RACISM, from every quarter, is a hateful, divisive and destructive force.
It drives wedges between neighbours and tears communities apart.
And, worst of all, it is often delivered in seductive tones masquerading as the voice of reason.
Today, with pressures growing on ordinary men and women, there is a greater danger than ever that the ugly head of racism may rear up at any time.
That is why we are delighted to learn of a campaign here in Sheffield which emphases the value of the differences within the communities across our city.
The One Sheffield Many Cultures initiative is all about building bridges at a time when so many are keen to destroy them.
It is all about reaching out the hand of friendship when too many are eager to project the fist of anger.
And it is about having fun!
For this serious message comes with an opportunity to enjoy yourselves in the City Centre at the end of this month when an afternoon of dance and music will be hosted in Barkers Pool.
Children’s Hospital reputation is hurt
READERS will appreciate that our local hospitals have to regulate parking on their sites, to make sure they are fair to people visiting or working there.
But we have to question the severity of the penalty imposed on those who break parking rules at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Diana Turner had taken her three- year-old daughter to the hospital after she suffered an allergic reaction to a dressing on her injured leg. But Diana wrongly parked her car.
Regardless of the rights and wrongs of her actions, it is surely unacceptable to slap her with a £70 fine for the incident.
This smacks more of profiteering than of dealing with a parking problem.
And it does the children’s Hospital reputation no good.
Change too quick
WHILE we sympathise with the Government in its attempts to be fair and even over its funding regime for sixth forms, we feel it is reacting with unseemly haste.
Schools have been told they must come in line with colleges over funding for sixth form students. But this means the threat of a 20 per cent cut in money allocated to schools. This is bound to be a major blow to those charged with the responsibility of guiding children through their vital latter days at school.
We believe this change has been dropped on schools too heavily and too quickly. We hope that the campaign under way in Sheffield, where schools are urging parents to seek their MP’s support to lessen the blow, will be successful. Those in Whitehall need to be reminded that they are tampering with the future.