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Thursday February 15, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Is it time we banned pokie machines?

Liz Permain, Island Bay “Yes. The Government is spending money on the poor children and it’s the poor people that are spending it on pokies.”

Jason Lewis, Island Bay “They are really for people who are rich and can afford to throw money away. I once put my hope in them and it cost me big. So yes, ban them.”

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

Deni Tipene, Island Bay “I’m not aware of the negative side of them. They should be [banned] in certain communities.”

Frank Dungey, Southgate “No, I don’t like banning things; I’m a believer in freedom. Some people will always abuse things. Regulation would be better.”

Justine Lawson, Island Bay “Yes. They’re a sin on the world. There’s so much damage caused by them as people get so addicted. There’s a better way to fund things.”

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Christianity is the only true faith Dear Editor; I respond to Sarah R Wu’s Feb. 8 letter’s part which has a go at me for mine of Feb. 1, for pointing out the wildly wrong Scripture quote in Rose Wu’s Jan. 28 letter. I suppose Sarah Wu is some sort of kinswoman; but I don’t remember any letters where she previously told us Rose Wu is elderly and confused. However, as this has always seemed likely, that’s extra reason for checking any of her alleged quotes from the

Bible: it would save embarrassment for everyone. I haven’t the foggiest idea what “ONG” is; but if it’s some religion that isn’t Christian, then it’s false. Christianity is not a cult, but the only true faith: all other religions and irreligions are the road to eternal torment; so their adherents had better get off that road before they die. In most parts of the world, by now, they cannot say they were not warned; but if they happen to live where they

Newtown visitors come from far and wide Dear Editor, Sitting outside the Post Office for two hours on Thursday, seven pages were filled in that time with signatures, many passing who had signed previously. I met lovely people from Mt Victoria, Brooklyn, Newlands and Upper Hutt who came into Newtown to shop and use the facilities. They are appalled they will now have to travel into the city, as the

Peter Cox, Brooklyn “In some communities, sure, but because some places do benefit from the proceeds, it would be better to regulate than ban.”

alternative to go to Kilbirnie and try and find parking was just as bad as going into the city. Why “the powers that be” have chosen to shut down Newtown and shift to Kilbirnie instead of the other way around is amazing. Newtown is a thriving suburb with character, and after visiting either of the two hospitals people like to do their banking or pay their accounts without having to go into the city.

What does Kilbirnie have to offer them? We cannot get the banking establishments to see any sense except maybe all change to the remaining bank in Newtown. But we can try to get NZ Post to see they are making another big mistake. [abridged] Heather Bevan Island Bay

have never heard the Gospel, we can only conclude that God didn’t predestinate and elect them to hear it, and so believe and be saved. In any case, even where the Gospel is heard, the great majority don’t get the grace to respond, as they are the reprobate. His sovereign will has nothing to do with our human notion of what is just or unjust; because ours is vitiated by the Fall. H Westfold, Miramar

More people should read the Bible - it’s trustworthy Dear Editor, I agree with H. Westfold that Rose Wu should quote the Bible accurately if she is going to recognise its authority. Likewise, I don’t know where she found the words she referred to. However, given the appalling ignorance of the

Bible in New Zealand, very few people will have noticed. I encourage people to read the Bible for themselves. It has the unique advantage of being entirely trustworthy. Stephen Cotterall, Kilbirnie




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