Thursday May 10, 2018
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Q: Is Super Rugby getting boring? Would you miss it if it ended due to South African teams withdrawing?
Nick Quantick, Mt Cook “I haven’t seen much of this season’s stuff, but it’s easy to follow the Hurricanes when they’re doing well. It’s predictable but not boring. I would miss it.”
Chris Warren, Wilton “I don’t follow rugby. Not at all.”
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Paul Franken, Strathmore Park “The only decent game of rugby is secondary rugby. Sport should be amateur. I wouldn’t miss it.”
Ritesh Chand, Wainuiomata “I still enjoy it. There are good teams. When they come and play, people watch. I would miss it more teams are better.”
Light rail can work – if it’s well-managed Dear Editor, Tony Sutcliffe (Cook Strait News, May 3) tries to warn us off light rail as a result of what he sees as the Edinburgh experience. Having made extensive use of these trams on a recent visit to Scotland, my views are very different. The Edinburgh trams provide very comfortable and efficient transport between the airport and the centre of the city and the points between (e.g. the
Murrayfield Sports Stadium). They link in well with the city’s extensive bus service and the UK rail service from Waverley Station. Taking the tram to the airport is a huge improvement on the bus trip which it replaced (again, I can vouch for that from personal experience from a previous visit). A similar service in Wellington from the train station to the airport and the hospital would be a real asset to the city
debated by the BOT, the community, and the school’s staff and children. Result: total rejection. The Ridgway community must get the facts and teach English, then Te Reo and if there is any money left over after that try swimming lessons before French. Rose Wu Kilbirnie
pressure, the team found that men smoking one cigarette a day have a 74% increased risk of coronary heart disease compared with never-smokers, while women who smoked one a day had a 119% increased risk. While it might be expected that the risks of coronary heart disease or stroke for those smoking one a day would be about 5% of that for those smoking 20 a day – as is the case for lung cancer – the risk was in fact much higher. Giving up smoking is not easy – Nicotine is present in the tobacco leaf and when a cigarette is burnt,
and a huge improvement on ever-more congested roads. Tony Sutcliffe is, however, correct on one score: the Edinburgh project was extremely badly managed. Surely the logical conclusion from all this is that light rail is likely to be very successful in Wellington provided its design and construction are managed well. David Tannock Hataitai
Edinburgh trams profitable despite problems Dear Editor Tony Sutcliffe is right to refer Wellingtonians to the sorry saga of Edinburgh’s trams as a lesson in how not to manage a light rail project (Letters, May 3). Just about everything t h a t c ou ld h ave gon e wrong, did go wrong. However, the first line is up and r unning and
Smoking and Hypnosis There’s never been a better time to give up smoking. Research just released has found that smoking is much more dangerous than commonly thought. Researchers have found that just one cigarette a day can still raise the risk of a heart attack or stroke to about half the risk from smoking 20 a day. The belief that cutting down reduces the risk of getting smoke related disorders may be true of cancers, but isn’t true for heart disease or stroke. Looking specifically at studies which took into account a range of factors such as age, BMI, cholesterol and blood
Neil Carey, Miramar “There’s too much rugby, it’s making too much money. I would like to see it played as a Round Robin of 12 teams have less games.”
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Get priorities right, Ridgway School Dear Editor, The French are at it again! First they want to invade Newtown School, got defeated there, so now [they] want to start a French Immersion unit at Ridgway Primary School. This means the State and the present parents and children will have their ‘general funds’ robbed for a few high minded parents who blindside the Board of Trustees. The case in Newtown was well
Liam Hockings, Newtown “Absolutely. I think it’s really bad if they were to go as they add a lot of variety to what is a stale competition. I think so.”
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has been very successful, reaching profitability two years earlier than expected. I’m not sure what Tony means when he says that Edinburgh’s old parliament building was demolished to make way for the trams. This is not the case. The old, pre-Union Par-
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liament House is a historic Edinburgh building, still very much in existence and in use, as home to the Supreme Courts of Scotland. And it’s nowhere near the tram route! Carole Butters Hataitai
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