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Today's letters include an update on recycling and a tribute to young biscuit makers.

Faith in Taranaki - I submit: but what to?

''As followers of Christ we won't become doormats who tolerate abuse...''

The centenary of the Gallipoli campaign has caused me to ponder what a different world we now live in.  The virtues of honour, duty and especially 'knowing your place' were surely more highly prised a century ago.  This has further led me to consider the idea of 'submission'. 

Garner: Are manners sexist?

Wolf whistling is unacceptable, so why should the victims of it need to alter their behaviour instead of the perpetrators?

OPINION: I like holding doors open, to me it's a little sign of good manners. Or sexist. You decide.

Selling New Zealand by the pound

Dairy exports v human rights... the cash cow wins.

OPINION: Our notion of "human rights" seems to depend on whom we're talking to.

Another twist in the tail

John Key: Shouldn't have done it

Pony-tail pull shows how a silly prank becomes a gaffe and then grows to become a national embarrassment

What's so hard with three and four?

A reader takes issue with our recycling programmes.

Remembering Bob

Your letters

Readers recall those who went to war, lament Australia's decision to penalise those who won't vaccinate children, and discuss some old chestnuts

Letters to the editor

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OPINION: Readers discuss free health care for under 13s, mountain guiding issues and "pony tail gate".

Bigotry a game of musical chairs

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OPINION: I grew up knowing Maori were different, not as good as us.

The PM, ponytails and pratfalls

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OPINION: He can be a fun guy, but this week Prime Minister John Key looked like a prize jerk.

War is hell, here's my family's story

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OPINION: The men who came home from war were not always the men who left.

A peace of the action

The Anzac story is much more complex than the simplistic, "brave boys dying overseas for our flag" narrative.

Letters: Walkway reponse

Your letters

OPINION: Readers discuss the a walkway row, a bike tragedy and Anzac Day.

Letters: The spoils of war

Your letters

OPINION: More debate on what equality means, politics and good TV viewing feature in our latest letters

Your letters: Nice one council

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A happy NPDC customer and more words on trail bike safety feature in our latest batch of letters.

Faith in Taranaki: God and war

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OPINION: ''To expect God to prohibit war from occurring is to ask him to prohibit the consequence of human behaviour''.

The mother of all dilemmas

Duncan Garner says his wife has helped their son, 4, move from a baby to a boy.

OPINION: My wife's three-month break from paid work ends on Monday – and she can't wait.

Bridges - and a bridge too far?

Transport Minister Simon Bridges.

OPINION: Labour politicians and political pundits have accused Transport Minister Simon Bridges of breaching Cabinet rules and demanded his sacking.

Cut the sarcasm

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Readers spring to the defence of Taranaki philanthropist John Matthews.

National's economic record not so rosy

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OPINION: If one word has been over-used to the point of being meaningless since National first came to power in 2008, it is surely “surplus”.

Prisons are not job creators

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OPINION: Lock ‘em up and throw away the key. That’s what we should be doing with prisoners. Or is it?

Money and rugby

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Rugby chief Michael Collins talks about funding the game, while other readers debate buses, trees and oil issues.

The culture of the council

Your letters

The debate over the Len Lye centre and what it will cost continues.

Surfers say thanks

Readers discuss a Waiwhakaiho controversy, international monetry issues and a surfing competition

Beatings, teachings don't change child's nature

Columnist Joe Bennett

OPINION: Education matters and there are good and bad ways to go about it. But let us not kid ourselves that it moulds a child's nature.

Talking about climate change

Sanford has announced major job losses are likely at its Christchurch mussel processing plant.

Climate change came into consideration, when Sanford announced the seafood processor was likely to close its mussel plant in Christchurch.

It's time to junk the junkets - and send the Speaker packing

Speaker of the House, David Carter.

OPINION: There's a cosy convention in Parliament that MPs should not publicly criticise the Speaker.

Letters to the editor: Show us the money

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Letters on a hunt for old friends, TRFU sponsorship, dieting, and council changes.

You may need more than bunting

Waitara's pohutukawa protesters may need more than bunting, Rachel Stewart says.

OPINION: Trees and chainsaws. When the former is perfectly healthy the latter should not go anywhere near them.

Are we winning the economy world cup?

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The headlines were as jubilant as if we'd won the Rugby World Cup again: dollar parity is coming! The Aussies are jealous of our dollar! We're kings of the world!

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