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Upper Hutt Leader : June 22nd 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 22, 2011 LETTERS I hold regular constituency clinics throughout the electorate. To book an appointment, please contact my offices. Chris HIPKINS MP for Rimutaka Chris Hipkins Taita Electorate Office: 1195 High Street Taita Phone 04 567 0156 Upper Hutt Office: 216 Main Street, Upper Hutt Phone Email email@example.com chrishipkins.org.nz labour.org.nz 04 528 5715 3823214AA LOOKING FOR A CHEAPER OPTION FOR YOUR RUBBISH? 140L Wheelibin for an annual cost paid in full still only $200 Monthly direct debit of $20 which works out to $4.62 per week 240L Wheelibin for a Monthly direct debit of $26.50 which works out to $6.12 per week STILL SERVICING THE VALLEY AFTER OVER 20 YEARS AND STILL OFFERING THE MOST RELIABLE SERVICE AND COMPETITIVE PRICES Ph: 0800 Wheelie Order online www.wheelibin.co.nz 3623965AB SH2 - MULDOON'S CORNER EASING PROJECT We are cutting through one of the tightest corners on the Rimutaka Hill Road next week which means tra c flows through the site will be restricted for a short time. From 7am Monday, 27 June to 6pm Friday, 1 July (weather dependent). A single lane for both uphill and downhill tra c will be controlled by tra c lights while we build a second lane for the new road. Please follow the signs and drive to the temporary speed limits. Thank you for your patience and understanding. REUNIONS Upper Hutt Cossie Club 50th anniversary, July 22-24, 2011, con- tact the club 529 0009. BPW Upper Hutt 25th anniversary, August 2011. Contact Alison Prince 528 4404 or 027 476 0438. 25th Hutt Valley Girls Brigade based at St Margaret s Silver- stream, previously at St Andrew s Trentham, celebrate their 50th Jubilee on Sunday, September 18, 2011. Contact Lynaire at Wolfsbauer@xtra.co.nz 528 2267. Otago Boys' High, 150th, 2013. Website: obhsfoundation.co.nz or contact the foundation office, PO Box 5077, Dunedin, or 477 8977. Fluoride a 'proven health measure' HAVE YOUR SAY We welcome your letters. They should be no longer than 250 words. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters and also decide whether letters are suitable for publication. Letters must include the writer's name for publication. Pen names are not accepted. The writer's address and phone number must be supplied for our records. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 528 3021 or P O Box 40001, Upper Hutt. Thanks letters for grants to groups are not accepted. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. CONTINUED Page 12 Dismay barely describes my reaction at learning that a majority of Upper Hutt city councillors have decided to lobby the regional council to remove fluoride from our water supply. What mandate did they seek to take an action that flies in the face of good science on a safe and proven public health measure? None of these councillors would have got my vote had they declared their intentions at the last election. Thanks to the foresight of past civic leaders, my children have all reached adulthood with perfect dental health, unlike so many of my generation who despite good personal oral hygiene and healthy diets still have to endure painful and expensive dental treatment because we grew up in parts of the country without fluoride in the water. If this group of councillors believe fluoridation amounts to mass medication, why stop at fluoride and not remove chlorine from water as well, or iodine from salt and bread? This is the same selfish attitude displayed by the anti- immunisation lobby that is prepared to sacrifice the wider public good on the alter of individualism and ill-informed or even crackpot belief. Both groups are equally adept at scare campaigns, media manipulation and exploiting the public submission process. It does publicly elected officials in the 21st century who, quite frankly, should know better, no credit whatsover to have fallen for it. Upper Hutt people, especially the children, deserve better. MARIE McNICHOLAS, Silverstream I couldn t quite believe my eyes when I saw the front page of the Leader (June 15). A small group of fringe nutters is being allowed to hold the health and well-being of all Upper Hutt residents to ransom with their whacko, anti-fluoridation lobbying. How dare they! Do these fools have any idea what it was like before fluoridation? Everyone had appalling teeth! False teeth before the age of 20 was the norm. I am so angry I could burst a blood vessel! They ruined things for Petone with their meddling and now they have their mischievous sights set on Upper Hutt. If they get away with this I will have to move from here. My children need fluoride in their water. Fluoride tablets and toothpaste are useless. I am so angry that I could be forced from a home I love because of a few loony pests. S HADEN, Upper Hutt By what right has the council to decide that fluoride should be removed from the water supply? This should be decided by the general population. Dowewanttogobacktothe days of young people losing all of their teeth by the time they are 20 because of decay. I get very annoyed that a very small minority can impinge on the majority like this. JACKIE PRYOR, Trentham I would have thought that councillors have more important matters to resolve than the fluoridation of our water supplies. It is sad to