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Smoke Signals


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Go on, smoke it!

THE PM’S COLUMN on the growth and development of tourism may be rosy and all good for his government’s revenue, but he avoids the negative impacts of tourism, a smoke signaller says.

THE FACT THAT the lagoon is deteriorating rapidly has been brought home to an Arorangi resident who says when he went for a swim at high tide last week, he was disgusted at the amount of green weed floating around on the surface.

De-sex and care for your dogs

Monday January 30, 2017

THE CRUELTY SHOWN to those poor dogs featured in CI News this week was appalling,” a smoke signaller says.

THE HENRY PUNA and Mark Brown Christmas tax amnesty announced before December 25 is suspicious to say the least.

SAYS A SMOKE SIGNALLER: “Regarding the front page article in Monday’s CI News about the islands that no longer have a doctor, it is just sickening reading this, especially we can afford air ambulance to evacuate a cabinet minister’s daughter to New Zealand and we can also pay for frequent overseas trips by certain politicians. So sad.

We’re being ripped off!

Tuesday January 24, 2017

“WHY DO WE have to pay such outrageous prices for such an inferior broadband service?” a smoke signaller asks.

SEEMS LIKE THE idea of one rule for some taxpayers and another rule for those close to politicians also applies to the road rules. Spotted driving through town midday on Wednesday of last week, one 18 or 19-year-old daughter of a cabinet minister, on a bike without a helmet.  No worries, it’s who you know, not what you know, that is important in the Crook Islands.

Brown’s tax cut fails to impress

Friday January 20, 2017

FINANCE MINISTER MARK Brown’s promised one per cent tax cut hasn’t impressed one smoke signaller, who has labelled it pathetic.

“I WATCHED WHILE the driver of the rubbish truck indicated to his work mate that the large bag of plastic bottles carefully separated for collection by an environmentally aware business should be tossed into the back of the truck instead of the recycling,”

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