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Letters To The Editor, 13th July 2017

Letters To The Editor, 13th July 2017
The vehicles that was involved in an accident along Veisari on June 11, 2107.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.
July 13
11:00 2017

Smart phones

Sachida Nath, Nadi

Smart phones today appear to have given us a user freedom without limit in communication and flow of information.

When I recently deleted some apps in my smartphone, a friend equated this to being less informed and having less of an edge. I thought his opinion was simplistic as I do not necessarily need to know everything every time.

One perspective offered by those who take an anti-technology posture is rather extreme. That is, modern technology could change our lives so much that one day we could resemble human-like drones in the movie Matrix.

However, there are disadvantages when gadgets are used without restraint. For instance, we can easily get distracted by “notifications” leading to loss of concentration on a task at hand.

Furthermore, we can spend an inordinate amount of  time using a social app obsessively thus missing  the wonders of nature, the arts and real people.

True freedom is when I set boundaries on my phone use.

 

Our Debt / GDP ratio

Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori

Thank you, Fiji Sun, for publishing the International Monetary Fund records on various countries foreign debts against their Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Your publication sheds clear light to those who may wish to analyse our 2017–2018 National Budget.

The Opposition found the Budget too good to be true and have only exhausted themselves digging so deep hoping to pull out some skeletons where there are no graves. I am just worried that they may bury themselves in their own digging.

Instead of congratulating the hard and excellent work done by the staff and management of our Ministry for Economy, they tried desperately to tarnish them with cheap shots and misleading statements.

Over and over again, the Maldives has become the favourite quote of a particular Opposition parliamentarian as an example of good tourism marketing. Yet their foreign debt according to IMF is 81.5 per cent of GDP compared to our 45.8 per cent.

World economy Super Power, USA is over 100 per cent and Japan over 230 per cent.

Now our Prime Minister has been attacked by Niko Nawaikula for his $1.5 million travelling budget in leading the world in the fight against climate change.

Climate change is not a foreign problem that should be left for foreign nations to solve. It is a global one that affects everyone on planet Earth and we in the Pacific are its front line victims. International donors have already given Fiji tens of millions of dollars from the climate fund and our leading role played a part in accessing these funds.

We do not just sit down and do nothing and expect international donations to fall on us like ‘mana’ from the sky.

Today, Fiji is re-writing history, not only for our tiny nation but for all our Small Islands Developing States commonly known as SIDS in taking such a global leading role.

We have Voreqe Bainimarama, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Inia Seruiratu and their hardworking team to thank for bringing us this far.

 

Budget discussions/consultations

Sukha Singh, Labasa

Wouldn’t it have been better if the budget consultation was done in Parliament so we could call it an inclusive budget.

 

Road death concern

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

We do sound like an old record permanently on replay mode when we talk about road deaths in Fiji.

Nearly every week and monthly we get updated on accidents and road fatalities Fiji wide, comparing the number of deaths this month and the same month last year.

Every week and every month, pedestrians and drivers are warned to take extra care on our roads, to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities.

But it seems that all the warnings and awareness and even fatal accidents has no affect on both the pedestrians and drivers.

Our road death toll seems to be increasing every month.

We all know that speed kills and that driver fatigue is another cause of accidents and death.

Let us all do something about this old record permanently on replay mode. Let us dob in dangerous drivers and more warning signs to slow down and rest, revive, survive should be erected on all roads in Fiji.

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