Reader’s letters - Wednesday 02 April 2014

Vanessa Redgrave at a protest at the ban on sending books to prisoners
Vanessa Redgrave at a protest at the ban on sending books to prisoners
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Need for prison facilities

A letter in one of the national papers caught my eye last weekend, or more accurately it stopped me in my tracks.

It was from the mother of a man serving a long-term prison sentence.

She didn’t ask for sympathy, or try to put the blame on someone else.

Her comments centred on the utter lack of facilities and training opportunities in her son’s prison.

Its location wasn’t stated, but might have been somewhere in the southern counties.

He is allowed outside (presumably in an exercise yard) for half an hour a day. There are no books, and art / music rooms have been closed. Education courses are only allowed to prisoners who will be released in the near future.

I strongly believe we need a robust justice system in this country, and that jail sentences should be handed down for serious crimes.

However, if I put myself in this man’s position, I can well imagine how rage and frustration would build up if there was no opportunity to better myself or even take a reasonable amount of exercise during the day.

Apparently he told his mother he would rather break rocks with a sledgehammer.

Until I read this, I thought we had an enlightened custodial system that looked after prisoners and at least tried 
to rehabilitate them before release.

It shocks me to read that long-term prisoners are denied education and even basic access to books and music.

It is no wonder that drug use in prisons is rampant and re-offending rates are high if this mother’s comments are even half true.

Could someone from Preston prison please tell us that inmates in this part of the world are not treated in the same way ?

Peter Iddon, Walton Le Dale

Will Farrell Review help?

The Government- commissioned Farrell Review, by architect Terry Farrell – having just seen the light of day – might give many communities and others a last chance of environmental redemption, if our politicians respond as they should.

Longridge is already being visually ruined by the indiscriminate spawning of ill-designed housing development, seemingly to meet exaggerated housing need.

Development deals appear to be agreed between opportunist landowners/developers and the planning authorities concerned.

There appears to be no proven democratic system to secure for future generations the kind of town and place to live, to which we should all aspire. If rural vandalism goes unchecked, then centuries-old village character will soon be lost for ever.

John M Whalley, Longridge

My company is a local one

I write in reference to Frack Backers not a local voice, (LEP Letters, March 21), where my business and I were singled out as not being resident in the North West.

This was surprising, as my family have resided in the FY8 postcode for over 40 years, and I currently live and trade from this location.

The letter states that my business (Lytham Technology) was registered in London (true, I used a company registration service) and also trades from there (that is incorrect).

Considering I am on the electoral roll, and own a company which explicitly states where I am from, it seems the anti-fracking activists are not very good researchers.

It is alarming a group of anonymous activists can make these accusations in a newspaper.

Sean Lord, Lytham

Not all agree with gay day

Well, is it such a gay day for England and Wales?

The government has now legalised same-sex marriage, I just wonder what the almighty God makes of this?

And will he now be sending some rather vicious storms to batter both England and Wales, to express his own anger?

Politicians say it is a ‘joyous’ and ‘happy’ day for everyone.

And everyone wishes all the couples well who have tied the knot. A truly memorable day for everyone.

Well, what about all those who have opposed same-sex marriage?

If they dare speak up, they can be sure they will be branded as a homophobe and a bigot.

We simply aren’t allowed to express our views, which may be in complete opposition to that of the same-sex brigade.

I just hope this rather gay day isn’t the start of those rainbow flags flying over town halls all over England and Wales.

I, myself, do not want to see two men or two women kissing openly in the street; it just doesn’t look right!

I am most certainly not against gay people but I really do draw a line at same-sex marriage.

Darryl Ashton, Blackpool

Football magic, cheating tragic

Football diving and

no-respect footballers: week by week, match by match, all this goes on.

There is no discipline by officials, no respect from players.

I have a remedy.

When a referee needs to speak, and/or issue yellow or red cards to players, replace them with a quarter of an hour sin

bin.

This will make the owners tell managers down to the players to cut it out.

The players are needed on the pitch.

Then there are the players mouthing off to referees and linesmen – do the same to them.

Then there is the barmy practice of putting the ball on the wrong side of white lines and corners.

Linesmen must insist on proper placement.

Football is magic – cheating is tragic.

Mr R Pinder,

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