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A PN out of range
Scott Morrison has just put another nail in his coffin. He has no contact with the people of Australia. Rapid antigen tests should be free, they save the government a fortune unlike PCR tests, and not just the people who have the money to buy them want to take responsibility.

Rita Reid, Port Melbourne

US on the slide
Farrah Tomazin ‘s insightful article, “The Capitol attack was Trump’s dress rehearsal” (The Age, 1/1) provides clear evidence that the once great United States is now well on its way to becoming an undemocratic nation, its influence and significance are already present decreasing.
Should Donald Trump make a breathtaking comeback in 2024, tens of millions of moderate Americans will reject the result and an already bitterly divided country will sink into chaos.
The US was a world leader for much of the 20th century. By the end of this century, it will be just another second-class banana republic.

James Young, Mt. Eliza

It adds up
All correspondents who complain about the size of the advertising supplements in The Age are only grateful that they enable the print edition to remain commercially viable. No advertising, no paper. Just recycle or like me do rip out the UAP ads and compost as they deserve.

Caroline Leslie, Hawthorn

Lessons to Learn
Since this pandemic began, health professionals and politicians have adapted their mindsets as new information, new technology, and new variants and case numbers have developed. Every time there is criticism; too late, too early, too little, too much, too confusing who is to blame.
Certainly there were mistakes, but also a lot of things that went right.
It has never been the government’s sole responsibility to deal with COVID; it is also every individual and company and agency that has identified our collective response. At some point this will be over and we will have an opportunity to be smarter, healthier, and better prepared for the inevitable crisis of the future. Much can be learned from this global and national experience, and I hope that both political parties promise to set up a joint state and federal non-political commission of inquiry to record our COVID experience. Not to blame, but to move forward, to fix the weaknesses that have been discovered and to prepare for the next major event.

Graeme Hennel, Yarra Glen

Atrocities
Tris Raouf (Letters, 1/1) asks us not to forget our feathered friends in this scorching weather. And let’s not forget the sheep and cattle without shade to protect them from the heat. Failure to provide shelter for farm animals should be considered a cruel act and punished accordingly. We can help alleviate their suffering by switching to a plant-based diet.

Jennifer Moxham, Monbulk

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