Letters to the editor
Review should have stuck with book
OPINION: Kevin Andrews' review of A Hunting Life (Saturday Express, October 1) by Tony Orman included an unsubstantiated claim about "the damage [1080 poison] is causing our lands".
In the past five years, there have been two in-depth, independent reviews of biodegradable 1080 use in New Zealand. Both reviews draw on a vast body of scientific evidence that shows 1080 is safe and absolutely necessary to manage introduced pest mammals that are having a dramatic impact on our native flora and fauna – and, in the case of possums, carrying and spreading bovine TB.
On June 22, just a few days after the Parliamentary Commissioner's report was published, your newspaper ran an excellent opinion piece by Philip Matthews (which, incidentally, earned him a Bravo award from the New Zealand Skeptics Society).
In it, he implored that "if there truly is controversy based on evidence, let the evidence speak for itself, but don't give us misleading balance based on opinion and hearsay".
Mr Andrews' review should have been confined to the book, its content and the way it was written and presented. It should not have been used as a mechanism to make statements which have no factual basis.
JOHN DEAL, Animal Health Board, Wellington
Feeling sick then?
To the person who stole a sheep from my property, thank you for leaving only the head.
Did you notice the green or yellow stripes down its back? That was sheep dip five days into a 45-day withholding period.
Are you still feeling all right?
BRIAN ALLAN, Spring Creek
I wonder how many people know that a film about the raid on Tuhoe land called Operation 8 is showing daily in the Lounge at Top Town Cinemas. It is 110 minutes long and screens at 1pm.
A friend found out by accident and came from Havelock, finding only two other people there.
She was appalled at the treatment by the police of quite innocent families.
The law Geoffrey Palmer passed was to protect people from such treatment.
ROSA OLIVER, Blenheim
I'm sick of the way the judges pass sentence, just like a lot of people are.
Rodney Bryant gets jail for a prang that injured someone. OK, fair enough if he didn't care, but as the court states, he went out of his way to heal the wounds. The judge said an electronically monitored sentence would not be a deterrent to others.
Well, judge, a schoolteacher is drunk, has a prang, but because she has to pay for the car, she get 80 hours community work. And then there's the kid who killed a grandmother while doing a runner from the police, and the Godsiff case.
There's no way this side of the black stump that judges could ever be referees in a game of rugby, as they aren't consistent with their rulings. I'd better behave myself, as I'm likely to get life for a parking ticket.
NEIL WILSON, Blenheim