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DONT MISS OUT, EVERYTHING PRICED TO CLEAR!!!! 121051 Suspicious plan IT SEEMS to me the Auckland Coun- cil plan for so-called “affordable” housing is deeply skewed, and the previous correspondents have a very valid point that a communist-style agenda appears to be on the table. I feel it’s suspicious that the initial targeted area is high-priced and I’m pleased the subject has been raised. If developers buy property where prices are high, to claim that result- ing apartments will be more afford- able than those that might be built in less-costly areas seems ludicrous. It cannot happen, it’s not how the market works and therefore the plan invites suspicion that there’s a hid- den agenda. The worst aspect is that once build- ing starts in higher-priced areas, val- ues in the immediate locality may well plummet while the opposite will occur in lower-priced areas, thereby making that property less affordable, and so on. I agree that it does seem to be about a levelling of society. The ideal is for all to have the opportunity to buy a dwelling. But this must not happen by ratepayers paying unnecessarily highly in land purchases that will ultimately not provide housing at the affordable level council claims it’s seeking. Frank Cato, Pakuranga Return trolleys YOUR front page report in the Times of March 4 concerning the driver fined for stopping momentarily in a disabled parking space has prompted me to air a gripe I have against some disabled drivers. When I carry out my regular gro- cery shopping at Botany Town Cen- tre, it’s extremely irritating to have to run the gauntlet of shopping trolleys, abandoned in the middle of walkways adjacent to disabled parking bays. Clearly, those who have used the trolleys have made it from the super- market to the car park. Are they incapable of making it just another few metres to the nearby trolley parks? If we able-bodied citizens are expected to show patience and con- sideration for the disabled, to the point of being punished if we don’t, is it too much to expect some consid- eration in return? Graham Pilgrim, Howick Revise theory STEVE Lincoln’s letter of March 11 has an interesting slant, but is full of misleading statements. All of the damage out on the flats at Cockle Bay has been the result of joy riders driving on the beach mud- flats and getting stuck, not the small number of vehicles launching boats. The beach is at far more of a risk from the storm water run-off con- taining residue from vehicles. Maybe Mr Lincoln should revise his theory, as if I and the other peo- ple that launch boats from Cockle Bay had to drive to a marina it would result in far more environmental damage. I’m involved in regular shellfish monitoring and have not detected any noticeable damage from boat launching. Barry Wood, Cockle Bay Marriage Bill LIKE so many thousands of married Kiwis, I’m outraged at the proposed legal changes to the definition of marriage. Marriage is defined as an intimate lawful relationship between male and female. It’s between a man and woman for the purpose, among others, of con- tinuing the species. To change that definition to include same sex unions is an overwhelming abuse. It’s an abuse of the English lan- guage and an abuse of meaning. My Oxford and Cassell’s dictionar- ies both confirm the same meaning attached to the word. Is it intended by the proponents of the Marriage Bill to amend all the dictionaries in all the libraries up and down the country? Then what about all the history books written through the centuries using the traditional meaning of the word marriage, are these to be man- gled too? The ramifications are appalling to say nothing of the confusion. Names and words are important. I object strenuously to any change in the dictionary definition of the word marriage. Call this homosexual/lesbian union by any other name, because it’s not marriage by definition. Ian George, Howick Lesson learnt REGARDING the article on the front page of the Times on March 4. Jessie Swales claims that she was only 46 seconds parked on a disabil- ity parking space on Picton Street, Howick. In this time, she alighted from the vehicle, made a withdrawal from the ATM and returned to the vehicle, all in 46 seconds. Surely a speed record. She also claims the driver didn’t note the parking space as a disabled driver-only space. These are the most clearly marked parking spaces, with the disabled emblem in yellow paint on the road surface, and also the disabled sign on a pole on the footpath. Perhaps the driver needs her eye- sight tested. I’m sure all disabled drivers will join me in congratulating the warden for doing their job. My advice to Jessie is to stop your moaning, pay the fine and don’t do it again. Lesson learnt. E Grey, Auckland Amputees Society past-president, Howick Backing Michael WHAT is it with Howick Local Board members David Collings and Lucy Schwaner? It appals me that they seem to have a scavenger-like wish to bring down then pick over the bones of Michael Williams, the board chairman. What is their motivation? From my perception and knowl- edge of board politics, they have both been quite negative and obstruction- ist in relation to a number of board initiatives from the beginning of the term, especially in the area of ethnic affairs. This negativity has led to tensions and divisions, which have affected the board’s capacity to serve the local community as it should. Despite his human failings, I feel Michael is the right man for the chairman’s job and would prefer he remain – let the voters decide his future in October. In regard to his drink-driving conviction, I think Jesus got it right when he said: “Let he (or she) who is without sin cast the first stone.” Who on the board could honestly say they are squeaky clean in this area? Peter Woodcock, Half Moon Bay Expensive journey SORRY Jessie Swales, I have no sympathy for your traffic fine for the 46-second infringement while stopping in a mobility space (Times, March 4). You are just one of dozens who stop for “just a few seconds” while visiting an ATM, post a letter, or pick up passengers. In that time, genuine mobility cardholders drive by, unable to park. Spaces are not for convenience. They’re a necessity to disabled peo- ple who have been assessed by a doctor and who pay for their mobil- ity cards. Disabled spaces are well marked. Hopefully your expensive experience will be a lesson to others. Barbara McNaught, Howick Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen. I WOULD like to express my thanks to Sharon Stewart and her team for the effort which went into the Howick Lions in the Park and Military Tattoo event at Pakuranga on February 24. It was a huge success and I’m so pleased it has retained its Scottish emphasis. Much of the progress and development of New Zealand was instigated by the Scots and knowing that the Auckland Council has cut its subsidy to the Highland Games at Three Kings by two-thirds, it’s encouraging that Sharon and her private sponsors have managed to keep the military tattoo going without council sponsorship. Thank you also to the Times for its articles publicising the event. Well done Sharon, it was well worth the effort. Bev Cox, Howick ThankS ShaRon Many thousands of Aucklanders enjoyed the annual Scottish-themed Howick Lions in the Park and Military Tattoo event last month. 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