Letters to the Editor – April 02, 2021

NRL and Panthers star Viliame Kikau with some members of the Kaiviti Silktails team at McCredie Park this week. The NRL star visited Silktails after their big loss. Picture: KAIVITI SILKTAILS

Let’s not rule them out

Despite a mother of all thrashing at the hands of St Mary’s, the journey is far from over for our Kaiviti Silktails. Let’s not rule them out but continue to support them in coming matches. After all, good teams will have had some tough times along the way, but for now, the journey has only started for our Silktails. FLOYD ROBINSON, Toorak, Suva

Climate summit

There has been a lot of effort directed at obtaining an explanation why Fiji’s PM was excluded from world leaders invited by the US Government for the Leaders Climate Summit. In my view we should stop worrying about getting an invitation and let it go. We do not want to be seen to be grovelling to be included. In any event the honourable PM has more important things to attend to here in Fiji to resolve problems caused by the pandemic. Fiji could contribute more if it strengthens its efforts nationally to minimise environmental degradation, than attending these conferences. Just my thoughts. Emosi Balei Kini St, Suva

Kissing children

While it was a sweet and tender moment, I was disturbed to see on the national news the honourable Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama giving a kiss to a young girl during the recent opening of the Natila Access Road in Tailevu. During the TV commercials, viewers receive messages from prominent Fijians who have received the vaccination, reiterating the importance of maintaining social distance. For over a year, the minister at my church has been impressing upon the congregation how life threatening COVID-19 is and providing awareness from the pulpit on precautions which must be taken to prevent its spread. I know which ‘minister’ I’d prefer to listen to and support. Julie Sutherland Tamavua, Suva

Pothole problems

Isa Mr Reddy we can’t do much with the present government’s view on road maintenance but to goose-step the potholes. If your competition idea comes into practice, I’m sorry Mr Reddy that all towns and city will lose. The Capital City of Viti is the capital of potholes and has the biggest potholes. I should check if there are potholes also in that house that might need patching, but I end my story Mr Reddy. Oh poor ambulance hope it made it to the hospital, aww, Mr Fiu so sad! AREKI DAWAI Suva

Something wrong somewhere

When someone says that not all toppers recipients produce 100 per cent progression rate, I believe it indicates several factors such as the credibility of our assessment at secondary school level, the quality of teaching at our universities or the quality of orientation and transition from secondary levels into our university levels. One has to remember that these toppers had previously been hailed as the best among the best. Something to ponder about. Dhirendra Prasad Lautoka

Blues’ performance

I was very impressed with Lautoka soccer team’s performance against Ba last week. I left home to watch this game with mixed feeling, thinking Lautoka would get a good thrashing, especially with their performance against Nadi, but they proved me wrong. I am an ardent supporter of Lautoka and also respect teams that play good soccer. Nothing to taken be away from Ba, they were equally good, but very unlucky on that day, nevertheless I enjoyed some good soccer. I would like to encourage Nadroga and Navua to improve on their games as I believe they can do better. Lastly all the best to all the teams in the Digicel premier league, we are watching all of you. Ajay Singh Natabua, Lautoka

Good Friday

“Easter is a time when God turned the inevitability of death into the invincibility of life” (Craig D. Lounsbrough). Today is Good Friday, and it is the day of hope – the day where we look forward to a brighter tomorrow. Furthermore, Good Friday is a day of sorrow mingled with joy, as it is a time to grieve over the sin of man and to meditate and rejoice upon God’s love in giving His only Son for the redemption of sin. As Fijians commemorate the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ and his resurrection, on behalf of my family I wish our Christian brothers and sisters a blessed Good Friday and safe and happy Easter weekend, and I pray that the Lord Jesus Christ blesses every individual. It’s imperative that we practise mercy, forgiveness and the love that Jesus Christ showed through his crucifixion. Let’s unite this Easter weekend to make a peaceful, prosperous and better Fiji where the rights and freedom of individuals are respected. Then only will we be able to move in unity and togetherness! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

