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Thursday February 8, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Should cellphones and social media be banned from schools?

Lynne Jones, Island Bay “I think they can ban them in school time, especially when used irresponsibly.”

Kathryn GeddesMarks, Island Bay “Yes. I totally support that. [School is] a place that needs to be for teaching. It’s no place for social media.”

LETTERS to the editor

Annette Moffat, Island Bay “Yes. I have heard of bullying of a vulnerable pupil through cellphone use at a local school. They’re distracting and open to misuse.”

Rozary Lazar, Brooklyn “Yes, 100 percent. I was distracted by it a lot and my peers were as well. My primary school years were the best because of lack of technology.”

Emma Nelson, Island Bay “It’s a changing world. I think it’s fine if they use it for learning purposes and teachers can monitor it.”

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Where are local politicians on Kiwibank closure? Dear Editor, I have signed the petition to help Newtown save Kiwibank/Post Office but I do wonder where are the two council-elected members of the southern ward and even also where is the local MP Paul

Megan Schaffer, Island Bay “I think they should be banned. I think it adds a layer of drama to the things that can happen, like bullying.“

what’s-his-name. It seems these elected politicians are clearly missing in action when it comes to real issues for real people. I say: Save Kiwibank! Rose Wu Kilbirnie

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 Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

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Dear editor, I went to a recent meeting in Newtown as those great people are trying to save Kiwibank/Postal services but I was surprised not to see the high profile local MP and newly elected councillor in attendance. Where are they in helping save this vital service in Newtown! I have written before in support of Rose Wu, to explain that she is elderly (poorly),and gets

confused in writing her letters in Chinese, then loses the translation, surely Hector West[fold] understands that, and excuses her cult references. She was devout but found a new book. ONG - Pray for us all. Yours in peace Sarah R Wu Kilbirnie

‘Bible quotes’ could be from other religions Dear Editor Good on H. Westfold for calling out Rose Wu on her bizarre habit of faux bible quotes. (CSN Feb 1.) I can’t help wondering if your paper might have been more cautious about publishing her letter, had she been claiming to quote from the Quran or the Pentateuch, or from sacred Buddhist scriptures.


At the time I read her letter I felt her quote could be a false one, and it crossed my mind to check it out myself. I only remembered when I read Westfold’s letter in February 1’s Cook Strait News that I hadn’t done so. [abridged] Christine Swift Island Bay

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