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Letters To The Editor, 15th June 2017

Littering Sachida Nath,  Nadi Litter scattered openly at roadsides and secretly dumped in remote places are a matter of social shame for us all. The act of littering is a
15 Jun 2017 11:29
Letters To The Editor, 15th June 2017

Littering

Sachida Nath,  Nadi

Litter scattered openly at roadsides and secretly dumped in remote places are a matter of social shame for us all.

The act of littering is a sign of a growing throw-away society.

To grapple with the problem, civic education is a key.

But the basis of this type of education is our home.

It is the place where many “habits of the heart” are formed, observed  an educator.

There has to be a transmission of values like the daily upkeep of our surroundings from parents to their children. For as we all know everything begins at home.

 

Re-adverts

Joan McGoon,  Nadi

It is quite interesting to see some of the same companies re-advertising positions they had advertised months, if not weeks ago.

Many of these same companies are notorious for having a high employee turnover rate and not having proper human resources/training departments and policies in place to ensure that the right individuals are hired for the positions and adequate training is provided.

It makes one question the reputation and integrity of these companies when employees are seen constantly leaving and there is a low retention rate.

Perhaps the relevant authorities should investigate and advise these companies as they restructure.

If no value is placed on people, then no value is placed on the company.

 

Live coverage

Wise Muavono,  Lautoka

Why didn’t any of the free to air channels televise the live coverage of the Fiji-Wallabies match?

Especially the government-owned FBC TV?

 

Name debate

Timoci Gaunavinaka,  Nausori

Jone Dakuvula based his total argument that the name “Fijian” legally belongs to us iTaukei because it appeared only “once” on the Deed of Cession of 1874 when the Chief Interpreter, D Wilkinson, stated that he has interpreted the Deed in the “Fijian” language.

The iTaukei language has many dialects, so we can only assume that the Bauan dialect may have been referred to as the “Fijian” language by Wilkinson.

Even today, hardly any written work in the iTaukei language has the word “Fijian” appearing on it.

They only appear when the writing is in English because they were words invented by non-iTaukei people and are therefore non-iTaukei words.

What then if the use of the word were taken up to the GCC for approval, as Dakuvula suggests, and they refused it because they were totally against Bainimarama’s takeover of Government then?

To move Fiji forward in 2008, a hard and a strong stand must be made, not a soft approach which Dakuvula argues. An attempt on Bainimarama’s life has already occurred years earlier, some of his soldiers were shot and a few killed.

Any soft approach which Dakuvula believes would show weakness in a time in our history when Fiji needs a strong leader to make a stand for the weak and defenceless.

Out of all people, Dakuvula should understand this. He rightfully stated his mind on Fiji TV in May 2000 against George Speight’s takeover and hours later, a mob broke out from the Parliament complex and trashed the Fiji TV station looking for him while everyone ran for their lives. A Police officer was shot dead that night.

There is nothing wrong with making a strong stand, provided that what you are doing is right. Even the most stable democracies of today including the United States and the United Kingdom rose up from the ashes of war.

If using the word “Fijian” as a common name to unite all our people is considered arrogant just because we did not seek the blessing of the GCC, then it is an act of arrogance we are happy to commit over and over again. Even with the blessing of the GCC, the Rabuka government bankrupted our National Bank and almost collapsed our economy. So who needs their blessings?

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