Sunday soapbox

Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation.

You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, to muse or amuse.

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6 Responses to Sunday soapbox

  1. Andrei says:

    In a world filled with degeneracy and squalor surprisingly there still is grace and beauty to be found – and little Princes and Princesses

  2. TraceyS says:

    Yes Andrei, and sometimes grace and beauty can be found right next to or within centres of degeneration and squalor. I have seen it there a few times.

  3. TraceyS says:

    Why is it that convicted drink-drivers and others disqualified for careless driving and demerit-point offences can immediately apply for a limited (work) license when responsible 16 year-olds have to wait six months before getting a restricted license to enable them to drive themselves to work and back?

    There is no stand-down to apply for a work license if a person has been disqualified from driving for a period of less than six months. If the disqualification period is for more than six months, then the stand-down period for applying for a work license is only 28 days. While it is true these people may have been driving for years, that doesn’t make them good drivers and their conviction means they do not value and respect the privilege of having a license. Even recidivist drink-drivers can get work licenses. One lawyer gives the following example on their website:

    “We have succeeded in getting a limited licence for a client convicted … on a fifth drink drive with a previous conviction within the last five years – and who was on a suspended jail term for the most recent conviction!” Now that’s scary if the claim is true.

    The school leaving age is 16 and it is also the age when one can leave home. Some kids are ready to leave home and get a job at age 16. I did. I also had my full license and own car so was fully independent. Our excellent education system in NZ means that the kids churned out are generally better than their parents – more capable – more responsible – more potential. My parents were either not available or not reliable, so to have been hemmed to them after reaching the age of 16 would have been detrimental. I’d have either sat at home doing nothing or stayed at school wishing I wasn’t there. For me it went something like this: 15 – license, 16 – job and own car and outa here!

    For some kids this age it would be better to hem them to an employer who will teach them better values. Employers need workers who are young and willing to start at the bottom. But a person who cannot get themselves to and from work, be sent to pick up a co-worker, and perhaps do a few deliveries or errands while at work is a hindrance. This is especially so in rural areas. It’s not such a problem in cities where there are alternative forms of transport. Many kids growing up in rural areas start driving off-road at a young age and so develop driving skills young. My brother was about eleven I think, maybe younger.

    The ideal might be to keep kids at school until they are 18, but let’s face it, not everyone wants to go on to further study. And some (like me) will do further education, but just not at this stage in life. And if everyone goes on to higher education then where are our practical workers coming from? Some kids are itching to get out into the real world at 16 and they are needed there.

    If a 16 year-old can pass the theory and practical tests for a full license, has completed a defensive driving course, and has a full-time job offer that requires a full license then why shouldn’t they be allowed to apply for a limited full license for work purposes? Convicted criminals can after all!

  4. Andrei says:

    Nobody leaves school at 16 any more Tracey, they fritter away a few years ’til they are 18.

    Tatiana started the first day of her last year on Friday.

    Had a meeting with the year 13 Deans a week or so back to work out how best for her to waste this year. Sat with a fat slob in burmuda shorts and jandals and a wrinkly old superannuated hippy for an hour while we worked out her course for the year,

    Kept waiting for an hour we were – they were “running behind” you see

    Not particularly concerned, her older sisters barely went to school after they were 15 and then went on to get their degrees in practical things that gave them good jobs doing things that are useful to the world and not just bullshit shuffling the fate of so many in these enlightened times.

    Anyway the older two will be married soon, to decent fellows who will be able to put a roof over their heads and food on the table and God willing be getting on with their adult lives raising their own families, the imparting of the skills for which are conspiuously absent from the high school curriculum –

    The first wedding is in August, a date for the second is yet to be set

  5. TraceyS says:

    Sounds like you have an exciting time ahead, Andrei. I was engaged for seven years before finally getting married. We were just too busy to get around to organising it. Hopefully you won’t have to wait that long for the second wedding!

  6. homepaddock says:

    This is an exciting time for your family. I hope you enjoy it. From your posts and comments I’m sure you’re well aware that a wedding is just the beginning and the marriage that follows is far more important.

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