Kind­ness mis­placed

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION / NEWS -

Ed­i­tor,

In re­gard to your story ‘‘A help­ing hand’’ [July 3, 2012], I read this ar­ti­cle and I must say I have mixed views re­gard­ing this.

Don’t get me wrong, like most peo­ple I too felt sorry for the Amer­i­can cou­ple, but the other half of me feels a lit­tle con­fused. Maybe I am old-fash­ioned, but when you are trav­el­ling over­seas should you not be a lit­tle more pre­pared (just in case some­thing un­ex­pected hap­pens)?

Mr Gollins cer­tainly did a lovely thing and also New World su­per­mar­ket.

But with how our econ­omy is, I’m pretty sure those jobs would have been greatly re­ceived by strug­gling peo­ple in our own community.

Maybe a univer­sity stu­dent, a high school stu­dent or just a mum or dad, who may have lost their job re­cently.

I’m sure 50 hours a week work would help a strug­gling fam­ily to pay their bills, put food on the ta­ble, pay the mort­gage, and so on.

Not like our lucky Amer­i­can tourists, they got to ski in Queen­stown.

PAUL RA­MAK­ERS, Porirua at­trib­uted to this.

With­out these half­way houses, re­leased pris­on­ers of­ten had no sat­is­fy­ing so­cial re­la­tion­ships, not much money and no job.

Un­der­stand­ably, they would likely seek the com­pan­ion­ship and sup­port of other ex-pris­on­ers, many of whom had re­verted to a life of crime, with the con­se­quence that they also would em­bark on some crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

The es­tab­lish­ment of such houses is a proven con­trib­u­tor to re­duced re­cidi­vism.

Some res­i­dents suc­cess­fully ob­ject to these houses but they may pon­der upon the pos­si­bil­ity that, if they are bur­gled, the of­fender might not have done so had he had the op­por­tu­nity of be­ing re­leased to a half­way house.

BRYAN HELM, Pare­mata $100,000-a-year rep­re­sen­ta­tives have the same fi­nan­cial blink­ers to eco­nomic re­al­ity?

Sadly though, even Moira’s fig­ures are in­cor­rect. She has over­looked the fact that $1.903m taken from re­serves is also cash ex­pen­di­ture which could be al­lo­cated else­where if this project didn’t pro­ceed. So, to­tal project cash cost over 10 years is $30.089m and de­pre­ci­a­tion of $4.571m is on top.

And, for those who are in­ter­ested, have a look at the sim­i­lar treat­ment of the Vil­lage Plan ex­pen­di­ture. Ad­ver­tised cost $5.595m; ac­tual in­ten­tion $11.746m plus de­pre­ci­a­tion $1.236m.

We know from their si­lence that all our coun­cil­lors think this ap­proach is ac­cept­able. For those like me who are ap­palled by our rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ dis­re­gard for the community’s abil­ity to keep fund­ing these ex­cesses, who will put up their hand to stand with me against them next year?

BRIAN COLLINS, Pa­pakowhai

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