Concerns stand

LETTER

So now those who write letters to The Gisborne Herald must face the added threat of editorial comment on their views. Said editor’s own leanings are becoming ever more apparent, especially in certain areas.

Regarding what I consider to be the waste of money on sestercentennial projects, I remind the editor it is irrelevant that government or some other body is providing funding. As he well knows, all the money ultimately comes from taxpayers, ratepayers, power users etc — in other words us, the paying public.

I stand by my concern that large sums have been earmarked for things that will bring little economic or other benefit to the Gisborne community.

I also stand by my accusation that the whole affair has been badly managed — as is evident by its inability to deliver on time, to a budget, and to co-ordinate to produce a coherent whole, rather than a grab-bag of bits and pieces.

With reference to the direction of the sestercennial events, I refer again to the four-page spread that appeared in The Gisborne Herald a little over a month ago.

There was just one single mention of Cook — on the back page. Nowhere was Cook mentioned in the so-called programme of events.

After this revealing and disappointing publication, the organisers and the largely self-appointed groups of “experts” behind the scenes will have to try much harder to convince me that the core event — Cook’s landing — will not be buried by the focus on local “story-telling”.

Roger Handford

Footnote from Ed:

Rather than comment, those were key facts relevant to the positions taken in your letter — provided to help readers make their own minds up. It is now worth adding that the money for the bridge you want stopped comes from people dreaming of a Lotto win; and it would not be reallocated to this region.

Letter writers always face the “threat” of having their views discussed, especially with regard to topics of strong public interest.

So now those who write letters to The Gisborne Herald must face the added threat of editorial comment on their views. Said editor’s own leanings are becoming ever more apparent, especially in certain areas.

Regarding what I consider to be the waste of money on sestercentennial projects, I remind the editor it is irrelevant that government or some other body is providing funding. As he well knows, all the money ultimately comes from taxpayers, ratepayers, power users etc — in other words us, the paying public.

I stand by my concern that large sums have been earmarked for things that will bring little economic or other benefit to the Gisborne community.

I also stand by my accusation that the whole affair has been badly managed — as is evident by its inability to deliver on time, to a budget, and to co-ordinate to produce a coherent whole, rather than a grab-bag of bits and pieces.

With reference to the direction of the sestercennial events, I refer again to the four-page spread that appeared in The Gisborne Herald a little over a month ago.

There was just one single mention of Cook — on the back page. Nowhere was Cook mentioned in the so-called programme of events.

After this revealing and disappointing publication, the organisers and the largely self-appointed groups of “experts” behind the scenes will have to try much harder to convince me that the core event — Cook’s landing — will not be buried by the focus on local “story-telling”.

Roger Handford

Footnote from Ed:

Rather than comment, those were key facts relevant to the positions taken in your letter — provided to help readers make their own minds up. It is now worth adding that the money for the bridge you want stopped comes from people dreaming of a Lotto win; and it would not be reallocated to this region.

Letter writers always face the “threat” of having their views discussed, especially with regard to topics of strong public interest.

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Chris - 8 days ago
Thanks Ed for pointing out some
very relevant facts. Unfortunately this serial letter writer would never let the facts get in the way of yet another rant.

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