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Letters To The Editor, 23rd September 2018

The ‘Bula’ trademark Taitusi Sokiveta, Phoenix, Arizona In America, a brand name for a busi­ness, any business, has to be protected by law or anyone can steal the rights to
23 Sep 2018 12:39
Letters To The Editor, 23rd September 2018

The ‘Bula’ trademark

Taitusi Sokiveta, Phoenix, Arizona

In America, a brand name for a busi­ness, any business, has to be protected by law or anyone can steal the rights to your business

It has nothing to do with indigenous people, the Great Council of Chiefs, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

It’s very simple, the guy was just protect­ing his business. He wasn’t disrespecting anyone.

In America, you can sell anything, even rocks from the moon as long as it’s not il­legal like drugs.

This country is so democratic in sales that you can have a garage sale, sell your house, belongings and name at your own price.

Unfortunately, where there’s lots of good people, there’s also bad people.

So the United States created these laws for good family businessmen and women in the community to protect their rights to their inventions, their business titles, names and the product they sell.

Frank Sinatra who sang ‘My Way’ was the first to protect his song. Later, Elvis Presley sang the same song and this year Willie Nelson made a CD of the same song, ‘My Way’.

Because of this law, Frank Sinatra has full rights to his song ‘My Way’ and his grandchildren, can enjoy protection of their grandpa’s song.

There is also a product in air condi­tion in America called Suva. Are we go­ing to go after this air condition product in America because it carries the brand name Suva named after our capital city?

This Florida businessman who uses ‘Bula’ and sells kava is only protecting his rights and business.

He doesn’t mean any ill feelings towards any race or country. Just like a Jewish Bakery in New York selling bagels He wants the same protection so no one can destroy his business.

Spewing venom

Dharmendra Kumar, Suva

It’s just horrific and outrageous to read Niko Nawaikula’s post on Facebook. Ven­om being spewed and so much hate is just unbelievable.

Having a Member of Parliament (MP) who continues to spew out hate on a regu­lar basis is just shocking.

On the other hand, SODELPA leadership and NFP are quiet. Are they condoning this behaviour?

We slaughter fellow Fijians in our words and attitude, we slaughter one another in the stereotype and mistrust that lingers in our head and the words of hate we spew from our lips.

Real Christians don’t hate, real Chris­tians overflow with God’s love and with that they only have the capacity to love.

If you find hatred in your heart it is an indication that it’s time to keep quiet and pray, as every word you utter will be ac­countable to God.

We as Christians must openly condemn this hatred which seeks to divide this na­tion.

I fully agree with Jyoti Pratibha’s anal­ysis “your vote will decide whether we prosper as a nation or we are dragged back to where Fiji was 31 years ago”.

Growing old at home

Sharol Kondaiya, Suva

Senior citizens are usually best at giving advice. Not because they are always right but because they have experienced life more than most of us.

However, aging Is not always fun.

There are many elderly people out there who eat and sit alone and the saddest thing is seeing them bedridden and ne­glected.

For the past few weeks my grandmother has been seriously ill and looking after her has become a real challenge.

They don’t have the same strength they had 30 to 40 years ago and one needs a whole lot of patience to look after them.

No matter what you face, how you feel or how hard it gets it’s never right to force an elderly person to a nursing home.

It’s true when they say ‘senior citizens fear losing their independence more than death’.

Let your father, mother and grandpar­ents grow old at home where they will be loved and cared for the best. Reminisce the memories, make them laugh and let them enjoy life till the end.

FijiFirst line-up

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

There is consistency where a total of 21 candidates from the original 33 FijiFirst government MPs who made it on the first count in 2014.

They will continue holding the banner into our 2018 General Election.

There is an excellent mix of profession­als from a wide cross section which in­clude farmers, economists, former mili­tary personnel, school teachers, medical doctors, entrepreneurs, academics, sports personalities, engineers, pharmacists, lawyers and consultants and the likes.

These are professional forces to be reck­oned with where the eligible voter has the right to decide whom they will vote for.

I am very confident that 51 provisional candidates will translate into 51 seats if the FijiFirst team plays its cards right.

It can be achieved. Let’s go FijiFirst!

WG Friendship Plaza

Spencer Robinson, Suva

The frequent bus rides to the capital city via McGregor Road and upon returning on the same route is truly hilarious.

The funny thing is that when the bus approaches or passes the construction site of the much talked about iconic WG Friendship Plaza, every passenger sitting on the window seats will turn their heads to view this majestic skeleton structure.

Perhaps the question most people would ask is when the vertical construction will cease as it never seems to stop!

I just hope no one develops neck pain every time we approach this famous con­struction site on our frequent bus rides. Nevertheless, once construction work is completed it would be like the capital’s ‘skyscraper’ with extraordinary beauty.

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