Western Leader : February 17th 2011
2 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 17, 2011 LETTERS Office 837 0340 Fax 837 1760 Editor Cla re Haynes ema l: e wl@snl co nz Sales Manager Jul e Cooper ema l: ul e cooper@snl co nz Circulation 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 ema l: el very@snl co nz Classifieds 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 ema l: clsa @snl.co.nz 66,754 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan Dec '10. Del vere eac Tues ay*/T urs ay/ Fr ay to Avon ale, Block ouse Bay, Glen E en, Glen ene, Green Bay, Harbour V ew, Hen erson, Hen erson Valley, Heral Islan , Hobsonv lle, elston, a n olm, assey, assey East, assey ort , ew ynn, alm He ts, Ranu , Sunnyvale, Swanson, Te Atatu en nsula, Te Atatu St , T t ran , Wa ma, Wa manu Bay, Wa takere, Western He ts, West ate, West Harbour, W enuapa , Woo lan s ark. *Every 4th Tuesday 'Waitakere Ranges Edition' includes: Hu a, ttle Hu a, Cornwall s, arau, a n olm, Orat a, Scen c Dr ve, Carter Roa , Wa atarua, Hen erson Valley, Swanson ort , a R , Hen erson RD1 & 2, RD Re lls, RD Wa takere. 2 Wa pare ra Ave, Hen erson. .O. 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Burglars hit twice A word of warning to your readers after your article, Burglars return for second hit (Western Leader, February 8).There s nothing better that burglars like, after breaking in and stealing your laptop, your computer, and all your electronic gear, flat screen TV, surround sound installation. In a few weeks after putting in your claim, the insurance company will pay out the claim. If you have total replacement policy, you will get brand new equipment, so the burglars keep your house under surveillance to note when all that new gear arrives. If you have not really secured you house with state-of-the-art burglar alarms, high-quality deadlocks on all exit doors, security catches on all windows, etc, they will break in again -- as the unfortunate Holmes couple found out -- even though they had installed the appropriate security gear. This double dip burglary is happening in a big way every day. Of course, all this high-tech alarm equipment costs a lot of money. You must install the best system available otherwise there is no point in doing anything. Also have all equipment marked with special pen, or microdotted with a code. But the real issue is the big number of people who buy hot stolen property. It s well known if you contact the right people they will steal to order. So three ways to combat burglary are: 1. Get the best alarm detection system available. 2. Stamp out the illegal sale of stolen property. Only the public at large can stop burglary by not purchasing hot equipment. 3. Leave an alsatian or similar dog inside during the night or when at work. Eric Strickett Massey -- Abridged My angels A big thank you to the primary school girls that went to my mother s aid on Saturday, February 5, in Avondale. My mother asked the girls for help because she wasn t feeling right. The girls approached a nearby car at the lights, on the corner of Great North Rd and Rosebank Rd. The couple with a young daughter pulled over to help. Somehow, the man, Blair, got my phone number and rang me to say my mother was in distress. When I arrived, I realised mum was going into a diabetic coma fast. Blair rushed into the shop and bought my mother orange juice to help. I rang 111 for an ambulance. The ambulance arrived and through a lot of effort was able to bring her sugar level up. A huge thanks to you all. You all saved my mum. My family have our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother for a bit longer. You are all angels in our world. My mother is doing well and was able to go to another great- granddaughter s first birthday in Whangarei. Thank you. Suzie Vui Avondale Well done Alex It was heartening to read about 12-year-old Alex Proctor and his creative inventions (Western Leader, February 8). What was most commendable was the way he sees how something can be improved or made easier to operate and then sets about solving it. He is a very mature boy and hopefully will inspire other boys to be creative and outward looking. All praise too to the teacher who encouraged him and to his family who ve taught him so well to be a thoughtful and productive member of society. Keep it up Alex. P Vuglere Kelston Catherine Place saga One day last winter I was walking through Catherine Place on Great North Rd. It was raining so I walked under the shelter. Outside Burger King three young men were smoking, and I didn t look at them as I passed. One of them with spiked blond hair stood in front of me and I got a mouth full of smoke blown in my face. I didn t hear the first words he said as I got a fright. I only heard you old people . I just looked at him, and said at least I have got older (82), I don t know about yourself. The other two just laughed. Venus Jujnovich Henderson School carparks I strongly disagree with schools not allowing the public to park up and drop our kids off in school carparks, and yet the carpark is not in use. They say it s only the teacher s carparking. What are we paying our school fees for? To me that should cover the carparks for parents who are just walking their kids to their classes. It only takes a couple of seconds then we are out of there. If I see a free carpark space I should have the right to park there for my child s safety. Simone Allen Massey Equality please Now we are all Auckland city ratepayers let us have a little equality. In the former Waitakere city we are still paying over $2 per rubbish bag whilst other areas, eg Mt Roskill, have a free wheelie bin provided for household rubbish. If we are not entitled to the same we should get at least $100 deduction on our rates. We now no longer get a free inorganic collection, one is available at a cost. Another thing which I feel is unfair is that on the latest Water Care Services Ltd account, we have been charged the GST at 15 percent. Why? The GST was 12.5 percent until October 1. On querying this I was told that they could not split the account. That answer floors me. My account was from 3/6/10 to 29/11/10. Did we exercise our democratic right as to whether we all wanted to become a supercity? Of course not. Because we were not asked. P Keene Massey -- Abridged Reflective vests It was good to read your article, Invisibility vests are best, in the Western Leader, February 11. As an experienced cyclist trained by the Metropolitan Police, I have always worn a reflective sash body belt, because you are 10 times less likely to be involved in an accident. I now wear a reflective vest at all times on my motor scooter. Many riders still do not wear one at great risk. So far I have not been involved in a collision. I am convinced this is due to sound training by the police and always wearing a reflective vest. 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