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‘Three Strikes’ emanates from a fear and loathing mentality

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

12 June, 2018

Dear Editor:

The ‘three strikes’ law is no-brainer, really. In the USA it has failed miserably to do anything more than enhance the prison building and management industry.  Read the rest of this entry »

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light rail approved by south but not north?

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

23 April, 2018

Dear Editor:

I was pleased to see all of the people interviewed last week approve of the light rail option for Wellington; extraordinary consistency. Any clues why?

Was it because they were all female? Was it because they were all young(ish)?  Was it because they were all from the eastern suburbs?

It is useful to note the Wellington Regional Council has majority representation from the northern (near and far) reaches of the region and usually make major decisions for Wellington city transport which go against majority Wellington central and southern constituent choices. For a long while there has been a slow burn up there against Wellington because it lies between them and the airport.  Flyovers and tunnels for cars has become their preferred punishment for us.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 26/04/2018


appeal for Leonard Peltier

17 May, 2018

Warden Charles L Lockett, USP Coleman I

PO Box 1023, Coleman, Florida

USA    33521

Hello Warden Lockett:

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 an enlarged prostate and also knee and hip problems, perhaps exacerbated by age and 40 years of imprisonment.

You should insure that Mr. Peltier receives the health care he needs. It would also be appropriate to move Mr. Peltier closer to his home in the Dakotas.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller


plastic shopping bags are part of a Cult of Convenience

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

09 March, 2018

Dear Editor:

I use the required council bags and wash my bins so no other plastic is needed. Read the rest of this entry »


Cognizance of individual mortality is integrated with cognizance of species mortality

The Editor,  The Post Weekender,  Wellington

15 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

Jo Randerson’s personal reflection on death and life (Weekender, 6 Jan) was especially gratifying in the frank description of the societal / global death threats of nuclear weapons and climate change. A person’s understanding of individual mortality is integrated with that of the possible mortality of the human species.  Read the rest of this entry »


Submission to Let’s Get Wellington Moving

These paragraphs were used in creating my submission (on their form) to the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project.

Scenario A is the place to start and finish. Getting people onto public transport is the top priority.  Providing better public transport must happen.  Light Rail would be the centre of those improvements.   This should be referred to as “Scenario A+”. Read the rest of this entry »


Car parking on Crawford Road Kilbirnie needs another look

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

11 December, 2017

Dear Editor:

Crawford Road is the main road between Kilbirnie and Newtown. Bus and other traffic relies on that route.  It seems time to reconsider whether car parking is a good idea on Crawford Road.  As transport in Wellington is re-invented for the future there may a better combination of facilities on Crawford Road in which there are fewer of no car parks.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 18/01/18