Kept my faith in kindness

Sheffield Midland station.
Sheffield Midland station.
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Anticipating long-term gain, I purchased a Senior Railcard, for £30, hoping to reduce the cost of my train travel, by one third, for the next 12 months.

My plan appeared to work well when a cashier, at Sheffield Midland Station, sold me a train ticket and, having perused my railcard, reduced the price accordingly.

However, during my journey a stern-looking ticket inspector refused to accept my entitlement to the reduced rate as I had not taken my railcard with me.

When I protested that I had not been told of the need to do so, he told me to check the rules and asked me to pay the excess.

He was, of course, correct; I read the small print and noted that the railcard should be with me when travelling.

Despite my annoyance and embarrassment, I decided, with hindsight, that my experience had not, in every sense, been unprofitable as I recalled the offer, which I declined, of the gentleman sitting behind me who offered to pay my excess!

That and the sympathetic “clucks” of other passengers have helped me to retain some faith in human kindness.

Jean M Ward

Meadowhead, Sheffield, S8

I do mind paying extra

It’s all well and good for Jeremy Hunt to say that every household in the country wouldn’t mind forking out an extra £2,000 to prop up the NHS.

Well I for one do mind.

Not because I don’t care about the NHS; I truly believe it is the most precious asset this country has.

But instead of imposing another unwelcome tax in these austere times he should look at where the £118 billion that the NHS receives from us is going and where he can use it more resourcefully.

For a start, do they really need to spend £420 million on legal fees, £4bn on agency staff and £25m on interpreters?

What about collecting the £30m owed from overseas patients?

We can’t forget the £12bn they spent, (and wasted), on a new computer system that was scrapped before they even used it.

Boy, somebody got rich there!

And I’m betting this is just the tip of the iceberg.

So my advice to you Mr Hunt, is to go back to work and sit down with your managers, administrators and the pencil-necks in the accounts department and get your house in order .

Put your noggins to work on running a more efficient service rather than coming to us taxpayers for more bail-out cash.

Peter Flynn

Hillsborough, Sheffield, S6

Disgrace to visitors

Driving around Sheffield it looks like the grass cutting has been reduced to a minimum.

Halifax Road, one of the main routes into Sheffield, is a disgrace to any visitors coming to Sheffield.

Even when the grass is cut it is left to blow all over the place.

Dennis Rogers

Carrill Road, Sheffield, S6

Past their sell-by date

What is it about Sheffield that means harbouring buildings well past their sell- by date?

Take Park Hill flats.

No matter how much money Urban Splash throw at it it’s still an over-developed glass and concrete nightmare.

John Constable, the artist, once said I never saw an ugly thing in my life.

Show me an ugly object he said and light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.

But then Constable never saw Park Hill flats, where it would be more at home in a builders skip.

Urban Splash, more like urban crass.

EB Warris

by email

A great example

The racist remarks about Magid Magid recently published in The Star were unacceptable and unforgivable.

However, when you dig deeper, it becomes apparent that they come from a place of fear, a fear of change, and of losing their very foundations.

There is also a strong, almost magnetic, herding instinct.

So, when anyone who is in any way different comes along to challenge what they’ve always been accustomed to, there is a deep feeling of being threatened, bringing about a state of revolt.

I’m no psychologist, but I do have personal experience.

I’ve experienced bullying and abuse, having always been perceived as ‘different’ and ‘quirky’, and, being second generation Irish, I know my family have had a lot of racist comments directed at them that are unrepeatable!

Our world is constantly evolving and some degree of adaptation is always required, like it or not.

Magid Magid is a great example of how change can so often be for the better.

He appears to be extremely amiable, engaging, enthusiastic, and, most of all, human.

He’s the embodiment of the breath of fresh air that Sheffield badly needs.

I’d rather him any day than some officious, pompous old ‘horse and cart’ who knows nothing about the people or area he’s serving, and has probably never even been to the more deprived ones!

So keep that baseball hat firmly in place, Magid, and keep on being the first rate version of yourself, as opposed to the second-rate version of someone you’re not.

As the song goes, ‘This is me!’

CM Langan

Sheffield, S8

Fitzalan Square

Does Graham Wroe actually visit the city centre?

His statement that the city centre is totally bereft of mature trees is hardly true.

His letter included a picture of Fitzalan Square facing the old Post Office but if the photographer had turned round he would have seen many trees around Castle Square and the roads leading off.

What he also fails to mention is that the four trees that have been removed from Fitzalan Square will be replaced by 12 new ones.

Coun Peter Price