Letters to the editor - Marlborough Express
The Returned Serviced Association was an organisation of veterans which acted for them and organised the Anzac Day parade and ceremony in Blenheim.
But that group no longer exists. A part of the Combined Clubs of Marlborough - the Returned AND Services Association has taken its place. Only about one third of its members have served their country beyond our shores. The majority of "supporting" members claim that they are the "same" as returned service men and women and that all must march together in the parade.
Repeated requests have been made to the R and SA for reserved seats for elderly veterans and carers. For a separate and special place for the families of the deceased veterans who want to wear Grand-dad's's medals and march in his memory. And particularly for those who put their youth and health at the service of the government in lonely, difficult, or dangerous places. They want the option of marching together as a recognisable group. No changes have been made.
Those who have earned the Operational Service medal regard their overseas experience as an important part of their makeup and identity. To be hidden from distinct view is a denial of personality and could be considered as abuse. It is also an insult to the many Marlborough men who have marched for their mates for almost 100 years.
Anzac Day is a civic, public occasion. If the public want genuine veterans to be a recognisable part of that day I request they give their opinion to the Mayor or the R and SA and ask for the removal of this discrimination.
Terry Ford NZ 15096
Mr Ford has repeated points in his letter that have been raised by him in years gone by, and these points have been dealt with by RSA committees as they were tabled.
Before falling in on the Anzac Day Parade, all persons assembling at the Blenheim library are requested to allow female Returned Service members, then Returned Service members to make their way to the head of the number one platoon, so that they may be offered the service recognition they deserve.
Number two platoon is made up more of family members of deceased veterans, and person wishing to march for any reason. If a Returned Service person places themselves in this platoon, it is their right of choice.
Seating for elderly veterans and carers is standard now at every Anzac Day service, governed to 200 by the physical area in front of the Cenotaph. The seat number includes that allowed for the official party.
Seating is also offered to veterans on parade, once they are stood at ease, at the beginning of the service. However, pride and adrenalin on this special day seems to make all veterans stand tall.
President, Marlborough RSA
This Joe Bennett poor excuse for a commentator beats all hell out of me with the vile drivel spewing from his uninformed sick views of the US president.
He seems to derive his so-called reliable information through the sick, lying (proven untold instances of manufactured crap) US liberal media creeping up Obama and his complicit democratic flunkies.
Bennett would be well advised to study progress made since the new administration has taken the reins, instead of mouthing off about copying spew from the sick liberal media.
Get your facts straight Mr Bennett.
From a disgusted Fairfax reader.
The article in the Marlborough Express on April 10 highlights that it is a must for the Vin De La Région Marlborough industry to urgently pursue the matter.
Let us learn from the French – think long term, not short term. The industry should and must support Dr John Forrest in his endeavours to introduce the 'pure Marlborough wine brand.'
Marcus Pickens' comment that the idea is interesting is not good enough.
Too much has been invested in Marlborough to ultimately lose it due to destructive short-term thinking.
Just had a nice note from Alec McNeil, solid waste manager at the Marlborough District Council, asking us to complete a survey on the system of rubbish/recycle collection.
The "council" (nebulous term that) has recently stated that "it' (Alec) is considering a change to wheelie bins, hereinafter called wheelies. He says there has been some interest in a change. From whom may I ask?
They have wheelies in Invercargill and Christchurch and no doubt many, many other places in New Zealand, but our experience of the bins that we have encountered, is, they are, without exception, the most unhygienic, smelly, cumbersome objects that man ever devised.
They can be waterblasted to retain some sense of decency, and although I own one, but not that many people have such a machine.
One thing Alec does not appear to have factored into his well-intentioned calculation, is the demographics and geographics, of a town like Picton.
The ratepayer base is, in babyboomer terms 'over the hill' and in geographical terms 'up the hill'. This makes for a double whammy, when wheelie dealing.
At the moment a bag and a bin fit in the back of the car. Not so, two wheelies.
Considering the terrain, most people would have a herculean task putting out and retrieving their wheelies. Just picture a runaway wheelie towing some elderly person down a hill.
And what about room to put the things at the gate without impeding freedom of movement for pedestrians?
There is also the problem of storage. A bag and a small bin are easy, but two (or maybe three, if green waste is included), wheelie bins can be a problem, particularly on the modern penny postage sections.
A lot of collectors would be out of a job, but it will cost us more.
As Fred Dagg would say, Alec, if she ain't broke, don't bugger it up completely by trying to fix it!
- The Marlborough Express