Letters, Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

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Private lives are not public business

WHY is there so much hullabaloo about who’s having sex with who? It should not be anyone’s problem, just the immediate people involved and I’m sure if there was less publicity it would help people to resolve the problem.

There has been hanky-panky since time began. Why a person gets involved can be explained in many ways. Perhaps they grow out of love or the heart has gone out of the passions, then the old excuse – an escape from the rut of every day the same, boring life. Whatever the excuse, it’s no one’s problem but the couple’s own.

The French had mistresses for the men and lovers for the women. It was mostly the norm at almost all the courts and especially the ruling class. There are other civilisations who have multi-relations. So long as nobody loses out they are quite happy to live in these circumstances.

Believe me, I think family life is very important, mostly as regards the happiness of children and their well-being while developing.

The women who chase a footballer or actor hoping to get them into bed, whether for them to marry them or give them a good time without any really strong regard for the future or what misery they cause if the target is married, they are just money-grabbers and social piranhas.

Anyone with a high profile ought to be careful and give these women the elbow.

 I know a bonny, sexy lass is a temptation to any red-blooded male and, put on a plate, I dare say the temptation is very great and more so when you have plenty of money to indulge and fighting off a woman who has sex on her mind is difficult. I should know (I wish) ha ha.

So let the media, in all its forms, stop making a big thing about a fling. Really it is of no interest to the general population.

What’s that saying in the Bible? Let he/she who has no sin throw the first stone.

I bet not many stones will be thrown.

Colin Wasey, Wayman Street, Monkwearmouth

Child poverty

IT is a sobering thought that around a quarter of children living in the North East are growing up in poverty. Too many are living without the basics that many of us take for granted – clean clothes, a bed of their own and books to read at bedtime.

Worryingly, a new report by The Prince’s Trust and RBS reveals that there is nothing short of an aspiration chasm between the region’s richest and poorest young people, with those from deprived homes feeling that it will be impossible for them to achieve their goals.

We simply cannot ignore this inequality.

If we fail to support our most vulnerable young people now, the North East could end up with a youth underclass, who tragically feel that they have no future.

Prince’s Trust schemes – like the new National Citizen Service (NCS) course running in the North East this summer – boost young people’s confidence, while making a positive impact in their communities.

Crucially, they also help to break the cycle of poverty across the region.

But The Prince’s Trust cannot support these young people alone. Only by working together with employers and local authorities can we raise their aspirations, transforming their lives for good.

By helping these young people today, we are breaking the cycle of poverty tomorrow. We are encouraging school leavers looking for new skills and a confidence boost this summer.

Visit princes-trust.org.uk/NCS to find out more.

David Beavis, Regional director for The Prince’s Trust in the North East

Notices ignored

IT is exhilarating to walk along Seaburn promenade on lovely June mornings and watch the dogs cavorting and relieving themselves on the beach.

There are notices prohibiting these cavortings, but the council obviously did not consider the possibility that some dog owners might be illiterate or perhaps visually impaired.

It would be more effective and hygienic if the notices prohibited small humans from using the beach.

B. McGill, South Bents

Thanks for service

NOW that the dust has settled on the local government elections, may I on behalf of the Sandhill Ward say a big thank-you to the two long-standing councillors, David Forbes and Jim Scott.

David Forbes retired this year and Jim Scott stood down before the end of his term due to ill health.

May I wish you both a long and happy retirement and thank you for all the years of dedicated service to the residents of the Sandhill Ward.

I only hope I can go on and emulate the commitment you both have given to the ward and to Sunderland City Council.

Coun John Gallagher, Chairman of Sandhill Ward