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16 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, May 14, 2015 www.times.co.nz Register now by phoning 09 985 9791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org We promise no hard sell or you’ll get your money back KC10862 Your view It pays to give your opinion. Your feedback matters to us. Email us at email@example.com; text 875, use the word bot as first word in text and then add your comment; or comment on our Facebook page, facebook.com/timesonlinenz, and be in to win a double pass to Hoyts Cinema, Botany Waste of money IF BARFOOT & Thompson want to do something worthy with their spare one million dollars, why not forget the ridiculous idea of building a replica of a state house on our waterfront, and do something really worthwhile and support the earthquake-ravaged people of Nepal. Most people, I would suggest, think their state house idea is a total waste of money, and will make us the joke of visiting tourists and New Zealanders alike, while a generous donation to save the people of Nepal would endear them to all Kiwis. Spending money on worthwhile projects is smart, wasting money is irresponsible. Bob Wichman, Botany Flag design GIVEN that there are no real reasons to rush and change our flag at this time in NZ history as we are not moving to become a republic, here is my suggestion. The new flag design should be a bold black question mark centred on a wishy-washy background of non- descript colour that doesn’t offend. This new flag would signify who we now are and where we are heading which is something many of us are probably asking ourselves on a daily basis. Given this exercise is only costing the taxpayer $26 million, we should do this more often to ensure we retain a fresh flag reflecting the constant changes of ownership our once proud country will be subject to. James McGehan, Auckland Wake-up call OUR world is in meltdown due to climate change. In NZ we should be focussing on solving climate change, not wasting time on a flag change. CO2 in the atmosphere is now some 400 parts per million; in 1950 it was 310 ppm. The Arctic ice volume has reduced by 3 per cent per decade from 1948 to 1999; the average annual temperature in the South Pole has risen 2.4°C since the 1950s, three times the world average; the Tasman glacier in NZ has retreated by an accelerating rate currently 500 to 800 metres per year, causing a lake to form which was not there in 1973; 2013 was the 37th year in a row with higher than average global temperatures. With climate change, weather becomes more unstable: witness the damaging effects of hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Sandy (2012) in the US, typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2013) and recently cyclone Pam (2015) that devastated Vanuatu. How much evidence do we need before we awake? We have to accept that our addiction to fossil fuels, excessive consumption, population growth, environmentally unsustainable growth and ecologically damaging development are the major reasons for climate change. The key is to accept this, to reflect on how we can alleviate these causes and to commit to positive changes where we can in our lives. (Abridged) Steve Lincoln, Member of the Environment and Sustainability Committee, Catholic Diocese of Auckland, Botany Downs Celebrating mothers I JUST read the ode to all mothers by Farida Master, it was brilliant! I loved reading it and I am sure many people will cut it out and stick it in their own version of a ‘Happy Book’, it should be there to be read again so that it reminds them of mothers and grandmothers and step-mums etc. How wonderful of her to dedicate it to the three wonderful women in her life. Mothers are indeed very special beings and creatures, only full of love and never giving up on the people that they love and always being, like Farida says their greatest cheerleaders. I find the dedication to the women of this world, wonderful. Women never give up on people that they love and believe in. Women are there to support their partners, children, family and friends and never stop giving. I think women and mothers in particular, give and give and I hope on Mother’s Day every mother got to know how much she is appreciated, loved and admired. Trisha Fox, St Heliers Online feedback Share your comments on facebook.com/timesonlinenz WE HAD ■ a lot of people looking at the photos taken at the Pakuranga United Rugby football Club’s black tie dinner on Friday night at which former All Black coach Sir Graham (Ted) Henry was special guest. There was also this funny exchange to the picture entitled: Dinner is served at Pakuranga United’s 50th Jubilee #uptheranga. Michael Rowse tagged Tania Biddick: “I see you”. Her reply: “Oh my god and Im halve way through a mouth full of food!!! Hahahaha” Burning uestion WHY is Auckland Council proposing to build a new council chamber 400 metres from the existing one at Auckland Town Hall at figures quoted between $1 million and $10 million? Mayor Len Brown replies: There will be no decision in the foreseeable future. The chief executive was asked for options for an alternative to the current reception lounge, which councillors and members of the public don’t think much of. The options have gone no further and will not go further. It was an options discussion. That’s all it is, a discussion. We are focused on transport. WHAT is the work at the empty section on the corner of Kilkenny Drive and Chapel Road, Dannemora? A council spokesperson says Chapel/Kilkenny is a 30-lot integrated development with consent applied for by Grande Meadow Development. Len Brown, Auckland Mayor The phones and computers are a tool. The prison is a PPP (public private partnership) and one of the things they say they will put into effect is to work on the issue of rehabilitation and transition back into the community. So many go into prison and become better criminals. This is part of the rehabilitation work so that they come back into the community better individuals than when they went in. It’s not all about retribution and punishment. Neil Craft, owner, Craft Floorsanding Ltd: I think computers being installed in prison should be ok as long as there is no internet access. I am sure the computers are not going to have internet. But I don’t think phones should be allowed at the correction facility because it could be used to commit more crime. Ted Dagatan, 19, retail sales: As long as there is no internet or Facebook and there is no way to communicate with the outside world, the provision of computers in the men’s correctional facility should be great for educational purpose. I’m not so sure about the phones. Will there be cell phones? John Reidstra, retired: Have given this a lot of thought and do believe that if the computers are provided for an educational purpose it would give the prisoners an opportunity to learn and be more sociable. As long as there is restricted use and the people who have introduced the facility take responsibility for it. Otherwise, you may have someone making a bomb out of a phone. Jordan Leathers, 18, building apprentice: I have known a family who has had someone in prison and the education they provide in prison has really helped him. I think it is a good idea to provide computers so that they can learn new skills as well as spell using auto correct. What do you think about the controversial decision to install phones and computers into every standard prison cell at the new $270 million men’s prison at Wiri? Do you think it will be a tool to increase the prisoners’ educational skills or an incentive to offend? We questioned a cross-section of people and this is what they said. WORD ON THE STREET Send your burning question to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give it a go.
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