Letters to the Editor – Monday, March 11, 2019

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Breathtaking sevens rugby moments

The weekend produced some breathtaking rugby moments.

France, Spain and Canada beat traditional sevens powerhouses Australia, New Zealand and Fiji respectively.

An individual brilliance from Chilean scrum-half Francisco Metuaze who chased down Madison Hughes of USA.

He got and intercepted the off-load to save a sure try.

The backhander from Englishman Harry Glover to Tom Bowen emulated the offloads from Crusaders duo David Havili and Jack Goodhue.

These slick skills eventuated into tries.

South African playmaker Selvan Davids produced a miracle pass through a left kick which would have made a certain Barcelona man proud.

The incredible effort from Jerry Tuwai to stop Samoan Afamasaga from grounding the ball and Spanish Pol Pla scored a “superman try” against the French.

These were all capped off by those “Boomfa” moments from Sevu Reece and Aminiasi Tuimaba.

Mohammed Imraz Janif, Natabua, Lautoka

Trees and toilet paper

For all environmentalists who are overzealous about cutting trees, you need to understand that 27,000 trees are cut each day for us humans to be able to wipe our backsides before we flush it all down the toilet.

The impact that toilet paper has on forests around the world is enormous.

So if one is really serious about saving our trees then maybe one needs to start by not using toilet paper in the first place.

Become an extreme environmentalist and use leaves instead!

Simon Hazelman, Rava Estate, Savusavu

Empowering women

WHILE speaking at the International Women’s Day celebration at the Reserve Bank of Fiji, the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism said “someone encouraged me to join the politics where I will be able to push the reforms I’ve been fighting for on behalf of consumers” (FT 9/3).

There is no doubt that your election into Parliament is largely attributive to the good work you have been doing as an advocate and champion of consumer rights.

I believe as a minister you are now better positioned to pursue this cause and to fight against all forms of injustice and unfair practices against consumers.

Madam minister like other consumers the ratepayers of this country also have rights for they are paying for the services provided by municipal councils.

Hence in my view, it’s a denial of their rights if they do not have a say in the running of these councils.

Wouldn’t the municipal elections create an opportunity for women to serve as councillors where they can be groomed and empowered to become our future leaders and politicians?

Let us not forget that women are also ratepayers.

Selwa Nandan, Lautoka

Traffic jams

When trying to get away from traffic jams and getting to Ratu Dovi Rd near Kinoya, what seems not to be in your face suddenly appears as traffic starts queuing just for the reason of getting from a two-lane road to a single lane.

It’s just for a small distance until you get to the Nadera grounds when things seem to be normal again.

This stretch of road would be easily widened because of the space it has available, change Ratu Dovi Rd to four lanes which should be already in the pipeline.

Tomasi Boginiso, Nasinu

Corporal punishment

Corporal punishment is government policy now – it’s banned in schools.

Now, how do we know it’s working?

Can someone put together statistics so that we may see figures?

So that we can see that student misbehaviour has abated.

So that we may see teachers having the space to perform their duties to their utmost.

So that we may not see students having to go through disciplinary measures more than three times.

I would like parents to be part of the process of discipline.

Now my challenge is for feedback that no corporal punishment has worked.

For me, we come from different backgrounds, in my opinion not all of us can be disciplined with a good talking to.

Some of us need something stronger.

Like the saying goes when you talk to your child about discipline, speak softly, but hold a big stick.

Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Engineering marvel

The proposed four-lane road from Lautoka to Nadi is going to be an engineering marvel.

The two-lane road has drains, EFL power posts and lines, railway lines, bus shelters and age-old trees centimetres away.

Then there are those bridges.

When repairs were in progess at the Velovelo bridge, traffic congestion extended to as far as the Fiji National University (FNU).

At many stretches, the two-lane road is higher than the surrounding area.

A lot of soil will be required to expand the road.

Just like the Natabua roundabout, the bend near the Miki’s supermarket, the next bend and the road near the University of Fiji will pose a challenge for engineers.

I, like many others, will be eagerly waiting for the design and plans for traffic control during the construction process.

Mohammed Imraz Janif, Natabua, Lautoka

Ministry warning

Great to see the Ministry of Environment warning developers against removing mangroves.

The sad thing is will the politicians back them as history has shown otherwise.

Dan Urai, Lautoka

4 million trees

I wonder how many of the President’s four million trees will be cut down later?

Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Bus door

Why do buses have doors when all the drivers do is keep it open?

The doors stick out by a foot or more and is a grave danger to safety.

It’s best removed if it is not being closed!

Simon Hazelman, Rava Estate, Savusavu

Donald Trump

I refer to a letter about Donald Trump FT9/3.

The writer seems well informed and has come up with important points.

