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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 »


Immigration now a subset of Refugees

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

18 December, 2018

Dear Editor:

Immigration has long been an important aspect of a global civilization based on nationhood. Today’s debate about immigration however, with the startling actions by Australia in the detention camps on Nauru and their unthinking rules toward Australians with New Zealand citizenship as examples close to home, is missing a reality which is new. 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 »


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 »


Time for introspection on Wellington Transport

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

08 July, 2018

Dear Editor:

When ‘Let’s Get Wellington Moving’ first put out its options for transport changes a while back it 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 »


plea to the Labour Government to stop dairy conversions (Mackenzie)

02/07/2018

Hello Mr Parker and Mr O’Connor,

There is no action more desperate and more neo-liberal in this Post Truth Era in New Zealand than dairy conversions.  They are and have for years been an ideological crusade, a cry of anguish and terror that the exploitative mentality is finished.  We either become nurturers in the deepest sense (not only toward people but also the land) or we will follow this out of date exploitative mentality toward an uncertain new phase, but likely demise, of civilisation.

Sincerely,
Richard Keller