Deep joy in the rain

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Its a Bank Holiday Monday in Malin Bridge and the rainwater is gurgling down me downpipe just like me life.

Most of the neighbours are sleeping late after yesterday’s Bacchanalia while a Bouncy Castle truck breaks me reverie, the only thing that’s bouncing round here are the raindrops.

A rainy day in Loxley Bottoms where the world ends in the mist that shrouds the heights of Walkley Bank. Oh deep joy, I can watch the Championship Play Off Final or immerse me self in the meeja fest over the Manchester Atrocity, the General Election or would- be holiday makers holding back the tears at IT-locked airports.

Coming soon to this Blessed Isle is a novel way of rending our mortal remains into something inexpensive and environmentally-friendly – a few spins in an akaline solution and a final rinse is all it takes.

Oh deep joy, roll on Tuesday.

Ron Clayton

Rue Morgue, S6

RD

Sheffield

Happy to do U-turns

If you really believe the EU is responsible for everything that is wrong in this country, then don’t cast your vote for Theresa May.

It will not happen; she will not deliver. Her main aim is to destroy UKIP by stating that their job is done.

So, if you’re no longer a UKIP voter, be prepared for big disappointments.

Theresa is only doing “what’s in the best interest for this country”, which could mean anything and not quite what you have in mind.

She’s happy to do “U-turns”: are you?

Danny Piermattei

Stannington, Sheffield

Nightmare continues

Throughout history there has been a tide of people who instinctively know right from wrong, these people have fought injustices, prejudices and cruelty. Without their strength, resilience and determination to civilise the views and actions of the mainstream, the world we live in would be a hopeless and grim place.

Slavery, racism and misogyny would be the acceptable norm. There would be no wildlife left to amaze, no free roam of the countryside and our woodlands would be extinct.

Most people, I believe, are good at heart and just want a ‘quiet, hassle-free life,’ so are content to sit back and watch the horror show go by.

Many are consumed with the act of surviving, emotionally, financially... But some others are driven by greed, their insecurities quashed by having more than the next person. Then there are those empowered by bullying. They target anyone they identify as weak, being perhaps not part of the crowd or just ‘different,’ culturally, physically, mentally... Because of this there is always a resistance to social progress and individuals continue to suffer. Change is slow and can come at a heavy price as injustices create hysteria which can result in acts of violence.

Many Sheffielders do not like to identify with what the media has labelled as ‘The Tree Protesters.’ They stereotype them as weak, weird or ‘up in the clouds.’ However, I believe the majority of the population of Sheffield do appreciate and even love the trees that disguise and embellish our bland and ugly urban environment. Yet they are afraid to speak out not wanting to be perceived by their peers, as weak (like a tree hugger).

But in spite of the prejudices and the bullying, The Sheffield Tree Action Group will carry on, knowing in their hearts that it’s a terrible crime to destroy our beautiful street trees.

They will strive to fight against the greed of those who are generating huge amounts of money from the desecration of our urban environment and our conservation areas. They will go forth to educate the public, to inform them of the gifts that urban trees bequeath; mental and physical health, cleaner air, quieter roads, an arena for wildlife etc. They will remind Sheffield City Council that trees are alive with birds, mammals and insects and to destroy them is in opposition to international government policies of conservation and diversity.

Today I heard the heart- breaking news that some more stunning trees were being butchered.

I promptly set off, (my dog keenly accompanying me), to confront whatever it is that’s driving these people to commit such atrocities. Ironically it was so hot that I had to retreat into the shade of a tree-lined road, then go home, fearing my dog would overheat.

Last night I read that a six-year-old girl was in tears and couldn’t sleep because the conker trees on her road had been hacked into oblivion. When will Sheffield City council wake up and this nightmare end?

G Stubbs

Nether Edge

Proud to be British

There is now just over a week to go until the General Election. The Brexit negotiations, the housing crisis and the pressures on the NHS and the adult social care system are undoubtedly key issues but I hope though that some of the more global issues are not left behind.

For example spending 0.7 per cent of national income on aid in order to comply with our legal obligations like the sustainable development goals is important to voters like me. Foreign aid promotes our national security too as poverty creates extremism and we all can see how aid saves precious lives.

I am proud that in 2015 the UK joined 195 other nations to agree urgent global action on climate change. Dangerous climate change is a threat to millions of people around the world and global climate change has the potential to affect the UK too. More lives will be lost in the UK during hot periods and we are likely to see more instability and poverty in the world as a consequence of dangerous climate change which will impact on UK interests. I believe Britain is a tolerant, progressive and out ward-looking country and therefore feel these values should be part of any trade deals and our foreign policy, so that we remain welcoming and committed to dealing with the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet fairly. For me this includes creating greater transparency and fairness in global financial markets and having a fairer asylum policy.

In short I would like our MPs to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change here in the UK but globally too. We are strong enough to help people at home and abroad, this is in our national DNA and what makes me proud to be British.

Mr L Farrington

Sheffield, S6

Armed police officers

I was walking behind armed officers in town today, up the Moor, hands on guns, ready if needed. I don’t know how I feel about it, I suppose it acts as reassurance to us all going about our lives but I don’t like it at all. I think it’s great our police are not armed but maybe they all will be very soon.

Jayne Grayson

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