Letters, Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

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Shameful policies of the Coalition

THE Government and councils who cow-tow to them ought to hang their heads in shame, when I read or hear about the sheer misery and the policies against people who have no chance to defend themselves.

There are people like the old lady who can’t walk, feed herself or clean herself. She has been evicted from her care home and her mobility help taken from her. The excuse given is, in their opinion, she doesn’t come into the category of needing the care she has been receiving. How in God’s name the powers that be can suddenly come to that conclusion is beyond me.

There’s the man who, having saved his country and being crippled on duty, has suddenly been relieved of his mobility allowance because he can struggle a few yards. He has been through hell and back and is being ostracised for fighting through and making a reasonable life for himself, as are many of our heroes who we owe a lot to.

These are just a couple of examples of what is happening throughout the country to people who are dependent on this country and the Government who are condemning these people to be just a burden on the healthy and young. They are made to feel that they are the main reason for the money troubles of this country.

This policy is abhorrent and cowardly by people who ought to hang their heads in shame. How they can sleep at night is beyond me.

I’ve never “hated” anyone in my life, but my outlook toward this Coalition Government is bringing me very close. The worst thing is they are so adamant that what they are doing is “right”. God help us – they must live in their own little cuckoo land with no understanding of real life.

Colin Wasey, Wayman Street, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland

Post returned

I HAVE just been reading about your correspondent’s “mail misery”(Echo, May 2) and just can’t believe the incompetence of the Royal Mail as the following will explain.

I posted a birthday card to an address in Kendal on Thursday, April 18, full addressed, legibly written with the post code included and with a first-class stamp on the top right-hand corner and, on the back of the envelope, a small sticker with my name and address on it.

Everything done by the so-called guidelines. The next thing that happened – on Saturday, April 30, the postman delivered the self-same card through my letter box. This is the second time this has happened to me. The first time I went to the head post office in town to ask how and why and was told “Delivery has got nothing to do with us as we are only the agents”.

I find it unbelievable that a letter correctly addressed with “To” in larger writing above the address can be delivered back to the address on the little sticker on the back of the envelope.

I fully intend taking this up with the Head Postmaster, and I will include photos of the front and back of the said envelope, and I bet the excuse will be “it’s the computer” and a book of second-class stamps in an apology if I’m lucky.

George McCarthy, Portsmouth Road, Pennywell, Sunderland

Amnesty event

WEARSIDE Amnesty International Group invites the public to join them in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Amnesty International at a tree-planting at Sunderland Minster at 10.30am on Saturday, May 28.

British lawyer Peter Benenson had read about two Portuguese students who had been sentenced to seven years in prison for raising their glasses in a “toast to freedom”.

This prompted him to write an article entitled “The Forgottten Prisoners”, which appeared in The Observer on May 28, 1961. Amnesty was born out of the huge response to that article.

Today Amnesty has grown into a huge organisation whose campaigning work is acknowledged worldwide.

For more information about the event on May 28, tel. 525 0093.

Steve Newman, Secretary, Wearside Amnesty International Group

Village decline

WHEN I arrived in Hetton 56 years ago to get married, I found it to be a lovely friendly town.

What is it now? A run-down ill-kept place where the town centre is run by teenage yobs who are hell bent on destroying everything that is put in place to smarten the town centre up.

Flower beds destroyed, young trees broken, security lights smashed, bus shelters vandalised and people intimidated.

Where are the police, the CPOs? Are the CCTV cameras working or are they just there for show?

So, town people, if you know these yobs, let the police etc. know and let us get Hetton back to the place it used to be.

P. Warren