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Curiouser and curiouser in Island Bay

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

09 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

As a WCC councillor Paul Eagle had always seemed to support every whim in Island Bay without offering cautionary insights. As the rhetoric over car parking and the cycleway heated up last year, reaching ‘Tea Party’ (read Donald Trump) proportions, there he was nodding his head. Read the rest of this entry »

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Letter to Sunday Star-Times on the ‘big lie’ election

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

2 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

So much for the old shallow saw, “three terms for one lot, then throw them out for the other lot”. The post-truth era has arrived in New Zealand, not just the States.  Read the rest of this entry »


Four modes of local residential transport

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

02 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

Transport is Wellington’s most important issue these days. The transport system needs to be re-invented to prepare for a sustainable future.  It should be no different for Island Bay. Read the rest of this entry »


What can Mayor Lester do about the Weapons Expo?

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

01 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

Mayor Justin Lester should be congratulated for commenting that the ‘Weapons Expo’ this month should not be welcome at WCC facilities because it doesn’t fit with Wellington as a ‘peace city’. Read the rest of this entry »


David Slack and ‘for any damn reason’ to vote

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

31 August, 2017

Dear Editor:

David Slack (27 Aug) says that “ . . . you can vote for whatever reason you like. . . It doesn’t have to make any sense at all”. Analysts and speech writers like Slack have thought that a good rational argument was their best friend, but now know that that was “Wrong.” Read the rest of this entry »


Island Bay’s car cult uprising

The Editor

The Cook Strait News,  Wellington,  28 August, 2017

Dear Editor:

Isabella Wishart (CSN 24/08) says she is perplexed by Chloe Bisley-Wright’s letter to the Cook Strait News, but then goes beyond perplexity in aggressively connecting ‘cyclist’ with ‘unable to begin to see other (perspectives)’.

I have no trouble understanding either perspective with the Tea Party – type (read Donald Trump) uprising in Island Bay continuing unabated in 2017 after it began in 2016. This is the car cult mentality which is strong nationwide but has seldom reached the surface to the extent it has in Island Bay.  Ms Bisley-Wright may or may not understand that the car cult is not to be challenged, in ‘Kings New Clothes’ fashion, but in apparent ‘childlike’ honesty (sorry, Chloe) is simply describing what she is hearing.

Where will the next car cult Tea Party uprising pop up in New Zealand? Perhaps the next neighbourhood that has the temerity to actually build a transport option that is a local alternative to the car cult?

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 31/08/2017

 

 


New Zealand Navy in North Korea

The Editor,  The Listener,

Private Bag 92512, Wellesley St.,  Auckland 1141

04 September, 2017

Dear Editor,

New Zealand Navy ship Te Kaha returned to Devonport in July after sailing with the USA Seventh Fleet through the Western Pacific. Consider the implications for NZ anti-nuclear stance if any NZ Navy ship was sailing with a US fleet when an attack was launched over the Korean crisis. Read the rest of this entry »