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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Stop picking on pensioners

Friday June 16, 2017

In 2013 a Richard Neves-driven CIP government turned a blind eye to a massive $26 million worth of unpaid tax (now this figure has grown to $32 million according to Finance minister Mark Brown.

Regarding the establishment of a new animal clinic here on Rarotonga:

Punishment too light

Monday June 12, 2017

I read in the newspaper this morning about some of the crime that happened last weekend and it really made me angry at how lightly these people are punished. 

Dictatorship in disguise

Monday June 12, 2017

It is good to know Robin Nair, the former ambassador and former Foreign Affairs permanent secretary in the Bainimarama regime in Fiji, has come to realise the civil servants in that country work in a climate of fear in a militarised democracy (CI News June 1, reproduced in Fijileaks).

More insurance questions

Monday June 12, 2017

On the subject of Employers Liability Insurance Scheme & Workers Compensation Fund, now that we have the financial details from ELI and as partly indicated in Internal Affairs acting secretary Paul Allsworth’s media release, can we please have a breakdown of how many work-related accidents have been recorded in the Cook Islands over the last decade or two and how much insurance cover was paid out?

Policing should be a priority

Friday June 09, 2017

Finance minister Mark Brown’s apparent ignorance of the pressures and constraints on our police is astounding.

Ex-New Zealand Police Senior Sergeant Norman George’s letter in CI News on May 30 was absolutely correct in criticising Mark Brown’s reluctance to put in place a specialist police first response armed offenders squad, in preparation for the next incident involving firearms.

Regarding animal welfare groups in the Cook Islands, I can see where Thursday’s smoke signaller is coming from, but it seems to be a bit negative.

The forum to discuss detail matters concerning Employers Liability Insurance (ELI) is either person-to-person or in a private or public meeting setting.

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