Sav­ing lives

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

In re­ply to Rose­mary Mor­ton, I am find­ing it re­ally hard to come to terms with your com­plaint re­gard­ing the Plim­mer­ton Fire Sta­tion siren.

That dread­ful siren as you call it has saved and still does save so many lives. As a child 55 years ago the sound of the siren was ex­cit­ing and it was a big thrill to watch all the vol­un­teers ar­riv­ing at the sta­tion, lights flash­ing for a call out. Ev­ery Satur­day at 12 o’clock the siren would be tested and many a child would rush home know­ing they should have been home for lunch.

I have found it just so com­fort­ing to know that it still brings vol­un­teers to­gether to fight fires, at­tend road ac­ci­dents, heart at­tack vic­tims and in the past man­power to look for a lost child.

I find it aw­ful that as an adult I would ob­ject to the siren solely on the premise that it oc­ca­sion­ally wakes you up. I won­der if Rose­mary would still ob­ject if it was her fam­ily or friends need­ing the ser­vices of the vol­un­teer brigade and the siren was the fastest way to get the man power needed to help.

Plim­mer­ton is a beau­ti­ful vil­lage and I think the fire sta­tion and the siren is part and par­cel of the char­ac­ter of the vil­lage.

SU­SAN MAC­GRE­GOR, Porirua. known that CPI for the year ended De­cem­ber 31, 2011, was 1.8 per cent. For the year ended March 31, 2012, the CPI had dropped to 1.6 per cent and was be­ing fore­casted to drop to 1 per cent by the end of the year.

On page 5 of the draft plan, coun­cil state that the av­er­age rate in­crease for 2012/13 will be 3.2 per cent. Not only has this in­crease been pred­i­cated on in­flated in­fla­tion of 2.7 per cent but they have also added the 0.5 per cent growth fac­tor into the rates for ex­ist­ing ratepay­ers.

If the cur­rent in­fla­tion of 1.6 per cent is used the av­er­age rates in­crease should be no more than 1.6 per cent, not twice the rate of in­fla­tion that they have an­nounced. All of this leads one to con­clude that ratepay­ers are be­ing mis­led by smoke and mir­rors or by dou­ble dip­ping or by creative ac­count­ing or by ob­fus­ca­tion, Ratepay­ers, you judge which one, if not all of the above ap­plies.

AL­LAN BLOOFIELD, Pau­ata­hanui cou­ple of weeks a crew of around a dozen work­ers em­ployed to dig up and tear out per­fectly good flow­er­ing plants from all of the city cen­tre’s round­abouts and re­place them with new seedlings.

Surely this is an ex­er­cise car­ried out far too of­ten and an un­nec­es­sary ex­pense to the city’s ratepay­ers?

I per­son­ally would pre­fer the money be­ing spent more wisely else­where, say in the ar­eas where bud­get cuts have been an­nounced such as the re­moval of rub­bish bins.

I’d also like to know the fate of said plants that have been need­lessly re­moved, are they re-cy­cled or just binned as green waste? I ap­pre­ci­ate that plants are sea­sonal but if they are still putting on an im­pres­sive show why the need to re­place them so of­ten?

I’d say the waste lies in the hands of whose who make these de­ci­sions, or is it just a case of keep­ing jobs for the boys? AN­GELA DA­LEY, Ti­tahi Bay.

(Let­ter abridged)

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