Time to learn tragic lesson

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WHEREVER there is water, disaster can strike and the death of schoolboy Phillip Law again makes that all too clear..

He was swimming towards an island on Manvers Lake in South Yorkshire when he got into difficulties. His death is the third on the lake since 1997. There are warning signs around the lake and security guards have been employed in the summer to prevent people from swimming.

But water is such a magnet to children on a hot day that no matter how many warnings are made, the temptation of swimming in the sunshine can be too great. We can only emphasise that it really doesn’t matter how well you can swim, it’s the cold that kills.

At the same time, we back the fire brigade’s plea to put an end to arson. A total of 92 small fires in four days around South Yorkshire were started deliberately, hours after a plea for arsonists to stop putting lives at risk. These incidents take up crews’ time which could delay them and risks fatalities.

Please, let the sunny weather be a joy - not a tragedy.

Use your vote to help shape future

IT’S all over bar the shouting. For today brings the moment of decision when the region’s politicians can only sit back and hope.

Particular attention is directed this year at Sheffield City Council where power rests on a razor’s edge. Over the years we have repeatedly urged people to make full use of their hard-won right to cast their vote. This year is no exception. Democracy can only prosper when the men and women in the streets of this city make that small effort to cast their vote.

But people should bear one thing in mind when they step into the polling station: this is a local issue and should be decided on local issues. There’s a temptation to cast votes in protest to the coalition’s policies. However, this is not the time nor the occasion for such symbolic gestures.

Please make your choice based on a careful analysis of the policies put forward by your local candidates. That way you are helping to decide what is best for the future of Sheffield.

It’s never too late

YOU’RE never too old to learn. That’s the lesson from Mick Green who, at the age of 62, has earned his first qualification - an NVQ in health and safety issues. Unlike today’s youngsters, who are taught that the pathway to success in life is made smoother through proper training, Mick comes from a different generation. However, times have changed and many now feel they are at a disadvantage in the workplace. That is not as it should be. Follow Mick’s example and show it is never too late to get those all-important qualifications.