Letters to the Editor: Sunday November 17, 2019

Sekoula Tree. Picture: SUPPLIED

That time of the year

IT’S that time of the year again when the sekoula tree (flamboyant tree) beautifies our city.

The red bloom is certainly a sight to see.

The trees are in full bloom and it reminds us that Christmas is near.

Here is one picture taken on Thursday that the photographer simply calls Tilak.

ALLEN LOCKINGTON Kava Place, Lautoka


Quick response

COMMENDABLE the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission’s response to alleged hot water claims.

For a while I thought they too were threatened to keep quiet.

DAN URAI Lautoka


That fear

PENTHERAPHOBIA is the fear of your mother-in-law.

I noticed this on Thursday with my mate Cameron.

He was involved in a minor accident with his motorbike and was scared to answer the phone when his mum called.

Rere tiko vei boy.


WISE MUAVONO Balawa, Lautoka


Our environment

WHEN we make new roads and new buildings, aren’t we spoiling the environment?



Traffic jams

GETTING away from Suva after working hours seems to be getting harder each day.

Especially getting to the Nausori end, whichever way you think that might be free flow of traffic is all jammed.

The problem arises when police conducting traffic are not around at that moment.

I had a driver calling the police to help out in the traffic at the Nabua crossroads two days ago because there were police on sight at those peak hours.

While the Nakasi to Davuilevu road is completed and traffic flowing freely, it’s the Suva end that’s the problem nowadays.

A three-lane for peak hours should be introduced for traffic leaving the city and only one lane for traffic towards the city and vice versa in the morning, this could be the solution for the timebeing as we await the trains and boat transfer ideas that have been put forward.



Moment in time

ON Sunday morning it was drizzling and it had been raining all night in Lautoka.

About 7am I drove past Tilak High School and spotted a young lad and a young lass (I presumed they were brother and sister by their features) standing at a bus stop.

They were both dressed in their Sunday best and I knew they were on their way to church.

But my point is they had one small ladies umbrella and the young lad of about 13 or 15 was holding it over his sister and he was getting wet, while she was comfortably dry, protected by her brother and the umbrella and holding on to their Bibles.

I smiled and said to myself these are two loving siblings who probably come from a home where they have parents who love each other and have respect for each other.

This scene reminded me that chivalry is still alive in Fiji.

ALLEN LOCKINGTON Kava Place, Lautoka


Baton-less police

A “BATON-LESS” Fiji Police Force serves as a non-deterrent to our “smarter and embolden” lawbreakers and offenders.

Recent sad attacks against our hardworking, brave police force is a clear confirmation.

Needlessly, and very sadly, one young police officer in Lautoka paid the ultimate price through multiple stabbings that cost his life. More than 50 years ago, while still teenagers, we learnt the proverb from our teachers, “Spare the rod; Spoil the child”.

Recent crimes are clear proof. Please bring back the baton.

Use it extremely wisely, and most professionally.

RONNIE CHANG Martintar Nadi

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