Letters to the Editor – May 15

Benjamin Totori of Lautoka and Roy Kayara of Team Wellington compete for the ball during leg one of the OFC Champions League 2018 Final between Team Wellington and Lautoka at David Farrington Park last Sunday in Wellington, New Zealand. Picture: zimbio

Blues outmuscled
A QUALITY opposition such as Wellington taught the Blues a soccer lesson.
Although the scoreline is hard to digest, we have to accept the fact that Wellington was a class.

Lautoka struggled to contain the hosts who capitalised on defensive blunders and lapse in concentration.

As space opened up, the opposition found a lot of room to exploit and Fiji’s best football club handed six goals.

This shows how much effort needs to be put in by the parent body to make our local clubs competitive in Oceania.

Ba bombed out of the pool stage and Lautoka has created history for the wrong reasons.

Wellington, with a stunning second-half performance, broke Auckland and Waitakere’s stronghold in NZ soccer.

The Blues need to prepare well and focus on the task ahead which is a mammoth one. The truth is that Wellington was successful and rewarded with a huge victory because of their long years of hard work while Lautoka has just started to build a solid team.

Go Blues, it isn’t
over yet!
RAJNESH ISHWAR LINGAM,
Nadawa, Nasinu.

 

Traffic lights
SOME years ago a driveon roundabout was built near Punjas in Lautoka as a temporary measure to control traffic because the traffic light maintenance cost was high.

Both the pedestrians and drivers slowly adapted to the change.

Recently, the number of vehicles have increased and most drivers are not giving way.

One can call them selfish or young drivers but on a daily basis one can either hear drivers swearing at each other or witness minor accidents.

This particular street is one of the busiest streets and to make things simple, I request the authority to bring back the traffi c lights in that place.
NARAYAN REDDY,
Lautoka.

Lost tribe
I REFER to your article titled “Lost tribe” (FT 13/5) wherein I believe the Israeli adviser to the Pacific made some politically sensitive comments.

The words of Revelation ring loud “that we must not add nor remove anything or you shallbe removed from the book of life”.

As Christians, our reference is the Bible and it does not mention of a “lost tribe” in the Pacific. Don’t add please!
AMENATAVE YACONISAU,
Palm Drive, Delainavesi.

 

Zebra crossings

SOMETIMES it makes me really believe that these zebra crossings were inherited by some of these pedestrians from their ancestors.

Just look at the way some of them cross. Some are on mobile phones, some waving goodbye
while crossing, others waiting on the arrival side hugging and kissing sometimes and some just don’t know when to cross.

Has anyone at anytime conducted public awareness on this issue? I don’t think so.
ASHIS KUMAR,
Ba.

 

Value of money
DOES anyone notice that the value of money today is very little compared with the value of money in the yesteryears.

Today, if you hold a $100 bill in your hand, be rest assured that with just few items and it’s gone.

Price of goods have rapidly grown over the years and yet the standard of wages is crawling slowly from down the drain.

No wonder people are migrating overseas for greener pasture, it might not be easy but the money you earn there is worth the living.

SAMUELA RAREBA,
Raiwaqa, Suva.

 

Road worry
I WISH to thank The Fiji Times for its front page article on Saturday, May 12.

Most of us in our area were equally concerned with the deteriorating conditions of roads in Fiji.

The section of our national highway between Navua and Suva could be taken as an example to evaluate the standard of work done by Fiji Roads Authority (FRA).

I believe not long ago this section was upgraded but now you will see thousands of uneven patches.

Those travelling with their new cars on this section of the road feel the real pain. I pity the daily travellers from Navua to Suva.

A good number of drivers even commented that this section of the road was much better during the days of PWD.

I totally agree and would like to add that if you compare the budget given to FRA with PWD, I believe the latter was doing a much better work.

According to Professor Biman Prasad (FT 12/05) we have crossed $3b in the past five years.

A good part of our national budget is directed towards road works but I believe there is no “follow up”.

I believe we are just wasting the taxpayers money and we, who own cars despite paying road levies to LTA, are the real suffers.

If there is no progress in the quality of work by FRA, than I believe the Government should revert to PWD days.
VIJAY MAHARAJ,
Navua.

 

Population boom
I HAVE seen the long lines in Lautoka where people who suffered from the recent natural disasters were told to get assistance from.

I have also seen pictures of places around Fiji where there are long lines.

Could the ministry responsible please tell us the number?

I remember during Severe Tropical Cyclone Evan a settlement in Lautoka was affected and many, not from there, filled out forms indicating that they lived there.

So if we were to make a count of the people from certain affected places, we may just find that the population in the area has boomed overnight.

I know because I was part of a team making food and farm implement distributions.
ALLEN LOCKINGTON,
Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka.

 

Our moral responsibility

SPOT on veteran writer Arun Prasad (FT 14/05). I believe the readers of our number one The Fiji Times got your message crystal clear.

A wonderful letter on our moral and social responsibility to look after our parents and I just wish those children who have abandoned their parents can find out some time to read the delicate piece that you coined.

An earlier article titled “Love for the elderly” (01/01) by Siteri was centred on the decline in attitude and values towards the elderly.

Isn’t it time that we create more awareness on negligence of our elderly? By the way vinaka vakalevu Serafina for the heart-touching story on Angie.

These stories and the truth make The Fiji Times number one!
RAJNESH ISHWAR LINGAM,
Nadawa, Nasinu.