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We will make you a quality bed, to your size, to your comfort level, guaranteed! And if we don’t I want to hear about it! bed barn bed we only make quality Phone 274 6315 22 Fusion Road, Flat Bush. (Behind Ormiston Hospital) www.bedbarnbed.co.nz Child matters BOTANY MP Jami-Lee Ross’ recent letter to me and no doubt many other people says: ‘The good news is that the latest Household Incomes Report shows child pov- erty has fallen three per cent. ‘The best way to get children out of poverty is to get parents into employment... vulnerable families need extra support. ‘This includes free breakfasts in all schools that want it, a social worker in all decile 1-3 schools...’ etc. Then I read ‘new measures worth $500 million are being put in place over the next four years to give families a helping hand’. Free contraception for them would be a far better idea, and any woman who has had two children should automatically have free contraception. Too many women are pressu- rised into having more children, when we know they can barely afford to raise just the two children they already have. Children for so many people are easy to have, but raising them prop- erly is another matter altogether. There is no such thing as child poverty. It is really people having children that they don’t always want, and don’t often want to sup- port properly that is the problem. Child poverty is a journalistic term that looks good on paper. In reality, the truth is a whole lot harder to stomach. Barry Southon, Burswood Secular nature IAN George asks where my moral compass arises from (Times, July 14). To answer that, I also need to ask a question: Is something good because gods say it is, or do gods say it is good because it is good independently of them? Only the most zealous would claim that if their god decreed mur- der and rape good, this would make them good. So, the reason why we as a society judge them as bad, is not a matter of what any god says, but because there is an independent reason for their being bad. Because of this, I base my moral- ity on secular humanistic princi- ples. However, I also concede the point you make about the historical influence of religions on societal norms. Although I wouldn’t agree that they have always helped as you claim, for example, interracial marriage was illegal in some US states until 1967 and its legalisation was strongly opposed on religious grounds. In regards to the secular nature of New Zealand state education, it was written into law in the 1877 Education Act. Ironically, it was because the then dominant Christian denomi- nations of Anglican, Catholic and Wesleyan immigrants did not want to recreate the sectarian divisions that their respective faiths had his- torically produced in many of their home countries. Thankfully the law still stands almost 140 years later. Paul Bennett, Shelly Park New direction TO MAX Thrasher – thanks for your letter (Times, July 21). In answer to your question Max about ‘what if I did not find God?’ Well it may not surprise you that I was a very prideful man, self- centred, ambitious, busy collecting the material things of this world, a womaniser and out for No 1. This was when I did not know the Lord in a personal way. What a relief it was to be redeemed from all those worldly ambitions. The Lord came to my rescue all those years ago and continues to this day to communicate not only with me, but to the millions of oth- ers on a daily basis. Did I earn that redemption? No, it was a gift, and like any gift it has to be received before it becomes one’s own. I accepted that gift. But I must say it made me extremely grateful for the Lord’s mercy toward me, one of the worst sinners. Saved by love I was and not of mine lest I should boast, but totally his doing. No brownie points here for me. I trust this answers your question. Ian George, Howick Books appreciated ON BEHALF of the maternity ward at Middlemore Hospital, we would like to thank all those who so gen- erously donated children’s books to our ward. These books will be distributed amongst our families. They were collected after Joanna Cooper, of Cockle Bay, put out a call to the community through a Village Voice item. Letitia Taihia, Charge midwife manager, Maternity ward, Middlemore Hospital Letters to the Editor can be sent to: The Editor, Times Newspapers, PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (09) 271-8073. Letters should not exceed 200 words and should carry the name, residential address and contact telephone number of the author. Nom de plumes not accepted. Players from across the grades represented Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre (HPNC) in the Counties Manukau inter-centre tournament at Pukekohe last month. Against teams from Papakura, Pukekohe, Manurewa, Waiuku, Mangere and Otahuhu, HPNC claimed the overall trophies in winning the year 9 and under-15 grades respectively. Mackenzie Wiki and Hannah Williams were named mid-court players of the tournament for their age groups. Photo supplied Letters to the Editor Featured letter each week will receive a Times pen.
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