NEWSPAPER CRITICISM OF THE COUNCIL UPHELD.
[To the Editor}
Sir, —Thft Mayor said at the Council's last meeting, referring to my letter re cow turned away from the pound that "they should discuss these matters in the Council, and not go outside and write letters." I have to remind hint that no redress of grievances and abuses is to be looked for from Council discussion. No better proof of this can be, found than in Worship's treatment of my motion at the previous meeting for putting the working of the pound on a sound footing. I moved that applications be invited for the combined office of poundkeeper and ranger, mentioning' in support that the late Mr Hahst had so acted fqr 20 years, and given general satisfaction ;; keeping the streets and roads adjacent clear of cattle, whilst also the pound had always paid its way. Cr Cantrell seconded, saying- he had moved similarly a year or two ago, holding that a ranger living at German Bay was useless to the town. I ask Jits Worship to be consistant, and to favour us at next meeting with the discussion which he lays down as the proper way of dealing with this and other matters. Neither he nor any supporters troubled to get on their feet, but simply blocked the motion by six to two—Cr Cantrell and myself. The Mayor's
only utterance (sitting) was that he . thought the peeper and ranger should be distinct persons, and he doubted a suitable person being found for the combined offices. Cr Cantrell promptly checkmated this with the ' obvious truth, that one could not tell till the applications came in. Since the Mayor and his supporters arej [averse to newspaper writing, they owe it to the ratepayers to give their grounds for continuing the present very undesirable state of things. : Failing" their doing so, ratepayers may conclude that they aro not dealing with this much needed reform on itsT merits, but that their interests are being sacrificed to favouritism for the poundkeeper and the systematic abuses of our streets and adjacent roads. I am told that the cow which was the subject of a late letter of mine as having been turned away from the pound,bccause the boys had not a written authority was impounded a couple of days later by a resident in BalgVieri Valley, for having got into his garden and destroyed all his winter vegetables, which it is now too late in the season to replace. Its : owner, I further learn, has for years been notorious for running- his stock on this road—another unanswerable argument for a local ranger, I am, etc..
W. H. HENNING.
A cold in ihe head makes one miserable, lose no time in getting "NAZOL." Oleitt. out oolds and catarrh in double-quiok time. Costs less than a halfpenny a doae.
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NEWSPAPER CRITICISM OF THE COUNCIL UPHELD., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3529, 21 March 1916