Cashed-up drunks welcome
Nick Hunt (The Weekend Press), BNZ Centre landlord, wants drunk and drugged folk cleansed from our city centre because they are intimidating people and are a ‘‘dreadful’’ look.
Honestly, I couldn’t agree more. I have lost count of the number of times I have been harassed by highly intoxicated hoodlums in town, all of them well heeled and enjoying Christchurch’s bar scene.
Every weekend hoards of cashed-up drunks roam the streets, damaging both people and property while taking up precious police resources and filling A&E with the casualties of inner-city boozing. The economic and social cost of alcohol abuse is huge, so maybe it is time we banned alcohol from the city centre.
No chance: Selling alcohol to monied-up punters is big business or, as Nick Hunt might say, ‘‘easy money’’ and the Central City Business Association would most likely agree with him, no matter what the cost to society. Capitalism isn’t known for having a conscience, after all.
Meanwhile, Hunt and the CCBA continue their socio-economic witch hunt against any poor and downtrodden souls who dare to venture into the city centre, deeming them uncouth, unsightly and unworthy of our fine new city. The message is clear: If you can afford to party in your ‘‘glad rags’’, then come on in and get as drunk as you like, but if your rags are the real deal, then sorry but you’re not welcome. The saying ‘‘Money talks’’ comes to mind. Dave Hegan St Albans
Poor drunks not welcome
Nick Hunt says the Christchurch City Council has to do something to remove ‘‘so-called homeless people’’, many of whom he says are ‘‘drunk and drugged’’.
Paul Lonsdale (Central City Business Association Manager) adds ‘‘begging, rough sleeping, mental health issues and drug and alcohol addiction’’ to the list.
The reason these people are there is the lack of support from the current Government over the past nine years – lack of affordable housing, limited access to drug and alcohol rehabilitation programmes, and the severe underfunding of mental health services. Chris Brown Lyttelton
Water tax affordable
I understand that there are some 12,000 dairy farms in New Zealand, but that only 2000 use irrigation. In other words, only 16 per cent of dairy farms are heavy users of irrigated water, and those that do would pay the heaviest prices if water was taxed at 1 or 2 cents per 1000 litres. The rest (84 per cent) would pay only a few hundred dollars a year – peanuts for farmers earning hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Tom Brockett Redwood
Water and the milking shed
I’m no scientist but one of the arguments for intense irrigation is that ‘‘the water simply pours into the rivers and out to sea’’. So what do these experts think nature intended? That the river ecology should rearrange itself to accommodate the dairy industry?
As I write, I am listening to Dr Mike Joy who mentions his genuine affection for cows and his experience in the milking shed. I too have had that experience but it wasn’t factory farming. And the farmer made a comfortable living. Carole Hadler Rolleston
Don’t blame North Korea
The two articles in the world section titled ‘‘North Korea threatening world peace’’ and ‘‘Russian war games spark confusion, fear’’ are unmitigated mirror images of reality. World peace is not, and has never been, threatened by North Korea, nor Russia. American hegemonic aspirations for world domination have been the problem since WWII in Cuba, Vietnam, Iraq, Libya and Syria.
In 1989, when Russia abandoned the Warsaw Pact, Ronald Reagan promised Gorbachev Nato would not move one inch eastwards. But the United States reneged on its promises and in 2007 placed missiles in Poland.
Since 2014, Nato has been positioned right at the borders of Russia, under the pretext that Russia had invaded Crimea and Ukraine. Crimea was a peaceful transition to the Russian Federation – not a shot was fired – and Ukraine an American-engineered violent coup. Now Russia, in response to Nato’s aggressive military exercises right at its borders is accused of holding exercises within its own (sic!) borders.
America’s navy has been harassing and provoking North Korea and China right at their borders. No wonder that North Korea, having witnessed so many regime changes, prepares itself by developing a nuclear deterrent. Tom Van Meurs Rolleston
‘‘I’m gutted that the Greens have managed to selfsabotage when they are so badly needed.’’ Andrew Troup, Christchurch