Thursday November 9, 2017
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: What do you think of double-decker buses being introduced to Wellington?
Joss Hannah, Kilbirnie “I like it. Especailly if they’re night buses then you can go onto the top deck and have a party like they do in London.”
Rose Birt, Hataitai “It’s stupid for Wellington because of the winds and we have already got huge buses. The drivers will have to be very careful.”
Nigel Hawthorn, Strathmore “I thought that would be a tourist thing. I don’t think there’s enough people in Wellington to justify them, other than in rush hour.”
Geoff Hunter, Strathmore “Good. We wouldn’t have to wait as long as for a seat as there will be a mad rush to the top deck for the views.”
Jane Keller, Lyall Bay “It was a mistake to get rid of the trolley buses. Double deckers could be fine as long as they are safe.”
Jeshua McLachlan, Kilbirnie “I think it’s good if they’re more efficient in terms of fuels and if it’s proven they’re safe.”
LETTERS to the editor Letters on issues of community interest are welcomed. Guidelines are that they should be no longer than 150 words. They must be signed and a street address provided to show good faith, even if a nom de plume is provided for publication. The editor reserves the right to abridge letters or withhold unsuitable letters from publication. Send or fax them to the address on page two, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.
Cycleways come from nowhere and go nowhere Dear Editor, Why do people who are for cycleways say it works in Copenhagen and Amsterdam? It amazes me as I am not sure how long they have lived in Wellington – I myself am over 70 years – but we are nothing like either of those two cities. Maybe if they were to tell me it has worked in San Francisco, I might be more
swayed towards cycleways, but the majority of our streets do not accommodate cycleways. When we do have a wide street, council either put islands or trees down the middle of the street or now looks towards putting cycleways, making the once wide streets like the narrow hillside streets throughout most of Wellington. It also means most of the cycleways
come from no-where and end up going no-where. I love this city; I am towards the end of my days. I would not want to live anywhere else, and have only done so for 10 years because of a business commitment, but we could not wait to return to the city we love. Heather Bevan Island Bay
Metaphorical hard kick in the arse Dear Editor, Good on H. Westfold for speaking out about lawyers. You’d be lucky if you could find one in a thousand you can trust, the same applies to a long list of others including overpaid chief executives, land agents, politicians, council, insurance companies, banks, loan shark finance companies, car
dealers etc. You would have to be wearing rosecoloured glasses or be a far too trusting individual not to see the obvious corruption in above said groups. I agree entirely with the metaphorical hard kick in the arse. Carol Doyle Miramar
Politics is not like a sports match Dear Editor, Ever since cuzzy Winston appeared to make the decision on who ‘won’, we seem to have the press dictating the terms and running the country. National as the largest party had the first opportunity to form a coalition – they failed and the next largest party had a go – it was not Mr Peters in charge. Members of Parliament are all elected by us. It is not like a sports match where the winner takes all and the losers go home till the next match (election). All gather together again and are sworn in to do the job of running the business of the country. The ‘losers’ may well be able to ask the
tough questions but they are not to fight on the coalition majority – that is like carrying on the fight in the dressing room after the match. Bill English is portrayed as a spoiled loser, planning to do as much damage as possible. Surely he is better than that! All Parliamentarians earn our taxpayer money to run the country as well as possible. Their differences should give a wider experience to find the best answers. Parliament comes from the French, talk to and with one another, not to continue the election fight-that is over. Now get on with it. Paul Franken Strathmore Park
Look out for Star Car This Friday the Wellington City Mission’s Star Car is hitting the streets as part of the Christmas Star Appeal. The Star Car will be parking up in malls and supermarkets during November and December and selling tickets to our excit-
ing Christmas Raffle. It’s the second year the Mission is hosting a Christmas Raffle with prizes worth a total of over $25,000. The Star Car will first visit Johnsonville Mall this Friday until Sunday.
Cook Strait News 09-11-17