Your Saturday editorial, ''Just tell it straight'', should perhaps have been titled ''Just tell it strait''.
The fact remains that North Island politicians have empowered their voters at the expense of Mainlanders.
I live a few kilometres from Benmore Dam, but pay dearly for power. Petrol is also very expensive, but, so we are told, that is because of freight charges. Hard to win, isn't it?
If even a small proportion of the money being wasted in Auckland was to be invested in rebuilding small rural communities, many of the woes associated with urban sprawl would quickly decline, but that would mean no new convention centres or large motorways would be needed.
Then how would the politicians justify their generous salaries?
- The Timaru Herald