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Upper Hutt Leader : September 14th 2011
10 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 LETTERS 4027141AA Upper Hutt Assn Inc. MEMBERS MEETING Time: 2pm Guest Speaker: RT. Hon. Phil Goff, Leader of the Opposition Subject: Owning Our Future Ven ue: Hapai Clubrooms, Fergusson Drive Wednesday 21st September Members and public welcome Over 50? Have Your Say - Join Us Today! Phone 528 6267 NOW! 3880972AE TAKE IT TO THE CROOKS! WE DO: For Friendly, Reliable Service Is Your Car CROOK? Weekly Review Service Lane (by Countdown) Ph 528 6556 Fax 528 6519 2866842 P.E. CROOK C HN072576 C & i l s l s & S co h C Ov locki g C T t t ff t t t 255-257 i h , i fi l Ph 567-9684 10 - 5 Big S l c io of c s, s & s s Shopping survey result no surprise 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 email@example.com, 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. EKERS' WEEK CONTINUED Page 12 The result is no surprise to me from Chris Hipkins Upper Hutt shopping survey. The simple fact is that Upper Hutt s shopping experience is not up to it and hasn t been since the first monstrosity of a mall was constructed in Main St. So the 80 per cent of survey respondents who are unlikely to shop on Sundays in Upper Hutt is quite understandable. Saturdays would also score high as a must miss . The lure elsewhere is too much for Upper Hutt to bear. And better opportunities are in the pipeline to further drain away the money and the multitudes unless retailing and CBD planning in Upper Hutt come to their senses. MICHAEL ROMANOS, Silverstream Dowehavea problem Does Upper Hutt have a youth employment problem? If we have and care about our youth, especially those who leave school with few qualifications, couldn t we band together as a community led by our council and local MP and attempt to achieve the results that have been achieved in Otorohanga? TERESA HOMAN, Upper Hutt Fluoride debate too emotional I concur with B C Barratt s comments regarding the issue of the fluoridation of water supplies. What seems to be overlooked by most is the fact that our blood plasma contains low levels of fluoride (about 3.3 milligrams on average -- range 2.2-5.5 milligrams) sourced from diet and water. Where fluoride values in water are very low or absent, fluoride is added so that the water that is drunk contains sufficient fluoride to enable a balance to be maintained in the bloodstream. If an adult person drinks 1.5 litres of water per day and the water contains say 0.7 milligrams/ litre of fluoride, the total intake from water is just over 1.0 milligrams. A healthy body retains what it requires from all sources and the rest is lost in urine and other wastes. I was a guinea pig for experiments on fluoridation back in 1955-56 and 70 per cent of the fluoride in samples of water that was drunk was lost within three hours. The experiments had been requested by the late Sir D M Robinson, who was a staunch anti-fluoridationist and who was adamant that the body built up levels of fluoride so fast that one would soon die or get some dreaded disease if we drank fluoridated water. Once he was made aware of the findings he dropped the direction of his attack and ordered the test data to be destroyed. Since then of course there have been many tests showing that the body regulates what it requires and loses the rest. If the sceptics are to be believed then we should all be dead. It should be noted that fluoride is the twelfth most common element in seawater and is contained in life that obtains its food from the sea, including fish that are eaten by birds, who in turn excrete wastes as guano which is mined for its phosphate, which is then treated to enable it to be used as fertiliser and in doing so liberates fluoride that can be collected and used among other things for the fluoridation of water supplies. I believe that science prevails over scepticism in this case. KEITH DAVIS, retired water chemist, Upper Hutt The National Research Council (NRC) in the United States was commissioned to determine if their maximum contaminant level for fluoride of 4ppm [parts per million] was safe. Twelve people were appointed to this panel, comprising fluoride experts from both for and against taking three years to study all the science. In 2006 they produced a 527-page report. The NRC found many worrying adverse health effects associated with fluoride. For instance, they found: In humans, effects on thyroid function were associated with fluoride exposures of 0.05 to 0.13 milligrams/kilograms/day when iodine intake was adequate and 0.01 to 0.03 mg/kg/day when iodine intake was inadequate . For a 60kg woman this equates to between 3.5 to 7.8mg per day when iodine intake is adequate, and only 0.6 to 1.8mg per day if iodine intake is inadequate. The average daily intake is around 3.5mg per day for an adult. Fluoridated water contains 0.85mg per litre. Considering many New Zealanders are iodine deficient, and allowing for individual genetic susceptibility, it is easy to see that many people in Upper Hutt will be having their thyroid function interfered with. And, most importantly, bottlefed babies. An average six- month-old weighs 8kg and consumes one litre per day. Therefore they will be receiving 0.85mg per day or 0.1mg/kg/day, which is well in the range for having an effect on the thyroid even when iodine intake is adequate. Just because someone lives next door, and not in the next suburb, does not make it OK to medicate their neighbour or their neighbour s children without their informed consent. MARY BYRNE, Petone Amalgamation supported I support the sentiments of Hutt Valley property developer Richard Burrell, who is calling for the amalgamation of the two Hutt Valley cities. He also discussed the earthquake risk the current Lower Hutt council buildings are, and the fact they would cost a minimum of $20 million to upgrade. The answer would be to use the more modern Upper Hutt City Council buildings. I support Mr Burrell...onboth counts. Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace opposes such an amalgamation. He claims that because the two cities co-operate fully now, there is no need for an amalgamation. Why? The two cities are a hangover from the forced amalgamations of 1989. In the case of Lower Hutt, former boroughs like Eastbourne have resisted becoming part of the city of Lower Hutt, and have supported an unofficial campaign to influence a name change for the city to Hutt City. The Hutt City Council has been in the van of this not very subtle campaign, supported it would appear by the Hutt News. The people of Lower and Upper Hutt cities will make the final decision concerning any amalgamation and the name of a new entity... The outcome could very well be Hutt Valley or a Maori equivalent -- it will never be Hutt City. The re-election of the National Government could seea...super city imposed on us without real discussion. If the Hutt Valley moves quickly and makes its own decision for its political future, we could...cutthem off at the pass! REUNION 25th Hutt Valley Girls Brigade based at St Margaret s Silverstream, previously at St Andrew s Trentham, are celebrating their 50th jubilee on Sunday, September 18, 2011. Contact Lynaire at Wolf- firstname.lastname@example.org 528 2267.
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