Letters to the Editor: Sunday December 15, 2019

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Single-use plastic bag

Single use!

What is a single use plastic bag?

Does it actually disintegrate after one use?

ALLEN LOCKINGTON, Kava Place, Lautoka


Thank you

Grahame Southwick, thank you for sharing the broad picture of events on the decline of the tuna industry to the younger generation who care to have read your articles in The Fiji Times (FT 7/12/19).

DAN URAI Lautoka


Climate-resilient housing

The proposal to develop affordable climate-resilient housing for low and middle families, as was recently announced, is timely, commendable and the way to go these days.

I just hope that this would mean having homes also powered by alternative energy sources, such as solar and even wind power where possible.

Other features that I believe each of the homes should have, should include being naturally lit and well ventilated. This is to minimise the use of grid electricity and to maximise sunlight and the free flow of fresh air into the homes.

It should also be appropriately shaped, angled and located, to minimise the effects of damaging winds and cyclones and of course constructed in an area that is free from tsunamis and landslides.

It should also be located in an area that is not on an earthquake fault line, or too close to the shoreline or riverbank.

These features would in my humble opinion, make the proposed homes truly climate resilient, energy-use efficient and environmentally friendly.

However, I am sure the authorities have already considered all these basic features and are working in this regard. We will most certainly look forward to the end result which we hope, will be really affordable as intended.

Edward Blakelock Admiral Circle, Pacific Harbour


Buturaki culture

Joseph Camillo of Suva has not only misunderstood my letter about buturaki culture but he has failed to understand what I was writing about.

If he goes back to my letter, there is nowhere in which I mentioned that I supported such brutality.

I was merely stating the fact that the buturaki culture has been around before Christianity arrived into this country.

I was also questioning Ms Buadromo about her lack of awareness of this culture because she clearly and openly accused the FijiFirst Government, our Prime Minister, and our Attorney-General, of being the perpetrators of the buturaki culture during ABC’s Q&A television discussion program at USP’s Laucala campus recently.

What I stated is that the buturaki culture is far better now than ever before.

I remember clearly in the era between the late ’70s through to the ’90s when the buturaki culture was rife.

I myself was a victim of such brutality not once but on several occasions. While my situation had nothing to do with politics, it was nevertheless an assault and a violation of my rights.

One does not only need to be voicing dissent to get assaulted. Many and I mean many, have been assaulted around the country for many other reasons for both good and bad and illogical over the last several decades.

It is very unfortunate that Ms Buadromo suffered in 2006 but that does not mean that our Prime Minister and his FijiFirst party started the buturaki culture.

I believe the buturaki culture has always been around and is still practised to this very day. Both Ms Buadromo and Joseph Camillo need to get out of Suva to rural Fiji to understand what I’m talking about.

As for sugar coating, I sugar coat whenever sugar coating is due to who ever deserves it, and I will sugar coat the truth as is my culture.

I am also critical and do question when I feel there is a need, something I do quite often but is likely noticed only by the very observant.

I’m not on the far right and neither am I on the far left like many disgruntled resentful people, I will say it as it is, with clarity and without prejudice.

I’m sorry but you have the wrong opinion of the person I am, Mr Joseph Camillo.

SIMON HAZELMAN  Rava Estate, Savusavu


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