Letters, Friday, April 20th, 2012

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Back to principles of 40s and 50s

I AGREE with the recent letter from an OAP who wrote that life is good for old folk in 2012.It was good to see that at least one pensioner recognises what the various governments have handed out over the last couple of generations.

The irony is that many folk have an ill-conceived idea that all pensioners are poor and have to live with no heating or little hot water. The fact is that there are many rich pensioners on Wearside and good luck to them. They must have worked hard and invested their money wisely. After all, everyone who was born healthy and did not come from a privliged background was born with the same chance in life.

However, there appears to be a huge divide between the OAP who arrives at Sainsburys in a Jag and another turns up in a headscarf pushing a tartan shopping trolley. I really do not see why the richer of the two should lose out with inheritance tax while the one who is less fortunate claims more benefits.

However, it’s the ones with less money that seem to spend it all on drinking in clubs and buying roll-ups, hanging around in betting shops and then complain that they have no money and the Government should do something about it.

The point is people have no pride these days. In the 50s you would see women kneeling down and cleaning a front door step – “whitening” is what they called it in those days. It was a social error if you did not do this, because the people did not have much but what they did have was pride.

When was the last time anyone saw someone cleaning a doorstep on Wearside in 2012? Probably never because it just doesn’t happen these days. However, things will not improve until folk stop moaning and we as a society go back to basics and use the principles of the 40s and 50s.

Mick “The Pen” Brown

Noisy patient

FOLLOWING my recent stay on Ward D46 at Sunderland Royal Hospital, I applaud all staff who were involved in my care.

However, the only thing to mar my experience was the incessant chatter of a fellow patient directed across to the patient opposite.

In all my recent admissions there has always been one selfish person spouting loudly irrespective of other patients who only require a little peace and quiet some of the time after returning from theatre.

So please do be more considerate towards other patients, visitors and staff as we do not all like the sound of your voice as you obviously do.

J. Bennett, Fulwell

Recyling query

COULD someone from Cleansing Department please tell me why I am bothering to keep my rubbish separate, washing out my cans and jars?

I’ve even been persuaded to have a water meter fitted to save water.

I put my bins out this week, blue for paper, jars, cans etc, green for household rubbish, only to see one cleansing truck put both bins into the same vehicle.

It may have been a one-off, I don’t check, but if I see it again this will be a green bin household. I will recycle nothing.

A. Pollitt, Mere Knolls Road, Fulwell

Centre update

AN update on the proposed Pakistani Islamic Centre on St Mark’s Road. Planning Oficers had advised them to withdraw their proposal as it was felt that the Planning Committee could not approve the application as it is. However the possibility of a new revised application was left open.

I hope all involved will see sense and realise this proposed centre is not suitable for a large, populated, built-up area such as this one.

You have homes right next to the council garage on St Mark’s Road/Earl Street and homes partly behind it in Arrol Park. There is an Aldi superstore at the other side of the site and opposite Aldi there is the large St Mark’s Nursing Home.

I now hope they will make a real genuine effort to find a more suitable site which would not have such a heavy impact on residents, homes and surrounding roads.

I’m sure there will be other sites away from built-up areas which will be more fitting and a more respectful place for such a large important building for the Pakistanl community to use.

Philip Thompson, Sunderland

Plant folklore

I AM conducting a survey of the folklore and uses of wild plants, and I would be pleased to hear of any memories which readers might have.

Were you ever told not to bring certain flowers indoors? Do you remember any local plant names? Did you ever play games with wild plants, or use any herbal remedies?

Thank you for any help.

Roy Vickery, 9 Terrapin Court, London, SW17 8QW Email: vickery330@btinternett.com