RE Non-profit markets and other money wasters:
We have too many markets in Rotorua. Most of them, in my view, sell very poor quality goods.
None of these said markets pay for themselves.
We only need about two, so why does this council back so many? Lose them.
Not only the markets, other things such as Crankworx and the mud fiasco still owe the ratepayers thousands of dollars, so council, if it won't pay for itself then stop it.
We just can't play like lords on a pauper's wage.
Council just stop this nonsense please.
God's grace not cheap
I think Rev Czerwonka proclaims what theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer called "cheap grace".
He says (Letters, April 23) that comments on homosexuality are outside Israel Folau's expertise and; "Those who have a better than a superficial understanding of the scriptures should speak out more."
I strongly disagree with the reverend that; "There are only a few verses in the Bible that express a dim view of homosexual acts."
I count nine Old and New Testaments passages that identify homosexual acts as sin. Words for "marriage" and "wedding" are also used 159 times, all in the context of male-female relationships.
Importantly, Jesus quotes the Old Testament regarding his understanding of human sexual relations; "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female'. For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife." Mark 10:6-9
Jesus also said; "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it." Mat 7:13-14
Sin requires repentance. God's grace is not cheap.
BOB BOARDMAN (BTheol)
Isn't it ironic that doubts have arisen over the future upgrade of Te Ngae Rd.
This is the thin edge of the wedge and funding changes are getting the blame for holding up the project, when everybody except the mayor and her councillors are realising that they have made a mistake in getting the eastern arterial route canned.
We've all heard about sensitive Maori land, which, in my view, in all inevitability will only wind up supporting gorse, blackberry and lupins.
Our mayor had an agenda and she got into the ears of MPs Todd McClay and Simon Bridges and footed them into stifling Rotorua's traffic flow east, west and south.
They should be congratulated for their efforts.
It would be unthinkable that the council faction could actually admit to having made a mistake, getting it put back on the table and invoking the Public Works Act.
When it comes to traffic management, this council is stuck behind the black ball and not in the least inclined to doing it properly.
Look at the fiasco at the southern entrance to our lovely city.
I can't figure out who they are catering for with guard rails that hide most indicators until the vehicle is actually coming at you.
Marvellous way to stall traffic flow.