There are also many buskers performing on the street who want my money
In each of these scenarios I have to make a free decision whether to give or not give money. Why then can’t the same free decision making process be applied to our experience with beggars?
Any beggar that acts aggressively or simply demands our money should be dealt with through the many means available to us. Our society has laws in place to cover this.
So why are our mayor and some councillors pushing for yet another bylaw to be added so beggars can be dragged off the streets just for simply sitting on a pavement with a cap beside them asking for money?
Oh that’s right; this is local body election year. So let’s get stuck into the vulnerable people with addiction problems and mental health issues.
So what if raising this issue only makes their lives much more difficult. They can’t fight back but it sure is going to bring out the divisive, judgmental and ugly side of our society.
I want our city to be known for its humane and caring citizens. Surely there are far more creative solutions to this complex issue than just passing another bylaw to legislate these so called ‘nuisances’, out of sight, out of mind, just to make some folk feel better and in turn garner votes in election year?
Dion Martin Palmerston North
P. Boyce (‘‘Waterways should be swimmable’’, March 2) recycles the claim that the Manawatu is ‘‘the most polluted river in the Western world’’.
This is news to the hundreds of people who have swum on some days in Waitoetoe Park (including my family) during this glorious summer. And that’s just one spot.
I happily report no adverse health results at all.
Steve Wrathall Palmerston North
PUBLIC SPACE SUBMISSIONS
Public spaces in cities don’t get to be beautiful by accident.
Currently the decisions relating to city entrances, streetscapes, reserves; rules relating to trees, by the rivr, green spaces and the connections between them, come under several plans.
This fragmentation is clumsy and outdated.
Council is seeking help with forming a vegetation framework for the big picture and future.
Such considerations as the need for shade and shelter, and plants that prosper in our environment, need closer attention.
Getting constructive feedback is critical for the practical and aesthetic success of this important process.
Check out the Draft Vegetation Framework for PN on the council’s website pncc.govt.nz. Council’s Michael Duindam will receive oral submissions and answer your questions.
You can make submissions by phone or email up until March 18.
Stewart Harrex Palmerston North
I was concerned about The Lady in the Van review [ ‘From grand dame to grub’, Tribune March 2] because the reviewer’s ignorance about Alan Bennett does not make your paper look good.
Alan Bennett is a writer of extremely high standing, not just in the UK, but worldwide.
He observes and writes about people and their lives good and bad, happy and sad, and just the normal day-to-day events in life. That came through in the film. He always has funny moments, and Alan Bennett ‘fans’ know and appreciate this.
Peter Lampp’s ignorance shows in the statement ‘‘Parts of the story were untrue’’.
He entirely missed the point about there being two brothers. If he’d watched and listened properly he would have heard that the one staying at home was the writer and observer Alan Bennett, and the one going out and about and dealing with ‘the lady in the van’ etc was the active Alan Bennett.
The discussions between them was like him thinking about the situations and almost debating with himself about how to deal with things. I do hope that this sort of sloppy reviewing does not happen again.
Jeanette Doull Palmerston North
LOCAL BODY ELECTIONS
Last year the National Council of Women released a paper called ‘‘Enabling Women’s Potential the social economic and ethical imperative’.
One of the areas where women are not equally represented is in public life including local government.
National Council of Women Manawatu branch is organising a training session to assist women who plan to stand for election to local bodies later this year.
This free session will be held in the Missoula Room, City Council building from 5.30 pm on Wednesday March 16, 2016.
At the meeting the Returning Officer will outline the legal requirements; representatives from the media will talk about aspects of publicity, while women who have been elected to office in local bodies will talk about campaign strategy.
Interested women should contact the National Council of Women Manawatu branch at email@example.com or text 021 054 9270 to secure a place at this session
Helen Wong National Council of Women