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Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 4. 1969.

Letters To The Editor

Letters To The Editor


Congratulations on your profundity. You are either a genius or totally illiterate.

Your last editorial (Salient 3) displays your complete lack of acquaintance with the fundamentals of the English language.

For instance: "the fact that there were only seven at that meeting and it It requires little effort to see how extensive this is, is as much en indictment of those two correspondents as it is of the rest of the student body."

What a lot of bloody rubbish I can only conclude that you use your own special rules of grammar.

Overlooking, in the cause of brevity, your classic phrase "seriously needs deliberating about" (I take it you mean "needs serious consideration") I pass on to to a sentence which clinches my fears for your literacy.

"Correspondents feel, and not without justification, that the possibility of a person losing his job; or the job being denied him in the first instance; if in fact these were the alternatives; because of ideas which do not flow smoothly in the main stream (or cess pool) of social convention is unjust."

What absolute rot! What does it mean, if anything?

Some of these abominations may have been leqitimate printing errors, but that is no excuse—you are supposed to be an Editor ! !

Tony Jaques.


Would the writer of "Outside Left"—reputed to be no baby— care to get one person, whether a member of the Labour Party or not, who will claim that I made any effort to prevent pickets outside the "Dominion"? Fully aware that no such person will come forward I am prepared to Introduce the writer of "Outside Left" to several people who would inform him of my actions during the dispute. I have no great desire to secure an apology as I do not consider that any university student would seriously entertain such unfounded and malicious gossip. However I am prepared to extend to the writer of "Outside Left" the opportunity of conducting a little factual research.

M. A. Hirschfield.

The author of your column "Outside Left" does not seem to realise that it is possible to hold shares in an organisation and still be against the policies of the company's management.

Is the author aware that the Journalists' Union holds shares in the Wellington Publishing Company yet showed its support of the printers' lockout by terminaling the associate membership of three executives of the company who, during the strike, carried out work normally done by printers?

During the recent stoppage the Printing Union was supported by shareholders who are dissatisfied with both the management and tone of the Dominion-Sunday Times. Mr. Hirschfield's sympathy for the locked-out Union members was known to the Printing Union and the Labour Party and it Is hoped that as a result of co-operation between the union and shareholders it may be possible to bring about significant changes in the attitudes of the Wellington Publishing Company management.

We trust that this will be of some assistance in correcting the misleading impression created by your columnist "Outside Left".

W. H. Clement,
N.Z. Printing Union.

Record reviews

God is alive and well in Wellington, but is now called Ron Pretty (Genuflect! Genuflect!).

Love thou Beethoven, Wagner and sundry other much respected classical artists decreeth He. Forget today's musicians for they make not music he asserts. We must recognise the obvious genius of "Der Ring Des Nibelung". Well, I for one am not the least bit interested in Des Nibelung's ring, so I must be a nincompoop along with a great many of my friends (and we didn't even know it—even our best friends wouldn't tell us).

Some students might object to being called iuvenile because their preferences are not compatible with Ron Pretty's.

All Letters Submitted For Publication Must Be Signed With The Writer's Own Name. No Pseudonyms Will Be Accepted Save In Exceptional Circumstances.

Also your average teeny-bopper hates, or can't understand, Big Brother, Quicksilver, Mayall and all these other "uncouth" American groups (some of which are British). Janis Joplin could make ringing a bell and shouting "unclean" a most soulful and moving act.

Mr. Pretty should realise that many people are more interested in what's now and new rather than Beethoven, warmed over and served up by some new mob for the umpteenth time.

The reviewer should review that music which he understands and consequently he can give a reasonably able review. One can always read the record columns of the "Dominion" for reviews in basic Beethoven, Bach, etc.

Mike Aitken