Letters To The Editor, January 28, 2015

Honesty Josaia Rayawa, Savusavu I was in Nadi recently attending a family event and of course, I took the opportunity to check out Nadi’s new cinema outlet. Very impressive, I
28 Jan 2015 09:38


Josaia Rayawa, Savusavu

I was in Nadi recently attending a family event and of course, I took the opportunity to check out Nadi’s new cinema outlet.

Very impressive, I might add. But even more impressive was the service support from the cinema staff.

After watching a movie one afternoon with family, we were on our way out of the complex to catch a cab when my little niece, who was with me, rushed over to tell me that someone from the Cinema came out and gave her a $20 note which apparently was found stuck to the side of the seat I sat in.

Of course, I verified it was mine as I found myself short of $20.

It was so refreshing to experience such honesty in service.

It prompted me to return to the cinema in the evening, and spent a little more. I even got to meet the young man who found the $20 note.

I couldn’t help but tip the guy. I am just sorry I didn’t get his name.

I think one of the female staff mentioned they do this a lot.

People leave cell phones, bags, wallets, etc. Vinaka vakalevu Nadi cinema staff! I just want to give credit where credit is due.

When ‘one’ person does something good it has quite an impact. Can you imagine when ‘honesty’ expressed in the most simplest of ways is multiplied across the country?

The impact can be profound. They remind me that this country has a great future when this kind of spirit exists.

I don’t know about you but I am feeling the “spirit of FIJI” right now.



Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nasinu

I express my sincere gratitude to all those who have retired from the civil service.

Many of these civil servants have devoted their lives to the delivery of Government services.

The endless hours of contribution that you have made will bring you a lot of rewards with the good Lord’s blessings.

To those civil servants who are nearing 55, please prepare well for your retirement.

On a lighter note I quote the words of Hartman Jule: “Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me. I never had the time before to notice the beauty of my grandkids, my wife, the tree outside my very own front door. And, the beauty of time itself!”

We sometimes get so busy with our work that we forget that time has finally caught up with us.

To all the teachers who have retired a big vinaka vakalevu for educating the children of Fiji.

Without your guidance and support many of us would not have been where we are today.

I conclude with the words of Harry Mahtar: “A gold watch is the most appropriate gift for retirement, as its recipients have given up so many of their golden hours in a lifetime of service.”



Ilaitia Bose, Suva

My heart goes out to those who were part of the group of 70 who went on that mission to Christmas Island but are not here today to receive a token from Government for their sacrifice 57 years ago.

How long will it take for colonial rulers like the British to stand up and be a responsible empire?

The British government needs not drag its feet on this issue and it is time to compensate the Fijian troops for their suffering over the last five decades.

The British treated these Fijian men like guinea pigs in their quest for nuclear supremacy.

They are taken by the British to Christmas Island to die.

It is only right and fair for the British to step forward and compensate them.

The sad thing is, most of the 70 warriors who went on this mission are not with us today.


Wise Muavono, Lautoka

The plant is known by numerous names. Shall we legalise it or not?

Why don’t we just ask the Almighty for his guidance? It’s his creation anyway.


Marijuana farms

Ashneel Prasad, Auckland, NZ

It has been proven that medical cannabis (marijuana) is a great help in the field of medical science.

And if this is so, I ask the relevant authorities as to why not start a marijuana farm in Fiji.

I know it is a very risky thought but if done under close supervision, then surely Fiji can benefit.

Fiji soil and climate is perfect for this, so why not give it a try?

Just think about the amount of money Fiji will earn by exporting marijuana for the right purpose.

Medicine prices will drop, more employment created, increase in GDP, thus all of this leading to a better economy and society.

I mean, even the USA has legalised the plantation and use of medical cannabis in some of its states.

Now before going on and attacking me on what I’m writing about and how I have lost my mind, think about it with a calm head – it will make sense.


Farming trend

Neelz Singh, Lami

There have been many changes in our farming and agriculture industry, all to improve the ways to gain better revenue.

Why are there many farmers who change and use those resources to cultivate marijuana?

Why do you think they have chosen that alternative, and without consent of their village head? It is surprising to note that the village elders were not aware of that kind of farming in progress.

There are many other crops that might earn better income and also gain awards and recognition.

Is there a need for some agriculture farming workshops in the rural and maritime sector?

Imagine what would happen if Operations Sasamaki was not implemented? Catastrophe!


You have potential

Allen Lockington , Nadi

Many people are earning less than half of what the new teachers will be paid.

At $12,000 a teacher can expect to take home up to $300 per fortnight.

Remember you have a job, you are no longer unemployed. It’s a start, now work your way upwards.

Don’t let the so-called low wage dampen your spirits. I hope it makes you stronger.

Remember there are many people earning way less than you.

You have the qualification to attain great heights. You can move on and get a degree.

You may want to move overseas.

Remember you have the potential.

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