Our Christ­mas spend a char­ity source?

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

Last week I had a dream which was re­ally clear when I woke.

The dream went like this: I dreamt that if we all ate a lit­tle less on Christ­mas Day and maybe gave slightly less ex­pen­sive Christ­mas presents the ‘‘sav­ings’’ could be gath­ered to­gether and given to the truly marginalised in the world to give them a brighter Christ­mas in 2013.

So I have rung World Vi­sion and they are very happy to ac­cept the money col­lected and di­rect it to The World Food Pro­gramme. WFP is a United Na­tions front­line agency as­signed to com­bat global hunger.

They en­deav­our to feed 90 mil­lion peo­ple a year, 58 mil­lion of them chil­dren. Ev­ery $1 given to World Vi­sion-WFP en­ables $6 worth of food aid and re­lief es­sen­tials.

So any­one who would like to par­tic­i­pate be­tween now and early De­cem­ber just put your cal­cu­lated ‘‘sav­ings’’ in an en­ve­lope with Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Chal­lenge on the out­side and drop it into the Chron­i­cle Of­fice or Bay­leys Real Es­tate or give it to me per­son­ally.

I sin­cerely thank you in ad­vance on their be­half.

With all this money that is spent on this so called cycling track from point A to point B.

There should be a truck de­tour each side of town to keep this heavy haulage out of the town, the streets are just get­ting to­tally ru­ined, the fi­nances that are used on this prob­lem should be put to bet­ter use.

We have so much room – all that dead ground in the mid­dle of the main street, that the town plan­ners can play around with. We don’t need all that grass in the mid­dle of town some of that area can be put to bet­ter use.

Why not two lanes to get the traf­fic mov­ing faster?

An­other idea so trucks won’t be able to stop in town for feeds, well they shouldn’t be stop­ping.

When you build the new by­pass build a truck stop on the out­skirts of town so they all have a place to go.

It does not take much to work this out. Come on you town plan­ners get to it.

Mata­mata is main thor­ough­fare, it is just a bot­tle neck and has been for a long time. Come on! Look for a rea­son to have roads flow­ing, don’t look for an ex­cuse not to do some­thing about it .

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