Letters - August 23

THE best way to end animal experiments is to refuse to buy products which have been tested on animals.

The deliberate infliction of pain and torture on defenceless animals is carried out every day by some companies selling cosmetics and household products. Many people simply do not know which companies these are.

If you would like to know so you can shop compassionately, then send a 3 cheque or postal order made payable to Naturewatch for a copy of their brand new up to date Compassionate Shopping Guide. This 60-page book will tell you everything you need to know so you can shop with confidence.

Their address is: Naturewatch, 14 Hewlett Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52, 6AA.


Moor Park Avenue


Let's hear the wet excuses

High rainfall in July and also up to now in August. Now the River Wyre has burst its banks yet we have only just ceased having to operate under a hosepipe ban.

What does this say about the way United Utilities manages our rainfall?


Get priorities right

I may have been too quick to condemn our government at first with a bin tax which was reported in the News of the World, June 6.

No speed cameras in Swindon then Oxfordshire on Sky News, August 1.

It's true there has been a significant reduction in the number of road casualties, but if there was no war and disarmament we would have nearly twice the funds needed to improve the NHS and other services, including improving road safety.


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Making a child very happy

I would like to thank the kind person who handed my grandson's new lego game to the driver on the No 3 bus on

Friday, August 6. He was delighted to get it back so thanks once again.


Condor Grove


I FEEL there is far too much selection of students based on grades.

I feel this leads to so many of the wrong sort of people getting onto prestigious courses like medicine.

I have worked with some terrible doctors who probably breezed through school with straight As and A*s, but high grades doesn't make a great doctor.

I feel too many people are getting onto these sort of courses for the wrong reasons simply because they got high grades.


THE reason our children are struggling to find places at university is because many of the places are sold to affluent foreign students.

It is a sad indictment of our system that this is the only way many of our universities can survive financially


I WONDER how many students find jobs after university that actually relate to the course they studied. Sadly the number of students that just take a course that will have no relation to the career they end up doing are putting the education of others at risk.


I DON'T see the point of focusing on university as a be all and end all for a decent career.

I've got plenty of friends who have just finished uni with degrees and they are working in shops, bars or are out of work.

I started an apprenticeship at 19 on 9k a year and in 3 years I'm earning a decent salary, I have three additional qualifications as well as A-levels and deem myself to be much more successful than my student mates.

Apprenticeships are the way forward!


RIMSKI is right, a lot of students just go to university because they don't know what to do with their lives. Apprenticeships are a good idea.