Letters to the Editor: The Star's readers have their say on the latest Sheffield news and issues

Whether it’s sharing their views on parents dropping their kids off wearing dressing gowns, Sheffield city centre, or the numbers of bus drivers, our readers have plenty to say.

Monday, 4th October 2021, 2:27 pm
Updated Friday, 8th October 2021, 2:36 pm

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Last updated: Wednesday, 13 October, 2021, 13:54

Rami Malek playing Safin in the new Bond film No Time To Die. Picture: Nicola Dove/Danjaq, LLC/MGM/PA Wire

Reader’s letter: “Release of No Time To Die means return of seeing scars, burns or marks as shorthand for villainy”

Last week was an exciting time for moviegoers in Sheffield as the latest Bond film finally reached cinemas.

But the release of No Time To Die also means the return of seeing scars, burns or marks as shorthand for villainy on the big screen.

The daily reality of living with a disfigurement or visible difference is contending with staring and comments.

Sadly, for too many, experiencing abuse andhate is also a regular occurrence.

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Petrol stations in Sheffield during the fuel crisis

Reader’s letter: “Why are people allowed to have as much petrol as they want?”

Same old story again, why are people allowed to have as much petrol as they want, it should be so many litres only for each person.

My daughter told me about a good story she saw online, where an old person had filled up 10 cans. Let’s get real, the petrol station should not allow it.

I suppose it’s greed money coming in, and those who do it are a selfish lot, petrol is needed by all.

It’s the same at the supermarkets. We have found shelves are becoming empty, it should be up on large notices, three only, and if they bring more take it away from them. The manager should speak to the staff about this.

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Sheffield's John Lewis department store closed earlier this year. Picture by Simon Hulme

Reader’s letter: “Will anyone in Sheffield Council have the wit to ask Amazon to take over Sheffield’s John Lewis site?”

Well well well! Amazon have apparently discovered the High Street and have decided to “take on” the likes of John Lewis; isn’t that Amaz…ing.

They are opening physical stores for the sale of their hottest online products.

Perhaps this is rather like dancing on the graves of their victims.

In Sheffield we have a retail memorial in Barker’s Pool by the name of John Lewis (RIP).

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The blame for Sheffield city centre’s problems lies with the council, claims reader P Gill.

Reader’s letter: “The blame for the city centre’s problems falls at the council’s feet”

Views of the city centre, I have just read the most ridiculous piece in The Star tonight from a Stephen Davies, West View Lane, Totley Rise, Sheffield, S17.

He asks what is Jayne Grayson bellyaching about in her ridiculous letter, Sheffield city centre looks ropey?

When was the last time Jayne Grayson went into the beautifully designed heart of Sheffield city centre, “the coolest city in the north” as verified by the Times magazine no less.

He’s obviously so deluded that he doesn’t realise that this city is finished. Full of drunks, drug addicts, drug dealers, this city centre looks like a khazi. All the major retailers have pulled out.

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A Star reader has suggested we all need to spend time and money in Sheffield city centre to help make the city centre 'great'

Reader’s letter: “We all play a part in making Sheffield a great city, and that does mean spending time (and money) in town”

I think we can all agree that town faces challenges but I’m rather surprised by anyone not being able to come up with even one reason to visit.

I think if you asked readers for reasons they’d come with lots.

Here’s some of mine:

Galleries – from the Site to the Graves.

Cinema – the wonderful Showroom, and the other choices we have eg Curzon, the Light, Odeon.

Theatre – we are very lucky to have the quality of the Crucible and Lyceum, alongside others.

Food – delectable Tamper, Marmadukes, Kommune and the food places in Orchard and Leopold squares.

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The cancellation of Roy Chubby Brown's Sheffield performance has been met with criticism from Star readers

Reader’s letter: “To ban Roy Chubby Brown is a fascist act”

Over last couple of weeks I have taken notice of the Council v Chubby Brown.

To ban him is a fascist act surely. If people are offended by his comedy they won’t buy tickets, those who like him, will pay their money to enjoy an evening in his company.

What bothers me more is the same council saying it spoils the city’s image, but it’s fine for Jimmy Carr to come to the city. Jimmy Carr’s routine includes jokes about rape and disabled people. Double standards, I think, and as for the city’s image, the council should spend more time cleaning the city of smack and spiceheads, who are all over the city centre, who cause trouble for all of us.

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Reader Cyril Olsen believes that the Roy Chubby Brown show cancellation is a violation of the right to ‘lawfully attend events of our choice'

Reader’s letter: “I’m not a Roy Chubby Brown fan but banning his performance is a unilateral removal of our right to lawfully attend events of our choice”

One of the delights of my writing to the Star Let’s Talk pages, apart from keeping the old brainbox ticking over, is my wish to stimulate debate between readers and encourage their written response – favourable or otherwise.

In this respect, having been mentioned in both categories by correspondents on October 5, I feel like the proverbial Curate’s Egg, being described as good and bad in parts when eaten!

In covering a short potpourri of topics please allow me to respond to Steven Davis’ “Views of the city centre” in which he takes my fellow correspondent Jayne Grayson to task and in closing refers to me as “that other arch writer Cyril Olsen, still going on about the greatness of Roy Chubby Brown” and asks why The Star gives me such attention.

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A Star reader has suggested the city's bus services are too unreliable and too expensive

Reader’s letter: “With services this unreliable, why would anyone want to use Sheffield’s buses?”

MP Louise Haigh’s campaign for better buses in Sheffield is a great idea, but unfortunately it doesn’t go far enough. The list doesn’t include all the buses in Sheffield so it is impossible to send every complaint to the website.

The list does include the 51, so I was able to record the missing bus on September 15 on Redmires Road, which meant I had to wait for 25 minutes.

However, it doesn’t list the 83a and the 120 which are the two buses I use most often, so I was unable to record the times the 83a was missing completely, as it was at 8.47 on September 13 and at 11.47 on September 24, and, as this bus only runs every half hour, it’s a long wait when one just doesn’t turn up.

In fact the rush hour on September 13 was particularly bus-free as there was no 120 for 35 minutes and no 83a for one and a quarter hours as the bus which followed the missing 8.47 didn’t turn up until 9.32 instead of 9.14. (I don’t think I can count the 83a which came along at 9.15 saying ‘Sorry, Not in Service’). This was similar to today’s rush hour when again there was no 120 for 35 minutes between 15.45 and 16.20.

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Reader’s letter - Headteacher asks parents not to wear dressing gowns when dropping children off - ‘It looks trampy in my opinion’

A headteacher urges parents not to drop their kids off at school while wearing dressing gowns, fearing it looks 'trampy'. Photo by: Adam Berry/Getty Images.

A headteacher in Middlesborough politely asks parents dropping kids at school to please get dressed and not turn up in dressing gowns and pyjamas.

I cannot understand why anyone couldn’t just pop on a pair of trousers and jumper to do the school run.

There were days that I didn’t feel like getting up and getting dressed, but for seven years of school drop-off, in infants and juniors, I never thought it would be a good idea to just get out of bed, not tame the mane or brush my teeth and take my child to school in my jim jams.

How we look says a lot about us, if you make no effort whatsoever it shows you are not bothered about yourself.

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Reader’s letter - Wayne Couzens ‘will get three meals a day, access to a doctor and be warm and cosy’ - ‘isn’t it time we had the death penalty back?’

So Wayne Couzens has got a whole life term – good.

He will probably, as an ex-police officer, have to be kept in solitary for his own safety, still he will get three meals a day, access to a doctor and be warm and cosy.

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