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Curiouser and curiouser in Island Bay

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

09 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

As a WCC councillor Paul Eagle had always seemed to support every whim in Island Bay without offering cautionary insights. As the rhetoric over car parking and the cycleway heated up last year, reaching ‘Tea Party’ (read Donald Trump) proportions, there he was nodding his head. Read the rest of this entry »

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Island Bay’s car cult uprising

The Editor

The Cook Strait News,  Wellington,  28 August, 2017

Dear Editor:

Isabella Wishart (CSN 24/08) says she is perplexed by Chloe Bisley-Wright’s letter to the Cook Strait News, but then goes beyond perplexity in aggressively connecting ‘cyclist’ with ‘unable to begin to see other (perspectives)’.

I have no trouble understanding either perspective with the Tea Party – type (read Donald Trump) uprising in Island Bay continuing unabated in 2017 after it began in 2016. This is the car cult mentality which is strong nationwide but has seldom reached the surface to the extent it has in Island Bay.  Ms Bisley-Wright may or may not understand that the car cult is not to be challenged, in ‘Kings New Clothes’ fashion, but in apparent ‘childlike’ honesty (sorry, Chloe) is simply describing what she is hearing.

Where will the next car cult Tea Party uprising pop up in New Zealand? Perhaps the next neighbourhood that has the temerity to actually build a transport option that is a local alternative to the car cult?

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 31/08/2017

 

 


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 »