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Dear editor, We have seen from hard-hit countries like Italy and Spain that those at the front line – health workers, doctors, nurses, the police, cleaners and janitors – are the ones holding the fort and defending the people from the attack of Covid-19.
Dear editor, I see you are no longer publishing "letters to the editor" and have reduced the number of pages due to the "possible" shortage of paper, ink, etc.
Dear editor, I note with interest the welcome comments from the Deputy Prime Minister last week with respect to the need for the commercial banks operating here on the island to do more in assisting our people during this time of real hardship.
Can I ask the Speaker of Parliament as to why the extra $200,000 was appropriated for MP Travel and Allowances (local and overseas), and why the Civil List has been topped up by $30,000 for Constituency Visits, in the supplementary budget passed last Wednesday?
Fact number 1: We waited, and waited, and waited for a cancellation, but it was not cancelled until day three of the tournament, when we were already in Hawaii. We specifically asked for a postponement and was left wanting.
I, along with most Cook Islanders, are very impressed with government and NGOs precautionary measures to prevent Covid-19 getting here. And response of people adhering to the rules is also impressive.
We note kind words from our people regarding government’s pro-active actions to help cushion the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is sad that we took too long to act on the pandemic threat posed by coronavirus – a threat already well established throughout the world and yet even up until a few weeks ago we were still dithering on the matter of allowing cruise ships to offload their passengers onto our pristine islands.
Totally support the decision by Prime Minister and Secretary of Health Aumea Herman to close the borders and have virus clearance testing of anyone coming home within the parameters set out.