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Mail: The Editor, Cook Islands News,  PO Box 15, Rarotonga

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Dear Editor, I agree entirely with your comment (Editorial, July 12) that “most of us know very little about the science behind water disinfection”.

Talbot walks, Puna talks

Friday July 12, 2019

Dear editor,

To the people who find the wage increase of the Cook Islands MPs outrageous I invite you to look at your job, your industry, and figure out what you could do and achieve with an extra $50,000 per year, as Prime Minister Henry Puna gave himself. I invite you to send lists of how $700,000 every year will improve your work, sport and charity.

My 3c worth

Thursday July 11, 2019

Kia orana editor,

I understand that if the Pacific Games event is for an international qualifying event, then ‘open’ eligibility applies (depending on that international federation’s rules). I believe league Nines fulfils this criteria so the majority of both the men’s and women’s teams came from overseas.

Paying MPs to rake up the leaves

Thursday July 11, 2019

Dear editor,

Parliament sat for 13 half-days. Let’s round that up to seven full days. Now MPs get an extra $20,000 – that’s an extra $2,857.00 per sitting.

Asking parents about meth

Thursday July 11, 2019

Dear Editor,

In early 2017 I wrote to the then Minister of Health and asked if he would co-ordinate a meeting between his departments of Health and Justice, together with Education and Police, to discuss how government might take a co-ordinated approach to the coming Meth epidemic. The Minister was not convinced the issue was a priority.

Dear Editor,

Government should stop misleading us about chlorine in our water supply.

Dear Editor,

The 45 per cent pay raise? I agree with the 2.5 per cent per year – from the year an MP was elected.

No paradise for gay people

Tuesday July 09, 2019

Dear Editor,

Greetings and allow me to introduce myself. My name is Joe Fox, and I just spent a week visiting your beautiful country.

Will cars stop them walking?

Tuesday July 09, 2019

Dear Editor,

The purchase of four electric cars for ministers costing $60,000 is interesting, considering Raro Cars were selling Nissan Leaf cars for $17,000 retail each – an affordable option and one that would mean more cars for cash.

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