Letters, Saturday, May 25, 2013

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Technology has always advanced

TIME and time again, I hear older people saying that they “didn’t have an iPad”, or some other modern piece of technology, when they were younger.

 They say this almost as if it’s a badge of honour, as if we’re somehow less of a person because that had it “harder” than us.

 Well, here’s the shocking truth – technology advances as time goes by. What they don’t seem to realise that that the things they DID have – the wireless, motorised vehicles, indoor toilets etc – made their lives easier than the people who lived 100 years before THEM!

 We can keep going back – the man with the first car had it better than the man with the horse and cart. The man with the horse and cart had it better than the man who had no transport at all.

 If everyone had the attitude of these old moaners, we’d all be cavemen poking mud with a stick – would they be satisfied then?

Stuart Nattrass

It’s time to change the way we vote

IN response to the “Hands off our mail” letter in Monday’s Echo, it is not this Government that brought legislation in to open up our Royal Mail and Post Office to EU competition, thus resulting in Post Office closures, a reduced and more expensive service and the eventual sell-off to come.

 It is EU law, which has gone unchallenged by successive Labour and Conservative Governments.

 The people of this country must understand that performing the same action repeatedly (i.e. voting for the same old mainstream parties) will not deliver a different outcome.

 Our only hope is to change the way we vote!

Kay Rowham,

Easington Lane

Thanks to Guide Dog volunteers

AS we approach national volunteers week, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Guide Dogs’ hardworking and committed volunteers in our region for the huge difference they make to our organisation.

 Over 300 volunteers complete a range of 40 different roles (many of them operating in up to four roles) which help support the Guide Dogs service.

 Their time, skills, energy and dedication makes an invaluable contribution towards enabling people who are blind and partially sighted to experience life-changing mobility and independence.

 If you would like to join our friendly team, particularly as a fundraiser, recruiter or event organiser, please contact 0845 372 7423 or newcastle@guidedogs.org.uk.

 Full induction and training is given and you would have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping a person who is blind or partially sighted get out and about on their own terms.

Claire Devine,

Volunteer Development Co-ordinator, the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Can you help with family research?

I AM hoping to find out some information about George William Anderson – these are the facts I know – can anyone add some more?

 November 28, 1899, George William Anderson born to Thomas Anderson and Mary Sophia Anderson, nee Ellison, living at 110 Peacock Entry, Sunderland.

 1901 Census, 110 High Street, Sunderland, Thomas Anderson, 19, marine fitter, Mary S Anderson, 23.

 110 High Street, Sunderland, George Brown, 38, Elizabeth Ann Brown, 28, George William Anderson, one adopted son.

 1911 Census, 110 High Street, Sunderland, two rooms, George Brown 48, Elizabeth Ann Brown nee Ellison 38, George William Anderson 11, nephew.

 5 Brougham Street, Sunderland West, Thomas Anderson 29, Mary 32, Sarah, seven, William, three, Thomas, nine.

 Thomas, Mary, Sarah and William moved to Liverpool, where Ernest was born 1913 and James in 1915.

 Thomas junior is thought to have died around 1912. Thomas Anderson died in 1917 and Mary in 1929. Thomas and Mary were buried in Sunderland. George William remained in Sunderland and is said to have married and had three children. If you can help with information please contact powellmrs@gmail.com or 01572 770871.

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