We are soon to vote in probably the most crucial election in our history.
As the world is still in the throes of a killer pandemic, our vote requires our utmost consideration.
The good of the people and our country, moving forward, depends upon it.
Our forefathers voted on the issues of their day and often following generations toed the traditional party line.
The time has come for us to think as individuals and focus on the here and now, in policies that are best for us and our country in the future.
In these unprecedented times, ties to past affiliations may not be relevant and we have a responsibility to vote according to our own convictions.
Red light cameras
Police are targeting drink drivers again, that's a good thing but when are police going to put red light cameras in Tauranga?
As I'm sick and tired of red-light runners, more so when I'm going to work at 4.30am in the mornings. Yes and I never see a police car around patrolling. Makes me wonder if the police start at 7am and finish at midnight.
Helen Clark lends her significant political weight to support the End of Life Choice Bill and points out the safeguards built into it.
She does not, however, offer any guarantees.
No one can guarantee that the safeguards will withstand the test of time and not allow more liberty of choice.
None of our leaders has guaranteed that funding for palliative care will not be reduced so that more pressure is placed on the terminally ill to accept euthanasia as the preferred option.
No one can guarantee that New Zealand won't follow the same pattern as other countries that have legalised euthanasia but history almost guarantees that we will.
There is only one way to guarantee that won't happen.
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