North Shore Times : February 15th 2011
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UNCOM001 GUIDELINES Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have full name, residential address and phone number. We prefer letters about local issues. Open letters and poetry are seldom used. We discourage personal attacks try to advance the debate. All correspondence to the editor is assumed to be for publication unless marked otherwise. The editor reserves the right to abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Opinions expressed must be genuinely held by the letter writer. Mail: North Shore Times, PO Box 33-235, Takapuna Fax: 486-6700 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Lake Rd irony How ironic that in the North Shore Times, February 8, the letters section deploring the Lake Rd fiasco is directly opposite an Auckland Transport advert saying Lake Road. Getting the job done. And how unfortunate the advert illustrates why progress is so slow. One worker is using a digger, two more are watching, and a fourth seems unable to find his way inside the safety fence. The only thing lacking from the advert title was the punchline: Yeah right. Allen Reynolds Glenfield Little progress I thank God I rarely if ever need to travel Lake Rd. Sounds like all those who approved this project and Fulton Hogan who won this project are still trying to understand the vagaries of civil works. It just shows that being a voted-in councillor needs no real expertise in work of this kind resulting in stuff-ups for locals using this corridor. However I note the advertisement from Auckland Transport proudly stating the job is getting done -- what a joke! Here is the problem folks, one digger and three guys, and in true tradition, one is leaning on a shovel, one resting up against a fence and the other probably describing his fishing trip last weekend. I bet the marketing department never saw that blunder. Nothing has changed since the days of the Ministry of Works. Tonight a friend was telling me his uncle s 27-storey hotel will be finished in July. It started four weeks ago! The photo and and my friend s comments highlight two very different attitudes to work and abilities to get the job done. Kevin Andreassend Albany Talking the talk Your correspondent E Barclay asks: Has anyone considered what would happen if there was a traumatic event between Takapuna and Devonport? Forty years ago, I moved to Devonport. The harbour housed several warships, including visiting submarines as Devonport then was a strategic naval base. I asked a lifetime Devonport resident the same question that E Barclay asked. He grinned slowly, rubbed his chin and replied. It will take them 30 years to talk about it! My friend has miscalculated by at least 10 years, they haven t even started to talk about it. John Hipkins says that the Lake Rd troubles start at the base of Mt.Victoria. He is absolutely right, the 300-metre stretch of new road is a waste of money and will solve nothing. I have a question: How do these people get elected? David Pond Devonport Murphy's Law in action It was the perfect storm of typos -- spelling a word wrong in a headline about literacy. Many readers will have had a laugh at our expense (and rightly so) over the headline Chaning lives with literacy . There was a last-minute change to the story on P2 of Friday s paper and this error was missed. We do take great care to ensure that our product is of the highest standard, but we have to contend with Murphy s Law. That states anything that can go wrong, will. It was embarrassing, but mitigated by the fact that our 150,000 readers had a good old chuckle.
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