Un­der-val­ued work­ers

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Edi­tor It’s a Fri­day morn­ing at Pukerua Bay Fat black rub­bish bags bloom on dis­play. Some dumped over night. Some right away With a quick morn­ing dash on a work­ing day. Morn­ing walk­ers skirt around the trash Avoid­ing the over­flow­ing mess. Make curt re­marks with sullen glances To­ward house-own­ers’ such poor re­sponses. Then down the road, a rub­bish truck Hug­ging the kerb. Stops by the muck That’s been dumped and left in dis­ar­ray By py­jamed folk on rub­bish day. From the rear of the ‘‘screech stopped’’ rub­bish truck Two young men jump down from the back And with su­per speed and skills pro­found Start sort­ing the mess scat­tered all around In com­part­ments ranged along truck’s side Where sorted rub­bish will soon re­side. Into each is thrown with rea­son­able skill Those items which near fit the bill. Then with their ‘‘COM­MU­NITY HEALTH CARE’’ duty done The young men now, with pride, re­turn To swing be­hind their truck with style To sort out the rub­bish from an­other pile. Who re­ally serves the nation’s health? Is it those who blus­ter re­ceiv­ing wealth For fur­ther feath­er­ing, for per­sonal gain Their nests of in­trigue, in the main. They would never stoop to sort out much Or swing be­hind a rub­bish truck Un­less, a photo-shoot of same Could be deemed sup­port for their cam­paign. Just by the way, the pub­lic pay For those cam­paign costs, along the way. When their pro­ject im­age is on dis­play Or when key politi­cians ap­pear, on call To ad­ver­tise their ‘‘where-withall’’ There are those who mea­sure ‘‘money gain’’ As the ‘‘where-with-all’’ in their ‘‘gov­ern­ing plan’’. But those who toil for our nation’s san­i­ta­tion Should surely earn a far health­ier rate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion?

RAY BROWN, Pukerua Bay. the deficit.

Un­like the prof­its from as­set sales which even­tu­ally re­side off­shore, moored in a San Diego yacht har­bour, a cap­i­tal gains tax will end up build­ing New Zealand in­fra­struc­ture or in our ed­u­ca­tion and our health sys­tems.

Clos­ing tax loop­holes so ev­ery­one pays tax in­stead of sell­ing state as­sets has got to be the right de­ci­sion to clos­ing the deficit that has oc­curred on the Na­tional Party watch.

In­stead of the apol­o­gists for those gain­ing from New Zealand’s prop­erty in­vest­ment tax loop­hole claim­ing that the world will come to an end, the lucky few with mul­ti­ple prop­er­ties will just have to pay their fair share of tax.

They will still keep the other 85 per cent of profit. All good things must come to an end.

We must not al­low the cur­rent tax ben­e­fi­cia­ries to frame the de­bate on a fairer tax sys­tem as some sort of ‘‘pun­ish­ment’’ or the ‘‘pol­i­tics of envy’’.

The de­bate is about a fair tax sys­tem.

Clos­ing loop­holes should mean ev­ery­one who is not a hyp­ocrite will sup­port this bold move.

KEVIN WAT­SON, Plim­mer­ton

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