A cheery thought
We have a United Nations panel on just about everything imaginable but this grand institution strenuously avoids investigating what role the runaway human population explosion plays in many of its dire predictions.
In my own lifetime, the world population has tripled and there is a good chance that it will be fourfold by the time I drop off the perch.
Yet the question about how many humans this planet can sustainably support remains unanswered, despite irrefutable evidence of mankind’s already destructive and unsustainable impact on this world’s life support systems.
Time is running out for us to dial back this human plague before ‘‘nature’’ deploys its own answers, which won’t be pretty.
A marathon effort
Having run many half and full marathons over the past 40 years, I must congratulate New Plymouth Joggers & Walkers Club for the outstanding job they carried out with the staging of this year’s event.
As a past club captain of the club – albeit in the early 1980s – and former race organiser for our local Mountain To Surf Marathon over a number of years, I know too well the huge effort that goes on behind the scenes.
On the day I entered my first race as a walker; the 10km looked a good challenge to test my current fitness. I found this to be a lot harder than running but the support given by the officials around the course, and the overall organisation, meant my finishing time and placing surprised me. To cap off the day, I won a really good spot prize.
Well done to the organisers; looking forward to your 2019 event.
Scratching the surface
While your cover story on dents and scratches on cars (October 10) raises the issue of dishonesty, it didn’t address the underlying cause, namely the very narrow space allotted to cars in parking buildings and for parallel parking on roads.
I do hope that parking bays at Ha¯ wera’s rebuilt Countdown Supermarket will allow for doors to be opened without hitting the adjacent car, and allow room for the extra trolleys taken out to cars now that single-use plastic bags are gone.
Actually, they were never single use; they made great rubbish-bin liners.
Short but sweet
What a comeback. Congratulations, All Blacks.