Letters, Friday, November 25th, 2011

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Coal could still be the answer

IN this day and age when scientific knowledge is so advanced, surely we could use the biggest of our resources for power and perhaps transport. That resource is coal. We are sitting on the answer to exorbitant prices in the oil industry.

Before the environmental and world-saving activists jump on my comments, may I say that, to my knowledge, oil is just a liquified type of coal. Both have the same make-up as regards their content. Engines have been run on very finely powdered coal, coal dust is very highly explosive, as is petrol and oil products.

Why can’t we take advantage of this fuel and not be dependent on the oil producers who can hold sway on the economies of countries not as fortunate to have oil resources available?

I remember when North Sea oil was found and the interest this brought, how it was going to make the UK independent in fuel supply and living, wealth and prosperity to us for decades. Not so – the supply was limited and a big percentage was used in trade. This did not help and the dream came to an end.

Atomic power stations seem to be preferred by governments as a cleaner source of power. That’s as maybe, but if something goes wrong the real damage to the environment would be devastating, not in the short term but over decades.

The turbine power source brings another environmental problem. For the sake of small output in each turbine we will make the countryside look like a giant pin cushion, if it was the main producer of power. Not a pretty sight.

There would also be a great boost to the unemployment problem if coal was brought back into the mix. Any governments need not be worried about the power held by miners as in the old days – those days are gone – but the fact remains that using coal would help the UK in the independence of fuelling the nation and creating vast employment to boost economy.

Colin S. Wasey, Zetland Square, Monkwearmouth

Cafe closure

COULD the council tell the customers of Ell’s Kitchen why they are closing this cafe down?

The staff of this shop have built this business up from nothing to a really thriving business.

The hospital staff find the shop is really reasonable with the prices of their food and there is always a very good selection to chose from. Also it is on the doorstep for them.

The shop has been trading now for nearly four years.

They have had visits from Health and Hygiene and they passed those with flying colours, receiving a five-star certificate.

The council says that the owner does not have a hot food licence. Well, it has taken them four years to find that out, so somebody hasn’t been doing their job properly.

Does the council realise it is putting five working mothers out of jobs and they are going to have another shop closed?

Do you not think Sunderland has enough empty shops? Also there is enough unemployed people in Sunderland without adding to it.

The council also says it has had complaints from residents about the smell from the cafe and also the cars parking outside. When the residents have been asked about this no one has made any complaints.

I think the council is being very unreasonable.

A Disgusted Customer, (Name and address supplied)

Rock buy-out

WELL, Mr Branson has bought Northern Rock. Who is supposed to be happy about that? The Rock had to be bailed out courtesy of the taxpayer, then they lose out yet again because it has gone for a lot less than the Government paid for it.

If people think that they will benefit, think again. Talk is cheap, very cheap, from someone who has many millions of pounds. Maybe he’s a billionaire – who knows? Who cares?

The Rock will be a business like everything else Branson has. It will be run for profit, nothing less, nothing more. Even though he got the Rock at a lower price he still wants what he wants. The man with the Midas touch. Where is the money going that has bought the Rock? Will the taxpayer benefit? This should be theirs, surely?

B. Crute, Cleveland Road, High Barnes

Service let-down

WHAT a disappointment Seaham Armistice Service was for all of the people who turned out to remember our heroes. There was no tannoy system available, therefore we could not hear a word that was being said. This was particularly annoying when the Cadets stood up to say their words. Friends and relations so proud and badly let down.

At the firework display you couldn’t bear the noise, yet for the service not a sound.

Seaham Town Council, put a bit more thought into next year’s arrangement.

E. Jones, Seaham

Timely message

WHILE the disagreement between Brodie Clark of the UK Border Agency and Teresa May continues, may I furnish a declaration by Theodore Roosevelt to the U.S. Congress:

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birth place, or origin.

“But this is predicated upon the persons becoming in every facet an American and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is loyalty to the American people”.

Now I ask Echo readers to substitute “British” where you read “American” and this just sums up what we should expect here in the UK from immigrants – no half-measures.

One day the Government, whoever it may be, will have to face up to the greatest single issue affecting our democracy, and that is unsupervised, illegal immigration.

Mr M. J. McCarthy, Sunderland

Welcome column

I WAS pleased to see that Linda Colling’s column of Friday, November 17, was devoted to our military personnel who have suffered very serious physical and mental injury in zones of conflict in different parts of the world.

I was particularly pleased to see a mention given to the important work done by the forces charity Combat Stress. In a small way I have supported Combat Street for many years. It was set up to help injured service men and women as long ago as 1919.

On a near daily basis we hear, through fleeting news bulletins, of death and injury to British soldiers serving in Afghanistan, but I sometimes wonder if our thoughts for the injured and the problems they can face on return to civilian life extend much beyond an actual news bulletin.

I believe Linda’s column of Friday past did much to rectify that deficit.

Mary Metcalfe, Warwick Drive, Sunderland

Kind gesture

ON Monday, November 7, our local fish shop, Fence Houses Golden Fry, had its Poppy collecting box stolen.

After reporting the theft to the police they were visited by offers and their CCTV footage viewed.

The police said that there was no convincing evidence seen on the footage and that there would probably be no further action taken.

On hearing this the management at the Golden Fry made a donation of £50 to the Poppy Appeal out of their own pockets.

On behalf of Dubmire Royal British Legion Branch I would like to thank them for their very kind gesture of this donation. Again many, many thanks.

G. Little, Branch Poppy Organiser, The Royal British Legion, Dubmire Branch, Britannia Terrace, Fence Houses