In reply to Phil Etheridge’s letter re the phasing out of cats (Tribune November 11): I have never seen a cat with a native bird. Young female domestic cats including strays may catch exotic birds and rats and mice, but even in Gareth Morgan’s well awaited Cat Cam project, which was meant to vilify cats to the nation, not one single bird was caught, let alone a native.
Once, to my horror, I found seven dead birds in a bucket at my place, presumably poisoned nearby and looking for water. Every day there is also a dead bird on the busy road. I suggest we swap the ‘T’ for an ‘R’ and phase out cars? Stray and feral cats are born out of human irresponsibility.
Obviously desexing strays is going to stop them multiplying and is better than doing nothing. And if the Council was to mandate the spaying and neutering of people’s pets, the unwanted cat and kitten population would practically be solved. Rhonda Findlay
I haven’t said too much about the whole flag debate so far, but I feel it’s worth sharing my thoughts.
I am not against changing the flag but I do have an issue with it.. As someone who works in the notfor-profit sector with people on low incomes, or who are struggling to make ends meet, I have tried to take a wider view of the debate.
The cost has been said to be $26m, but changing the flag is much more than the $26m it costs to make the decision about it. For example, think about the New Zealand armed forces for a moment. Now think about the number of flags used in the forces – the flags, the badges, other insignia, even the logos and paperwork – all which will have to be changed to display the ‘‘new’’ flag.
Now if we consider the number of different government agencies (of which most will not have things like badges, yeah I get that) and business that currently use the flag on their logos, their coat of arms, their letterheads, etc, we can start to see the share scale of the size, and therefore the cost to the country, in changing the flag. Companies who make flags and corporate paraphernalia must be rubbing their hands together.
In summary, the cost to change the flag in NZ is far more than $26m. That is only the cost we can see for the process of changing the flag. The real cost is unknown and can’t be estimated.
In times when, as a country, we need to support those in need, the sick, the poor, and the hungry, please consider seriously where you put your vote in the referendum.
Rebecca Culver Palmerston North
The 3.8 per cent rates increase is applied, along with 15 per cent GST, pushing people further into economic slavery.
Increases are grossly in excess of inflation and more importantly, most people’s annual pay rise. Now the new QV valuations indicate the average capital value of homes increased an average of 3.7 per cent land value component alone (on which rates are based), by 8.5 per cent to $148K, since 2012.
Increases exceeded rises compared to energy, housing, food etc over past 12 years, why? HAVE YOUR SAY The Tribune welcomes letters. They should not exceed 250 words and must carry a genuine name, home address and daytime phone number. Preference is given to letters exclusive to The Tribune. Letters may be edited. They can be emailed to email@example.com or posted to PO Box 3, Palmerston North to be received by 4pm on the Thursday prior to publication.
Abandoned cats remain a polarising issue .