QR scans elude the phoneless

In a letter in Thursday’s Herald Heng Teoh wrote that all retailers should refuse to serve any person who failed to scan the QR code.
This correspondent has no understanding of
the “older generations”.
Neither my wife nor I have a mobile phone. Therefore we are unable to scan these codes.
If this correspondent had their way we would both die from starvation or frostbite — as we would be unable to buy foodorclothes.
Rod Hunter, Te Aroha.

Sign of the times
With all the many millions spent and over two years disruption on the Britomart Rail Station, is it possibleto arrange signs pointing to theentrance?
On Friday about 11.30pm, and after three traverses around that very large building, I finally found an insignificant entrancewith the help of two security guards.Even two rail employees working there said they were initially not told either andgot lost temporarily.One saidsigns were being made but were not available for two weeks.
So much for planning and public consideration, which increasingly seems of minor consideration.
Ted Partridge, Māngere.

NZ’s vulnerability
Is the average New Zealander awareChina has developed numerous coral reefs in the South China Sea into military, air and naval bases, that it has half a million heavily armed fishing boats patrollingthe South Pacific, and an agreement with Papua New Guinea to develop a new $40 billion city, including a naval base just 100km from the Australian mainland.
Any war over Taiwan would therefore automatically and severely threaten NZ security.
As a signatory to the Paris Accord, NZ pays annually $1.2 billionto the UN climate fund, to be distributed to developing nations, which unbelievably includes China whose pollution exceeds that of all countries in the world combined. As it is building another 220 coal-fired power stations, this will remainuntil about 2060.
Is it also understood that NZ is totally dependent on 100 per cent imported oil, with only about 2 months’ reserves.
With NZ security being therefore vulnerable in so many respects, why are we so unprepared, and seemingly so totally asleep as a nation.
Hylton Le Grice, Remuera.

Will strikes return?
Cabinet intends to proceed with Labour’s Fair Pay Agreement which would replace the Employment Contracts Act 1991 thatallowed for individual performance contracts as opposed to collective bargaining. Disagreement would be decided by political appointees to the Employment Relations Authority.
Will confrontation, stoppages, rolling strikes return to haunt us?
Already changes have devastated the oil and gas sector, the house rental market compromised and impositions to employment law have impacted small business. Is the announced initiative retrograde, a return to the past and payback for union loyalty?
P.J. Edmondson, Tauranga.

Mind your language
It is becoming increasingly obvious that one has to be extremely careful as to how one chooses one’s words as so many are now deemed unacceptable that it is difficult to keep up.
Swear words are used frequentlyand are more acceptable than numberplates these days. And yet words that were in common usage are nowdeemed racist, offensive and illegal depending on which sector of society one belongs to.
Very soon someone will need to rewrite the dictionary as extreme PC is erasing so many and many new ones are added. This is PC gone mad.
Marie Kaire, Whangarei.

Prompt payment rewards
My electricity providerhas been forced to end the 20 per cent discount for prompt payment. There are two issues here. Firstly, all electricity bills need to be paid every month. A simple direct debit will put cash in everyone’s pocket, rich or not.
Now there is a $14 fine for late payment which will affect poorer people for sure. I also thought in a free market economyif one company wants to offer an incentive it is not up to the Government to control this.
Dr Alan Papert, Queenstown.

Unhealthy attitude
“Doctors pushed to the edge” (NZ Herald, May 8) is indicative of a profound change in people’s attitude to life and health.Doctors in the old days could confidently look forward to satisfying, well-paid careers where patients and their families would showgratefulness and admiration.
These days it is altogether different. Patients and their families are now convincedthey have a right to treatment whenever they need it — and that it is the doctors’ duty to be there to treat them at their bidding. This is partly because successive NZ governments have legislated that they have those rights.
We now realise it is so easy for governments to issue decrees butthese always come with a cost. And we citizens are relearning that we really do not have any rights in life other than those our society can afford to and able to grant us.
Andy Espersen, Nelson.

Suffocating opinions
A interview with Professor Peter Singer on Q+A regarding free speech was most interesting. He obviously was concerned at the ramifications for those that either wrote or spoke about contentious issues.
Call it what you like — political correctness or any other name — there are subjects that don’t make the news as they are thought to offend.
On many subjects we have become too precious and groups use this to suffocate opinions.
This does not mean one can use hate speech or other forms of hurtful rhetoric but constructive criticism on any subject should be given licence on all forms of the media. Open discussion often resolves misgivings whereas non consultation generally brings discontent.
Reg Dempster, Albany.

Cash in the couch
When a company returns unused wage subsidy relief because the pandemic didn’t hit the country or its economy as hard as expected, barely a murmur is raised, and annoyance is directed at the companies that don’t.
But when a government department does exactly the same thing for exactly the same reason, suddenly the response is “Oh, this Government is so irresponsible with money it’s finding the stuff down the back of the couch”.
Morgan L. Owens, Manurewa.

Recycle at sea
I am completely baffled as to why DoCwould become involved in burying a marine animal on land. Marine ecosystems, when left alone, are incredibly efficient recyclers of nutrients.
Things die in the sea. That’s the wayit has always been andwhatever sinks orgets washed up on to beaches gets eaten by other marine creatures or scavenging birdsand the nutrient contentis returned back into the marine environment.
For an organisation which should base their decisions and actions on science, tobury a marine animalon land ought to be a complete anathema, and to spend large amounts of precious resources to do so an abomination.
John Christiansen, Mt Albert.

Announcing, not delivering
The Government — having already announced proposed massive health, educational, both secondary and tertiary, along with railway, local government and now industrial relations reforms — seems to just be announcing but still not delivering.
Perhaps they should practise something that they do not appear to be doing or achieving until it is delivering —before they commence yet another change which almost seems to be just for the sake of change and to divert our attention from some other calamitythey have created.
Mike Baker, Tauranga.

Silencing military hawks
Thank you Matthew Hooton for your contribution to sanitising the debate about the prospect of global conflict.
Stop the story being pushed, mainly by military hawks in the United States and Australia, about imminent large scale war. This talk is unsettling, irresponsible and unproductive.
Full credit to the New Zealand Government for trying to steer away from this highly unlikely scenario which assumes that top leaders have totally lost their minds.
Frank Olsson, Freemans Bay.

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