Letters To The Editor, 28th April 2017

‘No Shame’ reply Louise William, Lautoka I refer to the letter No shame on public bus by Shailendra Kumar of Lautoka (FS 26/4/17). There was no mention of the reaction
28 Apr 2017 11:00
Letters To The Editor, 28th April 2017
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‘No Shame’ reply

Louise William, Lautoka

I refer to the letter No shame on public bus by Shailendra Kumar of Lautoka (FS 26/4/17). There was no mention of the reaction of the other students on the bus. Were they indifferent to what was happening?

Sadly, this could be a reflection of how de-sensitised today’s young people are when confronted by such or more explicit visual displays.

They are bombarded by sex: from sex education every year from primary school age, which includes encouraging them to try same sex relationships to textbook pictures that would make their parents’ eyes pop out if they ever looked inside their child’s textbook.

They are also bombarded by the media including television.

You only need to watch FBC TV’s 2Day FM Daily Hit List which televises at 5:30pm, five minutes after the children’s programme, Just Kids, finishes.

This is supposed to be a musical hits programme, but although we are hearing the songs, 95 per cent of the screen time is women being displayed as commodities whose dance move is mainly pelvic gyration.

In the same day’s FBC TV news, we hear that drug-related crimes continue to increase and we hear from the relevant authorities that teenage pregnancies continue to rise.

All these increases, despite increased awareness and education of our children from primary school age regarding sex, pregnancy and drug abuse.

It is obvious that the theory of increased and explicit awareness is not working as the so-called experts have been preaching.

Maybe a need to re-look at our strategy: Educate, but stress the beauty of celibacy rather than safe sex.

We could even reduce our cervical cancer rates!

Thank you, Mr Kumar for your letter. As a mother, I have taken note and will act.

I encourage all mothers not to be brainwashed by what supposed experts try to enforce on us. After all we are the first teachers. They say that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Come on, mothers! Let’s reclaim our children!



Let us kill it before Coke 2018

Timoci Gaunavinaka, Nausori

Year after year, the number of schools participating in the Coca-Cola Games keeps on increasing. Preparation works done by students, schools, parents and old scholars is tremendous.

Money generated or spent at the Games is also huge – whether you are a food or drinks seller, gate takings receiver, team sponsor or just a supporter.

After the games we wait for another year to do it all over again.

In this one year of wait, participating teams learn from their mistakes, organisers analyse how the games can be improved and supporters celebrate their teams’ achievements or curse their missed opportunities.

A technical problem that existed a few decades ago and has survived over time and even outliving many athletes is the failure of the starting gun and the timing mechanism.

Imagine if Nadroga and Naitasiri were about to play in a “Farebrother Challenge” and the games has to be delayed for a couple of hours because the referee has no whistle or the first half was played for 55 minutes because the timer’s clock had a malfunction?

This year, the impact caused by this age-old problem delayed the games for a few hours, while students waited patiently in the hot sun or in the rain.

This unnecessary wait has various impacts on participating athletes affecting their performances. These are valuable performances that took many sacrifices to make.

Organisers had one whole year to fix this, but always return the following year with the same old problem neatly dressed with a new twist of excuses and explanations. Many athletes have left school, grown old and some have even passed away, yet this problem still lives.

Can we please choke its neck, stomp it, cut off its head or do whatever it takes to kill it once and for all.



Watch those drinks

Edwin Sandys, Namadi

I am writing this letter to warn all diabetics to be very careful when getting fizzy drinks poured from dispensers.

You are to insist that they fill your diet coke while you are watching as the staff do not know what could happen if they gave a glass of any of the other drinks to a diabetic.

Giving a fizzy drink to a diabetic with high sugar level could be catastrophic to the diabetic.

Insist on watching the staff member fill your diet coke if you order, otherwise without knowing you are being given a sugary fizzy drink.

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