Letters, Friday, August 24th, 2012

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Intolerance is threat to society

ON Saturday, August 11, National Front protesters held a demo which I found very offensive and racist. Their banners were highly discriminative and insulting to many Muslims as they were “No Muslims” and “No mosques”.

The group must be stopped legally as I believe the law of the land does not allow for any person/groups to insult or cause tension to other residents.

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion; freedom to belief either alone or as a community in public or private. The only restraints to such freedom is as prescribed by law as are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of public safety, for the protection of public order, morals, rights and freedom of others.

All rights and freedoms of an individual are secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with national minority, property, birth or other status.

Britain is a multicultural society where the majority of people integrate and interact with each other with great respect. However, a handful of people are now trying to divide the communities. Today it is the Muslims; tomorrow it could be any other religion.

The authorities should pay attention to this matter because it is a serious threat for the peace and harmony of the society.

Finally, the message I would like to send out is that I endeavour to have zero racism in Sunderland and “together we unite” to defend our rights and freedom from such organisations as the NF and the BNP.

Tahir Khan, Chairman, Unity Organisation

Games success

I GATHERED from contact with home that the 2012 Olympic Games were a huge success. Medals won by Team GB started to flow with some pace shortly after I had left for Asia.

With the closing ceremony starting at around 4am local time, I missed the extravaganza. I had to make do with local media, international press and, always a must for any business traveller, BBC World Service and CNN.

The BBC, naturally very enthusiastic, reported the games a huge success from start to finish. CNN and the rest of the world, however, seemed to have other views. The Olympic Programme, established to brand the Olympics allegedly led to boycotts, doping, bribery and terrorism, one reporter stated. Where was the evidence of that in London? TOP is not our making; every host nation has that to deal with and I understand we did it as well as anyone else has.

We were accused of using the games merely to paper over the cracks in our society. We were to ask ourselves why we went ahead with the games after last year’s riots? The balances of the economy and youth unemployment are two other supposed factors why the games ought to have been abandoned. There were a lot more criticisms, too many to list.

I suspect the green-eyed monster of jealousy is having a pop at GB because, as usual, no one does it like we do. Winston Churchill once said: “The British are the only people who like to be told how bad things are.”

I don’t suppose the athletes who performed so well in the arenas of competition and the 70,000 plus volunteers who perhaps performed even better would agree with him. Well done to them all and I suggest that once again we let the rest of the world go and whistle.

Dr Mick Thurlbeck

Right to die

IT is with great sadness that I heard that Tony Nickelson had died. My heart goes out to his family at this sad time.

I supported his wish to die. I find it incredible that the law courts threw out his case to die. He had been pursuing the legal right for a doctor to intervene to end his indignity and to have a common law defence of necessity against any murder charge.

This is a hugely complex subject and is certainly an emotive one. Tony had had a terrible stroke seven years ago which left him with locked-in syndrome. His only way of contact was by face expressions. Was that any way for a human being to live?

Tony wanted help to end his life. Why couldn’t the law help him instead of sitting on the fence and saying there was no legal precedent in law?

I think that in this day and age we should find one. How we can help a murderer like Ian Brady stay alive by feeding him liquids (he has been on hunger strike for the past 13 years)? It’s beyond belief. I honestly believe it is a person’s right to euthanasia if, as with Tony Nickelson, that person has no life.

Scott Andrews, Wilkinson Terrace, Ryhope

Dodging traffic

WITH the roadworks at the Wheatsheaf the nearest pedestrian crossing seems to be near Dundas Street or further up near the hairdresser’s. On Sunday there was a number of people crossing from Dunn House towards Roker Avenue, dodging the traffic – even a lady with a pushchair.

Alan Ramsey, Brookbank Close, Sunderland

Career politicians

AN example of the typical behaviour and pathetic excuses of this Tory, Blair, Thatcherite New Labour council (so-called Labour Party).

No expense spared – flights, taxis, rail travel, wages etc. The wages structure needs a 50 per cent cut.

These quotations spring to mind....

“The Commons (council) faithful to their system remained in a wise and masterly inactivity”. Sir James Mackintosh (but never about their jollies, perks, wages pensions etc.).

“It is not fit that you should sit here any longer! .... You should now give place to better men.” – Speech to the Rump Parliament, January 22, 1654, by Oliver Cromwell.

Paraphrasing Horace: “You have played enough, you have eaten and drunk enough – now is the time for you to depart.” – Roman poet Horace.

“Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many, for appointment by the corrupt few.” – George Bernard Shaw.

“Politics have no relation to morals.” –Niccolo Machiavelli.

“Do as we say, and not as we do.” – Giovanni Boccacio.

“There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.” – Will Rogers.

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” – Aesop.

Get rid of the career politicians.

Mr W. N. Laws, Hazelwood Gardens, Harraton, Washington

Search Party

I WOULD like to make contact in some way with an old friend that I bumped into several weeks ago.

Her name is Doris Drummond, and she is probably about 82 years old now.

If she could contact me by post I would be very grateful.

Mr B. P. Rafferty, Ralph Avenue, Hollycarrside, Sunderland SE2 0DR

I WOULD like to hear from anyone who knows of a Sheila Sproat or any descendants.

Sheila worked in a bottle factory in the 1960s and lived at 30 Baltic Terrace, Hendon.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Shaun Davison Tel. 07756 797718/07950 758097

I AM looking for my half-sister, Tina Louise Waites, born in Fulford, York, in 1971. I was born in Fulford in 1954.

I know she had a son, Jordan Lee Waites, who was born in Sunderland May 1998.

Patricia (nee Naylor and then Waites) and Peter M Edwards, married in Selby in 1980.

Dermot Waites, 44 Whinfell Drive, Scotforth, Lancaster LA1 4PB Tel. 01524 63803

I AM looking for Brenda Morton, formerly of Grindon, who used to have a drink in the Norfolk and was a barmaid in the North Moor, Farringdon, in the late 50s.

Lester Smith, 14 Mill View, West Boldon. Tel. 536 0178