Thank goodness for the rationale of Bryce Heard in his comment (Opinion, April 15).
Governments like it when the people forget the past, but I haven't forgotten when 35 years ago working for Housing Corp (a government department managing taxpayer-funded houses) began selling off state houses all over the country.
This might seem a long time ago, but it ignited and has perpetuated the problems we have now.
They were a gauge if you like, for housing. We need that back again big-time.
Make a move on natural burials
Re natural burial (news, April 10).
I read with much interest that Whakatāne now has a natural burial grove, which means people can be laid to rest in a decomposable coffin or a shroud with a native tree planted above.
In time, that burial grove becomes a stand of native bush. What better resting place could there be?
Could Rotorua Lakes Council follow suit?
But please get a move on as I'm not getting any younger.
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Influence of violent games 'disturbing'
All-in fighting and boxing and all the violent films and computer games are encouraging violence among young and impressionable members of our society - and frankly, it is disturbing.
I remember the way we felt as youngsters, leaving the cinema after watching a cowboy film, or a war or cops-and-robbers film, always that feeling that we wanted to be like our heroes, to emulate the hero, to swagger, and to win the fight, the war - and that was after a couple of hours on a Saturday morning.
What goes through young heads after several hours of war games or space wars on the computer screen?
Are we indoctrinating our children - brainwashing them into feelings of violence, of having to kill vast amounts of enemies?
This is exactly what we are doing, brainwashing them - ask any psychiatrist and I am sure they will agree, computer screens are the platform for hypnosis - past leaders such as Hitler or Stalin knew how to encourage followers.
Is this what we are inadvertently doing to our children?