Tree house for rent

Here's something new on the Sheffield tree front.

Having a walk through Nether Edge where various trees are clearly marked for inspection and/or felling, I spied one London plane where someone has nailed a small homemade bird box a good 20 feet up the trunk.

Of course, as far as I know, should even a sparrow take up residence, the tree can’t be touched due to the law.

James Fenner

by email

Perfect example

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There has been much talk of “fake” news around President Trump.

The depiction of the Berlin Wall is a perfect example, for it wasn’t built to keep people in but to prevent the gross intrusions of things such as gun-running by West Germany upsetting the status quo of respected East German society.

The Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev warned that if it didn’t stop a wall would be built as a direct response to aggressive behaviour from the West.

The misguided news media is pure political intrigue to distort facts.

Mrs Cartlidge

Princess Road, Dronfield

It’s a ten from Len

Celebrities advertising things don’t do it for me.

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Giving Ant and Dec all that money to advertise Morrisons, what a waste of money.

I would prefer they use it to bring the prices down.

I just nearly choked on my Creme Egg having seen Len Goodman giving Farm Foods a ten from Len.

He no more shops at that shop than I do at Waitrose.

We are not daft.

Jayne Grayson

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Is she having a laugh?

In your question-and-answer session with city councillors Jayne Dunn stated there were only a few rough sleepers in the city centre compared with other cities.

Is she having a laugh or walking around with her eyes shut?

Not only do you see sleeping bags all over the place but what about the people sleeping in derelict buildings only to be woken in the middle of the night and moved on by the police.

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City of Sanctuary? Not if you are a homeless person in Sheffield.

This council gets money from the Government for refugees and asylum seekers they take.

Anthony Cunningham who started tent city, and above all knows what it’s like to be homeless as I do, has said councillors have told him they agree with him but what can they do?

Get rid of Coun Dunn if that’s the best she can do.

Get rid of the City of Sanctuary label and open up empty buildings for the homeless, not so-called refugees!

M Bagshaw

Fitzroy Road, S2

Decision of a lifetime

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So Lord Heseltine states that regarding Brexit we face the most momentous peace-time decision of our lifetime.

I don’t agree. In 1939 our parliament made the decision not to comply with Germany’s demands despite knowing that this would lead to war.

But if and when our withdrawal from the EU is finally completed, for how long will we stay on our own? Let us not forget that one of the main reasons we joined the Common Market in 1973 was that the UK, then, was considered to be the sick man of Europe brought about by government policies (of all colours), and trade unions with destructive working practices.

Comments from prominent EU leaders are already suggesting a possible future return. If the EU still exists this possibility should not be ridiculed or overlooked.

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Considering the recent Brexit opposition who is to say that after the conclusion of negotiations a strong connection may still exist and a future UK government will orchestrate another sick note such is their contempt, it seems, for their own Queen and country, just as evidently it was in 1939.



Historically undervalued

I write to respond to Jack Scott’s letter, (Star letter, March 9).

Is Coun Scott aware that it was recently International Women’s Day?

Is he also aware that most of the library assistants replaced, with volunteers at branch libraries were mainly women, many probably with caring roles.

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The disdain with which the council has viewed the work of hard-working and much appreciated women such as the library assistants is in stark contrast with the predominantly male professions such as construction and highway maintenance the council has protected investments in.

Women’s work has been historically undervalued by society. Our library assistants were another sad example of this.

Tony Hall

Rundle Road, Sharrow, Sheffield, S7

Turkey interference?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned the Dutch they will “pay the price” for barring two of his ministers from being allowed to speak at demo’s in the Netherlands.

The two ministers were blocked from addressing Turkish expatriates in Rotterdam, with one of them escorted to the German border.

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The Dutch government said such rallies would stoke tensions days before the Netherlands general election.

Turkey’s ties with several EU countries have become strained over the rallies. The rallies aim to increase Muslim support among expatriate voters for a referendum on expanding Turkish presidential powers. Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya Turkey’s Muslim family minister, had arrived in Rotterdam by road on Saturday, but was denied entry to the consulate and taken to the German border by Dutch police.

Am I missing something here? I thought if one emigrates to any European country for a better life, then you integrate into that country – totally? So why is Turkey ‘pushing its nose in’? Is this something that is normal for any country’s representatives – Russian, Iranian, Israeli, American etc – to be allowed to visit and incite any country’s populace with their views? Or is it just a Muslim thing?

Would we here in the UK allow President Putin’s reps to visit just to ‘stir things up’ slightly? Thousands have already made it clear they don’t want our ally the USA coming here by being represented by President Trump, so forget about our enemies.

Terry Palmer

South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74

When will this happen?

When are the council going to finish asphalting the causeway from the corner shop on Herries Road to 200 yards up the road?

J Tompkins

Scampton Lodge, S5