NICK O’TEEN & AL K HALL

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

With re­gard to Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil’s smoke-free pol­icy. I would like to point out it is not the smok­ers who fill up the A&E at the hos­pi­tal on a Fri­day and Satur­day night, ha­rass­ing good doc­tors and nurses, it’s the peo­ple binge drink­ing to a point of un­con­scious­ness, vom­it­ing or just plain gen­er­ally ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour.

These same peo­ple are the ones spew­ing up in busi­nesses door­ways and leav­ing bro­ken bot­tles ly­ing around the CBD. It’s about time our do-gooder coun­cil­lors put the same em­pha­sis on drink­ing as they do smok­ing, but the si­lence is deaf­en­ing.

Most do­mes­tic call­outs at the weekend by our po­lice are al­co­hol fu­elled. I would how­ever like to com­pli­ment the PNCC on the nice new wilder­ness gar­den on Pi­o­neer High­way. A great im­pres­sion on vis­i­tors to the city.

Our new mayor started off with a hiss and roar about mov­ing our city for­ward but has now turned into a lame duck mayor.

Ian Bai­ley Palmer­ston North

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