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Fi­asco at the top

It is very hard for me to find words that help me un­der­stand what a sham­bles our Gov­ern­ment sys­tem re­ally is.

We have a man who sur­faces ev­ery three years, about three months be­fore and elec­tion, rubs every­one up the wrong way, makes ac­cu­sa­tions about all sorts of stuff (mainly against po­lit­i­cal opposition par­ties) and when asked to sub­stan­ti­ate them does noth­ing.

He can­not even win his own elec­torate seat in the main gen­eral elec­tion.

And yet here we have him strut­ting round like a self­im­por­tant hero hold­ing the coun­try to ran­som.

Un­der the first past the post sys­tem his NZ First team would not have made the cut.

Once again, his mouth say­ing he will have a de­ci­sion as to who he is sup­port­ing on Oc­to­ber 12 and when that passes he now, bold as brass and twice as brazen, he stands on na­tional tele­vi­sion and says it could be as late as Mon­day.

For me the whole sys­tem is a damn great big joke.

Ac­cord­ing to Google there are only four other coun­tries in the world that us the MMP sys­tem.

Let us get back to a sys­tem where the peo­ple who ac­tu­ally vote at the booths have the say, not politi­cians hold­ing the coun­try to ran­som. Jack Sheehan Roxburgh Abridged - Editor

Wa­ter­front beach

For Lake Te Anau wa­ter­front de­vel­op­ment I pro­pose the im­por­ta­tion of sand and a beach area be made in the bay at the end of Matai Street.

There are pop­u­lar beaches on the west shore of the lake such as Dock and Brod Bays but these re­quire walk­ing to or ac­cess by a boat.

These beaches also have pro­lific sand­flies while the east side of the lake there aren’t any.

The lake is a beau­ti­ful as­set to the re­gion but I be­lieve you should not have to have use of a boat to en­joy its beaches.

The ex­ist­ing bay to the right of the pub­lic boat ramp and at the end of Dusky Street is a pop­u­lar spot for fam­i­lies and this is steep with a gath­er­ing of gravel.

Re­source con­sent for this pro­posal would be re­quired from Environment South­land.

Op­tions for non-im­ported sand (by con­sent) could in­clude:

Sand re­claimed from within the lake such as river mouths or Tui Bay.

Here there is easy ac­cess when the lake is low and has good qual­ity sand.

At present sand build up is cleared from the boat har­bour and is taken away and dumped.

This source could be utilised and stored lo­cally for main­te­nance of the beach.

Mon­i­tor­ing of the sand would need to be made with main­te­nance needed and mak­ing a pile for this on se­cure coun­cil land could be an op­tion.

Sand loss through wave ac­tion, wa­ter flow and fluc­tu­at­ing lake lev­els would have an ob­vi­ous im­pact so I pro­pose drop­ping test piles of sand at ar­eas along the wa­ter’s edge to iden­tify strong and weak ar­eas of ero­sion.

Con­cen­tra­tion of sand for en­hanc­ing the stoney beach could then be made in cer­tain ar­eas.

For this pro­posal to pro­ceed, the com­mu­nity will need to back and sup­port it.

Please feel free to pro­vide feed­back. Ben Thomas Te Anau Abridged - Editor

Ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity

Thank you James Smith, of Alexan­dra, for re­mind­ing us of the ero­sion that is tak­ing place to the good val­ues that once were in abun­dance in this fine coun­try of ours.

I lost a brother to aids many years ago.

He lived the high life like there was no to­mor­row and partied hard and was up for any­thing, drugs and all.

When he passed away I couldn’t shed a tear, he lived for his grat­i­fi­ca­tion and no one else’s.

When I was very young ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity was il­le­gal.

Years later it was deemed to be okay be­tween con­sent­ing adults.

Fol­low­ing that it ap­pears to have be­come con­sid­ered a life­style choice by many folk and al­most pro­moted as such by the me­dia.

I pray I won’t be around when our soft law mak­ers make ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity com­pul­sory. Ray Wil­son Mataura

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