What are we wait­ing for? Get mov­ing on the new li­brary

Hawke's Bay Today - - Opinion -

"But I have to won­der why are we wait­ing? For what? For this strat­egy doc­u­ment to be com­pleted? Our new li­brary to be built?" C. Hil­lary

Read­ing this 2018 Li­brary Strat­egy Doc­u­ment in prepa­ra­tion for mak­ing a sub­mis­sion, it’s all very earnest and worth­while sound­ing.

I see they have al­ready been con­sult­ing widely with the com­mu­nity over the past year and list de­tails of many ex­cel­lent ideas, themes, and sug­ges­tions from th­ese con­ver­sa­tions.

It was ob­vi­ous from the be­gin­ning the MTG space would be con­strict­ing for the li­brary staff and ser­vices. Even with their oblig­ing staff.

As well as feel­ing stuffy and claus­tro­pho­bic, ac­cess at that lo­ca­tion is tricky for many.

But I have to won­der why are we wait­ing? For what? For this strat­egy doc­u­ment to be com­pleted? Our new li­brary to be built?

Surely some of th­ese sug­ges­tions could be tri­alled al­ready?

Tem­po­rary branches out in the sub­urbs? Mo­bile ser­vices? Com­mu­ni­ty­based ac­tiv­i­ties or in con­junc­tion with the other coun­cil-funded or­gan­i­sa­tions? Pro­mo­tion and sup­port for “Lit­tle Li­braries” in neigh­bour­hoods? I am sure staff could have come up with plenty of sug­ges­tions them­selves.

Please just get mov­ing and try some things in the mean­time. In­stead of all this wait­ing and con­sult­ing ad nau­seum. Peo­ple will feel en­gaged and some things they try may even be a suc­cess! C. Hil­lary Maraenui

No em­pa­thy

I could not be­lieve the text that Carol sent on Sat­ur­day.

I think your em­pa­thy is very short­sighted in re­spect of the young home­less syn­thetic user dy­ing. Not only do you en­cour­age their use of drugs by pro­vid­ing the funds for them to pur­chase, in do­ing so you have given this young per­son a pre­ma­ture death and you think you are do­ing the right thing by feed­ing their habits. If you think your con­science is clear, think again. There is only one win­ner here and that is the drug dealer who you are so er­ro­neously sup­port­ing. Don’t feed their ad­dic­tion, give them other means of sup­port. Mark Stack Napier

Fire­works

Fire­works started mid­day Fri­day, No­vem­ber 2, heard day and night on and off ’til 11.30pm Wed­nes­day, No­vem­ber 7. Re­sults so far, horse dies due to stress and fire black­ens Te Mata hill­side.

Own­ers of pets and horses, etc, could plan their an­i­mals’ wel­fare if the fire­works were en­joyed just the one night, No­vem­ber 5, by re­spon­si­ble fam­i­lies and friends. Un­for­tu­nately fire­works are also pur­chased by ir­re­spon­si­ble fools who don’t care and prob­a­bly think it’s great fun to keep scar­ing an­i­mals and wak­ing the baby at all hours. Even start­ing dan­ger­ous fires is a laugh. Th­ese are the idiots you re­spon­si­ble peo­ple can thank for us dread­ful “fun po­lice” say­ing sales to the pub­lic should be stopped. (Abridged)

R. White Hast­ings

Ex­cep­tional work

Pub­lic no­tice on Sat­ur­day, No­vem­ber 3 about Dun­can Brown, my favourite pho­tog­ra­pher.

His 30 years of work for the pa­per has been ex­cep­tional and al­ways recog­nis­able.

Twenty years ago he did a quaint photo of our three fan­tail chicks in a nest built on a rope in the shed.

An­other spe­cial photo was at hay­mak­ing time with two trac­tors, a truck, a baler, five men, two women and the boss with a bro­ken hay fork perched on his shoul­der — what a day.

So many mem­o­ries.

Best wishes to Dun­can and Linda in their own full­time pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness. Cara Tresid­der Have­lock North

Mag­pie mix spot on

As an old boy of Hast­ings Boys High School, I also be­lieve this mix of Mag­pie play­ers is spot on.

A won­der­ful bal­ance of ma­tu­rity and youth in black and white de­vel­op­ing nicely in time to play a form of to­tal rugby that is unique to the cul­ture of the Hawke’s Bay Magpies. Shad Thom­sen Hast­ings

“Ir­re­spon­si­ble fools” set­ting off fire­works are re­spon­si­ble for prob­lems, says a let­ter writer.

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