Letters to the Editor – September 2

WAF general manager customer services Sekove Uluinayau, left, WAF board director Kamal Gounder and director Fiji Meterological Service Ravind Kumar during a press conference in Suva last week. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Cutting back
Don’t order us to cut down on our showers. Order people to not cut down trees.
Baka, mangrove or any. COP23 and all … ha!
Manoj Lal Patel
Drasa Avenue, Lautoka

Power poles
INSTEAD of moaning over the loss incurred by the burnt power poles, I believe EFL will do better to implement preventive measures to counter such risk.
They can either replace them with concrete poles or install them away from the cane farms.

Parliament saga
Personally, I’m not in favour of walkouts. One is representing, therefore be present, voice concerns for the record, stand the ground, declare stand by abstaining the vote, never walk out.
If a member, I voted for ever walked out, they will surely hear from me directly and/or lose my vote.
Nigel Fiu Owls Perch, Lautoka

Dump fire out
Yes, the fire is out. Sometimes saying “sorry and we are doing our best” is not enough!
Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Happy Father’s Day
“When it comes to Father’s Day, I will remember my dad for both being there to nurture me and also for the times he gave me on my own to cultivate my own interests and to nurture my own spirit.” (Jennifer Grant).
While our mothers are the heart of the family, the dad will always be the head.
Father’s Day honours fathers and celebrates the bond attached to fatherhood and the influence of fathers in our society and fathers are in for some real treat today as we recognise their contribution to our lives.
Sadly, for some fathers today will be a normal working day.
On the other hand, while fathers may not have the charisma that our mothers have, it is worthy to recognise their contribution. Sharing my personal experience, my dad is my best friend, a wonderful father and the ‘friendly’ boss of our small household. When I do something that is exciting and he likes it, it feels three times as good as one can imagine. He takes out time to read my letters and on a lighter note he will always find a fault.
If I end up doing something that goes against his rule books then he counsels me like a good friend and I don’t mind my dad’s words because I know they will benefit me in the long run. I consider myself fortunate enough because my dad was my teacher apart from being my father.
The moments of my upbringing in Savusavu will never be erased but are always missed.
Dad made sure that whatever little he earned was able to meet our basic needs and wants and fulfilled our extra desires during religious occasions such as Diwali and Christmas and paying for our sporting tickets.
We were in Wainikoro and the area did not have access to mobile phones, electricity and TV so we would travel to Labasa Town to watch sports aired live on TV, especially English Premier League, 7s and 15s rugby and local soccer.
My fantastic dad provides advice and support when the need arises.
It saddens me, on the other hand, when I read about children deserting their dads for their own pleasure and benefit. I feel for our senior citizens at the senior citizens’ home who await the return of their sons and daughters to take them home.
Finally, I wish all our dads a happy and blessed Father’s Day.
I conclude with the words of Wayne Rooney, “Becoming a dad means you have to be a role model for your son and be someone he can look up to”.
Happy Father’s Day to all our fathers!
Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam
Nadawa, Nasinu

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