Letters, Monday, March 24, 2014

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Trust needed over expenses claims

I AM totally shocked by Council leader Paul Watson’s comments on the expenses claim of Councillor Neville Pagett.

 He seems more concerned by councillors under-claiming than investigating an expenses claim that is 32 per cent of the total amount claimed by all 75 councillors.

 I think he should take the time to ask the people of Sunderland which one concerns them the most.

 We need to trust that the best use is made of our hard-earned money, and if councillors choose to pay expenses out of their own pocket, I say well done to them, as it shows a real commitment to the people of Sunderland.

 This should not be used to deflect the attention away from the real issue and is a bit of an insult to our intelligence to try to do that.

 This is something people will remember when it comes to election time.

Stewart Ferguson

Pronunciation of the years is wrong

IT has come to my notice that I am hearing various ways of pronouncing the years for this century, and one of these pronunciations is most defenitely incorrect.

 Some people are under the misapprehension that the year is 2,014 mainly due to misinformed people in the public domain who should have a greater knowledge than the ordinary man in the street.

 These ‘knowledgeable’ folk can be heard on radio and even on the television.

 In fact, one chap wrote into a national paper stating that the year must be 2,014 because people have been saying 2,002, 2,003 etc.

 Well can I put people right in stating that the year is 2014.

 I mean, can you imagine that the First World War started in 1,914 instead of 1914?

 That our gracious Queen Victoria passed away in the year of 1,902 instead of 1902? Sane people would laugh at the these statements – rightly so you will say.

 Should you think: “Well it was the year 2,000 and using that format sounds just fine.”

 I will ask you this: “Did William The Conqueror invade in 1,066? Not likely. It was 1066 as every schoolboy worth his salt will know this, if history lessons go back that far these days that is.

Alan ‘The Quill’ Vincent,

Old Penshaw

Such caring staff

MANY, many thanks to the two off-duty female nurses and the off-duty male paramedic who came to my assistance when I fell in Roker Park on Thursday, March 13, injuring my back.

 You called the ambulance and waited with me, always checking my condition.

 I am so embarrassed that I cannot remember your names, but thank you so much for everything you did for me. Also a big thank you to the Royal Hospital staff, from porters to x-ray staff, to nurses and doctors. You were all so caring and compassionate and totally professional.

 I can’t thank you all enough. We have the best health service in the world – let’s hope we can manage to keep it.

 Once again, thank you all so much.

Joseph Anderson