Have we lost caring nature?

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TODAY we open up a debate about whether or not we have lost our caring nature.

Reporter Molly Lynch has been prompted to ask that question after a personal experience left her distressed all day. It may sound trivial, to some, but perhaps her experience was symptomatic of a general problem of the loss of a caring nature in our communities.

She fell on a pavement on her way to work, bumping her head. But as she lay on the pavement, three lads just walked by without even bothering to ask if she was all right.

It has prompted Molly and us to ask whether we still care.

Her experience follows a report published in this newspaper earlier this month that revealed that more than 40 per cent of us would ignore a burglar alarm if we heard it ringing.

Of course there are people who still care. Take the case of taxi driver Mick Sheldon who delayed his start to work to venture out in the ice and snow recently to do an elderly passenger’s shopping, rather than let her run the risk of falling and injuring herself.

Patricia Crawshaw was so grateful for Mick’s good deed that she wrote to his bosses at Mercury Taxis to thank him.

And that is sometimes all we are looking for. A good deed can cost as little as us giving up some of our time to help people.

Molly wants to start a crusade to keep community spirit alive, and we support her. So watch out over the next few days to learn how you can tell us good neighbourliness is alive and kicking. Start off by having your vote on the issue on our website at www.the.star.co.uk

Arsonists put lives at risk

There was precious little good neighbourliness around on one of the city’s streets after a thug decided to set fire to a property leaving a young family trapped inside and in fear of their lives.

The terrified family, including three young children and a newborn baby, could not flee the property after the arsonists left a burning bin lodged against the door.

Thankfully we are not reporting anything more serious than the arson, but the mindless actions could have resulted in a more serious incident.

Help pay the bill

THE Arena is proving its worth to the local economy with reports suggesting it brings in £20million. But if it is to compete with Leeds it needs a facelift. Perhaps some of the profits it generates should be spent on this rather than just taxpayers’ money.