Reader’s letters - June 22, 2015

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Where are councillors?

I went to a fascinating talk at the parish church tonight.

It was about fracking and the implications on our health.

There was a doctor from the charity Medact, who told us about the report they had published, which reviewed research done on the impact of fracking on our health.

The conclusion they came to was that fracking has a negative effect on human health.

There was another speaker there too – a chap called John Ashton.

He had previously worked for the government as a diplomat.

He spoke about how the decision that Lancashire County Council comes to in the following week is also a reflection of the state of our political system at this current time.

He spoke of how people of Lancashire were saying loudly and clearly that they did not want fracking and he asked, in the long campaign against fracking, where were our councillors, and in particular, where was Jenny Mein – the leader of LCC?

So, where are you, Jenny?

Why aren’t you looking after Lancashire’s interests, or listening to the people of Lancashire?

This week, people will be taking action and gathering outside Lancashire County Council, to remind them that we do not want fracking – not in Lancashire or anywhere else for that matter.

Will you be listening Jenny?

Liz Stanton, Broadgate

Time for a breakfast?

Yesterday I walked past a number of teenage schoolchildren.

Almost all of them had packets of crisps and fizzy drinks in their hands.

All of them were overweight.

We are told parents these days are much busier.

But my parents, who had five of us, always nevertheless made sure we had a proper breakfast.

What are they busy doing?

Going on Facebook as soon as they get up? Texting? Watching TV for a Jeremy Kyle Show repeat? Going on the internet?

What is certain is they don’t look after their children properly.

I never cease to be stunned by the way some parents talk to their children these days, the language that some of them use at their children is appalling 
and, actually, nothing short of abuse.

R Kimble, address supplied

Sad fate of my friend Peter

I had occasion this week to visit an old friend.

A former business colleague. Lost from sight these many years and only lately back in the land of the living. I say ‘the living’ but leave others to judge.

What disobliging force is it I wonder that can turn a perfectly normal life upside down, wrenching happiness and good fortune out by the roots leaving behind a withered man for whom full recovery is beyond a doctor’s pen?

Odd too, how a mysterious tragedy reported on TV somehow rings a bell somewhere in the shadows of the mind and is thus kept fresh for years to come.

How could I know that the nameless man taken to hospital in a faraway town and discharged within hours as a drunk was my friend Peter?

How could I know that this same man who had suffered a physical attack earlier in the day, only made it to the hospital gates before collapsing again, and lying snow-covered for some time before anyone bothered to help him?

Now with a plate in his head and a peg tube in place of a mouth, very little remains of my friend Peter.

And yet for all this, Peter has learnt to accept his fate – unburdened by memory – even a little life is better than none.

Joseph G Dawson, Chorley

Parents should give support

The subject of being born gay is on the news again.

I have three brothers and, between us, we had five sons, of which two were gay.

By a freak of nature, born male but with a female mind is not your fault, and adults who cannot understand it need to

go back to the drawing


Children at school should be taught the facts of life so they know everything which explains we are not all born normal and why.

A person’s set life is, or should be, private so it is irrelevant to most of us what other people do in their bedrooms.

Parents of gays or lesbians should give them their approval as they need it to help them through a very stressful life that they did not ask for.

What’s the solution?

Name and address supplied

Clarifications to my letter

I would like to make two corrections to my letter about fracking (Letters, June


Regarding the French ban, this should have read: France has banned fracking as incompatible with the French Environment Charter 2004, (this document acknowledges that care for the environment and care for future generations are intimately linked).

Line 11 of the second column should read: warned by ministers as a licence holder.

Thank you for publishing these corrections.

Richard Swinnerton, Freckleton

One reason to stay in union

Paul Nuttall seems to think the European Commission giving ‘taxpayers’ money’ to Britain’s universities is a

bad thing (letters, June


Given the unwillingness of the British government to fund our higher education properly, I would have thought this was a reason to retain membership of the EU.

Or does Mr Nuttall not want a properly funded education system for our students who already face graduating with five figure debts?

Name and address supplied