“Boris Johnson, ye of no filter”

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There have been two Borises under discussion on these pages recently and both need to fasten their seat belts, as I’m about to deliver them a lecture!

Firstly, Boris Johnson, ye of no filter!

Whatever your sentiments about burkas may be, likening the women wearing them to ‘post boxes’ and ‘bank robbers’ was disrespectful to their culture, as well as rude and insensitive.

You should at least apologise for how you presented your views on the subject.

It wasn’t good at all, and that’s coming from me, who is also one of life’s filter-less specimens, with an ‘off’ switch that’s not easily activated.

As for you Boris, our resident badger, you’ve been naughty too, what with very noisily fighting with another badger who tried to get off with your lady wife, Boudicca.

I appreciate your loyalty to her, but violence and waking up the whole of Sheffield 8 with all your bickering and whickering is not the way to go!

This isn’t ‘Love Island’ after all, and our garden’s not a boxing ring.

I must say, though, the two of you don’t just have your first names and misbehaviour in common.

You both tend to lollop along, rocking the bedraggled look, and neither of you is big on subtlety.

That’s my rant over now, anyway.

After all, I’m far from perfect myself, so why expect perfection from politicians and badgers alike?

Just a bit of civil behaviour will do.

Anyway, sorry Boris Johnson, but I know which Boris I’d rather have in my back garden, eating suet balls and peanuts, for all his misdemeanours.

Also, I don’t think you could pole dance up and down our bird feeding station as expertly as he can!

CM Langan

Sheffield, S8

Well done to Lee Peace

In response to Veronica Hardstaff’s letter, (“The real library borrowing figures at voluntary libraries”, Sheffield Star, August 21, 2018), Lee Peace’s article on the decline of libraries under volunteers was a very well intentioned, fact based article based on the council’s own figures telling a truthful, shocking story of the decline of libraries under our Labour council.

This is in stark contrast with Ms. Hardstaff’s slightly aggressive, nonsensical response.

Ms. Hardstaff begins her letter saying that “What a shame your reporter Lee Peace did not bother to do some research about the real library borrowing figures at voluntary libraries”, a slightly passive aggressive response to a well balanced article probably designed to hide the fact that she fails to provide alternative figures disputing the ones in the article.

In addition, it is worth noting that not all concerns about volunteer libraries are to do with budgets, for example the concerns about library volunteers not having references or DBS checks if they have access to children’s data via the library IT system.

Well done to Lee Peace for a brilliant article on the plight of Sheffield libraries, shame on Veronica Hardstaff and others for trying to stir up trouble to dissuade genuine debate on the bad way our libraries are being treated and run in Sheffield.

Peter Walters,

Upperthorpe, Sheffield, S6

Once caring friendly club

I was born in the 1920s and began supporting the Owls as soon as I understood about football.

Over the long years I have been to many matches, but now I can’t afford the high expense of attending.

So my alternative option was to look forward to Saturday afternoon and Wednesday evenings listening to the Radio Sheffield broadcasts of the matches.

But not any more as the BBC has asked all clubs to accept a reduction in the fee to broadcast the matches, but the Owls have refused, (the only club to do so, I believe!). What a mean, cynical tactic by a once caring, friendly club.

By contrast, look at Barnsley CEO Gauthier Ganaye who heard about a lifelong fan suffering health problems and wrote to him saying my door is always open.

I cannot see the current Owls CEO doing that, can anyone?

Answers on a postage stamp, please.

Up the Blades.

B Jones

Sheffield, S36

Emotional reunions

The Korean War of 1950-1953 divided the country in two.

People north of the border were divided from loved ones south of the border.

They were unable to contact each other.

There have been some recent reunions between aged relatives.

Many have already died since the war.

Only those selected by a lottery are allowed to travel north.

It is time that the border between the two countries was opened temporarily to allow ALL those who were separated an opportunity to meet each other at least one last time.

John C Fowler

Leverton Gardens, S11

Law on euthanasia

I have just spent a week in an old people’s nursing home. The staff and facilities were very good.

What I cannot understand is why euthanasia is not a law.

If you are rich and have someone to take you about and look after your needs, very well, but most of us are not privileged that way.

I sat one morning listening to the radio and the Bee Gees were singing Staying Alive.

I looked around the room and thought, yes, that’s right, we are just staying alive.

When you see people just sitting there not with it, I don’t call this living.

I am 92 years old, I have arthritis in my hips, arms and neck, I have macular degeneration in both eyes.

My health is not good and if I was given an injection or pill I would welcome it.

I’m sure others would agree.

Euthanasia should be law.

Mrs W Rose

Sheffield, S8