The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

Amer­ica is now drift­ing to­wards fas­cism. The Democrats se­cured 12 mil­lion more votes than the Repub­li­cans in the Se­nate race and yet went back­wards. This is a coun­try that leads teams of in­spec­tors to view elec­tions held in third-world na­tions sup­pos­edly to en­sure they are demo­crat­i­cally run. It can only get worse from here.

Dave Smith, Tawa

Re cy­cling in Welling­ton, the re­al­ity is the abun­dance of over­sized SUV-type ve­hi­cles cre­ates a power in­bal­ance on the roads. What’s the like­li­hood of a car-rid­den traf­fic of­fi­cer or foot­mounted coun­cil war­den ac­tu­ally in­ter­act­ing with a cy­clist in time any­way?

Dar­ryl Prowse, New­lands

Re New twist to Vic name change (Nov 9), it seems there are el­e­ments on the uni­ver­sity staff who have gen­der equal­ity prob­lems within the arts. The present name for the uni­ver­sity is def­i­nitely gen­der equal. Vic­to­ria was fe­male and Welling­ton was male. To take away the name Vic­to­ria would cre­ate an in­equal­ity and would no doubt up­set the fem­i­nists. Per­haps if a new name has to be given then why not Vic­to­ria/Welling­ton Uni­ver­sity of New Zealand. That may even please min­is­ter Chris Hip­kins. Les­lie Austin, Feather­ston

When will the NZ Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice re­alise that any type of New Zealand visa is like a cov­eted tro­phy for which peo­ple will pay any sum or en­dure any hard­ship to ob­tain. Dur­ing this process they suf­fer hor­ren­dous ex­ploita­tion at ev­ery step of the way, by their own peo­ple. This is sim­i­lar to mod­ern­day slav­ery against which New Zealand holds the moral high ground at ev­ery in­ter­na­tional meet­ing. The moral fab­ric of this coun­try is be­ing torn apart. It would help if we look in our own back­yard first be­fore cast­ing doubt or judg­ment on other coun­tries. Fara­had Irani, Lower Hutt

Be­cause we don’t pay our teach­ers enough and over­work them un­til they burn out, we have a teacher short­age, an un­be­liev­ably crazy so­lu­tion for which is to scrub English lan­guage tests in or­der to at­tract teach­ers from over­seas. ‘‘Phew – yestadee can’t splell teecha, now we is one!’’

Jim Young, Bel­mont

We read in the news that scoot­ers are caus­ing prob­lems – so scooter rid­ers, skate­board­ers, cy­clists, ve­hi­cle driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans need to look out for each other. What hap­pened to keep to the left? When I was a child I had it drilled into me at school and at home ‘‘keep to the left’’, to avoid prob­lems. I can re­call signs on foot­paths such as Wil­lis St, Welling­ton, telling pedes­tri­ans to ‘‘keep to the left’’.

Gor­don McArthur, Rau­mati

Once again there has been a me­dia on­slaught sup­port­ing the Mel­bourne Cup and once again I can’t help won­der­ing where all the hoopla is around our own big races. Surely the New Zealand TAB would be bet­ter serv­ing our rac­ing in­dus­try if it put half as much en­ergy in to the New Zealand Cup, the Welling­ton Cup or my per­sonal favourite race, the Ash­hurst-Po­hang­ina Cup. Thomas Lynch, Kingston

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