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‘Vice’ gives impetus to explore where the ‘murk’ comes from

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

06 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

Jeff Weiss’ Washington Post article (SST Escape, 30 December) on the movie ‘Vice’ and its director, Adam McKay, is a joy, at once informative, entertaining, and hard hitting. But while my wife and I thought the movie itself was close to that we wondered if it had really made it clear what McKay was trying to say about Cheney. Read the rest of this entry »

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Even with much different leadership, Nats polling remains the same. Why?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

18 December, 2018

Dear Editor:

The New Zealand electorate is often characterized as a sensible one which uses a rule of thumb test: Is this or that political party capable of getting on with it.  But eight years of a PM who said nothing of significance during that whole time (John Key) should lead us to wonder what the electorate today thinks is sensible. Read the rest of this entry »


Donald Trump’s ‘natural instinct for science’

The Editor,  The Herald,  Auckland

25 October, 2018

Dear Editor:

Responding to the latest IPCC upgrade of the need for action US President Trump has been quoted as saying that he has a ‘natural instinct for science’ in relation to climate change and asserts that scientists are too biased to be trusted.  Say, what? Read the rest of this entry »


“War to end all wars” or “Peace to end all peace”

Sent by post to DomPost, Wellington as part of ‘peace week’ in Wellington.  Also, Sunday Star Times.  Also posted onto St. Andrews on the Terrace website.

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Climate change denial expressed so well by Trump

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland

25 October, 2018

Dear Editor:

It’s easy from the perspective of this country to complain about the fierce denial mentality of Donald Trump on climate change. Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


LGWM a ‘plan on steroids’

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

18 June, 2018

Dear Editor:

When ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ first put out their options for transport changes a while back they seemed to be promoting the whole package which sounded to me like ‘Transport Plan on Steroids.’ Not good; this is a time for action based on introspection not panic. Read the rest of this entry »