Well-served

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

Over the past few months I have had to use the ser­vices at our hospi­tal.

I wish to thank the Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency depart­ment as well as the ward staff. You do a great job and I now fully ap­pre­ci­ate the avail­abil­ity of these ser­vices in our town.

K Reid Toko­roa let­ter pub­lished in which I com­plained about noisy ve­hi­cles (baf­fles re­moved from the muf­fler and huge boom boxes).

I was too judg­men­tal. I be­lieved these driv­ers were be­ing an­noy­ing de­lib­er­ately. Af­ter read­ing on­line a study car­ried out in the United States I re­alise they are not en­tirely in con­trol of what they do. The study found a link be­tween a noisy ve­hi­cle and its driver’s in­tel­lect – the higher the deci­bels the lower the IQ.

It also found some ev­i­dence to sug­gest that a large ex­haust pipe was to some de­gree com­pen­sa­tion for be­ing phys­i­cally short-changed by mother na­ture.

So things are not al­ways as sim­ple as they ap­pear. But I do feel some mea­sures should be taken to pro­tect the hear­ing of the chil­dren I of­ten see strapped into their seats in these ve­hi­cles. They must be ab­sorb­ing those deci­bels through their skin as well as their ears. Their brains could be dam­aged so that when they grow up they might want to drive a noisy ve­hi­cle. R Free­man

Toko­roa

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