North Shore Times : December 14th 2010
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RULES Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have full name, residential address and phone number. Hard-copy letters must have a legible signature. We prefer letters about local issues. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. Letters may be edited for sense, papers style, brevity, good taste and to protect the rights and reputations of individuals and groups. Letters may be referred to others for right of reply before publication. Mail: North Shore Times, PO Box 33-235, Takapuna Fax: 486-6700 Email: email@example.com. LETTERS Shelf analysis I can empathise with your correspondent Tony Meek (November 30) from the other end of the scale . After a successful sales and marketing career, I am trying to lock in my last few years of employment. My interest in many of the companies' advertised vacan- cies I have responded to have stemmed from being one of their happy customers, complete with a loyalty card and mail and internet hammering. They all seem to be analysing themselves to the back teeth rather than getting on with it and employing sales pros. Replies -- no way.Peter Dodd Chatswood Silly cyclist On Thursday, November 25, at 5.25pm, I was driving on Browns Bay Rd, a week after five cyclists were killed on the roads. A cyclist ahead of me took his hands off the handlebars and started fiddling with his helmet. He did this twice, the second time just as I was overtaking him. This time he lost control and crashed into one of the corrugated safety barriers and bounced off it. I had already decided to give him a wide berth but he is one very lucky and exceedingly silly young man. R Grant Northcross Feeling dogged In recent months I have observed increasing amounts of dog faeces on footpaths, berms and in other public places. I have been waiting for a bureaucratic response. Today I found it. As a result of dog owners not picking up after their dogs, the Navy playing fields are now off limits to all dogs, whether on leash or not. To walk around the periphery of the fields, dogs are now required to be on leads. This is very disappointing to responsible dog owners whose pets have enjoyed socialising and working out with other dogs. I have held a responsible dog owner's licence for years now, and feel that our dog and we are being penalised for the ignorance or laziness of others. I ask that dog owners become more vigilant at cleaning up after their pets to prevent access to other favourite places being denied them in the future. Anne Hayden Devonport Boo the blitz I share police disappointment in their drink drive blitz (North Shore Times, December 2), but for entirely different reasons. After stopping in excess of 10,000 drivers only 61 were found with excess breath alcohol. This represents a strike rate of about a half of 1 percent which I find disappointing. I am disappointed that so many police man hours were used at taxpayer cost for such a miserly outcome. I am disappointed that 9940-plus people were stop- ped going about their lawful business for no good reason and had their time wasted. I have studied the reports of drink drive blitzes for several years now and the numbers above are typical of these operations. If police were simply out patrolling the roads they would certainly observe not only drunk drivers but plenty of other bad driver behaviour that needs attention. Drink drive blitzes and their blanket stopping of drivers is past its use-by date, the drink driving culture has mostly gone. I the past few weeks I have observed several checkpoints in operation and the blanket stopping of all vehicles to check either alcohol, registrations and warrants of fitness, or driving licences. The original legislation to allow random stopping was probably a good idea at the time but is being used so widely now as to constitute harassment. Peter Ward Northcote Filthy toilets On Sunday, November 7, I queued behind several other people at the Takapuna public toilet. While I stood there, I noted the unclean floor, walls, doors and unpleasant smell. The toilets are neglected, dilapidated, filthy and unclean. The disgraceful state of the public toilets prompted a visit to the Westfield shopping mall toilets. There I saw a clean, shiny tile floor, quality toilet facility. On Thursday, I rang the council to ask who is responsible for the care of the Takapuna public toilets. The lady who answered the phone couldn't immediately tell me who was responsible and she said she would phone me the next day. I never received a follow-up phone call from the council. I am ashamed of the disgraceful state of these toilets, the lack of care, the lack of pride and that visitors to Takapuna might be called to use a substandard, filthy, public facility. Aileen Zhou (age 11) Takapuna Te reo treasure This country has three official languages. Maori te reo being one of them. After many years of forbidding te reo being spoken at school, albiet with good intentions. The government, belatedly, made Maori an official language of New Zealand, when it was almost too late to save it. Along with music, visual arts, history and a good command of English etc, Maori language is a taonga -- a precious possession of this land that the government now recognises. There is nothing wrong with bi, or indeed multilingual. Lots of other countries are. Try learning te reo. You might, like me, find that it enriches your own life and increases understanding and tolerance. Try it, you might just be pleasantly surprised at the rich culture that we have here in this lovely country. Tena koutou katoa. Anne Mutu Beach Haven Study on medicines Psychology researchers want to find out what alternative medicines or dietary supplements are lurking in North Shore cupboards. The project is aimed at better understanding what people think about all types of medications. Massey University Albany professor Kerry Chamberlain wants to know if the medicine people are taking is life- saving or life-styling''. The study, funded by the Health Research Council and the Mars- den Fund arose from Mr Chamberlain's observations that the role of medication in people's lives has become increasingly complex. . Initial findings from the study's analysis of 20 households revealed how personal identity, history, memories and family bonds are associ- ated with medications and their use. A range of medication were used including pre- scription drugs and tra- ditional remedies. To participate in the study email Helen Mad- den at h.madden@mas sey.ac.nz or call 414-- 0800 ext 41220.
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