Char­i­ties that nag for money turn off donors

Herald on Sunday - - EDITORIAL -

I some­times won­der if some char­i­ties re­alise the level of ill-will they gen­er­ate as a re­sult of their so­lic­it­ing meth­ods. As a rea­son­ably reg­u­lar donor once or twice a year I find it very ir­ri­tat­ing and off­putting to re­ceive monthly or quar­terly re­quests for fur­ther con­tri­bu­tions. I don’t ob­ject to an­nual or even semi-an­nual ap­peals but con­stant men­di­cancy is too much.

Peter Clap­shaw, Par­nell

The value of home­work hinges on the qual­ity of learn­ing any stu­dent is given. Any school sys­tem that has been proved to de­velop just 50 per cent of the en­tire stu­dent ca­pac­ity to learn can­not be said to be do­ing a good job. Home­work needs to be viewed against that fact. Far more needs to be wrung from the or­di­nary school day. I don’t see home­work be­ing ever able to bridge the gap. Now that there are bet­ter ways of de­liv­er­ing learn­ing, the chal­lenge is to get more schools to take them up. To thrive in the global econ­omy, New Zealand must en­sure ev­ery stu­dent’s ca­pac­ity to learn is fully de­vel­oped.

Lau­rie Loper, Tau­ranga

Thirty years ago when my hus­band’s ac­ci­dent meant we needed an in­valid’s ben­e­fit for our fam­ily to sur­vive, the first thing I did was plant a veg­etable gar­den. As a Baby Boomer I grew up in an era when ev­ery­body I knew had a vege patch and our dads would come home from work and work in it. Per­haps it is time to res­ur­rect this time-hon­oured ac­tiv­ity. Grow­ing fresh veg­eta­bles and some fruit is rel­a­tively easy even in tiny gar­dens.The fund­ing of free classes, seeds and gar­den equip­ment for low-in­come earn­ers would go a long way to bring the vege plot back to life, and put healthy food back on the ta­ble. Teach­ing or­ganic grow­ing tech­niques would even mean less food waste go­ing out for dis­posal and no

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