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I bet many of the same people complaining about aircraft noise have used the very same airlines to fy somewhere in New Zealand or overseas. This complaining thing around the country as a whole now covers so many things. For example, the Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan. Before that, it was all those cellphone towers emitting some sort of radiation around them, for those people who insist on having a mobile. We all want and expect so-called progress, just like we need more prisons to hold criminals, but just as long as those prisons are not in our street or near our backyard. After death and taxes, the main tenet of life is change, and we’re certainly having continuous changes right now. The sale of state-owned enter- prises (SOEs) is another thorny issue, and so it should be. Bits of the country are being qui- etly sold off to wealthy investors and businesses from overseas. Farms, houses, land and forestry are all going to overseas interests and at the present rate in another 100 years or so the whole country will have been sold off. Though, is this not better than being bank- rupted and taken over, or is this ultimately all the same thing? People in Auckland now com- plain that if an area in question is just big enough, they can now jam on it fve-storey residential fats, where there was once only one house. Having been to Hong Kong, I’ve seen 20-30-40 storey blocks of residential fats, so with only fve- storey fats, is that what our distant future could well be? So, do we really have something to complain about? We now know that our quarter-acre house sec- tion is well and truly gone. Today, house sections get smaller and our farms get bigger, just to cope with this thing we call progress. Barry Southon, Burswood Kind deed MY SON dropped his wallet whilst at the movies at Botany recently. A very kind and thoughtful per- son picked it up and kindly dropped it off in our letterbox. Unfortu- nately, we do not know who you are, other than you live close by and we would like to thank you for your honesty and the safe return of the wallet and all its contents. Jackie van Rooyen, Shelly Park Costly council IT’S distressing to read that rate- payers are forced to spend $1 mil- lion a day on servicing the debt forced upon them by a profigate council. Additionally, that same council has plans for adding to that sum by the white-water rafting scheme for which we have yet to hear any approval from those who’ll do the paying, including the hardest hit, those in the minimum wage bracket and pensioners. As for the enormous salaries that are paid at a time when so many ratepayers need relief, that is offensive and an offence against the spirit of fair play. I wonder at the lack of common decency among councillors that they believe such sums equal fair recompense for what they do. Any sympathy council expresses for those who are struggling seems spurious indeed. Crocodile tears, I believe. Terence Coutts, Pakuranga Thanks for the support TO THE people of Botany, thank you for your support in the Howick Local Board election. I will work hard to ensure your faith in me proves very worthwhile to the Botany community. I wish to congratulate the other successful candidates and pass on my commiserations to those that were unsuccessful. Bob Wichman, Botany Belief is appreciated I WISH to extend to the people of Howick my sincere and heartfelt thanks. I was overwhelmed with the support given to me earlier this year from local people, and many far and wide, during an attempt to oust me from my deputy-chair role on the Howick Local Board. As a result of this continued sup- port, this time in the form of votes in the recent Auckland Council elections, I’ve once again been given the opportunity to serve our fantastic community. Thank you for believing in me. Adele White, Howick Can't stop progress Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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