Get a job, wood thief

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

I buried my mother two months ago, last Wed­nes­day I buried my fa­ther.

I am dev­as­tated, but I had first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of how beau­ti­ful my town is, Ex­port meat and their gen­eros­ity, New World and their un­der­stand­ing, Repco staff with their gor­geous flow­ers.

Then I was sub­jected to the ugly side of my town. When my fam­ily and I re­turned from the sec­ond tangi we came home to our fire­wood stolen.

What up­sets me is not that the wood was stolen, but the fact that if the per­son who stole it needed to warm their fam­ily, and asked me for the wood, I would have given it with­out ques­tion, but in­stead they stole it.

I hope this wood warms you and your fam­ily so at least it was for some­thing, but maybe you should find your­self a job in­stead of drink­ing and smok­ing ev­ery week­end? M J El­lis. Toko­roa. You can­not beat the good old steak and eggs or fish and chips cooked the good old-fash­ioned way. It is a shame be­cause as I said one of our great icons has gone. Hope­fully the bush­man will last just as many years. L Pinker­ton

Toko­roa in­for­ma­tion. Where? The li­brary! The hub of the com­mu­nity!

By charg­ing for in­ter­net ac­cess in li­braries this in­evitably dumbs down the com­mu­nity by re­mov­ing ac­cess to tech­nol­ogy to ac­cess the world wide web.

If you are a younger voter or know younger users of the li­brary then make this an elec­tion ques­tion for can­di­dates. Judg­ing from the coun­cil’s last de­ci­sion on this mat­ter, and the mayor as an ex­am­ple, some un­der­stood ‘‘gam­ing on li­brary com­put­ers’’ as in­ter­preted as young peo­ple ‘‘gam­bling on line’’ to make money play­ing black­jack.

Leave the pay com­put­ers in­tact, so that queues to the free com­put­ers can be short, and in­tro­duce free wifi if you bring your smart phone into the li­brary to read. Oth­er­wise have a 15-minute book­ing sys­tem for free sit-down in­ter­net com­put­ers in the li­brary. R Young Toko­roa

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