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Friday May 18, 2018 Published in Smoke Signals

Cops need to get serious about domestic violence

Perhaps there is a need for a story in the newspaper about the lack of police enforcement regarding court orders designed to prevent domestic violence. Lack of competence, power and control often leaves the police blaming victims. and that might be part of the reason why three out of five women in the Cook Islands experience domestic violence.

A PHENOMENON, OR ‘COCONUTTY?’

Rain and death phenomena continue to intrigue: I’s becoming more believable after decades of (casual) observation that when someone dies it rains without fail. There was one exception and that was when a notorious and long-serving prisoner died on the island some 35 years ago. I think I can now proudly label myself as a scientist and join think tanks with other self-acclaimed “coconutty” scientists on the island.

GET IN ON THE ACT

Before I vote I would like to know if either parties would introduce a Fair Trade and Anti-Monopoly Act. After all, they did sign onto the trans-Pacific free trade deal which also covers unfair trade practices also.

LOOK AFTER YOUR ANIMALS!

It’s distressing for those of us who love animals to see an obviously pregnant and uncared for black dog wandering through town just about every day, criss-crossing the main road and becoming perilously close to being run over. For goodness sake, why can’t some people be bothered looking after their animals properly? The local animal welfare clinic runs a desexing programme for animals and it’s a simple matter to take your dog or cat there and get it fixed up. But that seems to be a step too hard for some lazy people, who don’t apparently give a damn about their children, their animals or their environment. They’ll undoubtedly be the same people who burn rubber and plastic without a care in the world, and leave dirty, stinking nappies on our beaches for other people to clean up.

ADVICE FOR TOURISTS

The Tourist Corporation urgently needs to educate visitors about the do’s and don’ts of visiting Rarotonga. Walking on the road at night while dressed in dark clothing isn’t conducive to a long life – neither is walking on the road through Muri or the busier parts Arorangi where admittedly the footpaths are so broken, they don’t leave anywhere safe to walk. As for the way some of these visitors drive – they are accidents waiting to happen. Put a safety helmet on them and it’s clear that they think they are invincible, riding way too close to the back of vehicles and wobbling back and forwards on both sides of the road, while driving well over the speed limit. Oh – and often some of them don’t appear to be very sober, either. If only the Christmas road safety campaign could have been extended right through the year.

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