Otago Daily Times: Editorial

Time for cool heads

Time for cool heads

Israel has this week continued its assault in Gaza even as efforts to advance a ceasefire - led by United States Secretary of State John Kerry in Cairo and United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in Ramallah - founder.

It is the party vote that counts

It is the party vote that counts

Much has been made recently of the National Party's seemingly unassailable lead in opinion polls, with many pundits already writing off Labour's chances of leading the next Government after the September 20 election.

Students helping others

Students helping others

The large turnout of students at the volunteer fair at the University of Otago last week might surprise some because the image of Otago students is not always edifying.

Has it been worth it?

Ongoing issues with KiwiRail's controversial Chinese-made freight wagons are making the state-owned enterprise's decision to award the building contract overseas appear increasingly questionable.

'Blown out of the sky'

'Blown out of the sky'

Life in its cruelty and senselessness is laid bare when a commercial airliner is blasted from the skies and boys playing on a beach are blown up.

Wide economic view needed

Wide economic view needed

Dairy prices have come under sustained pressure this year. Prices have fallen 35% since February, with world milk prices down nearly 39%.

Sharing communion would be so easy

Lance Bardwell reckons the sky will not fall if Catholic and Protestant clergy take communion together.

Dotcom pressure mounting

Dotcom pressure mounting

Claims of ''political pressure'' in the granting of German internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's permanent New Zealand residency raise serious questions about process, influence and accountability, and put the Government in the unwanted spotlight two months before the general election.

Wading into water quality debate

Wading into water quality debate

''Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.''

Humanity sharing goals

Humanity sharing goals

Germany, triumphing on the pitch, was not the only winner from the Fifa World Cup.

Supporting the police

Unpaid civilians staffing police station counters and community volunteers patrolling our streets can seem, at first reaction, wrong.

Finding solution is difficult

Finding solution is difficult

Escalating military action between Israel and Hamas is becoming all but certain following the decision of Israel to call up another 40,000 reservists.

Japan's attitude raises concerns

Japan's attitude raises concerns

Australia's historic free trade agreement with Japan will have some implications for New Zealand, given the attitude taken by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his fleeting visit to this country.

Pitching the region's strengths

Pitching the region's strengths

Some impressive statistics were released this week by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce as he launched a set of 14 regional investment profiles at the New Zealand and Australia Economic Development Forum.

Rethinking school of hard knocks

Rethinking school of hard knocks

Our national identity is - for many - inextricably tied to rugby.

Building on varsity's success

Building on varsity's success

Details of the University of Otago's extensive construction plans, revealed last Friday, are exciting for Dunedin and further underline its fundamental importance to the city's economy.

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