Everything in moderation

Regarding your editorial in The Star, March 21, why is it that today older people are being made to feel that their views, values and particular skills they were brought up with are outdated and wrong?

Tuesday, 3rd April 2018, 7:42 am
Updated Tuesday, 3rd April 2018, 7:46 am
Child using mobile phone

I use a computer and am not afraid of technology but everyone, especially the young, are becoming too dependent on this impersonal form of communication.

Along with modern technology and computer training the art of hand-writing and verbal communication should still be considered as important subjects to teach in schools as these skills will always be needed in whatever job one applies for.

Whenever I make one of my infrequent trips into the city or travel on public transport I am saddened to see all the zombie-like people glued to their mobiles as they look as though they have been brainwashed and hardly notice anything going on around them.

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It is also highly dangerous as they wander across roads still staring at their phones. They are missing out on so much and there is now clear documented evidence of the damage being done to health and sleep patterns by the over-use of mobiles and computer technology. In a few years when people’s health has been seriously affected I have no doubt that those who gave out warnings, including doctors and those who have carried out detailed investigations, will be proved right.

It would obviously be very difficult to do but restrictions need to be imposed on the use of all hi-tech gadgets, especially by young children, as we should not become too dependent on technology which can only be beneficial for us in the long term if used sensibly.

Surely everything in moderation is the answer.

Susan Richardson

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Problem tenants

I always look at the letters page in The Star first because some of the letters are amusing, but I like the one on March 19 from a concerned tenant. I also live next to a problem family, but as stated they always put them by the side of a good tenant thinking by doing so they might mend their ways.

My back garden is full of their garden rubbish, but I know better than to complain, as I am almost 90 years old. What good would it do? They do not listen.



I pay all my bills on time

I have paid all my bills on time, like thousands of other Sheffielders, and I am 92 years old in three weeks, and have saved all my life for my older years.

I am now to pay £88 per month from April 4. The increase is due to the scroungers in Sheffield, particularly the non-payers in Fulwood.

I request the council sends out court orders for bailiffs to demand all arrears or remove assets to the value owing in tax.

D Stevens


Have you been asleep?

P Kenny, (who’s he?), castigated Dan Jarvis on being selected as Labour candidate for South Yorkshire regional mayor as no more than a puppet of Barnsley Council, (Letters, March 27/3/18).

He goes on to say that he, along with Rotherham and Sheffield do not want to be dictated to by someone from Leeds or worse Barnsley. Has this P Kenny, whoever he is, been asleep for the past decade?

Rotherham? What a council record they have with still ongoing child sexual abuse etc,. Who would they put forward?

Sheffield? If believing daily reports, just on these pages alone, on how this particular Labour council treats its residents beggars belief, so who would they put forward?

People are no longer stupid and will now always vote for the best candidate as just proven. In this instance Dan Jarvis a very good Barnsley MP.

As I’ve stated previously if Sheffield councillors need training in ‘customer’ relations send them to Barnsley where I’m sure they could be trained up and not just in puppetry.

Terry Palmer

South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74

Diabetes nutrition

There is no one-size-fits all approach when it comes to making food choices, but it is important that people with diabetes, and those at risk of Type 2, are supported to choose the right foods for them to improve their health and quality of life. That’s why we have issued new Diabetes UK nutrition guidelines for healthcare professionals.

For the first time, the guidelines show how people with Type 2 diabetes might be able to achieve remission. Eating certain foods such as vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, fish, nuts and pulses can also help manage blood glucose levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. These foods are usually associated with the Mediterranean-style diet, but can be adapted to cultural and personal preferences.

Eating less red and processed meat, refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and rice, and drinking fewer sugar sweetened drinks, is also recommended.

Being active daily and achieving at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of exercise can help people with diabetes lead healthy lives, and prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes for those at risk.

We hope that the new guidelines will help people enjoy food, while making healthy choices and being more active. The nutrition guidelines are available at www.diabetes.org.uk/nutrition-guidelines.

Stephen Ryan

Head of the North at Diabetes UK


Litter picking may be put on the national curriculum for school kids.

After seeing kids on the school run chucking crisp wrappers and drink cans on the floor they obviously don’t know how to use bins. I don’t think putting it on the school timetable is a rubbish idea.

Jayne Grayson

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