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Letter to the editor – let’s hear it for really, really, daft ideas

9 August 2015 3 comments

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Frank Macskasy - letters to the editor - Frankly Speaking

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From a recent letter to the editor;

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letters to editor - dominion post - bruce welsh

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My response;

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from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz>
date: Thu, Aug 6, 2015
subject: Letter to the editor

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The Editor
Dominion Post

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It’s all very good for Bruce Welsh to be offering impractical suggestions that “people need to open windows daily and ventilate a house” – but having a well ventilated house is pointless if the occupants are going to freeze solid in the middle of a Wellington winter. (Letters, 4 August)

It may be balmy and tropical in Kilbirnie, but the rest of New Zealand has been enjoying more traditional cold, frosts, and horizontal rain.

So taking Mr Welsh’s barmy (not balmy) suggestion might give us well-ventilated houses – but the tenants wouldn’t thaw out till spring.

Any other bright ideas?

Here’s an off-the-wall thought; why not heat the houses? In fact, I hear they’ve recently invented something called a “heater”.

Heating a house reduces mould and cold-related illnesses. And we don’t end up with tenants in some science fiction scenario of cold-induced suspended animation.

Radical, I know. And best of all, it doesn’t involve “ethnic cleansing” of poor folk in this country simply because certain individuals have a penchant for impractical “solutions”.

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-Frank Macskasy

[address and phone number supplied]

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In reality, what this was, was a prime example of victim-bashing; blaming the poor for being poor, and ending up in sub-standard housing. Right-wingers, moralistic conservatives, and bigots do it all the time.

It means they don’t have to think too deeply about real problems and coming up with real solutions.

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