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Upper Hutt Leader : October 26th 2011
12 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 26, 2011 LETTERS 4117470AA OPEN THE DOORS on a great selection BUILDING? RENOVATING? • Doors replaced / installed • Interior or Exterior • Pre-Hung Doors • Cavity Sliders • Locks, Latches & Handles • Houselots catered for 25A Wilford Street • Ph 527 8305 customer car parking easily accessed off Lane Street Email all inquiries to email@example.com 3426837AT 4133056AA OCTOBER IS RESPECT FOR LIFE MONTH www.voiceforlife.org.nz FROM Page 10 CONTINUED Page 13 To elect a councillor to represent a small number of ethnic people (5199 including children not eligible to vote) from a population of 38,415 is undemocratic. The figures are from the latest Census conducted in 2006. Before the council embarks on such a plan it has a duty of obligation to conduct a public referendum of all eligible voters in Upper Hutt to see if the majority of the people are in favour, and that poll should be binding on the council. I do hope the council understands that proper, open and honest consultation by poll is the only step to take. GLYN MEECH, Upper Hutt What message does tree removal give? Well done Wallaceville Playcentre. Your place now looks like a bleak, uninviting shed. That beautiful tree didn t belong to you, it belonged to everyone. Its disappearance affects the whole street. What message are you sending your children? People who want to destroy trees think of every excuse in the book to do so. Acorns on heads? Give me a break. Ward St is known for its beautiful deciduous trees. Imagine if everyone decided to cut them down. What are you going to replace it with? Some virtuous and PC native bush? S HADEN,Trentham Shame on whoever is responsible for the murder of a magnificent 50-year-old oak tree at Wallaceville Playcentre. The tree has never killed anyone and I have never heard of a brain injury from a falling acorn. What an appalling act of vandalism to show young children. Whoever sanctioned the killing of the oak should be banned from any further involvement with childhood education. M CONWAY, Heretaunga ACC levy reduction welcomed It is good news last week to hear the ACC Minister Dr Nick Smith announce a reduction to ACC levies. This government, like many National Governments before it, came into power to discover a massive hole in the government s finances left by the dubious financial management of a previous Labour government. Not long after taking power John Key s government were informed by officials that ACC was going to require an extra $4.8 billion dollars to cover its current and future liabilities. The previous government had hidden this information from the public prior to the election. In the words of Dr Smith at the time The public were treated like mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed manure . Dr Smith was recommended by officials to raise the levies by much more than he did in 2009 and 2010, instead combining more moderate levy increases with adjustments to entitlements and a focus on improvements to rehabilitation rates. Thanks to Dr Smith s good management of the portfolio and the hard work of the board and staff at ACC, he is now able to pass on levy reductions to all wage earners and employers with the full knowledge that ACC can afford it. The opposition spokesman for ACC would do well to say as little as possible regarding the ACC levies as all it does is remind us of the mismanagement by his party of ACC and our country s finances. JONATHAN FLETCHER, National Party candidate for Rimutaka Making a difference I was very touched to see young Isaac Scott out at Pak n Save collecting signatures against whaling. You hear so much about children misbehaving and getting into trouble, you do not hear about the kids who are making a difference. There are a lot of youngsters who early in the piece are realising what is wrong with this world of ours and they are the ones who, when they are grown, are going to strive to save our earth and the life forms on it. There is just so much selfishness and greed out there and little regard for the fish stocks and wild life also vegetation and we are losing so many species.
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