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Letters To The Editor, 03 May, 2015

Death penalty Jim Sanday, Brisbane, Australia The opinion in Australia over the execution of the two drug smugglers Chan and Sukamarun is divided. Peggy Thomas’ letter represents one side of
03 May 2015 09:17
Letters To The Editor, 03 May, 2015

Death penalty

Jim Sanday, Brisbane, Australia

The opinion in Australia over the execution of the two drug smugglers Chan and Sukamarun is divided. Peggy Thomas’ letter represents one side of the argument.

The problem I have is where a mentally ill man with a bipolar disorder who was agitated when he was led to the firing range and not fully cognizant of why he is being executed, is nevertheless tied to a wooden crucifix and mercilessly shot to death in cold blood.

There is something fundamentally wrong when a nation state sanctions the execution of vulnerable people like this poor Brazilian fellow who deserved compassion rather than the end he did not deserve.

I guess that’s where we should draw the line between what is humane, and what is not.

May God rest his soul.

Drinking responsibly

Norman Yee, Nadi

It seems a fine line needs to be drawn between encouraging businesses on the one hand and creating undesirable social issues through it on the other.

Our Prime Minister recently spoke about the need to drink responsibly because excessive drinking was not only a health risk but a social one as well. He also added that drunks ‘behaved unlawfully and harassed ordinary people… and they will meet the full brunt of the law…’

Since nightclubs have been allowed to open to 5am, binge drinking seems to be on the rise.

It is well known that excessive alcohol consumption has many ill effects on the individual, the family and society, such as liver damage, alcoholism, loss of job, break-up of the family, domestic violence and sexual abuse including rape, brawling, causing injuries and even death, drunk driving causing accidents and injury and/or death to self and other innocent victims and criminal activity. We have seen recent cases of drunks causing deaths through assaults including domestic violence and driving under the influence.

Since this Government is keen to bring about an improved quality of life for everyone perhaps it is now time to for all stakeholders in power (including the Minister of Health, Minister for Urban Affairs, the Central Liquor Board, and the Police) to put their minds together to holistically manage this scourge in our society as has been done with smoking and NCDs.

In addition when patrons leave the nightclubs in the early hours of the morning the very drunk ones are shouting, swearing and fighting among themselves.

These disturb people needing their sleep especially those in a safety industry such as pilots, etc. They are also harassing people going to work in the mornings. Some are so comatose that they are lying all over the place.

We noted that the Police in Suva and Nausori have tightened up their stand on people being drunk and disorderly. We are pleading that the Commissioner of Police direct the Police in Nadi/Namaka to do the same. I ask this because it seems to be in the powers of the Police to arrest those who are drunk, incapable or are a nuisance.

While businesses are allowed to open all hours they should at least be responsible in not serving people who are obviously drunk.

It seems to me that the opening hours of nightclubs should be returned to the previous hours, if the bars continue to serve drunks and the Police are unable to arrest those ‘drunk and disorderly’.

This will reduce the hours in which patrons will be able to drink.

A review of this ‘Zoned Hours of operation’ seems to be badly in need if we are to stop this negative aspect now arising in our society.

Everything in moderation is good; when taken to excess it becomes a problem and a burden to society. If individuals cannot curb themselves society need to impose measures to reduce these negative aspects.

 

 



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