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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, May 8, 2013 --- 7 'Connecting Children, Homes and our Community through Early Childhood Education' Vacancies now... We have Educators available now who are ready to share their family homes with you and your child. We also welcome Educators to join our professional team... and look forward to meeting you! Contact us for further information or to arrange a meeting: P: 215 7980 E: email@example.com 120333 "#$$%"&'#$( "# $%& )*% Has censorship failed? I WENT to a movie at the cinema entitled Give it a Year and although at times humorous, I was subjected to the foulest of language and scenes of naked and near naked couples and even a threesome doing what comes naturally, so we are told. I’m not a prude, but must admit I felt a little uncomfortable when I looked around the theatre and saw many young teenage couples shar- ing the movie that was making me uneasy. I do not believe there were any obscene words and expressions at all that were omitted from the script. I thought at frst the theatre secu- rity was maybe a bit lax, but when I later checked the flm’s censor- ship rating I found it was M, which is unrestricted suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. If this movie was unrestricted, why do they have restricted at all? No wonder our kids are becoming so promiscuous. We are telling them this is normal behaviour. Maybe it is and I have my head in the sand? Would the censor sit through that movie with his or her teenage son or daughter and think it was okay? I wonder? Maybe our national censor should be censured. Bob Wichman, Botany Super qualifications REGARDING Arthur Moore’s let- ter, ‘Qualifying for super’ (Times, April 15). Mr Moore suggests large numbers of people are getting super “who have not contributed to the tax base”. Perhaps he’s unaware of reciprocal agreements New Zealand has with eight other countries in this regard. I worked for just over 23 years in New Zealand and get a “full” pension. However, this does not come entirely from the tax base here, as a percentage is received from the Brit- ish government, which is topped up by the New Zealand government. Despite the recent infux of Asian immigrants, I think you’ll fnd a very large pool of Brits, who have histori- cally made up the bulk of immigrants, in the same category. This country was built by immi- grants. We still need skilled people to settle here. Why risk deterring them? Many who arrive in their late 30s/ early 40s possibly contribute more to the tax base (and the economy) than some “locals” do in 45 years, a big proportion of which may well have been on some beneft. The reason politicians are discuss- ing raising retirement age has little to do with immigrants and more to do with longer life expectancy. This is not solely a New Zealand issue, but an entire Western world “problem”. John Graham, Howick Financing road system THERE’S been a lot of hot air and talk about fnancing our current and future road systems around the Auckland region. The simplest way to fnance our future road systems is the now accepted system of user pays. I think it’s fair, as the biggest road users pay the most in costs and taxes, but in proportion to the mileage they do.The use of increased fuel taxes will help discourage the ongoing use of private vehicles, if that’s possible, and encourage public transport use. In my area, that means only buses and ferries, if I should ever need to go into the city, perish the thought. We know high fuel costs works, because when the cost of fuel not so long ago went up, the use of public transport went up, and when the cost of fuel came down, it was back into our cars again. I’ll be buying myself an electric car next time I buy another vehicle. Then when the Labour Party plan for cheaper electricity kicks in, I’ll also have cheaper power to charge up my electric car, and beat those ever higher fossil fuel costs. By using the taxes on fossil fuels instead of having road tolls and charges, I’ll hopefully only pay a road users’ mileage charge as I now do with my diesel powered camper van, and there is no complaint there, and my electric car will also not be pollut- ing the air. With this “added fuel tax way”, I’m doing something very positive, and my electric car will help save having to import tonnes of expensive fossil fuels. High fuel costs will also drive peo- ple to use even smaller and more fuel effcient vehicles, and to use electric ones too. Barry Southon, Burswood Kindness of strangers WHEN you need help, people really do care. At 7.15am on April 10 on my morn- ing walk along Cook Street, Howick, I had the misfortune to have a nasty fall on the footpath and was unable to get up. I’d like to say a very grateful thank you to the many kind people who stopped and came to my aid, provid- ing blankets, phoned 111 and con- tacted my husband who was still snoozing in bed. To the Middlemore Hospital intensive care nurse, the midwife, the veterinary nurse and doctor who all stopped to help, as well as the gentleman who followed my husband home, waited and drove him back to Cook Street, enabling him to travel in the ambulance with me to the hospital. Special thanks to the young man on his way to either college or univer- sity, who had his mobile phone out immediately and stayed such a long time with me. After surgery and a few days in Middlemore, sporting a sling and crutch, I’m now at home and on the road to recovery. If you spot me around the village, please tap me on the shoulder and say hello. With sincere thanks. Elsie Sinclair, Howick I'M writing to express my views on the apparently common crash site on Point View Drive (Times, April 22). Upon seeing the article I was surprised to learn it's a common crash site. My rst thought was that the crash couldn't be due to anything other than driver error, barring any vehicle fault, or other third party, and this didn't change after reading the article. While I don't claim to know the road like the back of my hand, I've driven it many times in all conditions -- day/ night, dry/wet -- and to put blame on the road is unfair to say the least. Firstly, from the windy nature of the road it's abundantly obvious in the rst few moments of driving on Point View Drive that you're almost never going to reach the 70kph limit. It's very common to encounter slow and windy roads with open road limits out in the country -- it's a limit, not a target. Secondly, the 45kph warning sign should be more than adequate to control speed around the corner, as these tend to be conservative suggestions for speed. What it ultimately comes down to is lack of driver care. Narrow, undulating, blind corners such as those on Point View Drive command caution when navigating the corners. It is lack of said caution, and not the road, which is to blame. That being said, it's clear something needs to change, and it may well be the case that roads are easier to change than drivers' behaviour. Paul Ngui, Pakuranga DON'T BLAME THE ROAD The female driver of this Suzuki Swift was uninjured after losing control on Point View Drive on April 15. Times photo Chris Harrowell Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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