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.

Non du plume are acceptable, but the name, address and contact details must be provided to the editor.

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Sitting days tests integrity

Friday May 17, 2019

Dear Editor,

Over the weekend, a group of friends and I happened to be discussing the Parliamentary debacle of three half sitting days that happened last month. The majority conclusion was that it was disgraceful, and was avoidable.

Meth is a scourge, it has wrecked my family and I have seen the damage it has done to my peer group and friends and colleagues. One sadly took his life at the end of last year and another died prematurely after complications from his addiction and in the end everyone loses.

Driving through the village of Muri I was deeply saddened to observe what Rarotonga calls progress.

Cooks Islands deeply into drugs

Wednesday May 15, 2019

I applaud the comments by my ex-police colleague and friend Rod Henderson in last Friday’s paper (Cooks easy prey for drug lords).

Dear Editor,

You report four youths being investigated for stealing a rental car. What happened to them? Should we send them home and allow them to carry on their lives or should they be accountable?

Under cone of silence

Saturday May 11, 2019

Dear Editor,

Now that the re-sealing of the main road in Muri will shortly be completed, I do hope that the appropriate authorities in government will ensure that the household that has been placing cones on the roadside adjacent to the Muri Food Night Market, in an effort to charge motorists for parking, will be prevented from doing so.

Dear Editor,

You report deputy prime minister Mark Brown took a delegation to China last month, to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Co-operation (“‘Cook Islands attend China forum”, May 4).

MPs’ pay rise is a rort

Friday May 10, 2019

Dear Editor,

Your article “Public vent at MP pay push” was validation of your publication’s Street Poll, where respondents all agreed our MPs are paid too much. The vast majority of our people locally and our Cookies abroad in Aotearoa, Australia and elsewhere would really disagree with deputy prime minister Mark Brown’s claim that our politicians are due more money because “the MPs have not had a pay rise for 14 years”. (“MPs deserve more pay, says Brown”, April 12).

Name of Polynesian homeland

Tuesday May 07, 2019

Dear Editor,

In the 1980s I was told on more than one occasion that I needed to go “search for myself” by my mentors, Nga Koumatua.

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