Letters, Monday, December 8, 2014

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Window display is losing festive spirit

WHO has seen this year’s fabled Fenwick’s window?

 To some it marks the start of the festive period and Christmas shopping bonanza.

 Over the past couple of years, there have been murmurings that Fenwick’s may have to abandon its tradition for fear of offence.

 My argument would be – barring the obvious – the offerings of 2013 with wintry fairy tales, including Jack Frost, had little to do with Christmas – though still exacted the spirit of the season. Therefore, how could that possibly be interpreted as offensive?

 This year, however, the people behind the window, have gone a little further – losing a little of the magic, if I’m honest.

 Alice in Wonderland is spectacular, though could have been unveiled at any time of the year.

 While, in the quest to make Alice appear eternally youthful, not to mention as odd as her surroundings, the makers have clearly taken Barry Manilow’s new face as inspiration.

 Next time you see the pictures on social network sites, just notice what I mean.

G Engel,

High Barnes

Funding increased

ONCE again, Ged Taylor allows left wing rhetoric to rule his view on the NHS (December 2).

 He claims the Government is cutting NHS spending, when, in fact, it has increased NHS funding by £12.7billion and is increasing this immediately by a further £2billion – some cut.

 What about other investments in the NHS in Sunderland in particular.

 The new 140-bed hospital in Ryhope, first promised in 2004, has now been delivered at a cost of £52million.

 There was also the £10million 24-bed unit built at Monkwearmouth Hospital.

 It will be claimed these were promised by Labour. Promised but not delivered, that is the difference.

 There is the multi million improvement scheme to the Sunderland Royal’s accident and emergency unit, which will be staffed by an additional five medical staff, 25 adult nursing staff and five paediatric nursing staff.

 We have had a £6million investment at The Royal Hospital to construct a multi-storey car park. This has allowed the NHS to hire thousands more doctors, nurses, midwives and GPs to look after patients.

Alan Wright,

High Barnes

We are not amused

I WOULD like to complain about the amount of shop workers wearing Santa Claus hats. I think that it looks ridiculous and childish.

 These people are there to work not to amuse the public.

 You see them all over the place and they really think that they look cool and trendy – well they don’t.

 I really don’t know what the world is coming to.

 This didn’t happen in the 1950s and 60s. Folk had more important things to think about than wearing a Santa’s hat.

Mick, The Pen, Brown