Letters, Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Very best of luck to Senora Trust

SO thousands of pounds are needed to rescue a century-old yacht, so that it can be brought to Sunderland’s seafront and renovated (Sunderland Echo, March 5).

 The story sounds vaguely familiar. I wonder if the Senora Trust at Roker Marina is aware as to what happened to the ship City of Adelaide?

 The City of Adelaide (C of A) was built on Wearside, kicked out of Scotland, and finished up in Australia.

 However, the yacht Senora was built on the Isle of Bute in Scotland. How ironic and indeed compassionate that the Senora Trust at Roker Marina wants to rescue a Scottish vessel, after the fiasco that we had with the C of A (it’s coming, it’s not coming, we are getting it, we are not getting it).

 Would the trust not have a better chance of rescuing the Senora by taking it to Hartlepool?

 The people of Hartlepool appear to have a true affection for old sea vessels (that’s if the HMS Warrior and the Trincomalee are anything to go by), where as Sunderland could not give two hoots.

 Well perhaps one hoot – Scarf (Sunderland City of Adelaide Recovery Foundation) did try to save the Adelaide.

 As cynical as this letter appears, I do wish the Senora Trust well, and the very best of luck.

R Tominson,


Roosevelt quote still applies today

THE following statement is attributed to one of the greatest men of the 20th century.

 “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little,” Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

 I believe this statement applies today, just as much as it applied in his time. More so when our Conservative-led Government’s record is scrutinised.

 In particular, I refer to the tax cuts to the rich and well-off, while cutting benefits to the poor, vulnerable, sick and disabled.

 I ask you to read again FDR’s statement before you vote this May.

D Robe,


Clean-up idea not really that bright

WHO was the person or persons who suggested that the children of Dubmire Primary School would have a great day out looking for and spraying orange paint on the dog dirt in Elba Park, which the workers would later clean up?

 Are they not aware of the numerous diseases that dog dirt carries?

 It can cause toxocariasis, which is caused by a microscopic worm, that can lead to stomach pains, sickness and headaches and in some cases to blindness, along with many other dangerous diseases.

 The spores of this disease would be in the grass surrounding the “dirt” and would be picked up on the children’s footwear and clothes – so unless precautions were taken, it could lead to goodness knows what.

 So to these people and irresponsible dog owners who allow their dogs to dirty the park, you could be causing suffering to children. I suggest you think again about your bright idea, which is not really that bright after all, and to the dog owners, stop and think it could be your children or grandchildren who play in the park.

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