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Letters To The Editor, 5th October, 2017

Letters To The Editor, 5th October, 2017
October 05
18:38 2017

Familiar Phrases

Ashneel Sudhakar, Ba

How many times have we heard phrases like these from people?

“Fiji bahut peeche hai” (Fiji is too backward)

“Ee desh ke kuch nai hoi” (Nothing can be done about this country)

“Overseas mein toh aise hai” (In other countries things are different)

“Fiji kabhi nai sudhri” (Fiji will never improve)

And when a Government is trying to make some changes to age-old systems (introduction of e-Ticketing is just one example) the same people are up in arms against the Government.

The fact is that no country has had smooth transitions without the people being ready to accept changes and prepared to contribute.

When taxes are reduced and socio-economic benefits are increased, we all are happy.

It should follow that when changes are made for the better we must all be happy to shoulder the burden. It’s no one-way street. It is a matter of civic pride and responsibility.

Just on the e-Ticketing issue, the Opposition parties are now coming up with ideas on how they will improve the system when (and if ever) they come into power.

They didn’t even remotely think about such concepts when they actually were in power.

Where were all the good ideas when you were in power guys?

Moving Fiji forward

Sovaia Pace, Sydney

First plastic bag levy was the mother of all evil and now it is eTicketing.

People need to change with times and accept that not everything done in Fiji is politically motivated.

Some things are done keeping in mind the long-term impacts.

e-Ticketing drama

Manoah Kaleca, Suva

A lot of people are complaining and are frustrated with the e-Ticketing system. Some say that they are being overcharged, others say that they are finding it difficult to top-up their cards.

Some school children were apparently refused by the bus drivers to board and were left stranded.

Why was there no consultations done prior to this?

Why not have the alternative options where we can both use cash or card?

Oh by the way, why is this deal only with Vodafone and not with Digicel?

Let the people choose and decide what is suitable and fair for them.

We could all learn a valuable lesson in this and that is to always interact and have dialogue with each other and all relevant stakeholders.

Enough said.

Don’t be fooled

Senaca Nabutu, Suva

I am a former midwife, I practiced in Fiji, went overseas and came back.

Never before had midwives been given such a good deal such as up to 70 per cent increase in their salaries.

Don’t be fooled by unionists and hoodwinked into going for a strike.

The unionists would have been happy with you receiving 10 per cent increase, as long as it was them who negotiated the deal.

Bagasse ashes

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

Every day for about six months of every year, bagasse ashes are being coughed out into the atmosphere by Fiji Sugar Corporation chimneys.

Could there be health effects of breathing it in daily, especially for babies?

Has it ever been suggested to find a way of containing theses bagasse ashes?

Filtering etc. so it is not released into the atmosphere. FSC do you read me?  Over.

World Teachers’ Day

Neelz Singh, Lami

World’s Teachers’ Day falls on 5th October; this is to celebrate teachers’ contributions toward learning and teaching.

Also known as international Teacher’s Day it is a day the world celebrates the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels.

A good teacher has greater influence in shaping the life of an individual even more than his/her parents.

In our culture, a teacher has been given a respected place. Under a teacher’s guidance and support it is very important that one achieves one’s goal in life.

Every successful individual always remembers the constructive role played by his/her teacher in their school to college days.

It would be better if Teachers’ Day remains as a day of teacher-student bonding of love and respect as it has always been.

I leave you with a quote “Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.” –“Solomon Ortiz”

Wishing all teachers’ happy Teacher’s Day for their hard-work – hats off.



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