Letters, Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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Voters – be careful what you wish for

ONE can hardly read the letters page in the Echo without at least one writer extolling the virtues of a certain right-wing political party whom they have decided is about to save this country from all its problems.

 Two prominent subjects appear on their election agenda – getting us out of Europe and immigration.

 Everybody has a right to voice their opinion about the EU, but immigration will always attract those to the far right in our political society who do not like the colour of another man’s skin.

 I have no doubt these two subjects will attract a lot of votes.

 This party must have other matters on its election manifesto, which we never hear much about.

  Whenever I hear extreme right-wing politicians talking, I am reminded of a German churchman, who wrote about his experiences during the Nazi occupation of this country.

 I quote: “First they came for the Jews, and I said nothing. Next they came for the communists, again I said nothing. Then they came for the Catholics and I did not speak out because I was a Protestant Minister. Finally they came for me but by that time there was no one left to speak up on my behalf.”

 My message is be careful who you vote for.

AA Kelly

Business losing out

THE new campus will be good for Sunderland City Centre, but not for all small businesses.

 I was sad to learn that Delights, of which I am a regular customer, is to close.

 The lady informed me that the business has not been allocated a new unit in the campus. Park Lane news has and the e-cigs store is to move next to Boots.

 Delights has built up a nice little customer base but no thought has been given to its business.

 Change happens, but it’s a shame Delights has to lose out.

D Swann

Caligula was right

WHEN you see the trouble Government Ministers and local councillors get in to with their expenses one can quite understand why, in Ancient Rome, Caligula made his horse a Consul. More sense and less expenditure.

John Coltman

Thornhill

Searching for Jim

I AM trying to get in touch with a person I used to work with in 1984.

 He worked at a supermarket in Forest Hall, called Laws Stores.

 This person left before me. His name is Jim and he used to come to work on a motorbike.

 He was a great workmate and friend. He used to live at 24 Wessex Close, Witherwack.

 He was a good mate. I now work at the Co-op supermarket at Seaton Deleval, near Blyth.

 If anyone knows of his whereabouts, text or phone me, on 07599 906920.

 I would love to hear from him.

Gordon Ruffell,

45 Bowman Drive,

Fordley,

Cramlington,

Northumberland