Western Leader : December 14th 2010
2 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 14, 2010 LETTERS Office Ph 837 0340 Fax 837 1760 Editor Claire Haynes email: edwl@snl co nz Sales Manager Julie Cooper email: julie cooper@snl co nz Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: delivery@snl co nz Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: firstname.lastname@example.org 66,735 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) 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Initials, pen names or email attachments are not accepted. The editor reserves the right to edit, abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Mail: Western Leader, PO Box 21-167, Henderson; Fax: 837-1760; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Quick action I was asked by a local dairy owner to help him with a letter to the council in regards to a rubbish bin outside his door that with the summer heat was attracting flies with rubbish overflowing. He had spent a lot of money sprucing up the store having brought it five months ago, painting, polishing floors and it was looking really lovely but now with the rubbish overflowing and flies, it was a real drawback to his customers with a rubbish bin that smelt very bad. I emailed on his behalf to the council asking if there was any chance it could be removed or relocated as there were two other bins close by. I sent the email and six days later I popped in to see him and I have never seen anyone smile so much and so widely. The council had relocated the rubbish bin with no problem. He was so delighted and pleased his face just lit up when he saw me and he was very grateful. That smile made me realise how such a small thing (emailing the council) and their response had really made his day. A huge thank you to the council who acted promptly with no complaints. When he phoned to thank them even the call centre operator was surprised it had been done so quickly. I left his shop feeling really happy for him and that was the spirit of giving. Thank you to the council for the smile you put on my new friend's face. Sunny, at Peninsula Foodmarket, your smile andjoylitupmydayas well. You are welcome. M Johnson Te Atatu Peninsula Abridged -- Editor Safe cycling In the Western Leader (December 3), W Parlevliet was correct in saying cyclists can ride two abreast as it clearly states in the road code. In section 8 it also states always to ride single file when passing another vehicle. Most cyclists have heard similar comments to those of G Ashford who seem to suggest cyclists are different thinking people, totally separate from other road uses, but in fact it's quite the opposite. Myself and two friends recently travelled by car with bikes firmly attached to the back of our vehicle, as did a high percentage of the 12,000 competitors, to the time trial at Lake Taupo on November 27. Not once did we see any bad driving, and at the time trial itself there were very few accidents. Many of the competitors were families with children who often did all the stages of the trial, covering 160 kilometres right round the lake. A small percentage of cyclists do need training. The police officer who trained me through the Metropolitan cycle proficiency scheme said well-trained cyclists make some of the safest drivers of all types of vehicles. Most of the cyclists' bikes at Lake Taupo would have been driven there to save energy for the very well-organised biggest cycle event in New Zealand.Ken Braddon Blockhouse Bay No help On October 18 at around 5.35pm my mother visited the Trusts Stadium with the intention of suprising her granddaughter in watching her play basketball. As my mother approached the entrance a hoard of people began to exit the facility. Mum made her way to the side in order to allow the throngs to pass as the entire entrance was oozing people. As she moved aside, she tripped over an elevated metre box and inadvertently spear-tackled herself on to the pavement with her arm and face bearing the brunt of the impact. As my mother writhed in agony unable to gain her feet, those present adeptly stepped over and around the poor woman not bothering to inquire as to whether she required a hand up, much less medical assistance. Some asked but kept walking regardless, perhaps considering their consciences alleviated by this verbal token gesture. As it transpired she had broken fingers, every bone in her wrist severed and some rather nasty facial injuries. One woman out of the crowd gave the required assistance and raised the alarm when nobody else would. To this person my sincerest gratitude. My mother is still in a state of constant pain and I pray that no one else has to ensure the agony and indignity of essentially being left to fend for oneself in such dire circumstances desperately requiring urgent attention but virtually receiving none. Donna Keatley West Auckland Response from Simon Wickham, Trusts Stadium chief executive: We were made aware of the unfortunate accident and have followed this matter up with her family. The lip she tripped on has been removed and I can assure people that all our staff are trained and qualified first aiders to assist in such incidences. We continue to wish her well in her recovery. We would also like to use this opportunity to ask any member of the public to assist in such circumstances by coming to reception where we can be in radio contact with trained staff in any emergency.
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