Letters to the Editor
Letters are one of the most important parts of the paper because this is where the community has a chance to have its say. All letters to the editor received will generally be published, provided they are not defamatory or are covering exactly the same ground by the same writer.
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The political commentary in the news has been very insightful yet disturbing as it reveals political jockeying for positions behind closed doors.
There comes a time every four years that the Cook Islands has a valuable opportunity to renew itself and kindle a fresh commitment to work together in the never-ending process of developing our country.
I read with interest in June 16’s CINews regarding the low voter turnout in this year’s general election and the fact that voter apathy has resulted in consistently ever lower voter turnouts during all elections since 2006.
I write this in both concern and shock at what happened over two days in Arorangi last week when someone burned car tyres without a thought for other people in the neighbourhood.
I was a scrutineer in these elections and I want to report to the public that I saw a significant number of people coming into the polling booth and being able to vote when their names did not appear on either of the two electoral rolls and without showing any proof of identity.
In your issue of June 6 it was reported that police issuing “tickets” to Tereora students for failing to produce a drivers licence.
May I apologise that Merchant of Paradise haven’t been able to roll out the Paradise Prosperity Plan (PPP) to develop the Pa Enua as planned, for the simple reason that we still await the outcome of the Vaimaanga tender that closed on May 31.
Just a very brief one to say what a good letter that was last Saturday titled “How to recognise a failing democracy”, from someone who signed as “Forever Optimistic for the Cook Islands”.
A National Environment Service worker has told me that Members of Parliament get the final say on what developments are improved on Rarotonga.