All’s not good in the hood

LETTER

Re: Mayor and councillors partly responsible for vandalism, need to restrict alcohol access — August 22 and August 31 letters.

My original contention was that the Mayor and the council were partly responsible (and not insignificantly) for Gisborne’s horrible social underbelly, because of the ease with which alcohol is procured in the region. The effect of the abuse of alcohol can be read each week in the “court news” of this paper.

To those who think I should clean up my own backyard, that is exactly my concern. I am a Gisborne person living in Te Puke for the present.

To “Live and let Live”, I gave you a list of some of Gisborne’s most shameful statistics in my August 31 letter. You can check online that these, and others, are authentic, or you can duck your head down again and pretend all is good in the hood.

To “Wasn’t me . . .”, you are correct, we do have the responsibility to teach our children well, show good examples and educate them to be worthwhile citizens.

In reality, however, there are many parents who don’t. You probably know some families where, for whatever reason, the children are victims.

Alcohol abuse is just one of the downfalls which lead to households that don’t function as well as they should.

That same alcohol abuse leads to road traffic carnage, domestic violence and wilful damage, such as that at Sponge Bay lamented by the Mayor.

It is the council, and of course the Mayor, who control the availability of liquor in Gisborne through the local alcohol policy, which guides the District Licensing Committee.

You should now be able to understand that grandstanding by the Mayor is bordering on hypocricy.

Get informed and if you and others would add names to your comments, they would be much more meaningful — otherwise you are just an anomaly.

I certainly didn’t expect Mayor Foon to engage with me, he knows that I am capable of being critical of his performance over many aspects — and he doesn’t debate issues for fear of being exposed for his weaknesses. It’s about losing face, or keeping his head in the sand. Typical.

Mike Cresswell, Te Puke

Re: Mayor and councillors partly responsible for vandalism, need to restrict alcohol access — August 22 and August 31 letters.

My original contention was that the Mayor and the council were partly responsible (and not insignificantly) for Gisborne’s horrible social underbelly, because of the ease with which alcohol is procured in the region. The effect of the abuse of alcohol can be read each week in the “court news” of this paper.

To those who think I should clean up my own backyard, that is exactly my concern. I am a Gisborne person living in Te Puke for the present.

To “Live and let Live”, I gave you a list of some of Gisborne’s most shameful statistics in my August 31 letter. You can check online that these, and others, are authentic, or you can duck your head down again and pretend all is good in the hood.

To “Wasn’t me . . .”, you are correct, we do have the responsibility to teach our children well, show good examples and educate them to be worthwhile citizens.

In reality, however, there are many parents who don’t. You probably know some families where, for whatever reason, the children are victims.

Alcohol abuse is just one of the downfalls which lead to households that don’t function as well as they should.

That same alcohol abuse leads to road traffic carnage, domestic violence and wilful damage, such as that at Sponge Bay lamented by the Mayor.

It is the council, and of course the Mayor, who control the availability of liquor in Gisborne through the local alcohol policy, which guides the District Licensing Committee.

You should now be able to understand that grandstanding by the Mayor is bordering on hypocricy.

Get informed and if you and others would add names to your comments, they would be much more meaningful — otherwise you are just an anomaly.

I certainly didn’t expect Mayor Foon to engage with me, he knows that I am capable of being critical of his performance over many aspects — and he doesn’t debate issues for fear of being exposed for his weaknesses. It’s about losing face, or keeping his head in the sand. Typical.

Mike Cresswell, Te Puke

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