Wednesday August 5, 2015
Sun readers have their say... with the WORD on the Street. Q: Labour leader Andrew Little compared the National Anthem to a dirge. Do you think it needs changing?
Eileen Hanson Blenheim No I like the national anthem the way it is. There’s too much change at once. Let’s stick to traditions, and change one thing at a time.
Hunter Cooper Blenheim It doesn’t really bother me. I think it’s alright.
Jo McPherson Ward No. Why change it? Why waste money changing things when the economy is in crisis?
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Pauline Manning Blenheim I don’t think it needs it. I like the way it is. Why change it? There are many other things that need doing.
Rene de Ruiter Blenheim Leave it as it is. It’s all about staying traditional. It’s been there for years so why change it?
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In response to real estate woes Dear Ed, We sincerely and humbly apologise for the upset concerned to the widow involved. We also sincerely and humbly apologise to the woman’s family for upset they have suffered. There is some background to the incident, which requires explanation. This explanation is in no way offered as an excuse. As part of his involvement in the local Blenheim community, our salesperson attends garage sales every weekend – chatting amicably with the locals about what is going on in their street, listening to the neighbourhood news, and hearing who is relocating home where. Our salesman had no inclination at all that the woman hosting the garage sale was recently widowed. The subject of a recent bereavement never arose during what was a friendly neighbourly-like discussion between the two, and the passing on of a business card was done simply as a matter of
business courtesy. Had our salesperson known of the woman’s recent bereavement, the tone of the conversation would have been distinctly different, and our salesperson certainly would not have initiated any businessprocurement discussions in what is an obviously stressful personal period. The first we knew of this matter was when reading the letter in The Sun. Since then, we have tried to personally visit the woman involved, to offer our sincere and unreserved apologies for the upset caused. It was never the salesperson’s intentions for this to happen during what he thought was a genial and cordial chat. I can openly confirm that Bayleys is certainly not in the habit of ‘ambulance chasing’. Through your column, we would like to publicly apologise to the woman concerned for the upset caused. David Lee - General Manager
Dear Ed, I was a bit mystified to turn to the cricket to see NZ wasn’t playing Zimbabwe but another team Aotearoa was. Oh well, not to worry. It was just as well they replaced the NZ team as Aotearoa lost. Well at least NZ didn’t lose the game. It was amusing listening to the Zimbabwe commentator trying to pronounce Aotearoa. Don Coyote
God save New Zealand Dear Ed, What next? Rebels getting rid of our flag and now our anthem. 50 years ago, us busy, young mothers were bringing up our children. It was hard work washing a dozen cloth nappies a day but we all did it - rich and poor. Today there are apparent disposible nappies which are anything but, filling our dump. I can’t remember how long it takes for them to break down. A few try not to use them. How much for a week’s supply? No wonder they are short of money. K Warren
Dog parks Dear Ed, I wish to support the creation of dog parks in Blenheim. I live on Taylor Pass Road and have no objection to the one planned nearby. I would however like to offer a word of advice which comes from my experience living in Dunedin and using my local dog park. As a result of “issues” with some owners of large dogs the parks have now been segregated into large and small dog areas. I have to say that before this was done I gave up using them because my small dog had a couple of unfortunate experiences with larger dogs not under proper control by their owners. Dog parks are a great idea if well planned and maintained. Kathryn Jones
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Shirley Robinson Blenheim No definitely not. Nor does the flag. We’ve had them for so long, so why should we change them?
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