With reference to the local burglaries (News, July 28).
We spent 30 years in a quiet Suffolk Village, Hadleigh. Our elderly next-door neighbour said that when she was a child she the whole village would leave for a day at the seaside travelling in coaches, horse and carts.
The doctor, butcher, baker and even the local policeman went - and they all left their doors and windows open to air the house.
Nothing was ever stolen. This would have been in 1900 to 1920 when the punishment would fit the crime - it deterred wrongdoing.
With current punishment, if burglars are caught they mostly get paltry fines or home detention.
It is little wonder burglaries are so profitable.
Brian Gore wrote that a viewing platform could be erected for the Hemo Gorge sculpture a vacant piece of land between Old Taupo Rd and Mokoia Drive, (Letters, July 24).
Why cause more chaos and accidents there, also at ratepayers' expense, when there are already places to stop and view it, if you so desire, from the carpark on Mokoia Rd or Te Puia carpark?
The sculpture is 12m tall - people are not going to be able to miss it.
There will be more accidents from rubber-neckers without people wanting to stop at a viewing platform.
Camber not safe
I followed a logging truck around the Hemo Gorge roundabout. It was going very very slow, the springs started to open up and I thought, ''My God, it's going to tip''.
The momentum of keeping going only brought it right.
The camber is not safe.
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