Saturday soapbox

Saturday’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, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

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Foolishness – knowing the truth, seeing the truth but believing the lies.

7 Responses to Saturday soapbox

  1. At 93, war vet Jack Monaghan loses funding for $38 eye treatment

    World War II veteran Jack Monaghan, who can barely see, has been told the Government will stop funding a treatment he says is saving his remaining sight.

    The Paraparaumu 93-year-old, who served as a Royal Navy stoker in the Atlantic, has been told by specialists that his loss of sight was at least partly due to the sea glare he experienced during the war.

    “I have got half of my left eye left,” he said. “The nutrients I get have been a big help in holding what I have got.”

    At present, discretionary funding could be allocated on a case-by-case basis, and could be used for supplements. But from December 7 this year, discretionary funding would not be available.

    Wouldn’t treat my dog like this, let alone a WW2 Veteran

  2. Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss’s office said he could not speak about the case. “The minister will have no further comment to make.”

    Is that right pal – [personal abuse and expletives deleted – Ele]

  3. Andrei says:

    Now now r1016132nzblogger – that is a whinge of the day story

    I think the point is the pills concerned have not been shown to be of therapeutic value and may well be quackery

    I am all for Taxpayer money being used to alleviate suffering among the infirm and am myself beneficiary of treatments that have cost 10s of thousands of dollars that preserved my eyesight.

    But we also have to know when our money is spent on our behalf that it is being well spent because we the taxpayer do not have infinitely deep pockets to support the lifestyles of peddlers of snakeoil

  4. $$$26 mill to change the flag and you’re worrying about 38 bucks breaking the bank.

    Get [Expletive deleted – Ele] real

  5. Gravedodger says:

    I am almost certain if the treatment being withdrawn is a provable relief and treatment option his local RSA committee will be more than capable and willing to step up with the dosh.
    There is a seriously diminishing pool of those whom such welfare is available for.

    The ANZAC collection for the RSA at the Akaroa April 25th service this year was a record with many green notes in the overflowing boxes being passed around by my Lions club.

    It is a beatup for sure as either as Andrei suggests it is not what is claimed or the valued ex stoker is not in touch with his local returned services club.

  6. I’m sure the minister in charge of the portfolio will get to the bottom of this, pull some strings and go into bat for the old-timer….Yeah Right he ain’t saying nothing

  7. Andrei says:

    I missed he was a stoker GD

    If he was part of the black gang then

    The Paraparaumu 93-year-old, who served as a Royal Navy stoker in the Atlantic, has been told by specialists that his loss of sight was at least partly due to the sea glare he experienced during the war.

    doesn’t make sense

    You don’t experience much sea glare in the stokehold which is pretty much below the waterline.

    This is not to knock the guy, it is hard to imagine a worse place to be than a ship’s stokehold during the battle of the Atlantic, an
    unglamorous job with no VCs to be won but one where your chances of surviving a torpedo attack would be close zero.

    Indeed I’m sure a far greater percentage of stokers lost their lives during that war then infantrymen but received far fewer medals.

    In fact among British and Commonwealth personnel the greatest mortality rate was not in the armed forces at all but the Merchant Navy

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