The kindness of strangers

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Last week I went out on my mobility scooter to Graves Park. When I got there, it ran out of power.

I went to a house and they took me in and gave me a cup of tea, then ran me to my house to get my charger and very kindly charged it up for me. I offered payment but they would not take it.

I was lucky I knocked on that door. I was panicking. I wanted to thank them for their kindness to me. I was lucky at last. Not had much luck in my life.

Clive Grant

Sheffield

Comical advert

Coming through my letter box must surely be the most comical ad of all time from our Sheffield city council.

For it says, don’t bury your head in the sand when it comes to money, but contact the council to find tips on budgeting, debt and saving money too, and lots more.

But who are they to tell us, the Sheffield population, on how to save money when they cannot for the life of them save or look after the council money which comes out of the Sheffield people’s pockets?

Pete Godfrey

Stocksbridge

Economic consequences

I write in response to the Star letter, (April 21), of Cyril Olsen, a “supporter of Labour for the past 60 years”, as he puts it, extolling the virtues of unelected Tory Prime Minister Theresa May.

What is it with the older generation and Brexit, that leaving Europe seems to be of paramount importance to them?

With the greatest of respect, it is not they who will have to live with the long-term economic consequences of this decision.

Is it not ironic that so many dyed-in-the-wool lifelong Labour supporters, who may well have raised a glass at the demise of Margaret Thatcher four years ago, are now championing someone who, in terms of her appearance, mannerisms and policies, seems to be the spitting image of the Iron Lady?

Can anyone tell me when the Conservative party primarily stood up for the interests of working-class people in post-industrial towns in the north of England?

Mr Olsen speaks of Mrs May’s opponents not wishing to “abide by the democratic majority leave vote”, while omitting to mention that the advocates of Brexit failed to accept a majority of more than two-thirds for staying in Europe back in 1975.

In a democratic system, political parties are at liberty to propose their own policies in their election manifestos, and if they win votes by doing so, then that is “the will of the people”.

No voter is bound indefinitely by a decision they might have taken in the past, otherwise MPs, once elected, would be in office for life, or at least as long as they wished to remain in Parliament.

In essence, the electorate are entitled to change their minds as and when circumstances change.

They are as much at liberty to review their previous decision in a referendum as in a General Election.

One Parliament cannot bind its successor.

There is nothing undemocratic about the Liberal Democrats, or any other party, standing on a platform of opposing Brexit.

It is for the voters to decide whether that is what they want, bearing in mind that there will be a crop of 18-year-olds now able to cast their ballots in the forthcoming election, who were too young to do so one year ago for the referendum.

Research suggests that as many as three-quarters of that age group have pro-European views.

The Brexit camp seem to use the term “democratic vote” rather selectively.

NP Johnson

Sheffield

Whitworth and the news

I have enjoyed recent letters about the Star’s national news coverage and what your readers enjoy about the newspaper.

A number of the letters have praised your cartoonist but still complain about the lack of national news.

Surely Whitworth covers national as well as regional topics?

His cartoons about the upcoming election have been superb and I particularly enjoyed today’s about the NHS and its use of agency staff.

Perhaps the answer is to have a page that covers the main national topics?

Whether this is included or not, I continue to enjoy The Star and feel that it has improved significantly over the past year.

I love Whitworth, local stories and features.

Keep up the good work.

PS – My daughter and I continue to love the Steels strip on a Saturday.

We just wish there was more than one a week!

Alice Broomhead

East Bank Road, Sheffield 2

Looking good for the region

I would just like to congratulate both Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers on their respective promotions.

Let’s hope Sheffield Wednesday can make it a hat-trick for South Yorkshire. What with Yorkshire CCC getting off to a good start, along with the Sheffield Tigers and Sheffield Eagles, plus the Sharks and Hatters having relative success, it’s all looking good for the region.

Ted Fowler

by email

I kid you not EB Warris

Dear EB Warris, why I wonder don’t you put your brain into operation and take a look at why our council is closing down so many toilets, not only in the city centre but also in all our parks.

It’s because of the ne’er-do-wells who on a daily basis leave behind spent needles which, as so often happens, are picked up by someone’s offspring, barely five or six years old!

I kid you not EB Warris, it most certainly does happen, far too often too. Especially in our city’s recreational parks. Not much fun either when someone’s pet poodle treads on a needle, for that’s the end of the poodle, and it’s still happening too in such places as Ecclesall Woods and Wharncliffe Woods to mention but a few.

That’s why all our toilets are closing down and rightly so. And I shouldn’t at all wonder, if our train companies shut down their toilets as the druggies leave behind all manner of needles for unsuspecting passengers to walk on.

Pete Godfrey

Stocksbridge

It’s hard hats in the air

I see the City of Sheffield’s new retail quarter is well under way with men and machines working to make it all happen, so it’s hard hats in the air for the guys on the site.

EB Warris

by email

Motorway madness

Just a thought, but is there no way traffic can be diverted off Junction 34 to Grange Mill Lane and a road sent through the coking plant to take traffic up to Junction 35 and the Manchester Road? This would stop the use of the hard shoulder.

FH

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