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Isn’t it amaz­ing, a group of peo­ple out­side Twen­ty­mans fu­neral par­lour on Satur­day morn­ing [July] 29 hand­ing out pam­phlets show­ing an Amer­i­can ‘‘cre­ma­tor’’ - the first thing that hits your eye are the words ‘‘maximise prof­its’’.

Wow, what a con­tra­dic­tion to all the rhetoric over the last cou­ple of years about ‘‘sav­ing money for the lo­cals’’.

Now we have peo­ple from out of town adding their awe, it has noth­ing to do with those peo­ple, it is a lo­cal is­sue, noth­ing to do with sur­round­ing towns.

It is not in your back­yard peo­ple, or over your gar­den fence.

This prob­lem af­fects the peo­ple of Thames in gen­eral and the busi­ness own­ers of Gra­ham­stown in par­tic­u­lar, so the rent-a-crowd is not re­quired.

There is a nat­u­ral buri­als site al­ready in use up the Omahu Val­ley, so why can’t coun­cil ad­just the District Plan to ac­com­mo­date the re­quire­ment as is hap­pen­ing in Hawkes Bay with the Ru­atani­wha Dam, where they are ex­plor­ing ad­just­ing their by­laws to fit the re­quire­ment.

As for all the com­ments from those who hide be­hind closed doors, the Junction Ho­tel has been there for 148 years, with peo­ple at­tend­ing fu­ner­als at the church across the road pa­tro­n­is­ing the Junction for many years.

Gina Bates, Thames

the facts etc... work­ing to plan.

I wouldn’t be sur­prised if J Coates’ let­ter is pinned by way of a mag­net to the fridge in the Oceana Gold tea­room for the 300 em­ploy­ees to have a good belly laugh at.

Had a good laugh my­self pic­tur­ing tourists flock­ing by bi­cy­cle from Paeroa to see Waihi’s great­est tourist at­trac­tion....a work­ing gold mine.

Is J Coates talk­ing about the un­der­ground ones... that you can’t see below peo­ple’s homes in the east end?

Or, the bloody great hole in the mid­dle of town that has been de­funct for over two years due to mas­sive slips that the so called moan­ers that he refers to be­came one of many is­sues of con­cern.

As for min­ing com­pa­nies do­nat­ing money to schools, it should not be al­lowed, it smacks of pro­pa­ganda, cur­ry­ing favour, and third world prac­tice, which is ex­actly what it is.

Has J Coates ever won­dered how other towns sur­vive with­out min­ing... per­haps J Coates needs to get out more.

Chris Hal­lums, Thames

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