Letters to the Editor – December 1, 2019

5 year old Aqoriniasi Dreu who received the Bravery medal flashes the peace sign at the State House after the Order of Fiji Investiture Ceremony yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Young and brave

Admiration and praise must be heaped on little Aqoroniasi Dreu who was the youngest recipient of the Bravery Medal awarded during the Order of Fiji Investiture Ceremony by President Jioji Konrote at the State House on Friday. For one so young he didn’t panic, he chose the best option and that was to go and get help. Had he jumped in, he too could have perished. May god bless you with a long life Aqoroniasi. You are a champion and a hero and you have a cool head. ALLEN LOCKINGTON, Kava Place, Lautoka

Parental priorities

It seems that each time a child-related issue is highlighted, people call for Government to intervene. Here I mean when children are involved in crime, sex, disorderly behaviour, drugs and more. People ask for Government to do something. Oilei, if parents were doing their job as good parents, the child won’t stray. I often see children roaming the streets of Lautoka and wonder where their parents are. Well, one day I asked a child and the gruff answer was, “church meeting”. What are the meetings for, the child is on the road and surely will get caught up in bad things. My advice is for parents to stand up and be counted. You going to your social and religious obligations will be better if the left-out-child is included. I believe nobody is born bad, circumstances determine that. Allen Lockington Kava Place, Lautoka

Student bus cards

I thought if one is a primary or high school student that you continue to be a student from kindy until you finish high school regardless of the school breaks. During school breaks one goes to school to organise the following year’s classes/forms, access textbooks stationery and uniforms and shoes. They obtain results once they come out from school, attend functions or meet fellow students, visit libraries, and go on excursions. Education or learning is a never ending curve so to stop the use of the card in its present form on such a flimsy pretext by the Ministry of Education is to be deplored. It’s similar to my school days that upon reaching home, as I was from a farming background, my father would tell me to graze the cows or goats or give me other farm work and if I complained and said I had homework to do or prepare for exams, his reply was “that’s why you are in school from 8am to 3pm” in days when we had no electricity. What more can I say honourable minister. Dorsami Naidu Nadi

Parliament session

I believe Parliament starts with a prayer. It always has been or has Allen noticed a change? Dan Urai Lautoka

Fuel prices

I am just wondering what formula is used when they determine fuel prices? One cent reduction on super and pre-mix will give a $1 saving if you buy 100 litres. The news on TV said kerosene and diesel prices went up because of the freight charges. Sukha Singh Labasa

Mind-boggling task

The mind-boggling task of “the ruling party in managing the vast government networks and machinery throughout the country” that Simon Hazelman refers to (FT 30/11), is that an exclusively FijiFirst ruling party dilemma and challenge? Or, was that true for all previous ruling parties in post-colonial Fiji? The way Simon writes you’d think the FijiFirst party is the only ruling party to be faced with such a demanding task! Rajend Naidu Sydney, Australia

Feature article

It was very touching to read Siteri Sauvakacolo’s feature article in Saturday’s The Fiji Times (30/11) on rugby legend Sela Toga. I suppose time marches on, but in our hearts, the Toga brothers Apisai, Sela, Abeni and Inosi are still running on the playing fields with other Saunaka greats, Nasivi Ravouvou and big Joe Savou. All of them true gentlemen although Ratu Joe could be a dangerous man to be around after a few drinks. Brilliant photograph by Reinal Chand showing two grandchildren with Sela, Our children are our legacy and as long as they remember our names we will live on. Terry Hulme Australia


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