Race and climate change have bearing on all of us

LETTER

Re: Representatives will need courage, September 3 column.

The writer’s use of generalities to promote social engineering and influence the elections is the real red herring in his commentary. He is either being sincerely ignorant in his thinking or deliberately wilful in order to stir up support for his chances of being elected in October.

Despite this, I do agree to the reference he makes that some people have an undeserved sense of entitlement and wonder whether he is referring to himself.

The demographics of Te Tairawhiti electorate is roughly fifty-fifty Maori to Pakeha. The issues of race and climate change are not pointless and are not to be dismissed because the writer says so. Contrary to the writer’s opinion, these issues and others do have an important immediate and future bearing on the health and wellness of all of us who live here. The proof of this will be seen in the representatives we, the people, choose come election day.

Lastly, I agree with his final comment about unity and collaboration for the sake of the common good. What I strongly disagree with is his fixed ideas on who can sit at the table and who can’t.

Wally Te Ua

Re: Representatives will need courage, September 3 column.

The writer’s use of generalities to promote social engineering and influence the elections is the real red herring in his commentary. He is either being sincerely ignorant in his thinking or deliberately wilful in order to stir up support for his chances of being elected in October.

Despite this, I do agree to the reference he makes that some people have an undeserved sense of entitlement and wonder whether he is referring to himself.

The demographics of Te Tairawhiti electorate is roughly fifty-fifty Maori to Pakeha. The issues of race and climate change are not pointless and are not to be dismissed because the writer says so. Contrary to the writer’s opinion, these issues and others do have an important immediate and future bearing on the health and wellness of all of us who live here. The proof of this will be seen in the representatives we, the people, choose come election day.

Lastly, I agree with his final comment about unity and collaboration for the sake of the common good. What I strongly disagree with is his fixed ideas on who can sit at the table and who can’t.

Wally Te Ua

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Clive Bibby - 9 days ago
If you read my piece again, Wally, you will note my concerns about debates on climate change and race-based issues are limited to the "pointless name-calling" associated with the debates, not the debates themselves. What benefit is gained from the constant labelling of fellow citizens as racists or climate change deniers.
This tactic is a deliberate ploy used by those who have no argument against the genuinely held opinions of others and are simply fixated on doing all they can to shut their opponents down. Hence the slanderous use of these terms.
It is really childlike playground activity, and the sooner it is dispensed with, the better.
Apart from that, I am totally supportive of the issues themselves taking centre stage in this campaign because, as you rightly say, they are central to our common destiny.

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