A cheery thought

Taranaki Daily News - - Opinion -

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.

Herb Span­nagl

New Ply­mouth

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.

Gra­ham Cochrane

New Ply­mouth

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.

Keith Blayney

Ha¯wera

Short but sweet

What a come­back. Con­grat­u­la­tions, All Blacks.

Gary Ste­wart

Fox­ton Beach

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