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