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The fearsomeness of these great white sharks is a man-ade mania.
Very few attacks causing death or injuries result from sharks, unlike death and injuries from dog attacks, road accidents, sporting activities, or daily living with violence and murders.
Most countries around the world have dangers from sharks, lions, bears, snakes, and many other things, so one must always remember we share this planet with other creatures, and need to show them respect, as they have their purpose, even if we cannot understand.
They are part of our fauna and flora, just like our eco-system, so we should treat all with respect and be responsible ourselves. JOHN BASSETT
Diggers’ Valley Puanga Matariki, Orion, Pleiades star constellation, as a public holiday, stating that ma¯ori navigated by these stars.
Ma¯ori never navigated here. The early ones were brought out here by the Chinese.
How could they know anything about navigation? To navigate you had to have some place to navigate to.
If you need to make a day to celebrate, why not something closer to home, like Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter November 16, 1840, which is our true founding document and first constitution. This important document has been ignored for over 173 years.
The day we should all celebrate a holiday as our Independence Day, May 3, when New Zealand became a British colony with its own governor and its own government under one flag and one law, instead of some star system a million light years away. IAN BROUGHAM
Wanganui The indefatigable members of Women’s Grey Power, O¯ tamatea, again reveal their disposition for making outrageous false claims (June 7) upon which to base their loopy proposals, at the same time exploiting and abusing your unusual commitment to free speech.
It is those who tell lies or distort the truth who give free speech a bad name, and provide eagerly grasped validation to those, such as our feminist (mainstream) media, who would impose Orwellian controls.
In this instance, the ladies claim boldly (that’s been proven to be the most effective way to deter doubt) that New Zealand’s imprisonment rate is the highest in the world on a per capita basis. In fact, very quick internet research informs us that World Prison Brief puts us at 61st in the world, and Wikipedia puts us in 69th place. Please, ladies.
Nonetheless, the ladies could well be right in so far as our criminals come out of our prisons worse than when they go in. That’s not a reason to leave them on the streets to continue their vile crimes; that’s a commentary on the appalling state of our prisons.
As the ladies intimate, our prisons have become little more than gang establishments, where the younger and less hardened are groomed to become much harder. There is a quite easy solution which is not new, and has been proposed since at least the 1960s. But that was when the influence of the Left began to grow, and so that solution has never been allowed to circulate freely.
It is simply that all prison sentences for violent crime should be served in solitary confinement.
Such confinement would need to be only relatively short, given its high deterrent effect. And it has the obvious benefit of keeping violent, vicious criminals separated. LEO LEITCH Benneydale