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.
Non du plume are acceptable, but the name, address and contact details must be provided to the editor.
FIRSTLY, compliments of the season to one and all. May 2018 bring us all that we wish for and more, and may God bless our paradise again!
I WAS quite astounded by two items in your paper this week: Mark Brown’s incredible outburst defending the association with China by attacking our closest friends, New Zealand and Australia with his insulting and petulant demand that they would ‘have to do a little bit more... to maintain their presence etc...” and then Wilkie Ras-mussen’s column, “Cook Islands on rocky road to UN seat bid’ in Monday’s issue.
It seems to me government corruption is an accepted practice here in the Cook Islands, but when you point it out like Australia’s Pacific and Development Minister, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells did, everyone ducks for cover.
It amazed me that Mark Brown cast what is certainly a culturally, if not racially, charged slur on two counties, New Zealand and Australia, that contribute millions in aid to the Cook Islands, and other Pacific countries (CINews, January 13).