A Liz Kelly critic writes

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

So the worst kept se­cret in town is now of­fi­cial: Liz Kelly is de­sert­ing the ward she lives in and has rep­re­sented for nine years to stand in the Eastern ward.

It’s ob­vi­ous why Mrs Kelly is do­ing that. She knew she wouldn’t get re-elected be­cause the seats were re­duc­ing from three to two in the Western ward and she sees a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to get elected in the larger Eastern ward.

Mrs Kelly’s woe­ful record this term in­cludes poor meet­ing at­ten­dance, pub­lic spats and gen­eral neg­a­tiv­ity.

All this adds up to her not be­ing a good rep­re­sen­ta­tive for our city.

I hope vot­ers take a good look at Liz Kelly and choose one of the many other good can­di­dates on of­fer. Nine years is long enough!

It is of­fen­sive to read such a per­sonal at­tack on a mem­ber of the Porirua com­mu­nity.

While I found the ar­ti­cle on pages 2 and 3 to be very in­for­ma­tive, it was in­ap­pro­pri­ate to sin­gle out one city coun­cil­lor on the front page; es­pe­cially when the coun­cil­lor in ques­tion did not per­form the worst in this eval­u­a­tion. In fu­ture, I would be in­ter­ested in read­ing some­thing of more im­por­tance. con­sider the no­tion that our own ath­letes could be cheats.

I am in no way ac­cus­ing Valerie Adams of cheat­ing, but if you look at it from an over­seas point of view, she is an un­usu­ally large and pow­er­ful woman who has been – lit­er­ally – head and shoul­ders above her op­po­si­tion for the best part of six years.

Sim­i­larly, we re­cently de­lighted in the ex­ploits of our freestyle swim­mer Lau­ren Boyle, who won three medals at the world champs in Spain.

Boyle is in her mid-20s and has been swim­ming in­ter­na­tion­ally for eight years. De­spite that, she got to Spain and in the 1500m absolutely smashed her pre­vi­ous record.

To be a very ex­pe­ri­enced swim­mer and then sud­denly chop many sec­onds off a per­sonal best was ex­tra­or­di­nary.

I am ac­cus­ing Boyle of noth­ing sin­is­ter, but merely point­ing out how it is pos­si­ble to view th­ese things an­other way.

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