OPINION: In New Zealand a cabal of men in grey suits intends to pipe Te Anau sewage to Manapouri and spray it in the air next to Manapouri's airport.
This dumping will adversely affect the health, comfort and property values of Manapourians and pollutes the wells, waterways and aquifer.
Compare this with Portland, Oregon: Portland administrators will flush 38 million gallons of water from Mt Tabor Reservoir 5 after a 19-year-old man urinated in the city's drinking supply.
''Even though there is very minimal public health risk, the bottom line is that our commitment is to serve water that's clean, cold and constant, '' said Water Bureau administrator David Shaff. ''That doesn't include pee. Not from people, at least.''
And from George Washington, in a speech on January 7, 1790: ''Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force. like fire; a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.''
It is hoped that common sense, so uncommon in today's world, would reign.
- The Southland Times