Letters and emails on February 13, 2012

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I was quite surprised to see myself and my late wife Sylvia in your Looking Back photo on February 4. Mrs Maley, who sent it in, and my wife were the best of friends, and we all enjoyed working together for a really good firm. Sadly, I lost my wife in October 1995. The full name of the firm situated in Marsh Lane, Preston, was Arundel Coulthard. I was informed on starting work there that it was one of the oldest engineering firms in Lancashire, which began by manufacturing steam wagons. That was until the start up of Leyland Motors. Then the firm started to manufacture textile machines and lawn mowers which were exported worldwide. The textile machines were ring- doubling and call-winding, used widely in the carpet industry. Their seven models of lawnmower had the trade name of Presto and were classed as the Rolls-Royce of mowers. Even today, I know that there are a lot still being used, and cutting grass as if they’d been made yesterday. The firm was eventually taken over by a rival textile machine manufacturer from North California, America, and in the end they closed the firm down and produced the machines in the United States. It was a very sad day for all of us who loved working at Arundel Coulthard. I want to say thank-you to Dorothy for sending you the picture, which has brought back many happy memories. Mr Frank Jones, Beachley Road, Ingol,

Writing off billions is unbelievable

It has been reported that the Treasury has written off £11bn in unpaid tax in one year.

It beggars belief that, in an economic crisis, HM Revenue and Customs is writing off any unpaid tax, never mind such a large amount. This is totally unacceptable as revenue from taxpayers continues to slump as unemployment rises. But how did we arrive at £11bn? Tax evasion not being pursued, mistakes by HM Revenue and Customs or poor governance of the department by those in charge? No matter who is to blame, down the line, the buck firmly stops at the Coalition Government’s incompetence. What about accountability in public service when we are “all in this together”? CCC, via email

They really do need locking up

You print yet another bleeding hearts letter from Juliet Lyons of the Prison Reform Trust. She is virtually begging for prisons to be shut down altogether! Perhaps if this woman had been subjected to the continued crime of “ex-offenders”, she would stop campaigning for them not to be sent to prison. Like the ex-cons who somehow got a job with a company providing care for severely disabled youngsters, who proceeded to steal money. Or the ex-cons who told an elderly woman she had woodworm in her fitted bedroom furniture and kindly agreed to remove it for her before flogging it on the car boot market. Or the ones who offered to top up her gas and electricity meter cards, did so, and kept the cash for themselves. The area I live in is targeted by these thieving scum. Juliet Lyons and Co should try being victims for a change. Eileen Timoroksa, Preston

Global warming cold shouldered

It has been a bad few days for the green lobby, climate change zealots and the renewables industry. The supposed “consensus” on man-made global warming was kicked into touch after the release of data proving that the planet has not warmed for 15 years. This was based on 30,000 measuring stations around the world. Next was the rebellion by more than 100 MPs who wrote to David Cameron urging him to cut the lavish subsidies to wind power. Figures were published showing that, to meet our legally binding CO2 reduction targets, we would have to build 32,000 wind turbines. Then a new book was written by a prominent environmental figure in Germany, saying claims of a so-called climate catastrophe are fear-mongering. The Germans managed to pull down the Berlin Wall so expect the same with climate-change mythology. Name and address supplied

Cruising needs a re-think after this

With some 185 ocean liners of now cruising the world over, registered by numerous nations, very strict rules have been applied to render this splendid mode of travel extremely safe and pleasurable. Over decades I estimate five or fewer ocean liners have had to cut short their average life span of 45-plus years because of catastrophe at sea. Sadly, this is in rather stark contrast to the demise of many an airliner. The recent disaster involving the Costa Concordia makes one think, however. It is quite inconceivable what the Captain was doing with his vessel, 4,800 passengers and crew. In my opinion the industry requires total reassessment. For one thing I believe the vessels being put into service nowadays are far too large. Frank Werrill, Leyland

Flying a kite for genuine tickets

With ticket sales for Madonna and the big summer festivals in full swing, we urge music fans to play safe and only buy from authentic STAR sources. This stands for Secure Tickets from Authorised Retailers, is the ticketing industry’s kitemark for authenticity, so when buying tickets for this summer’s major events people should look out for the distinctive kitemark on websites and box office windows. Online ticket fraud is a continuing major problem, particularly around high-demand events, and it not only fuels the black market but leaves genuine music fans out-of-pocket. The venues, promoters and legitimate ticketing agents are then left to try and sort out a problem that’s not of their making. Our kitemark was launched in 2011 and is becoming increasingly known as the safety standard for people wanting to know that they are buying tickets from a reputable and reliable source. Membership embraces all major entertainment ticketing agencies including Ticketmaster, See Tickets, Ticketline and The Ticket Factory. Music fans who want to check the authenticity of a ticketing agency should go to www.star.org.uk. Jonathan Brown, Secretary, STAR, via e-mail

Uncaring is the human response

I don’t wish to debate the merits or otherwise of the decision to move LCC’s Human Resources operations to Ormskirk, so making staff move from County Hall. But I have been reading people’s opinions left on your website and I can’t help reflecting on what a selfish and uncaring society we seem to have evolved into. It would seems that not much of the ‘old community spirit’ is left and it made me feel quite ashamed. Jeff McCann, Hoghton, via e-mail