Letters to the Editor – July 5

Vidilo and Naviti streets junction in Lautoka. Picture: Supplied

Power outage
I was at a supermarket in Lautoka when the power went off.
The cashiers’ cash registers went off and people stood in line for about an hour.
Some people just left their shopping carts and went away.
I went outside and stood at the traffic lights where the Vidilo and Naviti streets cross roads.
There was chaos.
Motorists stopped and waited for the lights, when they found that the lights were not working, vehicles raced to beat others on the other road.
I wondered where the right-hand rule and road courtesy went.
However, a police officer on a motorbike came along and I am sure he saw the chaos but he just drove right on.
I thought he could have parked his bike and directed traffic.
Our motorists really have to undergo training on good manners and the police officer to come to me to get a quick update on his duties.
Karike! Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka.

Rude bumper stickers
I agree with the report (FT 04/07) that cars should not display rude bumper stickers.
Children see this and it can be a bad influence.
Good on the authorities.
Having said that, can we rate the televised parliamentary debates to “M” for mature audiences, please?
Remember children also watch it.
Somehow I see a similarity. Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka.

Reusable bags

The best thing the Government did was to introduce the use of reusable bags.
This is really friendly to our environment but do you know that it also carries harmful germs which we are not aware of?
It is common that we use the bags to fill our groceries, vegetables and meats. This contaminates the inside of the bags.
Studies have shown that it has become the cause of so many people getting sick.
It is advisable to wash the bags especially inside once a week and dry it in the sun.
The other way will be to keep different bags for different products and wash it once a month.
Prevention is better than cure. Nardeo Mishra, Suva.

Making sense

I believe the only Opposition member of Parliament that makes sense in response to the budget seems to be Mr Radrodro.
The difference between him and other opposition members is that he is not wearing the negativity spectacles.
This is the type of opposition we need. He gives Government credit where credit is due and at the same time he does not hesitate to oppose the Government on policies he disagrees with and is willing to find an amicable solution without any preconceived ideas.
Common sense must prevail during debates rather than opposing all initiatives by the Government. Unfortunately I believe common sense is the most limited of all natural resources in the opposition. DHARMENDRA KUMAR, Rewa St, Suva.

England’s priceless gem

Tottenham Hotspurs crafty striker, England’s hero and the man leading the charge for the golden boot award is making headlines at this year’s World Cup.
After Brazil, I have a soft spot for England and I have been impressed with the way Gareth Southgate has managed his young England outfit.
England, being the host country in 1966, won their only world cup title beating West Germany 4-2. Since then the World Cup title has deserted the English.
But this squad is capable of lifting the trophy and Kane, who now leads the race for golden boot award with six goals (excluding the penalty goal against Colombia), is hitting the mark. His has a golden touch and his skills are exemplary and elastic.
I just hope that local players are using this opportunity to polish their goal scoring prowess and learning how to play constructive soccer and retaining possession as we build up to the Inkk Mobile BOG.
Meanwhile, the stage is set for mouth-watering and exciting quarter-final clashes starting with France vs Uruguay, Brazil vs Belgium, Russia vs Croatia and Sweden vs England.
Lucky the games are on Saturday and Sunday. I am picking on France, Brazil, Croatia and England to advance to the semis.
The quarter-finals are not only battles between Europe and South America but they are also battles between six pool winners and two runner-ups.
All the best to Brazil and England! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu.

Best blend

I read with great delight the comments by our 7s mentor that the Fiji Airways Fiji Sevens team was going to give their opponents something they had not seen before. Such comments make the journey to the RWC 7s interesting and worth the wait.
Fans have been waiting since 2005 as that was the last year when the Melrose Cup toured Fiji. In 2009 Wales was crowned champions while the All Blacks got their hands on the cup in 2013.
Then there were talks of the RWC 7s being shrugged aside because of the inclusion of 7s rugby into the Olympics but I am glad that World Rugby has decided to continue with the RWC 7s, which I believe has traditional links and emotions to Fiji.
Fiji, on paper, has one of the in-form squads and when our boys click, I can imagine Fijian flair working its magic on the narrow pitch at the AT&T
Park in San Francisco.
The performance and class of Jerry, Nasilasila, Sau, Naduva, Sevu, Nasoko, Paula, Vatemo and Josua have stormed rugby circles. Add that to the skills and bulldozing styles of Nakarawa, Tuisova, Kunatani and Radradra, I say Fiji is going to hit San Francisco big time!
Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu

Size and anti-climax

Some say that size matters but this is not always the case. On the rugby turf at the ANZ Stadium, Aaron Smith and McKenzie were about the smallest players but played pivotal roles for the two teams.
McKenzie’s kicking was almost perfect and his ability to weave his way past defenders did not go unnoticed. Smith’s passing was world class giving his backs much needed possession in a timely manner, despite defenders approaching him at top speed and delivering bonecrunching tackles.
Meanwhile, many rugby fans at the ANZ Stadium were left wondering what happened to the Highlanders as they were completely white-washed by the Chiefs in the first half. They were outclassed, outpaced and out muscled in almost every facet of the game. Some were wondering whether the Highlanders were on holiday mood or still captivated by the heavy media coverage on them throughout the week. Whatever ones views, at the end of the match, fans were entertained to high level rugby.
Meanwhile, one hopes that in future, home teams, are reminded of the huge expectation local fans have on them. Some disappointed fans left the stadium at half time as the first half actually turned out an anti-climax.
Leaving the match, I could not help but ponder over the fact that the stadium was much more jam-packed compared with earlier weeks when our very own Flying Fijians played at the stadium. Floyd Robinson, Toorak, Suva

Cigarettes and alcohol

I believe the price increase on cigarettes and alcohol will lead to poverty, while on the contrary, the price decrease on such items may help some of us to save more to put food on the table. You can’t stop the addicted ones from drinking and smoking.
Kaun roki? Tahir Ali, Hamilton, New Zealand

Fix the road
Vinaka Wise for reminding FRA about the Natabua Rd (FT 4/7/18). Can Covuli St in Simla be the second?
Naomi Lawalevu, Lautoka

Longer queues

It seems as we get more technologically advanced, the queues at our financial institutions, ministries etc., become longer. Sad eh!
Wise Muavono, Balawa, Lautoka

Medical centres
Can one medical centre providing free medical service such as Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Medical Centre be based in the Western Division for the poor and underprivileged? Suva City is already blessed with the top medical facilities. Please think of the very poor who have to travel long distances to the Capital City to get the benefits of free medical services. Kanta Mani, Tavua

Duty on fruits

I DO not think the five per cent duty reduction on imports of fruits will have any adverse impact on the price of local fruits. On the contrary, it will make the prices for both imported and local produce more affordable and competitive for the consumers. I believe there will be a marginal decrease in the cost of imported fruits. So our producers and vendors should not be unnecessarily alarmed about it. The rationale behind the tariff cut is to provide more choices for the people given that most of these fruits cannot be grown in Fiji. It is aimed to promote healthy living habits towards improving the wellness of our people. Furthermore, most of the locally grown fruits are seasonal and as such are not available throughout the year. And more so the supply is limited in the aftermath of natural disasters. SELWA NANDAN, Lautoka

Cane trucks

I WOULD like to respond to Narayan Reddy regarding a separate lane for cane trucks. Here are some points. Potholes riddle many roads. Natabua Rd has so many patches it can go into the Guinness World Records. Traffic jams everywhere. Government wants to make bicycle lanes. Where will the cane truck lanes be located? Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

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