Readers’ letters - December 7

Hereditary Chief Phil Lane jr, from Dakota, and Candido Mezua, representative of indigenous people of Panama, give a press conference on deforestation at the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. See letter

Hereditary Chief Phil Lane jr, from Dakota, and Candido Mezua, representative of indigenous people of Panama, give a press conference on deforestation at the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. See letter

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Tackle climate change now

I am very disappointed, to put it mildly, that some people are still claiming that global warming and climate change are not caused by industrialisation. There is abundant evidence for the connection.

Unfortunately, this confusion, aided by the fossil fuel industry, has led to long delays in tackling the problems.

The fact that we can breathe carbon dioxide so long as there is sufficient oxygen mixed with it does not mean it is safe. There is now a far higher proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than for millions of years, which has a blanket-like effect in keeping the heat of the earth.

The average temperature of the earth is already more than 1°C higher than before industrialisation. It is now calculated to be likely to rise by 2.7°C by the end of the century. Perhaps that doesn’t sound like much, but it will be more than enough to cause terrible storms, floods, droughts and famines.

As the great ice sheets melt, the sea levels will rise and eventually cover great areas now above water. Most of the world’s great ports like London and New York will be submerged, and great tracts of agricultural land will be inundated.

All fossil fuels emit CO2. We must replace them with sustainable from solar, wind and tidal sources. These will become much cheaper the more we produce and will eventually be cheaper than our present energy.

This government has no excuse for cutting back so much of the subsidies for solar and wind energy production and thereby throwing the sustainable energy industry into chaos.

There is a very important world conference in Paris, organised by the United Nations, in the hope of getting most countries to commit to reducing emissions.

The prospects are good this time. At last! Better late than never. This is by far the most important issue of the day. In 20 or 30 years’ time when, let’s hope, the Middle East wars will be settled, climate change will still be very much with us. Whatever we do, it will still be many years before we can stop the damage.

P Lloyd via email

Madness of Syria situation

A former MP once told me: “It isn’t until you get elected that you realise that most MPs aren’t that bright and happily go through the lobby, voting on things that they have no real understanding of, for reasons that often have nothing to do with the issue at hand.”

That’s what happened when parliament voted to start bombing in Syria.

The addition to the current bombing capacity by France and the US, of a couple of GR4s and half a dozen Typhoons, will make little practical difference but will give a little bit of extra specialist equipment.This slight increase in bombing will make no real difference to the outcome. There needs to be a ground force and it doesn’t need to be of troops from Western nations. The supposed 70,000 troops that Cameron alleges to be bombing in favour of, is nonsense. This is a disparate group of perhaps a hundred different factions who all have different priorities.

Their key one seems to be the removal of the Assad regime. There is no command structure over which we have any control and the Russians are bombing our proxy army at every opportunity. The whole thing is madness!

I would be happy to bomb ISIS, if I thought there was any point. Turkey seems to be more interested in suppressing the Kurds for their huge army to be of any use at all. The Saudis are a waste of time and I have heard many in that kingdom are helping to finance ISIS to start with, but nobody in government dare say it out loud.

The vote was based on the premise of, “we must do something.” As Ronald Reagan once said: “Don’t just do something. Stand there.”

Standing there would have been preferable to just doing something, when all logic must tell you it won’t work.

Tony J Homewood, address supplied

It’s not a ‘black and white’ issue

Regarding Syria, here are some questions: Why is Turkey ‘allegedly’ buying ISIS oil stolen from Syria?

Why has Turkey ‘allegedly’ built a hospital (built by the Turkish president’s son) to treat ISIS wounded fighters?

Who is covertly funding ISIS?

What promises does Cameron have from the ‘moderate’ rebel forces (Cameron claims 70,000, the real numbers could be as low as 700!) that they will not fill the vacuum left by retreating ISIS fighters in negative way?

And finally Syria’s president has gone on record to say that the current bombing campaign is actually helping ISIS on the ground.

He is the legitimate ruler of Syria and, unless he requests help, this must be an act of war against Syria?

This whole situation is far from ‘black and white’.

ISIS are not lined up in formation in the open desert, they are intermingled in the towns and cities they occupy with the innocent civilian population.

The bombs don’t discriminate between good and evil.

Concerned Olympian via lep.co.uk

Vehicles were stuck in mud

On November 30, I was contacted by a reporter from your newspaper regarding the condition of Maxy Lane, which resulted in myself and my husband being interviewed for an article which appeared in the Lancashire Evening Post on the same day.

Having read some of the comments which this article attracted on the LEP website, I would like to single out two of those comments, from Concerned Olympian and Getagr1p.

If you have something to say, then put your proper name to it instead of hiding behind a nom-de-plume.

One of them expressed the lane was a bit churned up, but nothing exceptional, the other one stated we were whinging about the state of the lane.

I, personally, know that three vehicles have been stuck in the muddy roadside and Lancashire County Council closed the road to through traffic at 1pm on December 2.

So who is right and who is wrong?

Ellen Moon, address supplied

These proposed bus cuts must not happen

As part of their budget cuts, Lancashire County Council is proposing to withdraw all financial support to bus services.

To many people this may appear unimportant, until they realise that the cuts actually mean people will be unable to get to their jobs, place of education, hospital, doctor, go shopping, visit their friends or simply have a day out.

Rural communities will be very badly hit, with many becoming isolated from the rest of society. Sunday and evening services will be cut too, so Sunday trading will be damaged and say farewell to the evening economy.

Tourism will be damaged too. Why holiday in Lancashire if there are no bus services for you to get around on?

So the cuts mean damage to business too.

While the council will save some money by cutting bus services, there will be extra costs paying unemployment benefits, etc, to all those who lose their jobs as a result, plus extra healthcare costs as having a bus service helps keep people healthy, plus less income from business rates.

The council says it will consult those affected, but only after it has agreed to withdraw the services.

Consulting after you have agreed to do something is not consultation. It also says it will look to help communities set up their own bus services.

Community transport (dial-a-ride) operations have also been suggested as a solution. These are not open to everyone, have to be pre-booked (try fitting your hospital appointment round them) and cost far more per passenger than a conventional bus service.

A conventional bus service is much better value.

The proposed bus cuts simply must not happen.

Colin Kennington, Lancaster

An excellent health service

The NHS comes in for a lot of criticism these days, but locally I have nothing but praise.

When my wife became ill recently, a call to our GP’s surgery resulted in the duty doctor paying a home visit within a very short time.

I was told to monitor the situation and, if there was no improvement, to call the 111 emergency service.

Yes, it did take a while before I could convince them that I needed on-site assistance, resulting in the paramedics’ attendance. The checks they made confirmed my fears and they were able to liaise with our GP’s duty doctor and decide on the next course of action.

This being on a Sunday afternoon, I was surprised to find the surgery open.

Once admitted to the A&E department at Chorley Hospital, things moved quickly, X-rays organised and a transfer to the MAU ward.

There was a further transfer to the Rookwood ‘B’ ward, where the treatment and attention could not have been better. After ten days, my wife is home and starting what is going to be a long road to full recovery. We all hope we will never be placed in this position, but it is good to know that such service from the NHS is available.

The newly refurbished A&E unit is excellent. Our sincere thanks to all concerned at Library House Surgery, the ambulance service, the A&E department and all the hospital staff and specialists concerned. Thank you.

Graham Archer, Chorley