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Are the company that runs the bike hiring scheme in Sheffield, OFO, bothered about their bikes getting stolen?

In the past few weeks, I’ve seen several of these bikes or could it be just two I’ve sighted a few times.

Just this morning I saw one being ridden up and down Leighton Road.

Why aren’t these bikes retrievable by OFO?

Mr Anthony

Sheffield, S14

Thanks to all who helped

I wondered if you would mind printing a message of thanks following an unfortunate accident involving my 101-year-old grandfather who fell from his wheel chair in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital multi-storey car park.

He fell head first at some force onto the Tarmac while I was pushing him up a ramp.

Thankfully his injuries were contained to a nasty cut to his forehead and he was treated both at the RHH Minor Injuries Centre before going to A&E at the Northern General.

A special thanks to a good Samaritan by the name of Cath who came to assist, the car park attendants who were excellent too as was Lynne, the duty matron from orthopaedics at the RH, who helped transfer grandad to the care of the Minor Injuries Centre. also the ambulance crew who transfered my grandfather between the hospitals.

Paul Atherton

Sheffield, S35

Reasons for voting Green

On April 25 it became six months since Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara was suspended from the Labour Party while claims of sexist and homophobic remarks were investigated. The allegations are serious and a full investigation was needed.

There was some urgency due to the clear void in representation created, but Labour seem to have decided to bury this until after the May 3 elections. We already know they would like to avoid a by-election they will be expected to lose.

Constituents have been telling me for months they believe Labour has had enough time to conclude the investigation and the results should now be made public.

Should Jared O’Mara resign, I look forward to putting before the people of Sheffield Hallam the compelling reasons for voting Green.

Peter Garbutt

Green Party Candidate for Sheffield Hallam Constituency, (S2)

Avoid overtly political stance

A recent Star featured three fascinating pieces on Sheffield’s heritage and its part in Sheffield’s regeneration. Messrs Ogden, Greaves and Rotherham all had a similar view – ie the vital role that Sheffield’s remaining heritage has to play in its future.

Having ranted on about this issue since Adam and I were lads it’s a little difficult to say anything new but to note the national issues of government austerity measures in terms of finance, staffing and philosophy re planning posing issues.

That being said, and hearing of more blinkered, backwoods mentality regarding the industrial archaeology of the Loxley Valley, I must take the non-political stance that Howard Greaves protests on behalf of the HHBS.Anyone fighting the conservation corner needs to avoid any overtly political stance whether on local or national issues. Such a stance brings with it alienation or worse still, a complete switch-off.

Ron Clayton

S6

What about it Maj?

Wheelchair athlete David Weir won his eighth London marathon this year beating Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson’s record of seven.

This is a man who has, arguably, done more for British athletics, especially paraplegic, than anyone else, winning a total of six Olympic gold medals in 2006 and 2012.

Many lesser mortals have been given their knighthoods. He has a CBE but in my opinion he should now get his knighthood. So! What about it Maj?

Terry Palmer

South Lea Ave, Hoyland, S74

Support for diabetics

Research from Diabetes UK has found that one in six (16 per cent) people with diabetes who work feel that they’ve been discriminated against by their employer because of their condition.

A lack of understanding from employers can make working with diabetes not just exhausting and stressful, but also potentially life-threatening. Managing diabetes can involve taking medication – including injecting insulin at the right times and also testing blood glucose levels multiple times a day.

More than one third (37 per cent) of respondents to a survey said that living with diabetes had caused them difficulty at work, while seven per cent had not told their employer that they have the condition.

A quarter (25 per cent) said that they would like time off work for diabetes-related appointments and flexibility to take regular breaks for testing their blood sugar or to take medication.

Diabetes is one of the largest health crises of our time affecting more than 2.2 million people of working age.

Missing essential health checks or not taking medication on time can lead to devastating complications, such as amputations, stroke, heart disease, kidney failure and even early death.

To find out more about your rights at work if you have diabetes or for information about supporting people with diabetes in the workplace if you are an employer visit www.diabetes.org.uk/work

Stephen Ryan

Head of the North Diabetes UK

Wars solve nothing

When will the people on planet earth realise we all need each other regardless of faith, religion, colour, or which part of this world we live in, wars solve nothing, they only bring death and devastation to the whole populace, and we all suffer in one way or another even if we live miles away from the conflict.

So why do it? Is it greed, or egoists wanting it all at the expense of the rest of us?

Who knows? It’s been going on since time immemorial.

Nobody wins.

EB Warris

S14