Drugs, alas, are here to stay

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

I was one of the many that was at the protest out­side the le­gal high shop on Satur­day. It was a pretty vo­cal crowd and I ap­plaud those who turned up in sup­port. I, for one, would like to see these syn­thetic drugs banned, but un­for­tu­nately they are al­ways go­ing to be around, whether they are banned or not.

There are two ways that this will go: ban them from sale from these so called party shops and they will go un­der­ground and still be sold by drug deal­ers, gangs and who­ever wants to make a fast buck and much harder to con­trol, and that way you would not re­ally know what you are get­ting. Hav­ing them in des­ig­nated shops at a lo­ca­tion away from the busy parts of town, away from schools, churches, day cares, you would know where they are, who is sell­ing them and it could be reg­u­lated and checked as of­ten as pos­si­ble un­der the law.

So, if these drugs are go­ing to be around, what way would you like to see them sold, be­cause un­for­tu­nately, as much as we all would like to see it stopped, it will not hap­pen. As long as you have people out there who want it there will be a sup­plier, whether reg­u­lated or not, legally or il­le­gally. Keep up the good fight, Toko­roa.

John Wa­ters each year to see where people live and how they get to school. This year’s re­sults pro­duced for the first time 0 stu­dents bik­ing as part of our sur­vey.

This was ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing, but not sur­pris­ing.

Since the ar­rival of the bikes there has been a dra­matic change, so much so that stu­dents were able to go back to their re­search projects and add in that they an­tic­i­pated a surge in the num­ber of stu­dents bik­ing next year.

The fur­thest stu­dent from Toko­roa High School is only ap­prox­i­mately 4 kilo­me­tres from the school and it will be ex­tremely ben­e­fi­cial in terms of health and eco­nomic terms to get them out of cars and us­ing their bikes.

We are ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of start­ing a morn­ing rid­ing club.

On be­half of our stu­dents, fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity, thank you very much. This has and will make a huge dif­fer­ence to this com­mu­nity.

Dean Tereu

Only the All Blacks need five-star ac­com­mo­da­tion. Let’s hire it out to out­side vis­i­tors and let them know Toko­roa is a good place to stay.

Les Pinker­ton

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