Island Bay uproar is still about cars, not a cycleway

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

06 May, 2017

Dear Editor:

An Island Bay resident was this week quoted in the daily paper about the growing number of cars parked on the streets throughout the village. He says most families have two cars and some even more (as many as five).  What has been happening in Island Bay? Read the rest of this entry »

Response to Ian Apperley’s Random Rant on Scoop

Before we dismiss the elected WCC for the private sector, let’s look at the ‘why”.  Read the rest of this entry »

Risk Society – Ulrich Beck (1986 original German, translation 1992 by Mark Ritter)

Risk Society – Ulrich Beck (1986 original German, translation 1992 by Mark Ritter)

Beck says science in the post Feudal, post Industrial era (part of the Modern era) has produced risks which are impossible to understand fully, but potentially extraordinarily dangerous (even without mentioning climate change!, in 1986) thus creating a new scepticism about science.  Read the rest of this entry »

Cycleways must be an element in overall transport planning

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

07 June, 2016

Dear Editor:

G Sanderson (letters, 26 May) is right to say that cycleways should be viewed as an element of overall transport solutions. The controversial part is the priorities given to each type of transport.  Any residential area (such as Island Bay), or shopping area must put the needs of pedestrians first, then personal transport such as cycles, then public transport such as buses, and finally last the personal motor car. Read the rest of this entry »

“Time of Useful Consciousness” by Ralph Chapman – commentary by RWK

Time of Useful Consciousness, by Ralph Chapman, 2015                          Acting Urgently on Climate Change (one of the BWB series)

Dr Chapman lays out in chapters 1 – 4 the current mainstream description of the science of global warming and reasons urgent action is required.

Then in chapter 5, enigmatically titled “The Risks to Balanced Governance”, he gets around to describing more deeply what is revealed in the state of global politics 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Climate sceptics or colonists?

The Editor, The Sunday Star-Times, Auckland

20 October, 2013

Dear Editor:

Colin Espiner describes the flaccid climate change policies (non-policy, really) of the governments of John Key and Tony Abbot as evidence they have formed “a small but powerful subcommittee of the Climate Change Sceptics Society .” (6 Oct. “United states of scepticism”)   But you don’t have to be a climate science sceptic to oppose attempts to mitigate the possible catastrophe described by climate scientists. Read the rest of this entry »