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Letters To The Editor, August 03, 2015

Smoke free Lautoka? Allen Lockington, Nadi The Sugar City of Lautoka has been declared a smoke free zone by the Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Veena Bhatnagar. In
03 Aug 2015 23:42
Letters To The Editor, August 03, 2015

Smoke free Lautoka?

Allen Lockington, Nadi

The Sugar City of Lautoka has been declared a smoke free zone by the Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Veena Bhatnagar.

In declaring the city smoke free, Mrs Bhatnagar said the ministry was grateful to the Lautoka City Council, which partnered with the Ministry of the Health, in trying to promote healthy living.

“It is a great matter of concern to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services because if young people start smoking at a very young age, chances are that they will not be able to quit or give up smoking easily due to the onset of addiction to nicotine increasing the risk of smoking-related diseases and eventual death,” she said.

May I ask what about the exhaust fumes at the Lautoka Bus Stand that idling buses spew out, and market vendors and shoppers inhale?

Some time ago one vendor was fined $200 for smoking in the market, right outside buses spewing out the toxic fumes.

Now I ask, can someone please let us know what a public place is and what is not.

My mates and I are going to follow this smoke free initiative. Just hope it won’t be like the jay walking law.

 

Death penalty

Tukai Lagonilakeba,  Nadi

I have written letters in the past on the above subject.

My point of argument in this instance is who gives these people the right to commit such despicable acts, for example, to willfully terminate one’s life, a murderer, a rapist, a terrorist and a narcotics drug smuggler.

These are all very serious unforgivable crimes that even the Almighty Lord Jehovah will not pardon no matter how repentant and remorseful one may be, May His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

I have a lot of admiration for those countries that still administer the ‘Death Penalty’ to people who commit such crimes irrespective of who they are or which country they belong to – classic examples are Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and their sovereignty.

Through lethal injection, hangman or the bullets the Indonesian President never wavered in ordering for the execution of those Australian drug traffickers despite the many protests from human rights groups and from the Australian government itself.

These are the kind of people who have no place in society and our modern Fiji, but in bringing back the death penalty it will certainly deter those cruel elements who may be already contemplating the unexpected.

For those of us who have lost loved ones through such cruel acts, we must be strong in our resolve to ask our Government to reinstate the ‘Death Penalty’ because that would be justice served.

How many more Fijian families will have to go through such horrific experiences before someone strikes again? But this brings to mind questions of how effective are the prayers of all our different religious groups?

Is it really reaching the target or does God allows all this to happen?




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