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In response to Sharron Maree's
letter (August 25) about the
availability of alcohol, and the way
in which she thinks that it shouldn't
be a part of the "every day" grocery
For most working adults, our
shopping time is limited, so why
shouldn't we have the convenience of
purchasing our alcoholic beverages
along with our food?
People, and especially youngsters
who want to get drunk, will find a
way or a place to obtain alcohol.
Don't penalise ordinary folk who
don't have a problem.
Youngsters who are brought up
sensibly and in an environment that
includes sensible drinking habits,
good meal, and enjoyed as an
accompaniment, not as a means just
to get drunk quick, are much less
prone to "problems".
It really isn't about the drink
itself, the availability or the cost.
It's more about our society, the
way children are raised, taught,
nurtured, and yes, controlled.
Just look at the dross that we
allow them (and ourselves) to sit
watching on the TV, foul-mouthed
DJs on radio stations, violent
All of this goes towards making us
more accepting of bad behaviour,
less shocked, less likely to
understand where the boundaries
Love the new
Congratulations to Environment
Canterbury and the North
Canterbury Cycle Club for the
excellent area of the Rakahuri
Mountain Bike Park on the banks of
the Ashley River.
The mountainbike track is a
superb effort to create a recreation
area for the Rangiora area.
thoroughly enjoy riding my
mountainbike on it as well.
It is ideally suited to family
activity, for children and adults
alike. If you haven't experienced it,
why not grab your helmet and bike
and take a tour.
I am sure you will be pleasantly
Once again thank you to all who
have participated in this project.
Headache from worry
over tap water
Recently I've been reading about the
notice to boil tap water in the
Darfield area because of
contamination from the Waimakariri
Have I missed something? In
Oxford we've been drinking water
sourced from the same river and I
haven't seen any warnings of
I believe a solution is at hand for
Darfield residents, but no news
about an upgrade for those on the
Oxford Rural No 1 supply scheme
drinking essentially untreated e-coli
I'm just off to take a couple of
aspirins for the headache and
nausea I've been experiencing
Maybe I'm hallucinating? J McPhee
Semi-formal a credit
to all involved
To the youth and parents who
organised the year 11 semi-formal on
August 25 at the Saracens Ashley St
This function went off without a
hitch, and it's a credit to you all and
those who attended.
Too many negatives made this a
positive experience for all.
Support for changing
The members of the Waimakariri
Concerned Ratepayers group
acknowledge and appreciate the
recent remarks of Michael Green
(Outlook, August 22 ) when he
mentions the efforts we are making
towards a system of rating that
would be much fairer than the
present property-based system
which is so full of anomalies.
We particularly wish to underline
his thoughts about the power of the
Our group is well aware of the
hard yards ahead in dealing with
entrenched political dogma and it is
essential that this people power be
harnessed if any real headway is to
We know that the majority of
ratepayers, throughout the country,
are unhappy with the present
system and that others are making
efforts similar to our own, so it is not
yet a lost cause.
To learn more please visit
Waimak Concerned Ratepayers
Correspondence on the issue of
rating systems is now closed.
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