Letters to the Editor – October 3

Ulamila Osborne (left) with Aliti Rakaria greet each other at the Senior Citizens Week celebrations at Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Senior citizens week
es let’s celebrate senior citizens week. In some instances older family members are neglected because of a disability or they have become a burden. In other instances older relatives are pampered, loved and taken good care of even though they may not be able to do things for themselves. I know of one instance where an elderly relative of a family was made to live in an out house in squalor. He was fed once a day. It was a sad sight to see. No one deserves to live like that. But a huge thank you to the organisers of the celebration that was held in Labasa. To all of us, do take care of the older citizens, have respect for them and do not treat them as a burden. Remember one day you will also become a senior citizen and I am sure you wouldn’t want to be neglected or treated as a burden. A happy senior citizens week to all the senior citizens. Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

MIDA letter

It took a good spirited letter in The Fiji Times last Saturday but it’s finally done. MIDA has confirmed my registration to operate as a freelance/stringer for a New Zealand-based media. It tells us that when you express your opinion in The Fiji Times someone is taking notice. Took almost six-months for MIDA but vinaka! At least they’re better than the health, trade, economy ministries, or Fiji police, and even Fiji football, who never respond to any concerns raised by writers here. If you’ve got an issue you need addressed, I encourage you to keep expressing your opinion about it in this newspaper. You may be pleasantly surprised. Kelvin Anthony Namadi Heights, Suva

Climate change debate

There is an ongoing debate on whether climate change, especially global warming, is man-made or a natural cyclical phenomena. While the man-made theory is the politically correct and popular one, there seems to be growing support for the cyclical theory. Somehow, the latter seems to me to be more logical and easier to understand and explain given our world history. I believe everything happens in an ever-repeating cycle and our global climate is no exception. Whatever is the correct theory, things will get worse and soon, before it gets any better. Edward Blakelock Pacific Harbour, Deuba

Grow old fast
We got caught up with an uncle of mine from Kasavu and as always our conversation was upbeat and humorous! After some discussion on various issues, we touched on the welfare and care of our senior citizens. His response was swift and firm, “Aunty and I receive $100 each every month! That’s $200 for the both of us every month! We are very happy! I heard that this will go up next year and we could be receiving double that amount, so why do we need another government?” Pointing to my better half and I he summed, “So you two better grow old fast!” Simon Hazelman Savusavu

Traffic and road
Once again I write to your paper about traffic and the road in Natabua. Potholes have appeared again and vehicles swerve to avoid them. These vehicles are travelling fast. And I wish to highlight that the police pointsman at the junction of Queens Rd is no longer there. We are back to waiting for a considerate driver to give way to us on Natabua Rd. And there are many drivers who will honk their horn when a driver gives way, or they will overtake. I believe in this modern age where people hurry to their destination, we seem to be running out of time. I only wish the next government will come and visit us in Natabua. Iliesa Baravilala Moti Chandra St, Natabua Housing, Lautoka

Registered to vote

I read (FT 02/10) that many people have just registered to vote. I wonder if they waited for the announcement of the election date? But I am glad that they have taken the time to do so. Now one interesting news is children as young as six can register at the Fiji National Provident Fund. Isn’t that marvellous? What a way to save money! What else is there, (something within the reach of the wage earner) that we didn’t know about? A party says change is coming — is it a change in government or will they change how things are happening? Can they change people’s attitude towards the environment — burning, throwing rubbish anywhere, jaywalking, speeding, education and junk food? Will life get better than what it is, please tell us how you will do this. Mere Lagilagi Lovu

We want to live free

PM Voreqe Bainimarama told the UN General Assembly the Fijian people “want to live free” (FT 30/09). To live free many Fijian people have gone to live in other countries since the first military coup of 1987 because the coup culture in Fiji had curtailed their ability to live free. It’s good Bainimarama — another Fiji coup leader — recognises the Fijian people want to live free in a true democracy with all that entails — including a genuinely free media. Is that what Fiji has now? Rajend Naidu Sydney, Australia

Symbol of peace

The UN organisation has dedicated October 2 as International Day of Non-Violence and this year commemorated the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who was an admired and spiritual leader. He left a legacy and inspiration for young leaders who toil about equal rights, human dignity, global peace and harmony and diversity. In the movie Lage Raho Munna Bhai, the main actor Sanjay Dutt visualised Bapu Ji and used his principle of love to defeat the gentleman (Boman Irani), who had taken over a house belonging to a group of elderly. In that movie Sanju Baba reiterates Gandhi’s message that “the way to truth lies through ahinsa (non-violence)” but our great leader’s message continues to fall on deaf ears as mankind has been gripped by destructive forces. I must commend Sakul Kundra for his enticing message titled “Gandhi- a symbol of peace” (FT 02/08). I loved every bit of it and I made sure that my friends had a taste of this literary cake. I believe that Bapu Ji’s quote, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”, must be stressed! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Termite concern

AS a concerned ratepayer I feel that not enough is being done to contain the spread of termites in Lautoka. I believe that because of lack of preventive and remedial action the situation has now gone out of control. Every evening we can only watch in helplessness as they emerge in droves and swarm all over the place attracted by the streetlights. They seem to have grown in population as is evident from their invasion of our homes and dwellings thereby posing a serious threat to the safety and welfare of the residents. Just by lighting open fires and restricting the removal of timber from Lautoka is not good enough to eradicate the problem. A lot more proactive action needs to be taken. The authorities should inform the people of Lautoka about what strategies are being put in place to contain the spread of these dangerous insects. We have a right to know what is being done to curtail the situation. We urge you to take immediate action before we suffer more damage and losses to our buildings and properties. SELWA NANDAN Lautoka

People power

Dan Urai believes confidence is slowly eroding as the clock starts ticking and reality creeps in! (FT 02/10). I presume he is talking about all political parties except FijiFirst? If he thinks otherwise than I have news for him. Reality is that FijiFirst will comfortably win this 2018 General Election by a good margin! That’s how confident the people are. The erosion began in 2006 and will continue for decades to come. People power all right! Simon Hazelman Savusavu

Termites in Lautoka
This may have already been investigated by the biodiversity people but I’ve long wondered whether the Asian termite problem in Lautoka could be connected to the town’s wood chipping business. Open air colonisation and a chip mountain plus relatively damp underground might have some bearing on the matter. Christopher Griffin Perth, Australia

Municipal election

The country is preparing itself for another general election but can somebody tell me why no municipal elections have taken place? Anyway, whoever forms the government can you please look into the municipal elections too please? The voice of every ratepayer should be heard in the running for local municipalities. Narayan Reddy Lautoka

Having councillors
Could the good minister for towns and cities and new towns tell us how much more time he needs to put in new regulations before he allows us, the ratepayers, to have our own councillors. Can somebody give me his phone number? Sukha Singh Labasa

Happiness justified

All of a sudden Fijians showing their happiness on social media. I wonder why? Then I read Parliament has been dissolved. Happiness justified. Imagine the smile on people’s face if there’s a new government elected. Hurry up mada November. Moses Mani Auckland, New Zealand

Response to request

They got a reply to their request, it was just one line. In the future a reply could be just one word, “NO!” Sad eh? Allen Lockington Kava Place Waiyavi, Lautoka

Banned fish

The director of fisheries had clarified on TV (30/09) that confiscated banned fish species were burnt or buried. Why on Earth isn’t this excellent source of protein being put to more beneficial use, like given to old peoples homes or pet food for SPCA animals? What a waste! Emosi Balei Suva

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