Dead End Road by Susan Grimsdell

‘Road to zero’ campaign Even the name is ridiculous.  There will never ever be zero deaths on the roads.  Considering that a PR company here in NZ was paid big dollars to come up with that meaningless and unreal slogan, it doesn’t bode well for what those doing the spending will choose to throw money at next.  Sure enough, just as stupidly, what they’re spending hugely on is urging us to stop being normal human beings, and for all of us to be perfect.  Zero, right?  No margin of error.  As normal… Read More

Clash of generations by Susan Grimsdell

Mind blindness Two recent incidents left me puzzled and also upset.  First, walking past the Olympic Pool in Newmarket where the footpath is not wide, and made narrower by obstructions along the curb, leading my blind friend who had her cane out in front of her as a signal to other pedestrians.  We took up most of the width of the path.  Ahead of us, a young woman came to a sudden halt and started texting on her phone, in the middle of the path, impossible for us to pass her.  I… Read More

Tough on the causes of crime by Susan Grimsdell

What makes a youth offender? I can never understand how people can vote for someone who doesn’t ever spell out the detail of what he (in this case) is going to do.  Tama Potaka has just won the by-election in Hamilton West and all I’ve heard so far is that he is going to be “tough” on crime.  What specifically does that mean?  Shariah law perhaps?  Nobody wants to be the victim of crime.  But surely to reduce crime, we have to first understand what causes it? My son, and probably your… Read More

Free speech and hate speech by Susan Grimsdell

Absence of respect It’s interesting that those who clamour for the right to say anything they want are almost always people who want to say cruel hateful things about other people.  They demand the “freedom” to spew out whatever racist, sexist, anti-semitic, anti-gay messages they want, whether in person or on social media.  I’ve never heard anyone shout out for the right to express kind, generous, tolerant, respectful messages.  We should remember how damaging hate speech is, and if anyone doesn’t know how to identify hate speech, the simple test is –… Read More

A helping hand for the rich by Susan Grimsdell

We all pay taxes and I’m only too happy to do so.  As Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Tax is the rent we pay to live in a civilised society”.  Our accumulated money pays for schools, health care, and thousands of other amenities, as well as providing us with money when we are unemployed, sick or old.  Share the pot fairly My taxes go into a huge pile of money we call “government” money.  Of course we know it’s actually ours, that we’ve handed it over in order to meet the needs of… Read More