Use as­sets

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

Toko­roa has such beau­ti­ful wide roads, most towns or ci­ties would be rather en­vi­ous I am sure, such for­ward look­ing plan­ning. Why is it then that we seem to main­tain them sim­ply to paint white lines on and to re­strict their full use?

The foot­paths on the other hand seem to at­tract all sorts of traf­fic and are fully utilised. We use them for park­ing, which I thought was il­le­gal; we use them for cy­cling which is also iffy. Some busi­nesses in town re­gard them as an ex­ten­sion of their premises!

Mo­bil­ity scoot­ers use them, push chairs and prams also share with the pedes­trian. So some sort of un­der­stand­ing of who and for what the foot­paths are in­tended would be ben­e­fi­cial

Why not try and en­cour­age the cy­cles back on to the roads (young chil­dren at par­ent’s dis­cre­tion) In­stead of re­strict­ing mo­tor traf­fic with white lines turn them in to cy­cle lanes. Let’s get some ben­e­fit out of such wide un­der­utilised roads. Get peo­ple out of their cars and on their cy­cles. It’s what you call a win win sit­u­a­tion. The en­vi­ron­ment and peo­ple’s health would both ben­e­fit.

With the de­vel­op­ment of Cougar Park Moun­tain Bike Track and the River Trail Toko­roa could be­come a cy­cle town Mecca. Cy­cling in gen­eral is on the up and up, let’s get in there and utilise our as­sets not paint white lines on them. Roger Free­man,

Toko­roa ben­e­fit en­sures there is no real poverty of the sort in third-world coun­tries.

If any fam­ily in New Zealand sends their chil­dren to school hun­gry it is not the state, but the par­ents who should be ques­tioned.

Emer­gen­cies are also cov­ered. But ben­e­fi­cia­ries con­tinue to have ba­bies when al­ready un­em­ployed and with­out means to raise their chil­dren.

New Zealand has almost the high­est rate of sole par­ent­hood in the OECD – and low­est rate of sole par­ent em­ploy­ment. In­ter­na­tional ev­i­dence shows that re­quir­ing sole par­ents on a ben­e­fit to take up work is the sin­gle most ef­fec­tive way of re­duc­ing child poverty. De­nis Shuker,


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