This is a leader who not only is straightforward, but a strategic thinker (more proactive than reactive).

Backed by quality education, experience and qualifications.

He has proven himself in business, before entering politics.

Updates on the economy sounds good from one who’s studied economics.

I can’t help but laugh at his opponents, with their green new deal amounting to 93 trillion dollars.

It’s likened to a new business graduate, who doesn’t understand the market!

Steven Chandra, Suva

Pacific uni

Yes, it’s true as Professor Brij Lal points out in his illuminating article (Uni for the Pacific (FT 9/3)) that back in its early days the USP produced many free thinkers who engaged in the politics of activism.

Wonder what happened to that in more recent times?

It must also be noted that the USP also produced its fair share of right-wing reactionaries, some of whom assumed leadership positions later on and I believe have been responsible for bad governance.

Rajend Naidu, Sydney, Australia

Big belly

I hope what the good Commissioner of Police has introduced can also be practised in our Parliament.

I am surprised to see some big bellys in just three months.

A Shariff Shah, Savusavu

Mike Friday

US 7s coach Mike Friday is certainly emerging as a champion coach in the level of Sir Gordon.

The US has progressed so well, that we can only marvel and say that for some of the players who took up rugby in just a short time, their coach has done well.

I salute you Mike Friday.

Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

The balance factor

The FT of Friday, March 8, 2019, featured several articles in commemoration of International Women’s Day having the theme “Balance for better”.

Included was also an enlightening chronology on its history.

I sincerely commend all men who support their women from an understanding of their duty to do so!

Cheers to you!

You are needles in a haystack and among the few that truly appreciate the importance to treasure your queen!

Sadly, the only message that jumped out at me all the while that I was reading through the newspaper was how it pointed directly at our men and their lack of understanding of their roles as sons to parents, brothers to sisters, boyfriends to girlfriends and as partners and husbands.

I wondered just how many men actually realised that the whole paper cried out their weaknesses at not knowing how to be the heads of their households.

As a woman, over the course of my lifetime, I have noticed that as each year has progressed, regard for women has reduced slowly but surely to a low, because, I believe, to men and boys having little to no idea of their responsibilities and roles as men.

I believe that boys and men are not being taught enough either at home or in church the weight that falls upon them as heads of their households and as the kings that they are, having to rule in love over their queens, princes and princesses.

As with rights, roles too come with responsibilities.

Sadly, many men grow into an old age being the same boys that they were from when they were young and free.

Lenora Qereqeretabua summed it all up through a quote by an unnamed author in her article and I quote, “Domestic violence is in stark opposition to God’s plan for families”.

And how true this is!

God’s plan falls back on the shoulders of the heads of our households.

They are the leaders, the trainers and the controllers.

They are the ones who need to have a complete understanding of exactly what it is they are managing.

They are the ones who express love and nurture understanding through control and counsel.

They are the ones who ensure that the culture of imbalance and violence does not continue into the next generation.

And they are the ones who teach their sons through example to carry the banner forward into the next generation.

I have read many definitions of a strong man and my favourite is, “A strong man is one who is always in control of his emotions”.

And how true that is!

Strength has nothing to do with how tall or how handsome or how well-built a man is, but in how he controls and conducts himself.

The family is the foundation for godliness and happiness and it is supposed to feel like living in heaven on earth.

This is only possible with a strong and godly man at the helm for except the Lord build the house, he will labour in vain to build it.

Men, you made your choice.

You chose your woman.

If she doesn’t know how to cook, it’s your fault.

Teach her.

If she can’t iron your clothes, it’s your fault.

Show her how you want them ironed.

If she doesn’t seem as attractive to you in a few years’ time as she did when you first met her, it’s also your fault.

You either over-fed or over-stressed her.

You take her by the hand and take her for her walks.

You help her get slim again.

You reduce her worries.

You educate her.

You lead her.

She is the woman of your choice.

She is your help meet, not your slave.

She is your rest, not your boxing bag.

She is your rose, not your orchid.

In all things, you take the lead and she will follow.

A woman wants a man who is in charge.

A woman wants a man who is strong.

A woman wants a man who is a leader.

It is then that a woman will perform her duties as a wife and a mother to the best of her abilities.

It is then that she will see no issues and neither will she question her role of being submissive to her husband, to nurture and to refine him and she will bring up her sons and her daughters to value themselves and to understand their roles and their responsibilities to prepare them for adulthood.

Why do women need to beg for balance unless our men were weighed in the scales and found wanting?

The fact that women are rallying for balance only means that their men are far from being holy and living godly lives.

Holiness is next to godliness and godliness brings balance!

Balance is what makes a man in his ripe age, yearn and ask as did Adam, “Where is my help meet?” And he’d be ready for her!

Noleen Billings Hazelman, Savusavu

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