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Widespread surreptitious election interference?

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland

01 August, 2018

Dear Editor:

There’s a lot of talk about Russian interference (or Trump collaboration with Russia) in the 2016 USA Presidential election but little said about interference in elections elsewhere in the world.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Tourism threatens ecosphere

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

01 August, 2018

Dear Editor:

Letter writer Mary Holloway notices and complains about the erosion of what it means to live in New Zealand, and consequent threat to the ecosphere, by those promoting more tourism. And good on her.  Read the rest of this entry »


Nurses not warplanes

The Editor,  The Auckland Herald,  Auckland

25 July, 2018

Dear Editor:

Not enough money for nurses but a billion and half extra for war planes is not a good look for New Zealand. Read the rest of this entry »


Trump and Putin nuclear oligarchs

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

24 July, 2018

Dear Editor:

Danielle McLaughlin (SST 22 July) discusses the dangers of U.S. President Donald Trump’s apparent naivety in dealing with Russia’s Putin. But she doesn’t mention the place that Russia has in Trump’s world view which is potentially more dangerous. Read the rest of this entry »


Trump and Putin a pair of nuclear oligarchs

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

19 July, 2018

Dear Editor:

In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump claimed he wanted to “make America great again”. What he was referring to was that heady time just after WW II when the USA was the only military to possess the atomic bomb.  And following on with the cold war when the USA was top dog and the Soviet Union was trying to keep up but only managing just-under dog, both keeping the whole world as nuclear hostage.

You could see that at work as Trump was meeting Putin in Helsinki. It’s a natural pairing as Putin is an oligarch and Trump wants to be one.  Trump needs a powerfully nuke-armed Russia (almost as) super power to recreate that surreal and insane world.

With ubiquitous computer hackers and secret operatives around the globe the current media and political emphasis on Russian hacking of the US election could be a distraction from the larger danger.

Richard Keller

 

 


Why do people who are ‘the people’ appear duped by Trump?

The Editor,  The Progressive Magazine,  Madison, Wisconsin,  USA

July 8, 2018

Hello The Progressive,

Jim Hightower (Apr/May Vox Populist) addresses the provocative, yet inappropriate and lazy, term “populist” when it is used to describe the “angry spasm of discontent” supposedly fueling the Trump politics. Hightower captures the real meaning in the phrase “everybody does better when everybody does better”. Read the rest of this entry »


Wellington bus changes a distraction from needed expansion

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

23July, 2018

Dear Editor:

Now that the changes to the bus schedules have had a week in place it would be helpful to remember that these changes were originally touted to be an improvement of service with no increase in funding. Read the rest of this entry »