Reader’s letters - September 28

The cull of cattle was worth it if it saved people from getting CJD, says one letter writer
The cull of cattle was worth it if it saved people from getting CJD, says one letter writer
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CJD: A horrible tragedy

I have read your article about CJD (LEP, September 24) and had to write as my husband died of this horrific disease.

He first became ill in July 2009 with symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s, but every day he got distinctly worse.

It was the most distressing thing for my family and I to witness – soon he could not remember how to get home.

He was in and out of hospital so many times for investigations, but no one could diagnose exactly what was going on.

Eventually, he became so bad he had to be admitted to hospital.

To cut a very long, harrowing story short, when he died in March 2010, he could not walk or talk or do anything for himself – he was as vulnerable as a newborn baby and he weighed about five stones.

I insisted on a post-mortem, which proved to be inconclusive, and I was contacted by the coroners’ office for permission to send his brain to the CJD research centre in Scotland.

After a couple of weeks, we had the result – it was variant CJD.

He was just 62.

So, if the slaughter of all the cattle saves someone getting this savage disease, it will be worth it.

Name and address supplied

I was a child of a refugee

I write as the daughter of a child refugee who came to this country from Germany, where the adults in her family went to concentration camps.

Aged 10 with her little six-year-old sister, my late aunt arrived by train.

Her first experience of British open-heartedness she told me about was that of the field-workers in the South of England who came up to the train, which was stationary, with sweets and apples in their hands for the children. My mother said they had kind faces and she was determined to give back and contribute herself when she grew up.

She did. When I left college, she left her hairdressing job to go to college herself and became a social worker.

The tougher it was, the harder she worked, and made certain her younger colleagues could have support for their workload.

Eventually as a guardian ad litem, she continued in Wales, not leaving a stone unturned in her determination to get justice and a secure future for extremely vulnerable children.

The Queen awarded her an MBE in 1996 – well deserved.

The scaremongering of refugees as somehow being people who take advantage needs to be rebalanced.

They are human beings whose very basic needs in their own country – particularly Syria – have been destroyed.

As someone said to me earlier today – we didn’t earn the right to have safe secure homes in Britain. This was a gift. We should share our good fortune.

Please put pressure on our politicians to open their political hearts to take in more refugees. It truly is better to give than to receive. To do nothing is not an option.

Gwenda Meredith, address supplied

Lib Dems will never learn

Well, I never! Lib Dem leader Tim Farron states they would again go into government with the ‘nasty party’. Has he lost his memory? Just to remind him, he and his ‘turncoats’ have now eight MPs after they got a right kicking at the General Election in May for doing just that! Yet they never learn and are still prepared to help Cameron in his ideology of smashing the working classes.

It is a pity they weren’t wiped out completely for lying. There we have it, more proof, that many of our politicians couldn’t give a damn about the electorate, just me, me, me, in their lust for any sort of power. The biggest laugh comes from Farron who says the Lib Dems were now the only “credible” opposition.

Terry Palmer via email

Time and place for donations

At a major retailer, when I reached the till to pay for my purchases, I was asked if I wanted to give £1 to Cancer Research.

This is totally inappropriate.

If I want to give to charity I will, but I do not expect to be asked when I am shopping.

People who are not very good at saying no could feel pressured into donating, thinking they should give after they have spent a lot of money on clothes.

We shoppers are surrounded by charities with their begging bowls out.

The High Streets are overcrowded with zealous charity-muggers – or ‘chuggers’ – and charity shops.

If that isn’t enough, we are bombarded with their expensive manipulative adverts on TV, in mailshots and in phone calls.

When will charities learn that once-keen givers are sickened by overkill marketing tactics?

They are losing the very people they are trying to reach.

I won’t be using that shop again.

Darryl Ashton, Blackpool

Rugby superior to football

Have you ever dreamed of watching a football match where all the players give 100 per cent and no one rolls around the floor in a death agony when no one has been near them?

A game where tough men sometimes lose it and punches are thrown, and when that happens, the ref pulls them to one side and suggests they grow up?

A game where the ref’s word is law, and if there is a cynical foul, the yellow card removes the culprit for 10 minutes to cool off, therefore not reducing his team for the whole game, so the paying public get a balanced game .

And there is never the sight of managers racing up and down abusing the officials when one of their little loves is cautioned?

And finally, a game where most of its players couldn’t wipe out the national debt with a month’s wages ?

If that is the sort of game you would like to see, it’s still football, but rugby football, and at the moment the Rugby World Cup is on ITV.

So far, it’s been great, don’t miss it!

Allan Fazackerley via email

Free range

is an option

I heard that the Shadow Environment Secretary Kerry McCarthy is saying meat eaters should be targeted in the same way as smokers.

I can imagine this will not be a vote winner and, if such extreme policies were ever implemented, there would be cries of ‘nanny state’ from meat eaters.

But there is an important issue being raised here about animal welfare.

I don’t believe eating meat is wrong, but only if animals are treated with respect and have a good life and a

humane death.

Unfortunately, as is the case so often these days, we have put profits before morals and animals has suffered as a result.

Treating animals as profit-making machines is immoral, but is often forgotten in our quest for a tasty hamburger or chicken pie.

And, although I don’t think meat should be banned (after all my dogs eat meat, and I can’t see them ever becoming vegan), cruel factory farms should be abolished.

If we are going to keep eating meat – and this will be the case for the majority of us for a long time yet I expect – we need to ensure all farm animals are given the highest welfare possible. Personally, I would like to see more free range/RSPCA assured meat being used and labelled in supermarkets, butchers, cafes, restaurants, pubs and takeaways.

Cutting down on meat (especially if it’s not labelled free range), maybe having a couple of meat-free days a week, installing CCTV in abattoirs, and maintaining higher welfare standards will help.

CJK, Fulwood

I hope Corbyn is here to stay

What a breath of fresh air, Corbyn is to be leader of the Labour Party. What we have had for the last 30 years – Thatcher, Blair, Brown, Miliband, have not been for the working class people at all.

No wonder people like him, he talks sense and is not afraid of the Whips we have got at the moment. I only hope Corbyn is here to stay.

Mrs Rose, address supplied