‘Overwhelming’ Support For Campaign to Get Library Books Back


ROBB’s (Restore Our Book Budget) campaign to get the book buying budget for KCDC libraries is getting overwhelming support, according to ROBB chair, Christopher Ruthe. institutional bullying of the worst kind

He says ROBB has printed 5000 flyers ( see above ) with the caption “Don’t let your Library be ROBBed”
Guilty parties named and shamed

“The flyers identify candidates that support restoring the budget. They are in red. If you want books vote for them. The Mayor and councillors who voted for the savage cuts are in black.”

ROBB says it  cannot understand why the current council would make readers in the three libraries pay for repairs to a building that KCDC has decided not to repair. It can only be seen as bullying innocent library members and getting them to pay for repairs KCDC is not going to undertake.
Institutional bullying of the worst kind

Mr Ruthe says that treating the powerless in this way can only be interpreted at institutional bullying of the worst kind.

Library members include hundreds of children, with parents who cannot afford books but encourage their children to read.

It includes those on fixed incomes who cannot afford to buy books but love reading.

“There are 41,000 library members. Sadly, this Council obviously thinks grandstanding for expensive health services is what the people of Kapiti want.[And there is a place for that. But we should look after our own backyard too], says Mr Ruthe.”

“KCDC knows better than the world’s best neuropsychologists who say reading is the most cost-effective way to achieve social wellbeing. KCDC obviously thinks it is far smarter. 

“ROBB bases it case on the best in neurological and brain science. Surely this is the only way to go. Vote according to what you think”.

@Chris – Very interesting. However, my comment was much more philosophical than grammatical. But let us not stray from the current political forum to discuss other dark and endless issues, one is enough for today.

Henry, well then you learned something new today.
hallowed
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adjective: hallowed

made holy; consecrated.
“hallowed ground”
greatly revered and honoured.
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Henry, now you’re straying onto hallowed ground.

“Oh there will have to be a 15% rise in rates his coming year”.

“Aw we are so good we kept it down to 9%”…

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Jackie: “but he is a complete and utter liar and should be ashamed of himself.”

Jackie, you obviously don’t want to get voted for if slagging various voters is your game. You still haven’t noticed that those equally as guilty as you if not more so at least have half a brain to shut the —- up.

@Chris Walker – Yes I do believe I should have run for Council. (haha)

However, without some juicy political issues like the book budgets to stand behind I doubt I would have gotten elected anyway.

Speaking of which, has anyone seen the recent article about the GWRC projected 15% rates rises? It is somewhat worrisome to me amidst so many of our future councillors promising that Kapiti needs strong advocacy and then it will receive more funding. In fact, reading through some of the candidates policies, it seems like they are entirely promising based upon an assumption which clearly has not taken into account the incredibly poor financial position GWRC is in currently. And we all know what that means, once they figure it out, they can’t rescind their promises so it will be paid for instead by rates and debt…

I am not sure if Mr Ruthe is the writer of this article or just quoted in it, but he is a complete and utter liar and should be ashamed of himself.

“Really what Kapiti needs, not more pamphlets, but more people who care about the actual future of Kapiti. ”

It’s beginning to look like you should have stood for council, Henry. We all probably care somewhat about getting screwed by the people who are ‘supposed’ to look after our interests.

Let’s think for a minute about this election without the book cuts fiasco.

“CEO, lack of transparency in Council, failure of asset management, future growth in Kapiti, funding issues in GWRC, climate change, etc, etc.” These issues you believe should be defining issues apart from Guru’s stab at the UN’s Agenda 21 fake climate change throw of the dice are non issues to most. Do they have importance? Yes of course they do but they certainly have nothing on the book funding cuts when it comes to excitement.

Have you thought that the cuts were always meant to take the focus away from the issues you list? They probably were not but this is the most excited the ratepayer has been in years so let them have a little time in the sun before a new Iron Curtain comes down to smother the peoples freedoms…

@Joanne Birch @Chris Walker

Fair points. I probably am getting carried away a bit. And yes you make a valid point, red or green doesn’t really matter much at all (though I am still inclined to believe there are going to be some voters who will get confused and vote against the “red” because our community has clearly proven it is that dumb).

I wish voters the best of luck on all their proceeding. And to be honest I think unless the new Council does something different about senior management it doesn’t really matter who is elected anyway.

Henry you are starting to sound like a council control freak. Getting upset about a colour and poster printing is a bit like doing the same because the tide goes in and out. IE: You have no control over either.

Henry, we’ve been in the poo pond for quit a while now as you must realize. If the public want to vote for whoever for whatever that is their right. A worthless right it must be said but there it is.

The red highlighting does make those who say they are against this nasty proposal standout which I’m taking it is the idea.

Okay two points:

Firstly, it makes no sense to highlight in red the people who are doing good.

Second, if you have “overwhelming support” than you wouldn’t have to put out 5000 flyers.

I still hold to the idea that many people are going to go into this election and vote for the “book budget” instead of voting for good politicians and we are all going to be in the shit in a few years time because of it. Thank you ROBB.

Mr Tilney obviously thinks the leaflet will determine the elections. I would be surprised if that were the case.However he seems to have concluded that all candidates supporting the restoration of the book buying budget are useless as ” we are all going to be in the shit in a few years time because of it”. To condemn candidates because they support one excellent policy displays an unusual attitude to politics.

Hi Chris,

“To condemn candidates because they support one excellent policy displays an unusual attitude to politics.” – I am not condemning any candidates. Nor, in fact, condemning the policy (I do support restoring the books budget). I am not even condemning the pamphlet that has been sent out, because it makes sense to me that the position of candidates be advertised (and unfortunately many voters don’t take time to do research for themselves).

What I do not support, however, is the fact that somehow this issue has become the defining issue of the election (over top of issues with the CEO, lack of transparency in Council, failure of asset management, future growth in Kapiti, funding issues in GWRC, climate change, etc, etc.).

However, I will apologize for the harshness and for lack of coherence of my former post. I guess at heart I am just a frustrated old man. Really what Kapiti needs, not more pamphlets, but more people who care about the actual future of Kapiti.

And of course as I said in a previous post, the problem with the books budget issue is simple, it is easy to “claim” you support book budgets. In contrast, to be a good representative is a bit harder. The latter not the former should be what people vote for.

A question would be, how to treat those who’s opinions are not known? Were they asked and would not answer or were they not asked at all?

” best in neurological and brain science”. – Might one inquire if it would be possible to scan the brains of those who voted in favour of these book funding cuts? If so we might find all sorts of neurological disorders that could be healed thereby at least helping our suffering brother and sisters towards a better life.

This could then lead to a better understanding of the delusions these poor humans are obviously suffering from. Health care should be available to all even the politically deluded…

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