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It’s time to be honest about obesity problems

Thursday October 05, 2017 Published in Smoke Signals

In his most recent Saturday column Thomas Wynne only seems to have woken up now after a test and has realised he is obese. But people don’t need to be tested to see if they are obese, because it’s usually blindingly obvious.

The problem is, people always hide the truth on this subject and say things like, “Big is beautiful, or “You look great today,” when in fact you are overweight and obese. But people shy away from saying this to others.  I believe it’s time to speak the truth and tell people they are obese in order for them to do something about it. On another subject, I reckon it’s time to scrap Tina Browne’s column, because it is plain boring. She complains about all sorts of things, but never says how she and the Demo Party will change anything. And she rarely states an actual Demo policy.

SMELLY BUSINESS

I was taking my family for a beautiful sunny Sunday walk, while approaching Rarotongan Beach Resort, this horrific smell fills the air and boy did we have to power walk to get to the other end of the resort to breathe fresh air. The smell was so intense we had to use our towels as facemasks, trying to filter fresh air through. It smelled disaster and a malfunction in the sewage system. I hope they can get that problem fixed anytime soon.

Rarotonga Resort and Spa managing director Tata Crocombe replies: We are in the process of regular scheduled maintenance of our onsite sewerage plant to ensure its optimal processing efficiency.  This involves pumping out the various chambers in order to clean and refurbish them.  As I live onsite, this is necessary scheduled maintenance and closely monitored.

TAX DEPT POTTED

Could someone from the Tax Department tell us why the amnesty office thinks it has the right, or even the necessity, to block a public road with bedraggled pot plants?

DOWNSIDE OF UN MEMBERSHIP

Mark Brown (in Wednesday’s CINews) mentions the benefits of UN membership, which mostly seem to be about professional athletes and dual citizenship. Perhaps he could talk about the costs? The annual fee might be only US$25,000 or so, but what about mission staff? How many Cook Islanders and at what salaries? Would there be any American staff? How much would it cost to rent a mission office? What about accommodation and vehicles for staff? It wouldn’t be cheap in New York. Many cynical people (including this signaller), think it’s all about PM Puna lining up another cushy job. So is Mark planning to ask Cook Islanders whether they want to pay yet more money for past-their-use-by-date politicians?

LOCAL WORKERS SCARCE

As a small business owner, why can’t I find any locals to work in my business?

I’ve tried my best, but now have to look overseas for workers. Is anyone else having this problem?