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A national dialog is “chit chat” to Chris Finlayson

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

18 December, 2014

Dear Editor:

Commentators and cartoonists have been observing the carelessness and arrogance the Prime Minister and others in the National government have been showing since their triumphant election.   Read the rest of this entry »


Pike River Coal Ltd and Enron Inc

15 December, 2014

The Editor,  The Greymouth Star

Greymouth

Dear Editor:

As I was finishing reading “Tragedy at Pike River Mine” by Rebecca Macfie (AWA Press, 2014), it occurred to me there was a fundamental aspect of the Pike River Coal Ltd mining project which was similar to the Enron Inc experience from the nineties in the USA. Read the rest of this entry »


Pike River Coal Ltd and Enron Inc – an ‘optimistic glow’

Pike River Coal Ltd. and Enron, Inc.

As I was finishing reading “Tragedy at Pike River Mine” by Rebecca Macfie (AWA Press, 2014), it occurred to me there was one fundamental aspect of the Pike River Coal Ltd mining project which was similar to the Enron experience from the nineties in the USA.   Read the rest of this entry »


Connect Wellington is getting aggressive

04 December, 2014

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

Dear Editor;

A full page ad is a significant undertaking.   In the Wellingtonian of 27 November, Connect Wellington, a joint venture of Wellington Airport and WCC, has placed a full page ad promoting an extended runway for Wellington Airport citing the need to be able to fly long-haul, such as to Beijing or Dallas, from Wellington.  Read the rest of this entry »


The Prime Minister, the hard right, and the attack on Phil Goff

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

02 December, 2014

Dear Editor:

That the prime Minister was or was not informed by the SIS of the release by the SIS of “incomplete, inaccurate and misleading” information regarding Phil Goff’s knowledge of the Israeli spy briefing is not the main point really.  Read the rest of this entry »


Contract university teachers have few employment rights

December 1, 2014

Editor,  Ohio State Alumni Magazine

2200 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43210-1035

Dear Editor,

It is good to see a thorough rendering of the position of the TBDBITL Club on the firing of OSUMB director Jonathon Waters printed in the Alumni magazine.  A few years ago there was almost no coverage in this magazine of the circumstances surrounding the resignation of football coach Jim Tressel even though there was much interest among Alumni.  I see this as an improvement in communication of controversial issues at OSU in the magazine.    Read the rest of this entry »


Has the PM ‘lost the plot’? Or does the PM understand the ‘plot’ all too well?

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

28 November, 2014

Dear Editor:

The Prime Minister appears to have ‘lost the plot’ according to comment on Morning Report Friday (26th) by Andrew Little, new leader of the Labour Party, over the Gwyn SIS report and communication with attack blogger Cameron Slater.  But in reality the discomfort the PM is showing is because he does understand the ‘plot’.  Read the rest of this entry »


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