Over the past year the Life Education Trust (Harold) has been appreciative of the generous support that has been provided by businesses, clubs and individuals throughout the Mid-South Canterbury area.
As with all monsters, the larger the more terrifying, so with the press, the bigger the headlines and photographs the more the impact.
It was surprising to read yesterday how many people don't fill in their census forms, given that it's law to do so.
It's been an illuminating week. Literally.
The reply by C Jackson (Tuesday) to my letter on the unnecessary and unwanted promotion of homosexuality, (by normal people), is exactly what I was writing about.
Nelson Mandela's ''long walk to freedom'' has ended and this courageous man is at peace.
OPINION: Everyone has a view on who should and who shouldn't be in the New Zealand line-up attending Nelson Mandela's funeral
Well done, British Olympic diver Tom Daley, to announce his homosexuality.
In this short-lived property boom one has to marvel at the generosity of the banks in offering all-time low mortgage rates.
In Dennis Veal's latest letter (December 2) he states that circumstances behind dates often tell a different story.
I know what you are thinking.
The census snapshot of South Canterbury incomes prompts a number of thoughts.
Views on the 90-day job trial legislation are fairly clear-cut.
An oil or gas discovery off the Canterbury coast (Herald, December 6) will have huge implications for our economy and way of life.
In the modern scientific world of today it's pretty difficult to read theology with an open mind and not become a sceptic.
On behalf of the local branch of the Blind Foundation, it gives me great pleasure to report that $6570 was collected in our recent Blind Week Street Appeal.
I cannot understand the reason why your paper (December 4) should include two-thirds of a full page on the details of the perverted sex life of some Olympic diver called Tom Daley, and one third of it showing a photograph of what would usually be a normal person.
It was one of the biggest sports stories of the week, though you may have missed it.
OPINION: The world has lost, in the words of Telegraph chief foreign correspondent David Blair, "perhaps the only genuinely global hero" of a "sceptical age".
In the Herald of November 30 there was an illustrated notice of the Christmas parade.
In the Herald (November 18), the following was reported on the sports page: ''Boxer awake. Otorohanga boxer Daniel Mackinnon was awake and talking after collapsing in his dressing room, and undergoing emergency brain surgery.
Thank you, Timaru Herald, for the delightful story about the antics of the family cat Smokey (December 4), who by turning on the bedroom light ensured he got his breakfast on time.
OPINION: There'll be the odd flutter of admiration out there, I'll wager. Not that it's deserved, but just for the sheer audacity of an act surely among the most brazen and bizarre in South Canterbury's criminal history.
The lawyer defending the gang member being sentenced for serious offences raised a bit of a stir when the deleterious effects of colonisation were raised as a mitigating factor.
In response to M Dunn (November 30) who rails against the idea that God might punish anyone, I find his view rather odd, considering the wealth of Biblical evidence to the contrary, as well as the historical fact of the crucifixion and all it implies.
New Zealand's declining education standing is concerning, but let's not panic.
It's that time of year when our attention turns to thinking about what Christmas gifts we should buy for family and friends.
The release of another round of tables yesterday from Statistics New Zealand was, frankly, overwhelming.
It is with delight that I read in today's Timaru Herald that at least one country in the world (Croatia) allowing its population to democratically vote whether they want gay marriage in their society.
Your editorial on Monday commented on the Local Alcohol Policy (LAP).