COVID-19 pandemic

Easter celebrations form an important and integral part of Christian life. All Christian families want to mark the Easter celebrations with pomp and show. However, I believe they are constrained by the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The battle against COVID-19 rages on and humanity is caught between the devil and the dark blue sea. COVID-19 has created a new normal and people are rapidly adapting to it. Schools, churches and other public places remain very empty due to the travel restrictions imposed by the authorities. The aviation industry has come to a standstill. Many workers have to work online from home. Frontline medical workers have to live away from home in quarantine situations. Life will never be the same again. Under such circumstances families will have to cut down on their Easter celebrations. Gatherings will be short as the curfew is still in force. Religious leaders are talking to their followers virtually. Appealing to them for understanding, peace and to share in each other’s burdens. Yes, indeed this is going to be a very unique Easter. May the Lord shower His choicest blessings on global humanity. Dewan Chand Donu Place, Namadi Heights, Suva

Two days in April

Having April Fool’s Day and Easter occurring in the same April week, does not always happen and seems quite unique, the reasons for observing them are also very different, one is about foolish pranks and mirth, while the other is about resurrection after death, one is about making the fool of someone else, the other about the fate and future of one’s own self, while the latter is about life after death and the conquering of sin, the former is just about having a laugh in the life we are all in. so as we transit from the former into Easter, the latter’s meaning is more deeper than light -hearted banter. Edward Blakelock Admiral Circle, Pacific Harbour

Keeping the faith

During this long Easter weekend, I gather prayers will be offered around the country. As usual in Fiji, I know that those who hold other religious beliefs will be mentioned and included in the prayers. I have already heard on Wednesday evening in our area, a Christian preacher, who was part of what I believe to be a lead-up to Easter prayers, blessing Muslims and Hindus. I think this type of gesture in a multi-religious setting is priceless. I just hope that in each of the prayers in Fiji in any faith, the struggling but resilient ordinary people of Myanmar are remembered. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

A time to reflect

Easter is a time of reflection and joy. When we emerge from our cocoon of doubt to fly freely on the wings of faith. A blessed Easter to you and your family as we celebrate our Father’s greatest sacrifice through his Son, Jesus Christ. Wise Muavono Balawa, Lautoka

April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day – celebrated on April 1 each year – has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, though its exact origins remain a mystery. Jioji Masivesi Cakacaka Tadra- Votualevu, Nadi

Minister corrected

MR Fiu, I believe that House is the last place to be making mistakes. It is like speaking from the pulpit to the flock but with wolf’s attire. AREKI DAWAI Suva

Pothole issues

I believe multiple birth of potholes began when government removed the PWD and introduced contractors. Dan Urai Lautoka

Fuel prices

SINCE the prices of fuel has reverted to pre-COVID-19 level can the increased duty of 20 cent per litre be removed now? While announcing the duty increase the Minister for Economy has said that the price would be still cheaper after the rise in fiscal duty. I believe obviously the Government had capitalised on the opportunity to raise revenue. But I believe the purpose of imposing the additional duty has now disappeared. SELWA NANDAN Lautoka

Ovalau roads

I wish to reiterate the call by Anthony Sahai and David Kirton on the state of Ovalau roads. I also wish to challenge the CEO FRA and Minister for Infrastructure to visit Ovalau and make a round trip of the island with their own cars. It seems like the road users on Ovalau are calling on deaf ears. We pay the same tax as those on Viti Levu. Bill Kunavatu Mission Hill, Levuka

Easter Eggs

Just wondering where all the Easter Eggs are this year? Has COVID-19 killed them off? I’ve hunted in all the places I’ve bought Easter Eggs in the past, but can’t find any eggs at any of the usual outlets. Somehow it’s not quite the same without a lovely chocolate egg or two! Is there an Easter Grinch? Vivien Counsell Mitchell Serua

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