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Upper Hutt Leader : November 2nd 2011
12 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 2, 2011 LETTERS 4134171AA J_5432_AA Karen Rhind, Manager. Telephone (04) 567 8766 Mobile 021 577 133 firstname.lastname@example.org "I love the different things that they do out and about in the community -- this is great. I love the way Dad is able to continue to be connected with the wider community." Wesleyhaven. 249 Rata Street, Naenae. www.wesleyca.org.nz We invite your enquiry; 3782251AK Laser Electrical WELLINGTON NORTH 30 Camp Street, Trentham Ph 04 528 3892 "Totally Dependable" email@example.com Spring Panasonic Heat Pump Specials Supplied and Installed CS/CU-E12LKR $2200.00* CS/CU-E18LKR $2700.00* *Install is standard back to back (3mtrs pipework & power supply) & must be on ground level only. Includes GST, Tax Invoice & COC. Within 30Kms only. Cash & Eftpos payment only, Credit Cards incur transaction fee. Pricing available until 30 November 2011. Purchase a Heatpump this month and Panasonic will give you a Cool Gift of your Choic e *Conditions Apply 4147842AA For all your Pool & Spa Chemicals come to your local shop 122c Whakatiki St, Upper Hutt POOL & SPA SHOP Phone 528 8808 www.capitalpools.co.nz OPENING HOURS 8am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday Late night Thursday till 6.30pm Now open 9am -- 12pm Saturday Free instore water testing Servicing Pools, Spas, Pumps, Valet Service, Chemical Supplies FROM Page CONTINUED Page 13 But on reflection, humour had already entered into the fray. Rates increase for a contractor emptying a medium-size bin as opposed to a small bin. Indeed. MICHAEL ROMANOS, Silverstream Cycle lane value questioned I have just read the proposed projects that the council are asking for submissions on upperhuttcity.com/ltp2012- 22preconsultation#proposed- projects. It s great that the council has asked for our views on this. This is a valuable tool that gives insight into Upper Hutt s future. There are a couple of proposals that cost a lot of money for no return, the biggest one costing $8 million dollars to upgrade Fergusson Dr to incorporate a cycle lane by reducing the width of the footpath. I would like to know why a cycle lane is important along this strip of road. There are back roads in Upper Hutt where the traffic is not heavy and the cyclists can still get to where they want to go. Why spend this amount of money on a project like this and only spend minimal amounts of money on projects that will improve Upper Hutt s image like the graffiti removal, marketing, CBD area improvements, vacant building programmes etc when these are the ones that the money should be spent on? Why not put the money into fewer projects and complete them? An example of this is the revitalisation of the CBD. Only half of this has been completed. By the time it is finished it will be time to redo it. Spending $1 million to investigate the need for a revised access to County Lane and $2m on another swimming pool (when there is a private pool already in Upper Hutt that can accommodate swimming lessons) is also needless spending. There are ventures that the council could undertake that would make money so they can put money back into the community. Why not use the Te Marua lakes for non-motorised sports and charge a small admission, or a riverboat cafe down on the Moonshine Rd park. There are many opportunities up here if we use our initiative and have a point of difference we can attract outsiders and then maybe have a reason to charge for parking.DONNA HENARE, Upper Hutt Don't be pushed into wrong choice When you go to the polls this election, find out who they are. Don t let someone else push you into the wrong choice. In the next two years many people will be forced from their homes because of the banks they trusted. The banks have been the only ones to take money from us as taxpayers and still return record profits. And yet the working people of this country had to bail them out to the tune of millions. As taxpayers we should demand the banks take a 30 per cent loss on all mortgages that they knowingly loaned to their customers during the big boom. They knew the risks more than we did. Who else should have foreseen the destruction of value but them. If I ring a plumber to fix a pipe and it explodes six months later then he comes back and fixes it for free. So it should follow that if the mortgage is an extreme risk and fails then the banks would have had to have known. They should take the rap! ALAN MARSHALL, Upper Hutt (abridged) Oppression of the poor Rather than target the wealthy in the tax net, this Government has irresponsibly increased the tax on the poor by increasing GST, during a recession, after tax breaks were promised. Oppression of workers through large scale layoffs and beneficiary bashing is not the way forward. Isaiah 101 states Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people. TONY McCALL, Upper Hutt ACC levy changes Nobody will be surprised the National Party is lowering ACC levies just a month out from an election. They never should have been hiked up in the first place. National beat up a crisis in ACC where none existed. Like a lot of investment funds, ACC was hit by the global financial crisis, but recovered quickly. The deficit ACC recorded was in part due to that, and in part due to an increase in the estimated cost of treatment and compensation for those already suffering from injury, in other words a one-off revaluation of an existing liability. The fact that ACC was back in surplus again before the new levies were even in place highlights the folly of National s levy hike. Kiwis have been paying more for their ACC cover than they should have. National s agenda is clear, they want to undermine ACC so that they can carve it up and dish it out the private insurance industry. That would be a great tragedy. Our system of no-fault, 24/7 cover for accidental injury is unique in the world. It means health dollars go into treatment and compensation, not into the profits of the Aussie insurance companies. As our local MP, and Labour s spokesperson for ACC, I will continue to speak out on issues affecting our local citizens, so respectfully decline Mr Fletcher s invitation to say as little as possible . CHRIS HIPKINS, MP for Rimutaka, Labour ACC spokesperson It is good news that ACC levies will be coming down next year. But they never had to go up in the first place. The ACC system is not broke, and was not broken, and had been turning profits year-upon-year (in excess of $1 billion ) based on the pay-as-you-go system. The National Government argued that although the workers levy was fine, the motorists levy needed support, hence the reasons behind motorcycles and diesel vehicles being hit with huge levy increases, causing the massive disruptions by truckers and the large protests by motorcyclists, citing Who s Next ? But as we were soon to find out, we all were, with the increases in all our levies, as well as the monstrous registration fee increases.
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