While visiting at Waikato Hospital recently I was amazed at the noise from many children, shouting and racing about the ward's corridor.
They and their families seemed to have taken over the lounge for the day, eating and drinking and watching loud TV.
Presumably, this lounge is meant for patients' use.
One frail elderly patient, obviously desperate for sleep and quiet, was very distressed at the noise, as were most other patients.
I also visited a couple of other wards and found the same there too.
Is there no one with authority to control these noisy people and ask them to leave?
It is after all a place for the sick, not a meeting place for whole families.
Blessed were the days of the matrons and two visitors per patient at any one time.
My vote for quote of the century goes to United States Senator John McCain who said, during a recent interview: "America doesn't have enough human intelligence." Enough said.
Top awards evening
On behalf of the staff at Kiwiana Crafts Otorohanga I wish to thank the sponsors and all concerned for putting on the Waikato Top Shop Awards evening.
It was a brilliant night and thoroughly enjoyed by all. You deserve an award as well.
Drawn on MMP
Reading Ken McOnie's letter (Waikato Times, October 24) I was drawn to reply:
The smaller parties can and do demand their policies over the main parties and above what the general public may desire.
It is my belief that we saw exactly that with the anti-smacking bill being passed in the face of outright public rejection.
Under the current form of MMP, where the smaller parties unite in order to form a coalition, it is at best an unstable partnership and when that small party has the numbers to alter the power base then it can make a demand, or refuse to supply, and the larger party must comply or face losing power.
This is why MMP is not seen as acceptable by a large number of voters and, let's face it, the politicians cannot be trusted to make it illegal to form coalitions, alter the parliamentary process and run the system as it was described to the voters in the first place.
I listened with a lot of care at the Waikato Times debate (October 21) so as not to miss any of the words of Garry Mallett (ACT's candidate in the Hamilton East electorate).
He proposed fewer bureaucrats. He also said he wanted to cut spending on local councils as they wasted ratepayers' funds.
I seem to remember Mr Mallett as a councillor with his wife. As councillors they both claimed their 50 per cent telephone allowance, not in itself illegal but nevertheless immoral. This from the party that attacked Winston Peters. Garry, clean up your own waste first.
Mr Mallett wants to leave New Zealand better for his kids. I will give 10 cents for him to emigrate and New Zealand will be left better for everyone.
C C WALL
Garry Mallett replies: This is correct but utterly out of context. Alison and I were elected councillors in 1998-2001. Councillors were individually automatically paid a phone allowance of about $18 a month (I can't actually remember how much). Note we did not claim it - it was simply direct credited into our bank accounts. Alison and I lived in separate houses when we were elected. After two years on the council we got married and moved into one home. We were still both being paid but after debate with staff and councillors it was determined that it was a per residence rebate and the officials stopped paying it to us. It was neither illegal nor immoral.
I am surprised John Key's announcement about finishing the Waikato expressway hasn't got more mileage in the Waikato Times.
The Waikato has always missed out on the infrastructure money grab. We have per population one of the lowest spends on transport.
The expressway will deliver the biggest economic benefit to the Waikato of any policy announcement. I am sure companies will be lining up to relocate and have staff wanting to follow.
I have always been a swinging voter, but this time I will vote for the candidate who can deliver the expressway the quickest.
We have been hung out to dry for too long arguing cost benefits with Transit and have been sidelined with arguments about railway connections that will never deliver.
Jane Lawless is quite right that a union leader and a bureaucrat would probably have a strong opinion of National's fiscal policies.
Unfortunately, her socialist fairytale where the proletariat rise up and overthrow the big bad business leaders is a notion best left for a bedtime story.
The reality is that, under no stretch of the imagination, even her very vivid one, could the average union leader or bureaucrat start and run a business, let alone be a leader in such a business community. So, for the Waikato Times to introduce them as business leaders was misleading (the editor apologised) and Ms Lawless' support of it, merely a flight of fancy.
Whimsy is fine around the kitchen table while sipping herbal tea but it has no place around a boardroom table.
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