Letters, Monday, April 6, 2015

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Postman never rings door bell

I WAS amused to read of Mr White’s experience with the Royal Mail.

 I recently did some shopping on the internet, birthday presents for friends, which I was pleased to see were to arrive within a couple of days.

 Two days after placing my order one of the gifts arrived.

 I was pottering about upstairs at the time of the delivery and so ran down as soon as I heard the bell.

 When I opened the door the postman was already making his way down the garden path.

 I was a little bemused, if not annoyed, that he gave me so little time to get to the door. It was after all a matter of seconds rather than minutes.

 He came back with my parcel, claiming that he thought no one was in. To make matters worse he told me that it was unusual for him to ring the door bell, normally he would have just knocked on the door.

 Had that been the case I would probably not have heard him and I would have been left in the position of having to go to collect my parcel some time after work.

 While I appreciate time is of the essence in any job, surely, parcel delivery people and postmen in particular must realise that we do not sit by door every day waiting for them to knock. A little common sense, surely, should be used when waiting for someone to answer the door.

A Wheldon,

Seaham

Companies need to help the young

I AM fed up of reading stories about skills shortages.

 Company bosses constantly complain that they are unable to fill positions because they cannot get the right candidate for the job.

 On the other side of this coin, we hear that there are graduates leaving university unable to get a job – they can’t all be unsuitable.

 We are also told that more apprenticeship have been created in the last few years than ever before.

 Young people are also being told that taking up an apprenticeship is the way forward to securing that job they are looking for with out being saddled with crippling university fees.

 So, how is it that we have this skills shortage when more young people than ever are educated to degree level, travel more than ever and hold down part-time jobs while completing their degrees?

 Does some of the responsibility for making sure people have the skills needed not lie with the company that is taking them on?

 And isn’t that in part what apprenticeships are all about?

 While talking to our local headteacher at a recent school function, he tells me that the pupils he comes across are on the whole very committed and more focused on succeeding than he has ever known before.

 It seems to me that some of all this just doesn’t ad up.

Susie Miles

Life is hard enough for the disabled

I AM writing with regard to this Government’s lack of understanding for mentally ill and hearing disabilities people.

 The Department of Work and Pensions is sending carers Capability for Work Questionnaires to fill in for mentally ill and hearing disabilities people.

 These people have a hard time facing life and discrimination in every day life. They are not all capable of doing full-time employment without support.

 Now there seems there is even more pressure from an uncaring Government putting more pressure on carers and disabled people.

 David Cameron said we are all in this together.

 He wants to try living in the world of disabled people and see what it is really like.

 It’s a hard life and often with not much understanding from either society or Government.

Barbara Houghton,

Shiney Row