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Hiawatha – praise for percussion from composer, Robert Hanson

Hiawatha – praise for percussion from composer, Robert Hanson

On 1 May, 2016 the Kapiti Chorale performed Robert Hanson’s (Chicago, USA) ‘epic oratorio’, Hiawatha, based on Longfellow’s poem, Song of Hiawatha. This involved an orchestra of 25 or so including four percussionists.  Read the rest of this entry »


Earthquakes and Nuclear Bombs?

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

26 April, 2016

Dear Editor:

H. Westfold’s (21 April) seemingly silly attempt to equate the nature of responses to the threats of earthquakes and nuclear bombs reminds me of a quote from historian Will Durant (The Story of Civilisation, 13 volumes), “Civilisation exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice”. Read the rest of this entry »


Amnesty International – Ali al-Nimr conviction in Saudi Arabia

26 April, 2016

King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud,  Office of His Majesty the King

Royal Court, Riyadh,  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

King Salman:

I call on the Saudi Arabian authorities to quash the conviction and death sentence of Ali al-Nimr and ensure that he receives a fair trial that takes full account of his age when the alleged offence was committed, and which excludes statements extracted under torture and other ill-treatment. It is important there is no recourse to the death penalty.

Mr. al-Nimr is a prisoner of conscience as described by Amnesty International.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

 


Nuclear-Free Wellington sign is back!

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

12 April, 2016

Dear Editor:

What a nice surprize to see the old “Welcome to Wellington – A Nuclear Free City” sign (or a very good replica of the original) pop up recently in its former place beside the road from the airport. Read the rest of this entry »


Leonard Peltier needs proper medical care

11 April, 2016

Warden Tamyra Jarvis,  USP Coleman I,  846 NE 54th Terrace,  Sumpterville, Florida,  USA    33521

Hello Warden Jarvis:

Prisoner Leonard Peltier deserves timely and quality healthcare as any person would. I understand that at FCI Coleman he is experiencing difficulties in receiving such care for what is a life threatening condition, perhaps exacerbated by age and 40 years of imprisonment.

You should insure that Mr. Peltier receives the health care he needs.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller


No nukes is the only good nukes

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

25 February, 2016

Dear Editor:

There are no “good nukes” or “less worrisome nuke tests”. Media headlines speak of the Iranian nuclear program and North Korean tests and provocative pronouncements, but relegate notes, if anything, on the continuing tests and huge budgets for nuclear weapon development in the USA and Russia, for example, to the inside pages.  That does not give a true picture of the current dangers of nuclear war and the headlines need to be adjusted. Read the rest of this entry »


Reply to Elle Boshe re. Bay Road Festival

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

13 March, 2016

Dear Editor:

I agree with letter writer Elle Boshe (10 March) that it would be a shame to lose the Bay Road Kilbirnie Festival. We shouldn’t have to be pessimistic, however, given that both the Businessmen and Martin Wilson claim to be interested in preserving it, as I observed in my previous letter (3 March). Read the rest of this entry »


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