Mendana’s best memorial

Dear Editor – Lately you published a front page story about a large sculpture of Alvaro de Mendana in Honiara. You reported that the Spanish Ambassador to Solomon Islands was present at the unveiling of that object. I recall from my school days that Mendana’s encounter with the ancestors of the Santa Cruz people was…

Why cut the trees?

Dear Editor – The Honiara City Council law enforcement officers say that they want the trees along Mendana Avenue to be cut down as they are providing shade for sellers of betel nut and cigarettes. Let me see if I have got this right. The City Council officers want to remove the things that can’t…

Our elected master

Dear Editor – Please publish the following poem: In the pigsty,squealing starving piglet are quietened by dinner residuesand decomposed leftovers, despised and cast off by the elated master. In the village, yearning needy voters are silencedby Waku-brand chainsaws and solar-panel replicasdespised and cast off by the elected master.  In the pigsty a pricy sowis let…

Politics and politicking

Dear Editor – On the outset, let me try and define what politics is. The definition is somewhat simple that it is often loosely used or applied. And when it is watered down in its usage and application it is often called politicking. But first, politics is about winning and using of power to govern…

Help for charity groups

Dear Editor – High Court judge, His Honour, Justice Pallaras QC has recently expressed his serious concerns over domestic violence in the Solomon Islands and the plight of so many women and young girls suffering violence and human rights abuse, especially, he said, as the Solomon Islands is a signatory to the United Nations Convention…

Ministry of Police and Justice

Dear Editor – I wish to register my appreciation and big thank you to the Permanent Secretary, the new Commissioner of Police and Officers of the Professional Standards and Internal Investigations Unit within the Ministry for the prompt commencement of investigations into the case of possible corruption earlier reported to the Permanent Secretary. Although it…

PMO vs Peter Forau

Dear Editor – I read with interest Robert Iroga’s reply to Peter Forau as published in the recent Sunday Star. According to Iroga, the reason why Solomon Islands was not quick to support the renewal of Forau’s contract was because Solomon Islands wanted to follow strict protocol. Iroga also explained that even though other Melanesian…

Renbel mining heads to court

Dear Editor – The above caption appeared on the cover page of Solomon Star (no. 5621) Friday 19th Sept, 2014 to which I make some clarification however, at the outset let me first say this. The level of professionalism used to cover the mining issues on West Rennell through the media have been very disappointing,…

Correct reference to law

Dear Editor – I have just seen a full page advertisement in your publication on Tuesday 23 Sept 2014. The advert is a notice by the Commissioner of Lands appointing an acquisition officer to deal with some land in Renbel Province. The advert also referred to section 60 of the Land & Titles Act Cap…

Election Date 2014

Dear Editor – I notice that just about every day there is an article in the local papers about possible election dates. Our Constitution clearly says that general elections must be held within four months after Parliament has been dissolved. The National Parliament Electoral Provisions Act (as amended) qualified this by saying that such election…