Denial of science rampant globally, including New Zealand

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

07/09/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Congratulations to Carole Naylor for taking public transport (from Papakowhai) and walking into town to shop, with appropriate consumer discipline.  Read the rest of this entry »

Need to look at history dominated by ideology of exploitation

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

In America, blacks don’t dominate baseball the way they do gridiron or basketball; it seems strongly Latin at the top today. Read the rest of this entry »

Shock of climate change reality produces denial widely

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

13 October, 2018

Dear Editor:

In his rambling diatribe against the apparent racism of NZ First’s so-called ‘Respecting New Zealand Values’ bill, Joel Maxwell (8/10 Dom Post) suggests that people are born racists and must try very hard, and sometimes be lucky as well, to overcome that natural tendency.  Read the rest of this entry »

Pike River picket

12 November 2016

The Editor,  The Greymouth Star,  Greymouth

Dear Editor:

Labour MP Trevor Mallard said it clearly at the Helen Kelly memorial in Wellington –  How could he have just accepted from Pike River managers that the mine was being run with utmost safety standards?    He is not alone, of course, in wondering.  Read the rest of this entry »

A Thanksgiving message from actor, writer, and activist Billy Talen from NYC .

Billy Talen is an actor, writer, and activist from New York City.  His ‘full time’ acting job is as ‘Reverend Billy’  the evangelist for his ‘Church of Stop Shopping’.  In this message he exhibits poetry written as prose with contexts juxtaposed in unusual ways to paint a larger picture of our time.


Norman Rockwell is dead at the easel, his paintbrush still hanging in the air. All our traditions are in anaphylactic shock. We chew together in the eye of the storm. Read the rest of this entry »

The ‘virtual world’ on Donald Sterling and the Roast Busters

The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington

08 May, 2014

Dear Editor:

Many commentators and sports people in the USA and also here in NZ have noted that Donald Sterling’s (owner of LA Clippers basketball team) open racism is well known, so why the big fuss now?  He and his wife have a long history of discrimination in their rental properties, including legal problems, which has had far worse impact on the community. Read the rest of this entry »

Inequality should be most important criteria for Dr Sharples

15 April, 2014

The Editor, The Wellingtonian

Dear Editor;

In Gordon Campbell’s article on ‘playing the racism card’ (10 April) he properly identifies that means of accountability must accompany accusations of racist stereotyping.  Dr. Sharples must “indicate to what extent Te Matawai will be publicly accountable, and by what means.” Read the rest of this entry »