Thought for to­day

Andy Jones Nel­son, De­cem­ber 2 Bryan For­rest Nel­son, De­cem­ber 3 Cushla Moor­head Motueka, De­cem­ber 3

Nelson Mail - - Opinion - ‘‘Civil­i­sa­tion be­gan the first time an an­gry per­son cast a word in­stead of a rock.’’ Sig­mund Freud

Waimea dam costs

Did ev­ery­one see that enor­mous white ele­phant which shuf­fled out of the Tas­man Dis­trict Coun­cil’s of­fices and dis­ap­peared up the Lee Val­ley? I’ve seen these crea­tures be­fore – they’re bred ex­clu­sively by lo­cal coun­cils, have vo­ra­cious ap­petites and feed en­tirely on a diet of ratepay­ers.

I’d pre­vi­ously asked those par­ties that sup­ported Nick Smith’s bill – Labour, Na­tional and NZ First – whether, as they’re so sold on this scheme, they’ll be con­tribut­ing when costs in­evitably ex­plode. Seems prob­a­bly not – bet­ter start sav­ing.

John Ni­chols Bright­wa­ter, De­cem­ber 2

Cli­mate change

Your re­cent edi­to­rial and ar­ti­cles con­cern­ing the need for ur­gent ac­tion to limit the dire con­se­quences of cli­mate change make for sober­ing and dis­turb­ing read­ing.

Dif­fi­cult as it is to face the is­sues and prac­ti­cal con­se­quences raised in the ar­ti­cles, it is im­per­a­tive that we do so and ur­gently ad­dress the changes re­quired, to en­sure that our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren have some chance in the com­ing decades of liv­ing lives not dom­i­nated by en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal chaos brought about by cli­mate change.

How to hold global warm­ing to 1.5 de­grees C over pre-in­dus­trial lev­els is clearly com­plex and chal­leng­ing, and re­quires rad­i­cal and wide-rang­ing ac­tions steered and guided by bold lead­er­ship at lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els, lead­er­ship which we all need to en­cour­age and sup­port. They may be hard and painful to adopt in the short term as we tran­si­tion to a nec­es­sar­ily more sus­tain­able and less pol­lut­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tally dam­ag­ing way of life, but the re­al­ity that is the fu­ture of hu­man life on planet Earth is at stake and ac­tion is needed now.

PC Santa Pa­rade

I was not at Nel­son’s Christ­mas pa­rade, but I hear there was an at­tempt at cul­tural re­vi­sion, with the red-suited Santa re­placed by a man in a tra­di­tional Ma¯ ori cloak. There is no avoid­ing the re­al­ity that Christ­mas is a West­ern Euro­pean fes­ti­val. We find space in our mul­ti­cul­tural an­nual di­ary to ob­serve Di­wali, Chi­nese New Year and Matariki, and long may this trend con­tinue. To the PC bul­lies – pull your heads in!

Dis­re­spect­ful

Santa Claus comes from Europe and is a man in a red suit with a long white beard. Not hav­ing a proper Santa in the Santa Pa­rade is dis­re­spect­ing our Euro­pean cul­tures and her­itage and does noth­ing for bi­cul­tur­al­ism. Nel­son Christ­mas pa­rade crossed the line, and rightly has caused wide­spread con­dem­na­tion among the com­mu­nity.

So what do we tell our youngest chil­dren who are still be­liev­ers? That the man with the red suit and white beard is no longer part of our Christ­mas cul­ture?

What makes this bizarre mat­ter even more ridicu­lous is that Ma¯ ori has no cul­tural in­ter­face with what is es­sen­tially an age-old Euro­pean rit­ual orig­i­nat­ing in Holland.

This was a stupid de­ci­sion which was ob­vi­ously very badly thought out.

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