THERE is some division over whether it is right for the police to spend time handing out fines to people who swear in a South Yorkshire town centre.
But we are in no doubt that this is a long-overdue initiative which could have far-reaching consequences.
While some will argue that the police ought to be finding more important things to chase up, there is a strong argument that this idea has come from the grassroots and represents genuine concerns among the general public.
There can be no better reason to give priority to anything than this.
Bad language is greatly offensive to many people and, sadly, it is becoming more commonly used by an ever-growing circle of people.
We believe that by reminding people that this is unacceptable then it will go some way to restoring a degree of civility within our communities.
And if it takes one or two fines to drive home this lesson, then so be it.
Health staff now feeling let down
THE haste with which health service managers in Sheffield told 200 staff aged over 65 that they must step down this autumn cannot be totally coincidental. For the letters were distributed just a week before the national default retirement age was scrapped.
To any casual observer, it seems that this development in Sheffield was rushed through to avoid being restricted by incoming legislation. To do so is little more than a slap in the face for staff who do not want to retire but who now feel let down by their employers.
The legislation was brought in for good reason and it is unseemly for a publicly-funded body to issue dismissal notices in this manner.
We appreciate the argument that the service needs to adhere to its policies. But these were made redundant within days of these letters being sent. That leaves 200 people feeling they were outmanoeuvred by an employer whose consideration for its individual members of staff is brought into question.
Rite of passage
HARD-pressed motorists are heading for more woes as the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive applies for a share of Government cash for more bus priority lanes, once more side-lining private cars. The main aim is to improve bus services in certain areas to make them more attractive to young people and to discourage them from using private transport. But we feel that this whole scheme is another worthy idea doomed to failure. Young people are eager to get behind the wheel as soon as they are old enough to drive because it is not only a convenient way to get about, but it is also a rite of passage. And to change that attitude would need more than a more regular bus service.