Letters To The Editor, May 23, 2015

Shirley Park Jone Seniroqa, Cunningham, Suva I admire the works and aspirations of one of the world’s great park designer while doing Environmental Law at the University of the South
23 May 2015 10:08
Letters To The Editor, May 23, 2015

Shirley Park

Jone Seniroqa, Cunningham, Suva

I admire the works and aspirations of one of the world’s great park designer while doing Environmental Law at the University of the South Pacific last year.

He once said: “Parks have become more and more important in cities, and are a must for a good urban environment in the future.”

A significant piece of his work was the planning and construction of Central Park in New York City, the first large park in United States.

He believed that the goal of the city park was to provide relief from city life through access to nature and beauty.

Olmstead said that vegetation in a city played social physiological and medical roles. He felt that vegetation and the experience of it by people in parks was essential to health and their well being.

Imagine if we had the same dream for Shirley Park, wouldn’t it be wonderful for the people of Lautoka City.

Methodist Church in Fiji

Simon Hazelman, Savusavu

In Reverend James Bhagwan’s reply to Mr Bolatiki’s comments regarding the Methodist Church apolitical stance (FS:21/05) he went on to mention that as a nation-wide faith community they will continue to speak on issues relating to issues of justice, peace and society, which they believe is part of their expression of their Christian faith.

I go with that, but may I ask Reverend Bhagwan what the church is doing about obesity that is prevalent in the Methodist Church and society at large?

As Christians shouldn’t we be taking good care of our body in such a way that we are physically healthy?

It is very obvious that too much emphasis is put on the physical at the expense of the spiritual?

Obviously many in the church cannot control their eating habits, basically lacking the self-control that is the fruit of the spirit.

How can someone who cannot take care of his or her physical body be able to concern his or her self with the spiritual?

Facts have surfaced that five out of six deaths in Fiji is caused by NCD’s which to me also equates to five out of six Methodist Church members.

I’m sorry for being so abrupt but these are the facts. Gluttony is an obvious sin that has become an epidemic.

It is one sin that all Christian faiths urgently need to address and make good with God.

False prophecy

Lawrence Narayan, Suva

I join with thousands of Fijian fans everywhere together with M Lewayada in congratulating our national 7s team for winning the 2015 HSBC series.

The road to victory has not been easy for us, but we must thank the players and Ben Ryan for the hard work and perseverance they have put in right from the beginning of the series to the end.

As far as the prophecy by a local church pastor mentioned by M Lewayada, it is important to note that there are no prophets today because genuine prophets are only mentioned in the Bible. They were the foundations of the church.

The office of prophet and apostle was temporary and only necessary for the church before the completion of the  Bible .

The actual foundation of the church was built upon the prophets and apostles with Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone – Ephesians 2:19-22.

There are clear evidence of this in scriptures for example,  “For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect). But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded1Corinthians 13.9-10.

The ‘perfect’ spoken here is the  Bible  itself.  Here we are told that when the  Bible would be written and complete, prophecy would no longer be needed as the Bible is perfect in every way and the church will use the  Bible instead because it contains all the prophecy we need.

Therefore, there is no need to be confused about modern day prophets, we have the  Bible.

Potential danger

Satish Nakched, Suva

The Yasiyasi Road at Nadera that turns off at the Kings Road is a very heavily used route. Because of the large population of the Nadawa-Nadera area all the buses that service the area divert through this exit point.

Most afternoons a very large group of school children assemble at the junction waiting for public transport. There is also a traffic island and this further narrows the access and when bus stops for the pick-up it creates a very high risk for an accident to happen and traffic jam forms.

The drivers are impatiently seen trying to navigate through the small gap and the same time there could be pedestrians trying to cross. This stoppage affects the traffic flow along the main Kings Road. At times there can be two buses simultaneously stopping for passengers, which further reduces movement in the area.

This potential disastrous strip needs to be examined again by the road engineers in the view to construct a bus bay.

Nausori Post Office

Joe Smith, Deuba

Will appreciate if local mobile companies could assist the Nausori Post with telephone service as their listed numbers have not been working since last year.

Snail mail, yes still existing!




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