Reader’s letters - Thursday December 11, 2014

This man is one of the most famous men of the 20th century, see letter
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When is sentence served

Can I comment on the current events concerning footballer Ched Evans not being allowed to play football any more on his recent release from prison. First of all, let me be quite clear that I agree he has committed a terrible crime, and he had to go to prison for it, he should have served longer in my opinion!

However, what I cannot understand is the media frenzy against this man for raping a vulnerable young drunken woman, who probably thought she was on the way to becoming a “WAG”.

However, the parallel that I can’t understand is this. There are two footballers playing today, who, between them killed three people, and yet they are allowed to resume their careers.

Luke McCormack, killed two little boys, one 10, and one eight years old. He got a pathetic sentence of seven years yet today he is playing for Plymouth Argyle in League Two. He was twice, over the legal drink driving limit when he killed them.

Lee Hughes killed a man through dangerous driving, and was given a six year sentence, (again a paltry) sentence. Since his release from prison, Hughes has played for Oldham, Notts County, Port Vale, and is currently plying his trade for Forest Green Rovers in the Conference.

The Judiciary are at pains to say a prison sentence is not to be classed as punishment for the crime committed, why? Don’t ask me, but, is to be viewed as “rehabilitation”. If these two individuals have in fact have been “rehabilitated”, then, what I can’t understand is, why can two footballers who have killed three people between them be allowed to resume their football careers, when another one who, admittedly, has committed a very serious crime and has been punished for it cannot?

In my opinion, I believe that none of the three should ever be allowed to play football again, especially Hughes and McCormack.

Mrs T Breagllingson, Chorley

True meaning of Christmas

Not many of us celebrate or even know the birthdays of Nelson Mandella, Neil Armstrong (pictured) or Sir Winston Churchill but more than 2,000 years after the birth of a baby in Bethlehem, millions the world over commemorate this event each Christmas.

Jesus Christ is the most influential man in history towering over all others. Nobody spoke as Jesus did.

He had authority, he gave to the world the highest moral standard, preaching only what he practiced.

He gave dignity to women, respect to the disabled, significance to the children, credibility to the family and status to each individual.

He has made an indelible impact upon our literature, art, music, architecture and our democratic freedoms.

The Bible says of Jesus that God became flesh and dwelt amongst us, millions have followed Jesus, civilizations and nations have been changed as people have come to know God through him.

For 20 centuries he has transformed individuals and become the most valued saviour to all people all over the world.

In her Christmas day message to the Commonwealth in 2011 Queen Elizabeth said: “History teaches us that we need saving from ourselves, from our recklessness and our greed. God sent into the world a unique person - neither a philosopher nor a general, important though they are, but a Saviour, with the power to forgive.”

Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith. In the last verse of this well known carol there’s a prayer:

O Holy Child of Bethlehem

Descend to us we pray

Cast out our sin

And enter in

Be born in us today.

It is my prayer that on this Christmas day we might all find room in our lives for the message of the angels and for the love of God through Christ our Lord.

John Ashton, Chorley

Do not prejudge public inquiry

On December 8 a report, Action on Air Quality, prepared by MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee stated 29,000 deaths a year are caused by air pollution.

It stressed “no school should be built less than 150 metres from a busy road” and that all schools in areas of congestion should have specialist air filtration systems.

That is but one of the reasons the route of the proposed Broughton Bypass insisted upon by Lancashire County Council is the wrong one. The proposed route for this new highway is less than 80m from Broughton C of E Primary School (thought to be the first primary school in the country, established in 1590.

Most of the school’s classroom windows face a proposed new roundabout which would be higher than the school itself and is large enough to fit the entire church building.

This links Eastway with the by-pass, thereby increasing traffic to 31,000 per day. It is closer than the distance recommended by the government report. Is LCC going to rebuild the school farther away from the proposed new road? Fit specialist filtration systems in the school? Build a new school?

Its comments (LEP December 5) seemed to express the idea the upcoming public inquiry is a foregone conclusion and it will proceed whatever the damage to the school, Broughton St John Baptist Church and the environment.

I thought evidence has to be taken into account and then a conclusion reached by the independent inspector.

Canon Andrea Titterington, Fulwood

Still not sign of being all in it

The MPs of Parliament have refused to take a pay cut of ten per cent - but they have absolutely no problems with hiking up their pay by ten per cent – when all of us are having pay freezes, pay cuts, and even the disabled people having their benefits cut or even losing them in some cases.

Shamefully, the food banks have never been busier.

The most patronising comment these MPs all say is; ‘we’re all in this together.’ Oh no we’re not!

Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith gave a dirty look when a reporter asked him if he and his cabinet colleagues would all consider contributing to the cuts by taking a pay cut?

Darryl Ashton, Blackpool