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Letters To The Editor: 20th January, 2019

Catholic School Impasse Ronnie Chang, Nadi Sadly, if this heavy-handed impasse cannot be resolved amicably, then there is one solution. The Government of the day should buy out all our
20 Jan 2019 15:20
Letters To The Editor: 20th January, 2019

Catholic School Impasse

Ronnie Chang, Nadi

Sadly, if this heavy-handed impasse cannot be resolved amicably, then there is one solution.

The Government of the day should buy out all our 63 Catholic educational institutions and run them the way they feel it should.

How absurd. Personally, in my 67 years and almost 20 plus years of active participation and sacrifice in our schools and parish, I am truly offended and saddened that we should be treated in this manner.

How did we get here?

Remain strong, Your Grace.

Threatening closure

Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi

It’s sad the Catholic Church is threatening the closure of its schools (FS 19/1) if its wishes are not considered.

Newton’s law of motion says “to every force there is an equal and opposite force”.

It’s expected it will boil down to such an unfortunate showdown, which could be prevented. The great Victor Hugo once said “our actions make us or mar us. We are children of our own deeds”. You decide.

A vision of greatness

Fr Kevin McGuire, Suva                    

It seems there are things I am not allowed to say. Perhaps if I re-phrase, the message may slip through.  A child has a right to know it is a child of God; a right to possess a vision of greatness, to experience salvation as being caught out of itself by something greater than itself.

And to know that death is not oblivion.

Religious participation

Jan Nissar, Carlton, NSW

Another form of discrimination, which has bugged me for decades is the participation in sports activities during religious tournaments.

People are not allowed to participate if they are not from that faith. This type of discrimination seems to be an accepted thing in Fiji. This is so ingrained that people are not even aware it is discrimination.

It is like the caste system in India and in the Indian diaspora in general, it is so ingrained that it is considered normal.

The government and the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission should put a stop to this sort of discrimination immediately.

We can all participate in celebrating Christmas, Diwali and Eid, but when it comes to participate in religious sports, well that is another story.

Are people deaf, blind or plain dumb?

Perhaps all of the above!

Our Health Minister

Dhirendra Prasad, Lautoka

The actions of our Health Minister where he has assisted a person in need should be commended.

Getting out of one’s comfort zone to assist a citizen in need is a noble person’s attribute. Many a time personalities of such ranking would fear public attention where their clothes and hands would get dirty which would downgrade their status.

You have proven that this is not so if you really do care. Imagine, a person had been lying in such a place for a night and no one noticed him. It had to be seen by this honourable Minister to be saved by him. You have shown that humanity comes first before any level of politics. Your prayers have been answered through this act of yours. “Duty to mankind is duty to God”.

This action of yours is a source of inspiration for others.

Great work indeed.

Family is family

Dharmendra Kumar, Suva

Fiji and Australia renewed ties and dubbed it a “Vuvale” partnership.

Indeed, a wonderful concept for both countries to strengthen relationships.

No family is perfect. We argue, we fight. We even stop talking to each other at times but in the end, family is family; the love will always be there.

Families are like branches on a tree. We grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.

Rugby question

Floyd Robinson, Toorak

With so many rugby tournaments around the country and new teams participating, one wonders how many rugby boots are sold nationally?

The shoe shops are certainly taking advantage and making the most of every opportunity to sell new boots.

Bus fare increase

Steven Chandra, Suva

Some bus operators are asking for an increase in bus fares because of rising fuel and oil prices. But wasn’t the e-Ticketing system introduced to justify the decrease in bus fares?

I remember some operators saying that drivers were not giving them the full amount. Now with e-Ticketing in place, why the change in tune? Isn’t this defeating the purpose of its introduction?

Overloading

Shariff Shah, Savusavu

Can the new chief executive officer of the Land Transport Authority (LTA) please advise why cane trucks and water trucks are “allowed” to carry excessive loads? Are they exempted? Can they carry any volume that exceeds the maximum safe working load?

Resolutions

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

This year, many people made resolutions only to then immediately break them. Why? Because they’re not really resolving to do anything different. They’re just wishing.

As for my future father-in-law Allen, he decided to give up kava for a few days. This is possible to achieve because it’s not an audacious goal.

Also, this intentional process he chose will make his skin look smoother and softer.

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