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Thursday March 8, 2018

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Have you received a census form and if so, filled it out (as of Tuesday)?

Lincoln Cooper, Berhampore “Yes. I’ll be doing it tonight. I like it’s online but they should have the paper form option as well.”

Tyrone Kolo, Island Bay ”No I haven’t. I’m waiting for it so I can fill one out.”

Robbie Shaw, Island Bay “I haven’t received it yet. I don’t like the idea of doing it online. I want technology when it suits me.”

Helen Hodgins, Island Bay “Yes. I have filled it out. It’s very easy to do online. I stopped halfway through thinking I’d have to start again but it saves the answers.”

Michael Meyer, Island Bay “Yes. Not yet. The first question is how many people are going to be there on the night [March 6]. I couldn’t answer that. It should be individualised.”

Marty Martin, Newtown “No. I rang them up and they said they would send one. Haven’t got it yet.”

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 news@ wsn.co.nz. Please note that your name and street address must also be provided in e mails.

Morality absent in corporate industry Dear Editor; Following my letter of Feb. 22, may I enlarge on the part about the banks and other key industries? With our selfish and depraved human nature, we can never get to an ideal economy; but we could nevertheless achieve a much better politicosocio-economic set-up than what we now have, if we also returned to the old JudaeoChristian morality that was

once seen as axiomatic. T hough I’ve long se en through the wicked quasiMarxist notions that I entertained for about 25 years, I believe some of the Socialist proposals are sensible and practicable. True, the only thing for smaller enterprises is private capitalism, except that they ought to be kept honest by significant competition from a few enterprises that are

public corporations, trusts, and co-ops. For example, the Public Trust now competes with privatelyowned trust companies and (for a few functions) the law firms. But when it comes to the big boys of monopolies and cartels, private enterprises are usually worse than the SOEs and giant co-ops like Fonterra. So far as the media go, it’s very proper that there are both

public corporations and private firms: there are some unscrupulous employees in both kinds, as is now very plain, when we see how news and current affairs programmes are slanted. But for private enterprises on that big scale, profit is everything: people don’t matter [abridged] H Westfold, Miramar

Mayor’s priorities a costly ‘Easter egg’

Getting a mortgage different back in the day

Dear Editor, Our current Mayor Justin Lester seems to pull the golden wool over the eyes of the ratepayers with his ‘Resilience Priority’ fearmongering towards the council’s extravagant 10-year plan? There won’t be any major earthquake event in Wellington until after Auckland’s volcano! As for his climate change - we all know storms are getting worse, yet his council office continues to approve greedy land developers

Dear Editor, I found Martin Beck’s letter on greedy banks very interesting (CSN, March 1). I wondered how he came to miss out on mortgage finance, and in in what year did this take place. Then I remembered that at one time people didn’t go to banks for their housing finance. When we bought our house in 1972 the usual practice was to approach a solicitor for

building permits along known steep fault lines? But from which rabbit hole did he pull the enormous Easter egg costing from? Ratepayers know that more “modest” infrastructure improvements can be made to prepare the city. So the ratepayers need to tell him to pull his woolly expensive horns in on his expensive personal opinion. Martin Beck Mornington

Opinions that offend is part of free society Dear Editor; Re March 1 letters, in the context of the 1950s, is Mr Beck telling us that the banks ought to have approved 100 percent of all applications for housing advances, regardless of the applicants’ level of security and personal record, or even unsecured? If so, who is out of reality, if expecting loans for all applicants, no questions asked? And why does Ms Wu think religion ought to be barred from the news and opinions in general newspapers? It is their function to deal with all subjects; so it’s inevitable that some opinions or embarrassing news items will offend certain readers; but so what? They have the same right to reply as their opponents have to state their opinions. But

though they demand this right for themselves, they declare their opponents have no such right. It was about 380 years ago that John Milton wrote something like, “Who ever heard of truth defeated by error in free and open contest?” Well, the wreckers want to bind and gag people who oppose the PC agenda: this is because of what Milton implied in his rhetorical question. [abridged] H Westfold, Miramar Editor’s note: A reminder to please keep responses to letters civil and avoid personal attacks.

finance. We had a first mortgage and a second mortgage and the finance would have come from investment funds held by the solicitor. At some point in time, it must have become the custom for people to approach banks as first cab off-the-rank for their house-buying finance. Reading Mr Beck’s letter I wondered about his circumstances. Had he been looking in earlier years, he might

have been eligible for a State Advances loan. (What year did they cease?) Incidentally, I also wondered about Mr Westfold himself, because, as an erstwhile bank employee, he must have been eligible for a very generous housing loan through his employer, had he wished to take that step. Christine Swift Island Bay

Post-war women have had it too good Dear Editor; Re your March 1 article about women’s service during World War One: I greatly admire and honour what Allied women contributed to the victory in both World Wars; but I give the lie to the claim that they are the forgotten sex (not “gender”) of the First World War, and the possible implication that it was by a policy of their ungrateful male oppressors. On the contrary, these last 45plus years [women], having their claims believed without question,

have been getting a great deal of “affirmative action” when it comes to getting promotions, cushy or powerful jobs, social prestige, disproportionately high praise, and all the favours they could desire. They would get a great deal more genuine (not affected) admiration and respect if they simply got on with their lives on the same terms as men or others must do, without any PC or fictional boosters. (abridged) H Westfold, Miramar

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