Letters to the Editor
Letters are one of the most important parts of the paper because this is where the community has a chance to have its say. All letters to the editor received will generally be published, provided they are not defamatory or are covering exactly the same ground by the same writer.
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Now that the war with ghost writers and smoke signalers appear to be waning, the election has come and gone with government losing the election and regaining the Treasury benches (only in the Cook Islands), the Budget is passed and we again have political stability, people are asking where to now with the Paradise Prosperity Plan (PPP) development scoped by Merchant of Paradise (MOP) for the Pa Enua.
I refer to your article of 17 September headed “Pacific Islands labeled as leeches”, which reported on comments made by New Zealand talk show presenter Heather du Plessis-Allan.
Now that the new government has been confirmed in Parliament, it might be time for an overview on the state of play in national politics.
Now that all petitions in court are sorted out and done with, I would like to convey my personal thank-you to all the voters in Murienua for giving this chance to Patrick Arioka to be our MP for the next four years.
May I respond to Norm Wilkin’s letter of 19 September headed “Penrhyn could be prize China wants”, but first, may I thank him for putting his name to it. I expected no less from him because according to drumbeats on the coconut wireless he is a retired marine and fellow American.