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LETTERS to the editor

Speed limits for cyclists on footpaths Dear Editor, All this legalistic arguing against other road users shown our typical NZ selfishness as soon as we get in or on a vehicle. We should be more friendly and tolerant. If no one is allowed to pass (either way) another

vehicle without smiling at the other driver our road toll would become almost nil. Instead of allowing 13½-yearolds to have bike races on the footpaths would it not be more reasonable to just make a rule of no speeds higher than 12 or

14km/h on the footpaths. This would solve most of our problems and allow 82-yearolds to toddle along on their bikes on the footpaths as well. It would even allow the thousands of cars who drive over the footpaths to get on to their

Hanson has lost his marbles Dear Editor, We are shocked that Stevie Hanson is a frontperson for a movie when he should put all of his effort into getting the All Blacks to win rather than lose to the Lions (a draw is a loss). Rather than losing his ‘biscuit’ we think Steve has lost his marbles. We call on him and the overpaid Rugby Union Chair Steve Tew to resign as they clearly don’t teach nor control the players’ balls, let alone morals.

drives (Where in the law does it show it is legal to drive over footpaths?). It would overcome the silly exceptions for postal deliverers to ride on the footpaths (who are postal deliverers anyway?).

Just one practice and rule: Roads are for traffic i.e. anything moving faster than 12-14km/h; Footpaths are for slower moving people, say 12km/h. Problem solved Paul Franken Strathmore Park

Lowering voting age hare-brained idea

Bing back Buck! The myth that every boy wants to grow up to be an All Black is now certainly done and dusted. But now we are happy for the granddaughter to long to become a Black Fern. Maybe given these enlightened times the grandson could be transgender or binary diverse, play at Rongotai College, then advance? Tim and Rosie Dalman Te Aro

Dear Editor, Re the voting age (CSN Aug. 24), the notion of lowering it to 16 is so harebrained that our rulers will probably enact it soon! I agree with the gentleman in “Word on the Street” that the world of democracy is too complicated for youths and girls of that age to comprehend. However, he begs the question (in the proper meaning of that expression) by saying our country is socialist. No, I don’t advocate unbridled and

exclusive capitalism; but I know enough about our selfish human nature to tell you that all human monopolies of anything in this world are evil. The best we can attain is a mixture of genuine private enterprises with publicly owned ones plus co-operatives: all these keep one another honest by real competition. That’s the ideal; but I fear we shall never get to it, alas. H Westfold, Miramar

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