Letters: Doggy days and far greater concerns
I believe that the council is going to allow dogs to visit Roselands to choose their new winter overcoats and be measured for leads.
Sounds reasonable, sort of.
When the pocket park is made it will be a grand place for dogs to have a wee wander in the sun after a boring day shopping. There are many elderly folk who also enjoy a day shopping.
So who are they to blame if they are tripped up with a telescopic dog lead or slip over on doggie-do - the council or the dog owner?
Far greater concerns
In response to Don Johnson [Letters, Express, August 21], many animals are hermaphrodite so do not reproduce with males and females. Snails are the most obvious example.
Of the animals which do reproduce via a male and female, there have been 1500 recorded species which engage in homosexual behaviour and, of those that do, many of them have raised offspring in similar ways, which gay and lesbian people do. They either reproduce with a member of the opposite sex or raise offspring from a different couple.
It does require opposite sexes to produce offspring but it does not require them to raise a family. As long as the offspring are loved and cared for there should be no argument.
I can understand why you suggest we must be above animals (if we can become lower than them you must think we are above them in the first place). However, this puts us in a position of great responsibility: the biosphere provides all extant organisms with the means to be successful but there are only two organisms which can actively destroy major biological systems to their own detriment - humans and parasites. In knowing this, a highly civilised species such as ourselves would obviously not ruin our habitat.
I am bewildered at how my or anyone else's marriage can be a priority to stop when we face so many other intraspecific as well as biospheric issues which are of far greater concern.
If ever one wanted proof the former Fisheries Ministry - now the Primary Industries Ministry - was in la-la land, then it was in your excellent front page article ["Blue cod offences biggest problem", Express, August 20].
For a start, officer Ian Bright says 1100 people were inspected in 2007. In 2011, 3613 were inspected - an increase of 300 per cent. So the ministry is deliberately (and exclusively?) targeting the recreational public.
Secondly in 2007, only 2 per cent offended. In 2011, 5 per cent offended. The point is, in 2007 there was no pointless, destructive slot rule.
Mr Bright then belittles recreational fishers, saying 20 per cent offended, which contradicts his 5 per cent statistic. It seems a deliberate ministry attempt to smear recreational fishers. Did he check customary fishers?
On the other hand, several of my friends have had to argue with ministry officers over a measurement of 1 millimetre. Is the fish on the limit or 1mm over? The ministry inspectors couldn't get measurements right on the stick-on ruler it issued for boaties. I believe some have been classed as offending over a dubious 1mm.
Are these ministry people public servants or public persecutors?
This letter was referred to Ian Bright, who declined to respond.
With regard to the issue of homosexual marriage, the New Zealand Conservative Party is totally in tune with the vast majority of citizens who regard a fully functioning nuclear family with one male and one female parent as the best possible environment in which to raise children.
This premise has been confirmed by various in-depth international studies on many occasions in modern times.
The Conservative Party is definitely not a Christian or church-based organisation; rather, it is the last and best hope for a chance at real democracy in New Zealand as it is the only party seeking to have binding citizens-initiated referenda, as in Switzerland, introduced as a matter of priority.
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