Put it to a referendum

LETTER

Mr Foon, I don’t know what is possessing you to want to change our name of Poverty Bay. Yes, it does have a stigma with the word poverty, but it’s up to us to make changes in how we want to live. As Mike Mulrooney said, what would happen if you went to China and tried to change placenames — don’t think you’d get very far with that.

I would be so outraged if our name is to be changed. For me this should be a referendum at the next local-body elections. You can’t just go by the submissions sent in.

If this does happen, that a name change is done before the elections, you can say goodbye to my vote and the same for the rest of the councillors — such a waste of ratepayers’ money when there are other urgent matters that need attending to, like roads, footpaths and sewage overflows when it rains.

So, Mr Foon, get off your high horse and put this to a referendum.

K.A MORROW

Mr Foon, I don’t know what is possessing you to want to change our name of Poverty Bay. Yes, it does have a stigma with the word poverty, but it’s up to us to make changes in how we want to live. As Mike Mulrooney said, what would happen if you went to China and tried to change placenames — don’t think you’d get very far with that.

I would be so outraged if our name is to be changed. For me this should be a referendum at the next local-body elections. You can’t just go by the submissions sent in.

If this does happen, that a name change is done before the elections, you can say goodbye to my vote and the same for the rest of the councillors — such a waste of ratepayers’ money when there are other urgent matters that need attending to, like roads, footpaths and sewage overflows when it rains.

So, Mr Foon, get off your high horse and put this to a referendum.

K.A MORROW

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Tony Lee - 3 months ago
The plague of the false equivalency is evident in Mr Mulrooney's attempt to contrast changing a place name using the language of the indigenous people with a name change in China. These have no logical relationship and for someone to use it as further argument is idiotic.

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