibility. Our children are not pawns in the economy, their educational needs must be taken into account first and foremost. Schools like Merrylands East Public School have their priorities. Janice Creenaune, Austinmer

Uncommon sensitivity

Gladys Berejiklian’s I regret nothing is symptomatic of the pride and ideology that drove the policy of Australia’s pandemic experiment (“Lockdown for two week”, June 27). The medical community and many prominent epidemiologists were calling for a lockdown a week before the Prime Minister called it. Sadly, the entire country has now been unnecessarily exposed to the Delta variant because political ideology has taken precedence over common sense and good advice. Ann Patel, Oatley

Lucky enough to walk near the harbor to exercise on the first morning of the lockdown (“Multiple Exposure Sites Call for City-Wide Lockdown,†June 27). But what do I see? A flotilla of large yachts sailing on the harbor. Is it a kind of perverse confinement for rights holders? Travel essential, exercise? I do not think so. While we are all confined to the house, they are free to roam outside the area. I just hope they stocked up on toilet paper and some common sense. Tristan Parry, Cremorne

Facts rather than feelings



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