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18 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, June 18, 2015 www.times.co.nz PHOTOS FOR SALE Thousands of photos from all our publications are available for purchase via our website. Go to www.times.co.nz/photos and click on your chosen image for ordering details. www.times.co.nz/photos facebook.com/TimesOnlineNZ Tel 271 8000 Your view It pays to give your opinion. Your feedback matters to us. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 Ranjna Patel, Justice of Peace: I agree with euthanasia from a personal perspective. If I was in Lecretia’s place, I would want the right to die a dignified death. From a personal experience, when my mother was in her final days and she lost all bodily functions, the despair in her eyes was heartbreaking. Everyone deserves a dignified life. The right to die can be misused, so stringent protocols should be followed. The right has to be in the hands of the person requesting euthanasia, preferably done in their will, or when a terminal illness is diagnosed – a process to be set. Witnessing of the deed/ document would have to be scrutinised. It is the same as donating your organs – it is a personal wish and society has to respect it. Word on the street Compulsory insulation for tenanted homes IT IS totally amazing to me that politicians, medicos and tenants can get things so wrong. The elephant in the room is not the comfort of insulation, it is the moisture which causes unhealthy homes and people. To legislate for insulation without provision for ventilation will exacerbate the problem, not fix it. Mould which carries with it the risk of allergy and asthma does not start to grow until the RH (relative humidity) is greater than 80 per cent, so the publicity photo of the lady with mould on her ceiling did not understand ventilation or how for a few dollars she could clean her ceilings and get rid of her dangerous mould with a spray bottle and white vinegar. Mould will not grow without moisture and a food source. Each day a family of four can generate 20 litres of moisture simply by breathing, washing and cooking. For a healthy home and a healthy family a minimum 1/2 an air change/ hour is needed to get rid of unwanted and unhealthy moisture and replace it with fresh air. Fluless gas heaters common in tenanted houses should be banned in New Zealand as they are in other countries because they produce 1 litre of water an hour. If you need a dehumidifier, you have a problem. The irony is that warm air 250 can hold nearly four times the amount of water vapour than cold air at 50. If you live in an uninsulated air - leaky house and don’t have a mould problem now, the chances are that you will have once your landlord’s insulators have stuffed up all the holes, without adequate ventilation! Those houses most at risk are skillion monopitch roofs with very little attic volume, but all roofs need a ventilation path. Probably the biggest factor is the tenant who thinks he must close all the windows and weatherproof the doors to ‘keep the heat in’ in overcrowded houses. All moisture generating areas - showers, stoves and laundry must have extractor fans permanently wired to the light switch and ventilated to the outside. How come the NZ Roofing Industry knows so much about condensation, insulation and ventilation? Well this scenario has happened before when insulation subsidies caused massive problems around New Zealand. Read more on www.roofing.org.nz. What about some common sense and some science instead of the media hype about cold houses? Insulate, of course, but ventilate or the problem will not go away. Stuart W Thomson Building consultant What about the Crusades? HARVEY Rosieur (Times, June 4) makes the bold statement that “Christians don’t throw rocks or bombs, or otherwise seek to harm anyone”. This is so far from reality that it is hard to understand how anyone in this information age could still hold to such views. Has he not heard of Northern Ireland, or the Crusades, or the US invasion of Iraq, or the Inquisition, or the religious riots in Kalimantan in 1997 – it is not difficult to find examples of Christian intolerance and violent confrontation. Mr Rosieur is, of course, entitled to his views, but I suggest that he would do well to be thankful that tolerance of other people is alive and well in our wonderfully diverse country. Michael Palmer, Flat Bush This is the 21st Century IAN GEORGE is entitled to his personal view on Bible in Schools (BIS), but a personal view is all it is. Thankfully in 21st Century New Zealand, we respect freedom of belief and un-belief, which is why the Secular Education Network (SEN) is campaigning for the removal of BIS from state secular schools and why the Human Rights Law is being tested in court to provide an objective, judicial opinion. At present, a school board can introduce BIS without consulting their school community and is under no obligation to revisit that decision once made. Also, parents are often unaware that their child’s school has BIS, or the true nature of those classes, namely Religious Instruction NOT Religious Education, that are characterised by “preaching” rather than “teaching.” Furthermore, while other religions are entitled to run classes, the SEN survey of all state secular schools could only find two that allowed other faiths and, ironically, even they offered a Christian programme as well. Some claim that BIS supports morals, but by law all schools teach virtues and values and, as they are not based on a single religion, it is more inclusive for the highly diverse, multicultural school population that exists today. Paul Bennett, Shelly Park Join us on facebook TimesOnlineNZ WIN! Simply LIKE our Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/ TimesOnlineNZ) to be in the draw to win the new Remington SmartEdge Advanced Foil Shaver. Two innovative long hair trimmers sandwich a multi-directional advanced foil to simultaneously pre-trim longer hairs, while shorter hairs are lifted and cut from any angle. RRP$ 349.99. Winner will be announced in next week’s paper and our Facebook page. Enter now! Last week’s winner of the GO Healthy Prize Pack was: Britt Rivers Remington SmartEdge Advanced Foil Shaver What is the make-up of the population of the Howick Ward, including Botany, Pakuranga and Howick? Burning uestion The population increased by 12 per cent in the 2013 census. More than 50 per cent are European and 38 per cent Asian. The number of seniors (aged 65 and older) rose by 38 per cent. Shernaz Petigara, cancer survivor: To die is definitely not in our hands for I strongly believe that it only takes place on the date, time, day and place you are destined for, when you came into this world. Wellington lawyer Lecretia Seales, who died recently, pushed strongly for law reform on euthanasia. FARIDA MASTER asked a cross-section of people: what are your thoughts on using stronger dose of drugs to terminate life? Do you think the right to die could be misused by society? David Owen, retired: If someone is very ill and the family knows they are going to die shortly, I see no reason why they shouldn’t have the right to die with dignity. When the person has no quality of life, there is no point in extending it. Even now it is not unusual for doctors to administer a higher dose of morphine for those who are in great pain. I am of the opinion that a higher dose given under proper regulations is ok. Kay Davies, educator: I see it as the possible difference between a lingering, painful death and one which is less agonising for all involved. Of course the laws would have to be stringently applied.
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