Plenty of jobs
A smoke signaller says he can’t understand what yesterday’s Mr Pruner and other pollies are going on about when they say there needs to be more jobs created in the Cook Islands. “A quick count of the situations vacant ads in the Cook Islands News over the past few days shows there are up to 30 jobs available most days. The issue doesn’t seem to be no jobs – but one of poor pay, compared with New Zealand, where the minimum wage is $14.25 an hour, as against $6 here.” (The US minimum wage is only $US7.25!)
Basic political maths
Some political posters around the island promise “a fair system that puts money back in your pocket”, says another observer, who goes on to say: “That must be the system that goes something like this. For every dollar they take out of my pocket they spend 50c on necessary government expenditure, 47c on endless travel, new cars, unlimited petrol, unlimited food and fun for themselves and mates and then put three cents back in my pocket. That probably does sound ‘fair’ to those on the 47c side of the ‘system’. How about a system that takes the 50c out of my pocket that is actually needed and leave the other 50c right there in my pocket?”
Being a young voter, it makes me wonder what goes on in the minds of people when they choose which party to vote for. For example, an active regular Sunday flight protestor and Grey Power Aitutaki rep now holds a high position on a Demo Party committee – the same party that put all he stands against, in action! Maybe he needs a new cause and it seems the Demos know how to do it.
Not before time!
In reference to Keep it Clean (today’s paper), why wasn’t this actioned before; when insults were made about the Diwali celebrations and religious attacks were made on LDS and JWs? For sure, it brought shame to ones who represent these beliefs; instead you chose to publish it. So where’s the fairness in that? (It won’t happen again.-Ed)
Let the dust settle first
Not surprisingly, the letters and “Smokies” are rolling in about Puna Pearlgate, but there’s still a few questions that need to be answered before you all let rip. We are seeking answers to most of the issues you have already raised and they may address your concerns.-Ed
Keep it clean!
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This is not to say that we won’t consider all Smokies on their merits, and it is the election “silly season” when politicians may be considered fair game, particularly those who take themselves too seriously. The main consideration will be whether any Smokie could be considered to be defamatory, or just in plain bad taste.
But, remember also what the column was originally set up for – to give us all a bit of a laugh as well as to record the offbeat things happening in our communities.