Letters to the editor
I notice the news item that a building consent is being submitted to the council for the new supermarket at Redwoodtown.
I would have thought in this case it would have been granted before the houses were removed, with a few conditions to be met on how the site was to be left once cleared.
While one may not wish to applaud Israel's actions in Gaza, everyone should appreciate that they are reactive and designed to put an end to the wave of rocket attacks from Gaza upon Israeli civilians.
The same explanation cannot be given for the rocket attacks themselves.
There is no element of defence when Palestinian terrorists launch rockets. They are not launching them to prevent an Israeli response.
In fact, the absolute opposite is more accurate: they are launching them precisely to provoke an Israeli response and thus an escalation of the situation.
If Israel was half as terrible as the Palestinians frequently claim, then one would have to seriously question any logic involved in the continuing Palestinian rocket fire.
Israel ended the occupation of Gaza in 2005, and there was no blockade of Gaza until after the Palestinians chose to invest in rockets instead of investing in the welfare of the people in Gaza.
If only the Palestinians would invest in the welfare of the people in Gaza as much as they invest in weapons, life would be so much better for both sides.
While the Palestinians are certainly the weaker party of the two, it doesn't stop them being the aggressor.
Only when this fact is openly admitted and dealt with appropriately in the Western world, which heavily funds the Palestinians, is there any hope for peace.
Your recent assertions in the paper on the front pages of the Marlborough Express ["Patients assured hospital is safe", November 21; "Hope has confidence in Wairau", November 22] that the public have been ringing your paper to question whether or not Wairau Hospital is safe amazes me. Surely one might ring their GP who would certainly have some knowledge of the situation, more than a newspaper reporter, I suggest.
Your refusal in your stories to be specific on these contacts from the public is akin to the assertions made by the Christchurch Girls' High School board in the recent sacking of their principal.
As the Prime Minister has been known to say - "show me the money".
I would like to support the staff at Wairau Hospital and congratulate them on the excellent service they do provide, albeit with not unlimited resources.
In this past month I have required surgery and have had dealings with both Wairau and Hutt hospitals. No matter which department or level of staff I dealt with on my appointments, I found everyone to be thoroughly professional, caring and sympathetic towards my needs, and I can't praise the public health system high enough.
Prior to surgery, more than adequate counselling was provided as to the possible consequences of error and, like all patients no doubt, I was required to sign my consent.
Given that there were six serious events to go wrong out of 227,208 patient contacts in this last year in Nelson-Marlborough, this surely shows dedication and care by our health professionals. Keep up the great work.
Stealing a crime
What is wrong with our justice system nowadays? It appears to protect the criminal instead of the victims of criminal activity.
Maybe the people in the system are frightened of the criminal establishment or are overly politically correct. Who knows?
Stealing is a crime, one of the many we have to face up to nowadays.
The Warehouse fee is meant as a deterrent for those who feel they can help themselves to goods at the expense of those who are paying ["Shoplifting ‘fee' raises legal questions", Express, November 19].
It is about time we got tough on criminal activity - maybe a bit of sharia law might assist.
The thief can chose after he is caught stealing to lose his left or right hand, which will then be removed - under anaesthetic.
I fully support the Warehouse fee imposed for stealing. Pay for it or lose it.
- The Marlborough Express