I write in response to Cameron Fleming’s letter of September 27, entitled ‘This is my final word on the subject’ regarding the Sheffield trees.
I respect the law but it doesn’t always support the peoples’ conscience as judges have to support the written law to the letter.
Cameron Fleming quotes Churchill - the quote actually is “Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others”. Sometimes a ‘short’ day can expose wrong doing but unfortunately often it does take that longer day to get justice.
That does not mean one should give up.
Remember that George Chapman (1654, in play Revenge for Honour) and later Charles Dickens (1838, in Oliver Twist) said that sometimes ‘the law is an ass’ and more recently Arthur Miller in A View from a Bridge said ‘all the law is not in a book’. This latter quotation is particularly apt in connection with our Sheffield Street Trees.
But at least Cameron is correct in one respect however...’ the letters will flow for some time to come’. We tree protectors will fight on for street tree justice.
He disagrees with my views
May I respond to two correspondents comments regarding my letters. Although I respect Cameron Fleming’s views, (Star, September 27), I cannot agree with some of the points he makes.
We would all be very naive indeed if we thought the legal aspect of the tree issue had been dealt with fairly in the courts.
I am afraid, as with many other issues, campaigners are up against ruthless multi-national companies who are raking in huge profits often at the public’s expense and they can afford to engage expensive lawyers to find loop-holes to quash any dissent and to prevent anything or anyone from standing in their way.
The same applies to local councils and the government as the ‘big boys’ always have the clout to override the views of the ordinary man in the street.
Perfectly valid and sensible points of view and ethical arguments are totally disregarded when there’s money to be made.
We all know that the only way of changing our governing bodies is at the ballot-box but a truly democratic system is where the people are listened to and their views taken on board regarding both local and national issues.
It is in the interest of governments and local councils to heed the general public as if they continue to ignore them they risk being voted out of office as we have seen happen so many times before.
Regarding Stephen Crowther’s rather pedantic missive, (Star, September 26), he says that in my letter of September 23 I have not answered questions he raised about my usage of certain words and has accused me of not fully understanding their meaning.
Well, I do not know what dictionary he uses but mine, (Collins English), defines ‘allude’ as not only meaning to ‘hint at, or make indirect reference to’ but also simply to ‘refer to’ so my usage of this word was in fact correct, especially as in my letter I had said “they allude” because I was also commenting on a letter from another correspondent other than Mr Crowther.
In using the word ‘ironical’ in my letter of September 16 I was referring to similarities between Len McCluskey’s and Sheffield City Council’s hypocritical attitude whereby they say one thing whilst meaning the opposite.
This is exactly the definition of ‘irony’ according to the dictionary so again I was correct in the context in which I used this word.
My use of the word ‘analogy’ in my letter of September 23 was again to highlight the ‘likeness in certain respects’, (dictionary definition), of attitudes which I obviously failed to make sufficiently clear.
I would like to thank Mr Crowther for giving me his permission to continue writing about trees - how magnanimous of him.
However, I would respectfully suggest that he consults his dictionary or checks my letters more carefully before accusing me of using incorrect words, or why not just be honest and admit the real reason for his rant is he simply disagrees with my views which is absolutely fine.
It may disappoint those who think the tree issue is unimportant that the fight to save our healthy trees from being felled is far from over and that this whole sad episode of environmental vandalism by SCC & Amey and the destruction that is taking place will haunt the council for many years to come.
I have no doubt that eventually they will wish they had never started the tree massacre.
Lodge Moor, Sheffield, S10
Communities left wanting
The Star’s headline Fat jibes are final straw covers the story of how yobs create no-go areas, .
How long has this been going on, how aware are the police of this abusive, threatening behaviour and why does it take so long for action?
I make the comparison to policing at Kirby Misterton where protesters are outnumbered by police and roughly handled, cast aside, arrested and charged.
The amount of riot vans and police cars to deal with people with educated reasons to resist fracking is totaly out of proportion.
If the police had the same response to clear yobs who congregate and make no-go areas I could understand and support.
Alas it seems community’s are left wanting while big businesses snap their fingers and the police jump,not only jump but jump higher than even needed.
I close by stating fracking is coming to our area, a double whammy to our communities: no police to stop yobs on streets because they are protecting those in our green spaces with their toxic drills.
Apartments are continually being built around Broad Lane and Kelham Island, bringing in more residents.
Yet, in The Star.September 27, there is talk of moving the Small Injuries unit and the Walk-in Centre at the Hallamshire and Broad Lane.
Not only moving them but moving them to the Northern General where parking is already at a premium.
I took a family member to A&E at the Northern General, who I dropped off while I found a parking space. In the meantime he had to wait in a standing queue - the last thing needed for a heart problem- and when I made my way back to the car in the early hours of the morning, it was a long, lonely walk in almost total darkness.
This is supposed to make a better system for the patient.
If you do not have a car, cannot afford a taxi and are not an emergency, how can anyone get to the Northern General?
It really beggers belief that these moves should even be considered.