read that seven of 11 councillors are apparently in favour of removing fluoride from the region s water supply. Despite the assertion by the Fluoride Action Network s national co- ordinator that there are serious risks to health this is not so. Certainly the centenarians consuming Upper Hutt s fluoridated water for many long years would disagree. As would the countless healthy children and parents that live among us. Councillors would be better engaged in more real serious risks to health such as the freely available access to various forms of alcohol, a known serious risk to health. But that s digressing somewhat. If the fluoridation of our water supplies were in fact a serious risk to our health then the Health Department would ensure that it was not allowed. The assertions by Councillor Thomas that the existing fluoridation system allowed no choice and amounted to mass medication were unfortunate. Choices that provide the small amounts of water required for drinking/cooking are: collect and store rain water, or buy a de- ioniser. The term mass medication serves only to raise emotions and has no place in reasoned arguments. Many things are done by various authorities on a mass basis to maintain/improve our health. Chlorination of our water supplies is but one relevant example. COLIN RAMMELL, Wallaceville I have just read in your newspaper the majority decision of the Upper Hutt City council to lobby Greater Wellington to the remove fluoride from the water supply and find it unbelievable. It s a decision which goes against the recommendation of the New Zealand Dental Council and any dentist you can ask. One can only look at history to see just how foolish the decision is. As I remember it, in the years 1948 to 1950 and beyond following the war, the dental condition of many young New Zealanders was appalling with many accepting that false teeth was a normal way of life, young girls saw nothing wrong in getting false teeth for their 21st birthday. Check photographs of our soldiers during the war years. Note how many had bad teeth. Most young people today have beautiful teeth thanks to fluoridation. Why then would a city council who one would assume would ask and question experts before making this stupid decision, go ahead taking us back to earlier times. HARRY SHORT, Upper Hutt River Rd chaos 'incredible' I totally agree with Devon Flynn (June 15) and his comments regarding the roadworks on River Rd.All the chaos that we have had to put up with while the works have been (and still are) going on is incredible; traffic backing up past Haywards at night time, and at times, as far back as Wingate on Eastern Hutt Rd -- because of extra congestion at Silverstream roundabout caused by motorists trying to avoid the works. All this in reverse in the mornings! All for what? Exactly the same as we had before -- but newer -- with a median barrier. Wow! What a waste of time and money. Considering how much it must be costing, how much more would it have been to actually put another lane in? Incredible. Disappointment is the polite word for how we feel. CLIFF IRVING, Stokes Valley Defence parking requirements With work progressing on converting the old Hazelwoods building on Main St into offices for the Defence Department, accommodating, I understand, some 100-plus personnel, could somebody please tell us what arrangements have been made for parking the many vehicles they no doubt will drive to their new location each day? I have not seen any mention of this topic in the various articles you have published on the subject of the move. Did the council, in giving building consent to the project, stipulate any provisions for the parking of vehicles? L H E MORGAN, Silverstream Richard Harbord from Upper Hutt City Council says Upper Hutt's district plan (rule 31.9) provides existing CBD buildings with an exemption from any alteration to previous parking requirements due to a change of use -- editor. CBD state ripe for takeover The more one looks at the sad, sorry Upper Hutt CBD, the more one muses how our town planners and city fathers and mothers have let us down in helping create a situation where amalgamation and takeover is ripe. Fault could be aligned to the ballot box and the re-election time and again of personnel not of the required calibre. Upper Hutt City Council has prided itself on being debt-free of near enough, but in debt-ridden Wellington city, the equivalent rateable residential properties can be near half the annual rates as applied to Upper Hutt. A lot of this is to do with Wellington s successful CBD paying a large slice of the council s bill. EDITORIAL Filling large shoes The deaths of Joe Cochrane and Bill Jarvie leave huge gaps to fill in the communities of Upper Hutt and Stokes Valley. Both gave a lifetime of tire- less service. It is time for others to step up to fill their large shoes. But for many who have the time and the skills, retirement or unemployment means they do not have the discretionary income needed to carry out community activities. Service to the community requires transport and resources and both cost money. And there is another group in the community who have the resources and money but not the time. What is needed is some sort of arrangement to connect the two up for a win-win situation. -- Rosemary McLennan, editor.
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