Letters: April 21, 2015

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OPINION: I am concerned that the National Party list MP Jono Naylor appears to have broken ranks with his party.

Twelfth Man tribute

Richie Benaud in Paris in 2012.

OPINION: Of the many tributes written after Richie Benaud's death last week was penned by Billy Birmingham.

Life through lens the American way

North Charleston police officer Michael Slager is seen shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back as he runs away, in this still image from video in North Charleston, South Carolina.

OPINION: The body camera is the logical though depressing answer to the United States’ apparent systemic culture of police brutality.

Editorial: Key’s ‘Dubya’ moment symbolic

Prime Minister John Key picked a bad time to forget the name of the Islamic State’s leader. And he picked the worst time to not care he didn’t know.

Texts to the editor

Please inform Peter Taylor that I'm not in the least bit interested in his "Maori" flag.

Battle for Bangladesh

In February, while returning from a book fair at Dhaka University, Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American blogger known for his atheism, and his wife were dragged from their rickshaw and hacked with machetes. The book fair, held annually to commemorate the 1952 protests that culminated in the Pakistani military opening fire on students at the university, is a typically Bengali response to violence. To turn the Nazi leader Hermann Göring's notorious barb on its head, when Bengalis hear the word "gun," they reach for their culture.

Jobs for everyone

City council reporter Janine Rankin considers the luck of the draw as councillors pick up new roles

Campbell and that dark brooding presence

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 10:  In this handout image provided by TV3, John Campbell leads the TV3 leader's debate between Prime Minister John Key and Labour Leader David Cunliffe on September 10, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key will go head to head with Labour leader David Cunliffe at the general election on 20 September 2014.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

OPINION: John Campbell appears to have fallen victim to the chase for that younger, more mobile demographic.

Social media won't save Campbell Live

Campbell Live presenter John Campbell at TV3.

OPINION: As the vultures circle Campbell Live, it would be a mistake to see internet protest as some kind of salvific oasis.

Workers need guaranteed hours

Restaurant Brands, which owns KFC and a slew of other eatery franchises, accepted a collective contract which did away with zero-hour contracts.

OPINION: Until several months ago I had never come across the term zero-hour contracts and had no idea what they meant.

Beatings, teachings don't change child's nature

Columnist Joe Bennett

OPINION: Education matters and there are good and bad ways to go about it. But let us not kid ourselves that it moulds a child's nature.

It's time to junk the junkets - and send the Speaker packing

Speaker of the House, David Carter.

OPINION: There's a cosy convention in Parliament that MPs should not publicly criticise the Speaker.

Artistic expression or plain vandalism?

Graffiti Artist The Kromster paints on the wall of a building in Melbourne.

OPINION: Graffiti is beginning to be globally recognised as a form of art, creating a divide between what is known as graffiti and what is just plain tagging.

You may need more than bunting

Waitara's pohutukawa protesters may need more than bunting, Rachel Stewart says.

OPINION: Trees and chainsaws. When the former is perfectly healthy the latter should not go anywhere near them.

Zebra crossings expose human failings

Inattention and bad habits from both pedestrians and motorists make zebra crossings an anxious negotiation.

A review of pedestrian crossings in Palmerston North found shortcomings, but behaviour is the biggest problem.

When did flying high become such a downer?

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Inside a Garuda plane from a flight from Bali To Melbourne today. SPECIAL 1111

OPINION: It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time when air travel was an adventure.

Piutau exit shows rules aren't up with play

Charles Piutau of the Blues has signed a two-year deal with Irish club Ulster starting in 2016.

OPINION: Is the legacy of being an All Black enough to keep rising rugby stars at home?

A chilling look into the future

Willow Jean Prime

OPINION: Press clippings on politics from the days to come...

Brave message an important one

This series of four photos taken of the Carterton balloon disaster used in evidence in a coroner's inquest can now be shown.

Credit must go to Viviene and Allan Still for trying to ensure others don't share their experiences.

Murders' dark shadow lingers

The murders at the Karamea Cres home in August 2000 were among the most horrendous crimes the city has ever seen.

Anyone who lived in Palmerston North at the time of the Lundy murders will know the feeling of dread.

Despite it all, the dream lives on

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 29:  Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill and Matt Henry of New Zealand look dejected after defeat during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup final match between Australia and New Zealand at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 29, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

OPINION: NZ's crushing loss to Australia in Sunday night's cricket world cup final was a fairytale with the wrong ending.

Social media shoots first, asks questions later

070414 NEWS Photo: Jess Lee. Twitter. For feature on social media platforms helping people with speech-language difficulties communicate without their disorder getting in the way.

Many of our readers know a great deal about the challenges posed by the internet and social media.

Our trump card wasn't Superman

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 31:  Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum (L) and Daniel Vettori (R) enjoy the speeches  during the Zealand Blackcaps Welcome Home Reception at Queen's Wharf on March 31, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand had their most successful Cricket World Cup campaign by making the final of the tournament for the first time.  (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

OPINION: It almost feels criminal to wag a finger at Brendon McCullum after the exploits he thrilled us with this summer.

Something in the air at council meeting

SECOND IN COMMAND: Duncan McCann has been picked by Mayor Grant Smith to be his deputy, but the choice is unpopular with many councillors.

It was a tense old meeting for the Palmerston North City Council as Duncan McCann was anointed as deputy mayor and the shape of the new committee structure was rolled out.

Cricketing oafs sully their win

Australia's Brad Haddin, left, and James Faulkner give Grant Elliott a "send-off" in the Cricket World Cup final.

OPINION: Anyone who has played sport at any level - from school and club to regional and national reps - will know them.

My courage - write or wrong

Rachel Stewart.

OPINION: Lately I've been labelled with words that make me feel slightly uneasy.

Progress can't stall

Conflict between colleagues can be good for workplace performance and there is a dark side to workplace happiness.

OPINION: Do people really think we've reached gender equality? I challenge you to consider feminism.

Dancing in the graveyard

Columnist Joe Bennett

OPINION: In the face of appalling danger the matador and the ski-jumper seek the same thing. That thing is elegance, grace. They wrest beauty out of mortal peril. Each dances in a graveyard.

Stench of hypocrisy wafts into sweatshops

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Cotton On in Trafalgar Street, Boxing Day sales.

OPINION: Politicians are often accused of being two-faced. It's the classic throwaway line from people unhappy at the antics of those elected to lead them, and paid handsomely to do so.

Dear Baz and the boys

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum asked New Zealanders to dream, and that dream of New Zealand winning the Cricket World Cup is one step closer.

OPINION: Mate, you asked us to dare to dream. We did. Now the reality is dawning.

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