Letters, Thursday, January 12th, 2012

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Evolution is better than revolution

ACCORDING to H. Whipple, I want the Archbishop of Canterbury to remain dumb. I don’t know where he gets that idea from as the Archbishop and the protesters have already debated the evils of capitalism. It would give them a more balanced view of things if they now debated the opposite of capitalism, which is communism.

H. Whipple also states Jesus was a revolutionary. Well if He was He will not be getting any support from me as I favour political progress by evolutionary ways, not revolution. In fact I think one of the best acts in English history was when Cromwell died and the monarchy was restored which took England back to the path of progress by political evolution – which is the main reason, I think, that England has an unarmed police force and was the birthplace of the industrial age.

H. Whipple also seems to be an expert on Yugoslavia, which is more than I am, so perhaps he can tell us what post in the Yugoslavia regime was held by the man now being held in The Hague on charges of genocide? He will certainly have been fully educated in the communist creed under the Tito he so admires.

Anyone who talks of the equal distribution of wealth is either fraudulent or else fatuous. You can only have an equality of poverty, not wealth. Those who have recently been on strike for more will actually get less, for they are already in the top half of the wealth league in any distribution of wealth.

It’s just being petty minded to object to a very few being rich and successful as only very few can become rich and successful in any walk of life. In a population of 50million, £1million divides out at 2p each, which means you need to relieve 50 millionaires of their wealth to give everyone a whole £1.

What all English politicians should get into their heads is the fact when any state is independent or devolved from England we will be equally independent or devolved from those states. Self-government means self-responsibility.

The fundamental economic and social problems in England stem from the fact we are over-populated.

J. Young, Alexander Terrace, Sunderland

Residents’ thanks

TENANTS, staff, friends and neighbours of St Margaret’s Court and Castledene Court, Castletown, would like to thank staff and pupils of Castle View Enterprise Academy for the delicious Christmas Lunch and the wonderful entertainment the school put on for us. Everyone had a lovely time.

Thanks also for the beautiful Christmas cake donated to St Margaret’s by the academy. It was delicious.

I would also like to thank the choir for coming to St Margaret’s to sing for us. Much appreciated. The pupils of the academy are a credit to the school and the community.

Special thanks to Rachel and Mr Reed for arranging this wonderful event.

Ellen Swanston, Scheme manager, Anchor Housing, St Margaret’s Court, Castletown

Lost address

IN 2004 I put an appeal in your Search Party column.

I was immediately contacted by cousins from both sides of my family whom I hadn’t seen for 30 to 40 years.

As an only child, it meant a great deal to me and we have kept in touch.

Unfortunately, I have lost the address of one of these cousins, so Philip Bradford and wife Kath from Pallion, that’s why you didn’t get a Christmas card.

Could you please let me have your address again?

Happy New Year.

Margaret Walker, Edgefield Avenue, Fawdon, Newcastle

Bond on Wearside

ON June 30, 2000, I got my photo in the Echo. The reason was that I used to write to film people in the United States and England to ask them to consider my neck of the woods – Sunderland – for their film locations, especially Eon which makes James Bond films.

I thought it won’t happen, but I thought I would ask anyway. I wondered what it might have been like for Sunderland to be a James Bond film location

2012 is the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond film, Dr No, where this girl came out of the sea and Sean Connery sang a very short song, Undernearth The Mango Tree My Honey.

To the film people, as well as letters, I sent postcards of what I thought was the ideal location – the walkway into Mowbray Park in front of the big round green house, the Winter Gardens.

That’s all in the past now, writing to those people.

Edwin Robinson, Zetland Square, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland

Landfill operation

SO Biffa is now asking Sunderland Council and the Environmental Agency to allow another 17 years or more of dumping waste from here, there and everywhere into our town.

We, the residents of Houghton, have already suffered for 15 years. How many illnesses have been caused locally by breathing the landfill gases? Have any of the health authorities shown any concern for us?

For years we have asked to have the air tested here where we live, to no avail. We have key health organisations etc and there is a Primary Care Trust for Sunderland, but the main concerns for them seem to be smoking, alcohol and obesity, all very important, but please consider the air that we have been living with for years.

Back in 2005 fills one and two were supposed to be finished and capped, but despite residents’ complaints the landfill had become an overfill on the eastern side. We called it Mount Biffa.

The authorities allowed it to go on, so now there is still a big hole left. Biffa also wants to fill it six metres higher, including fills one and two which are supposed to be complete.

This is a waste site much too close to our homes. I think it will be a danger for years to come to the health of our families. Oh it looks very tidy now that they are asking to renew their licence in February, but I think the people of Houghton deserve to have a say in our future.

Joyce Dixon, Newbottle

Inspiring site

WE will all welcome the terrific news that a fine statue of an infantryman will be erected at the National Memorial Arbouretum at Alrewas, near Litchfield, Staffordshire, paying due homage to those of our Duham Light Infantry who fell in conflict.

So few of my friends have visited this inspiring memorial site and many others perhaps have little understanding, as we did prior to our visit some time ago, I would like to explain more.

To quote from the guidebook: “it is a place of remembrance and contemplation but also of celebration of those who gave and continue to give”. The recent armed forces memorial wall is known to most of through TV. However, on visiting, first is the visitor centre, followed by the Millenium Chapel of Peace and Forgiveness, St Dunstams Market Square and Charity Shop, then on to 150 acres of gardens, first struck by the scent of the War Widows’ Garden close by The Garden of the Innocents; The Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigades; The Boys’ Brigade; The Bevin Boys’ Memorial; The National Servicemen’s Memorial where two of my mates who died on a training exercise are honoured; The Kings African Rifles; The British German Friendship Garden “to celibrate peace and reconcilliation between us”.

The memorial tribute to merchant navy convoys is astonishing – 2,535 trees represent the number of merchant ships lost when 32,000 heroic civilian seafarers perished in the Second World War.

The peace and tranquility of this vast memorial of 200 garden sites will be with me forever, sad yet inspiring. Visit if you can. The guidebook asks “Please tell your friends about us, about this very special place”.

Ken Spencer

Big thank-you

A BIG thank-you to the Tansey Centre secretary Mrs E Rochester, the committee and Gentoo for the Christmas meal.

Also to Pennywell Thursday afternoon dance club, Jean and all helpers, for organising all the year’s activities and to St Anne’s Friday afternoon club, Helen and Monica for all the work they have done during the year.

Mrs Molly Cook and Friends, Rosemount, South Hylton