Central Leader - - Letters -

One is tempted to pro­claim, “bah hum­bug” up and down the malls and walk­ways in our sub­urb. Why should a peace loving, re­tiree want to un­der­take such a vo­cal chal­lenge?

The an­swer, a per­sonal one it must be said, arose af­ter read­ing in the Cen­tral Leader, Au­gust 29, of the lat­est ex­am­ple of “Scroogery” from a pub­lic body, from an Auck­land lo­cal body, from an One­hunga lo­cal body.

Page five has a head­line read­ing, Christ­mas lights hopes fade. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing ar­ti­cle ex­plains that the pro­posed cost of lighting the big nor­folk pine in Jel­li­coe Park is too high, the im­pli­ca­tion of “not nec­es­sary” shin­ing through.

Just once couldn’t we have a board looking for­ward?

Us­ing per­ma­nent ma­te­ri­als means that the dis­play could ben­e­fit res­i­dents in years to come and could even be just the first stage of an on­go­ing lighting project which as board chair­woman Brid­get Gra­ham states, could fea­ture in many fu­ture ac­tiv­i­ties and events.

New Ply­mouth’s Fes­ti­val of Lights is a bril­liant spec­ta­cle.

Why this type of for­ward think­ing seems con­fined to the smaller re­gions is be­yond my un­der­stand­ing. Just think what might have occurred if the sug­ges­tion had been made to light up a spec­tac­u­lar kauri in an East­ern Sub­urbs Park?

Apart from the fact that prob­a­bly it has been done al­ready, I doubt there’d be the same neg­a­tiv­ity. BRIAN G HIRST


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