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Upper Hutt Leader : June 22nd 2011
12 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JUNE 22, 2011 LETTERS Your future starts here. * SUBJECT TO ACADEMIC APPROVAL FROM Page 10 And don t think it s a population thing. Lower Hutt City has two thriving CBDs (at Lower Hutt and Petone) with little more than twice Upper Hutt s population. And Porirua city is well into progressing another buoyant level with its CBD. Maybe it is not too late to attract government departments and affiliates to lower-cost Upper Hutt even if the government is currently in a receding phase. Maybe it is not too late to attract commercial and industrial usage even if sectioned-off land around the old General Motors site is inglorious in it emptiness. MICHAEL ROMANOS, Silverstream Amalgamation discussions Mayor Guppy s timing to discuss combining the regional councils is opportune for its detractors. The Dominion Post ran an article recently which revealed amalgamating local authorities had no noticeable savings for ratepayers. This persuasion of think big is driven by ideology versus pragmatism. The slow democratic process of what the ratepayers want is not always in the interest of the planners of a market economy.GAVIN DILLON, Upper Hutt Library door debate I was disappointed that the city council has decided to wait at least another year before deciding on the provision of a back door entrance to the library. As the initial plans included the retention of a rear door it must have been included in the budget. According to the report, the project was completed in time but under budget so where did the money saved go? It should go towards installing a rear entrance as originally planned. If there was a back door, a covered walkway would not be necessary (a saving of $200,000) and would be of more benefit to the members of the public who cannot walk very far (but do not qualify for a handicap car park) especially when carrying heavy books. As a customer service, a rear entrance to the library should have had a high priority. Also, why does everyone have to stand outside (in all weathers) to return their books when the library is open? This is just another customer service that has been lost. G JONES, Upper Hutt After reading the article printed in last week s Upper Hutt Leader Library back door put on hold I believe the article is misleading by using the word against when referring to who voted for the library back door to be reinstated. Councillor HELLEN SWALES The article was correct when it stated councillors Hellen Swales and Pat Christianson were speaking . . . against not installing an entrance'' as it means the same as speaking for a second entrance. -- Editor Have you seen our wheelchair? Taken (not borrowed) from the waiting room of Gain Health Centre on Monday, May 30. Our disabled patients who have relied on this chair will not be thankful for the inconvenience. To the community: Please look out for any lost-looking wheelchair. You can contact us on 528 5353 and speak to reception. To the person who decided to relieve us of this much needed item: SHAME ON YOU! Dr ELKE CHANTELAU, Gain Health Centre 'Music' in shops I guess S Bailey s response (June 8) to my complaint about background music was predictable, after all no-one likes to be criticised. I was amused by his/her suggestion that I seek solace in the cemetery. I actually agree that background music can be a plus, but S Bailey ignored my main point, namely that, in too many locations the music is too loud. I admit that I detest modern pop music, but even the music of the classical masters would be over-powering played at the volume that seems to be the norm at the Export Meat Warehouse. Several of my friends have expressed agreement with those sentiments, and one even suggested that the music was more for the entertainment of the staff than to provide the ambience that S Bailey espouses. It was interesting to note that Joy Kinnear was also sufficiently concerned to write to you (June 15). Having worked in the public service, I know that one letter to a Minister of the Crown is held to represent the views of at least 100 people who do not put the effort in to writing. The same principle obviously applies to local affairs, perhaps with a different ratio. There have now been two letters to the Leader expressing the same view; so, Mr/ Ms Bailey, how about it? Turn the volume down and you might get some more customers. RICHARD REYNOLDS, Upper Hutt S Bailey from Export Meats replies: I am glad to know your correspondent has a sense of humour. Ministers of the Crown also know the endless whining letters they get from retired exotic bird fanciers and Cook Strait ferry enthusiast types are not representative of the majority of people. May I suggest the next time you are of a mind to seek solace check your pulse carefully while you are there; you may be surprised. A small mind and mean spirit is not a good recipe for a happy life. Worst and best I am an amputee and am confined to a wheelchair. On Wednesday, June 15, I experienced the worst and best of human nature and it nearly broke my heart. I managed to get stuck in my wheelchair in the middle of my lawn. I was there for over two hours crying and upset but people didn t care or respond to my pleas for help. In fact, two young men thought it funny and spent time mocking and laughing at me for several minutes -- shame on you both. To the young lady who stopped and came to my aid and went in my home to get my phone, bless you, for you have restored my faith in the inherent goodness that exists in some people. Thank you, my guardian angel. SHARON BAULCH, Upper Hutt Kitchen skills By JIMMY NESS For people who want to eat healthily on a budget and give up fast food, Orongomai Marae is holding weekly cooking classes. Valley Primary Organis- ation health promoter Tanya Radford says the classes, which run until mid-July, provide hands-on skills to families. Often one of the reasons people say they can t eat healthy is the idea that it s expensive or they do not know enough recipes. We teach them how to create healthy family meals on a strict budget. The sessions run for two hours and are led by dietician Carole Gibb. They also include a super- market tour where the group learns how to properly read labels to compare the nutritional value of food products. Mrs Radford says they use low-cost items such as lentils, mince and vegetables grown in the Orongomai Marae gar- den to come up with interes- ting and creative meal ideas. Everything we have been learning in the class, people have taken home and given it a go with their family.. For more information on healthy cooking contact Mrs Radford on 576 8602.
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