Letters to the Editor – November 4

The Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley. Picture: FILE

Bamboo straws
Thank you Annmary VR, (FT 02/11) for informing us about para grass and bamboo straws used in some of our resorts. Rice farmers please keep the rice plant stalk safe. It is a source of income in time to come. I will plant some at the backyard garden. Food for thought. Very environmental friendly.
Dhirendra Prasad

Onion tears
TEARS welled in my eyes as I peeled an onion while preparing dinner. Then I thought about the great evangelist Billy Graham who said “Tears for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are signs of strength”. I quickly wiped my onion tears away and thought about people who have struggled so hard to at least have something to cook for the family that day. My heart cried for them with invisible tears that evening. Fiji, please spare a thought for these people! They are there somewhere!
Natabua, Lautoka

School textbooks
IN order for a child to get a school clearance, one must have returned all the textbooks, if some are missing, stolen, etc, the textbooks must be replaced. The bookshops don’t stock them until late December, early January, therefore the child can’t be cleared and enrolment is thus affected. Schools are aware of the issue because a photocopied replacement is accepted. A photocopied version of the textbook if not clear, will definitely affect the next child who uses it.
Owls Perch, Lautoka

Politics and rugby
IF Fijian politics were likened to rugby it would be like this. High tackles, hands in the ruck, eye gouging, stomping, mudslinging, and late tackles, name calling and abuse of ref. etc… I know you understand where I’m coming from.
Allen Lockington
Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

RIP master
I feel very nostalgic about Master Jovilisi Qoroya in reading your article on the above topic by Lorima Voravora (FT 3/11). He was the headmaster of Vatukoula Fijian School in 1969-70 before Jemesa Robarobalevu took over. Like most headmasters then, he was acclimatised with the rod. May he rest in peace.
Amenatave Yaconisau Palm Drive,

Fiji words
Many iTaukei words have been derived from English. Panikeke – pancake. Basi – bus. Etc.. We love our babakau. Is there someone who is able to tell us the origin of the word, please.
Allen Lockington
Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Daylight saving
CAN the EFL, WAF, bus operators, taxi proprietors, garment factories, nightclub owners and other interested parties please provide us with their own survey as what benefits do they get from daylight saving? Or actually what is the purpose of daylight saving? Has anyone ever made any survey about it on its benefits and downfalls? If not then why we still accommodating the initiative? I wonder!
Pita Soroaqali

Wage rate
Though I agree with Bill Kunavatu that a $2.68 an hour wage rate is not high enough (FT 3/11) but I believe his logic is a bit flawed when he explains the weekly expenses. You see a family does not buy 10kg flour ($12), 4kg sugar ($7), rice ($10) dhal ($3) and oil ($7) every week. Thus it means that on the following week his expenses will be reduced by $39. Budgeting should now come into play now.
Vijay P. Madhavan
Borron Rd, Suva

Madrid fans
REAL Madrid have officially sacked their manager Julen Lopetegui at the delight of Madrid fans. They have really struggled this season in all the competition and after their 5-1 drubbing from Barcelona, the doors became open for the Spaniard who was in-charge for just 14 matches before being axed. Now all eyes will be on their interim-manager and former player Santiago Solari to pull off the magic for the biggest club in world by history, fame, and monetary. Hala Madrid!
Raynav Chand

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