Naughty greenie Bob . . .

LETTER

Bob, what a well dovetailed and convenient reply you submitted to Terry’s letter. Hand on heart Bob, did you really do such a good citizen’s act as picking up abandoned dog poo? You had no hesitation in praising yourself about that but unfortunately you used the word “unwittingly” in an attempt to rebuff Terry and then pat yourself on the back. Unfortunately you admitted to three shocking lapses for a “greenie”:

First, you sent a plastic bag to a landfill where it will stay for Lord knows how long.

Second, you deposited offensive matter into a public refuse facility, close to a retail food outlet, which people use frequently — including little kiddies who have to lean on the basket to (as good little Kiwis) place their rubbish inside. Did you think about other people’s welfare Bob? There were alternative places.

Third, did you give a jot of thought for the council contractor who would lift, carry and upend the basket, including the dog poo you put there? Wasn’t that a “health and safety” risk you created for that person Bob?

I am sure there are by-laws about that sort of misdemeanour. If so, you should be prosecuted.

Naughty greenie Bob.

Mike Cresswell, Te Puke

Footnote response from Bob Hughes:

OK, I admit I am not perfect, and I don’t pretend not to contribute to our unholy landfills.

I am so strong on Christianity that I’ll turn my cheek for another slap.

Rebuffing Terry by comparing my action with other civic-minded citizens? Patting myself on the back?

OK, it is about 18 months since I had two dogs and truly I am vague about this specific incident. I can only say any supermarket-style yellow plastic bag would certainly not be mine because I never get them.

The poo Terry said it contained would have been from one of my dogs. Did I ever infer otherwise?

Like I said, I often pick up litter. I suggest Mike ask Terry whether he saw me dump other street rubbish in the bin as well. Never mind, it was a while ago he might not remember either.

If the authorities tell me such action is a health hazard I will cease putting litter in their bins forthwith.

Lastly, if I blow my own trumpet forgive me. It is difficult to remain really humble when being attacked like this.

Bob, what a well dovetailed and convenient reply you submitted to Terry’s letter. Hand on heart Bob, did you really do such a good citizen’s act as picking up abandoned dog poo? You had no hesitation in praising yourself about that but unfortunately you used the word “unwittingly” in an attempt to rebuff Terry and then pat yourself on the back. Unfortunately you admitted to three shocking lapses for a “greenie”:

First, you sent a plastic bag to a landfill where it will stay for Lord knows how long.

Second, you deposited offensive matter into a public refuse facility, close to a retail food outlet, which people use frequently — including little kiddies who have to lean on the basket to (as good little Kiwis) place their rubbish inside. Did you think about other people’s welfare Bob? There were alternative places.

Third, did you give a jot of thought for the council contractor who would lift, carry and upend the basket, including the dog poo you put there? Wasn’t that a “health and safety” risk you created for that person Bob?

I am sure there are by-laws about that sort of misdemeanour. If so, you should be prosecuted.

Naughty greenie Bob.

Mike Cresswell, Te Puke

Footnote response from Bob Hughes:

OK, I admit I am not perfect, and I don’t pretend not to contribute to our unholy landfills.

I am so strong on Christianity that I’ll turn my cheek for another slap.

Rebuffing Terry by comparing my action with other civic-minded citizens? Patting myself on the back?

OK, it is about 18 months since I had two dogs and truly I am vague about this specific incident. I can only say any supermarket-style yellow plastic bag would certainly not be mine because I never get them.

The poo Terry said it contained would have been from one of my dogs. Did I ever infer otherwise?

Like I said, I often pick up litter. I suggest Mike ask Terry whether he saw me dump other street rubbish in the bin as well. Never mind, it was a while ago he might not remember either.

If the authorities tell me such action is a health hazard I will cease putting litter in their bins forthwith.

Lastly, if I blow my own trumpet forgive me. It is difficult to remain really humble when being attacked like this.

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Don Miller - 2 months ago
Terry's level of self-righteousness is entertaining as most plastic bags go to landfill anyway, including those he himself has disposed of. They should be safer there than blowing in the wind.

Incidentally, I wonder how many plastic bags are sitting in Gisborne's now closed Paokahu Landfill. With a medium long-term sea level rise of several metres locked in by current atmospheric CO2 levels, what will prevent the contents of this landfill being consumed by the sea - plastic bags and all. The steel of the fluorescent light ballasts illegally buried there will have rusted by then too, and will no longer hold the deadly PCBs they contain.

The Paokahu Landfill Update report of March 2018 makes no mention of the possibility of sea level rise and extreme coastal erosion. Has the potential problem not occurred to those responsible for the long-term safety of this poorly located and badly designed landfill? What would be the cost of excavating and relocating the 20 hectare site? The "too hard" basket appears to be getting heavier by the day. Maybe it's time to take climate change seriously.

Martin Hanson - 2 months ago
Mr Cresswell's comment is but the latest attack by people who just don't seem to "get it". Maybe it's the result of a subconscious grasp of the environmental crisis that motivates these attacks, just as dogs can get aggressive when frightened, while the conscious brain rejects it.
One can't help noticing that such people never seem to come up with counter arguments based on evidence. They seem to work on the basis of "attack is the best form of defence", rather than facing up to the issue. Frankly, such people cannot complain when Bob Hughes, Don Miller and other like-minded people are proved right.