Tiny Deane is right, (News, January 13) the responsibility for law and order falls directly at the feet of the local constabulary.
I have no problem with the police, they do a grand job, my best mate was a policeman and I am well aware of the sacrifices they have to make to do their job, it is down to the authority controlling them.
Our police have to be armed at all times.
They should patrol the towns on foot in pairs, as they used to do. I would feel a lot safer in town knowing that out there, walking around, are armed coppers.
We had them in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, in London and Hadleigh and Ipswich and Colchester, and my wife and I walked the streets at night assured of our safety.
Not so in Rotorua. It takes seconds for a police car to pass by. In that time anything can happen and go unnoticed.
Armed patrols at night would make all the difference to Rotorua, the pubs and restaurants would all benefit.
More passing lanes needed
I read with great interest the articles about the roadworks going on in our region (News, January 14).
I get around a fair bit and am continually amazed at the activities going on with the professional cone movers repositioning cones after the truck has held the traffic up putting them out.
These trucks are safety equipment for the construction sites around the country but when you come across them heading for home at 85km/h tailgating one another, one tends to think the safety issue is being overdone. I do.
Anyway, the article about SH5 roadworks between Ngongotahā and Tarukenga restarting has got me wondering who decided that the passing lane is being shortened.
What has been suggested is exactly the opposite of what they should be doing. We need more passing lanes, not the taking away of them.
Still, I didn't go to university so how would I know?
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