Give Jimbo the dog a knight­hood

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

Dogs vs Rab­bits. Dog is man’s best friend. Dogs save many lives each year. Dogs help the dis­abled and blind. Dogs catch drug deal­ers and other crim­i­nals. Mean­while, rab­bits spend their days eat­ing farm pas­ture and breed­ing. Jimbo the dog ate a rab­bit. Give Jimbo the dog a knight­hood for ser­vices to farm­ing. M Gar­diner

Ti­rau face, it has spent more than $100,000, and still climb­ing, of ratepay­ers’ money, with­out a man­date from those who are fund­ing their stu­pid­ity.

My good friend who is writ­ing this for me has grown up with dogs and has trained them to cham­pi­onship stan­dard, hav­ing won many pro­vin­cial and cen­tre cham­pi­onship dog tri­als.

Jimbo the dog, aka Maxwell Davis

Toko­roa de­voted and in­tel­li­gent, of­ten more than own­ers.

Good on you Car­rie King, I wish all dog own­ers were as loyal as you. We back you 100 per cent. S Lash­lie Toko­roa de­val­ued with mort­gagee sales and peo­ple mov­ing out of town.

Rent-to-buy houses that never sell be­cause of over-in­fla­tion re­sults in banks re­fus­ing to lend and houses be­come shabby, which is an eye­sore.

What in­fu­ri­ated me was a let­ter to the ed­i­tor (27/02/13) by C Bev­erly moan­ing about shops and a petrol sta­tion be­ing built in Toko­roa. Ro­torua has the cheap­est fuel prices in New Zealand be­cause of com­pe­ti­tion.

That city has boom­ing re­tail out­lets be­ing built in­clud­ing con­sent for a K mart store in the cen­tral mall, Lyn­more shop­ping devel­op­ment and the al­ready built lake road shop­ping cen­tre.

We don’t need more fam­i­lies or hy­droslides at the ratepay­ers’ ex­pense, we need more job cre­ation that would bring the val­ues of houses up so prop­er­ties can be looked af­ter. Cre­at­ing busi­ness cre­ates lo­cal in­vest­ment and the spinoff is jobs, and Toko­roa needs to em­brace its lo­ca­tion near State High­way 1. Any whingers who live in the past should take a look at them­selves. N Leathers

Toko­roa I’ve got a bet­ter idea for ev­ery­one. Never mind about stop­ping smok­ing – it is a long lost cause.

In­stead let’s talk about a taboo sub­ject, our kids are com­mit­ting sui­cide in in­creas­ing num­bers.

Talk about it. Sorry but it is not go­ing to go away. It is killing our kids faster than smok­ing does wake up and face the facts peo­ple. Sui­cide can no longer be a taboo sub­ject. Those of us who have lost some­one be­cause of it need to talk about it.

There is no help out there for the fam­i­lies. We have peo­ple like South Waikato SYS, RATS Rid­ers Against Teen Sui­cide and CASPER. Th­ese groups are only pri­vate groups.

We need John Key and all the rest (of Par­lia­ment) to sup­port groups like th­ese. Stop smok­ing? Stop sui­cide first, it kills a lot faster. L Pinker­ton


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