Letters - December 20,2012

Australian radio DJs Michael Christian, left, and Mel Greig

Australian radio DJs Michael Christian, left, and Mel Greig

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I FIND Steve Canavan’s opinion that the two Australian DJs are blameless in nurse Jacinta Saldanha’s suicide difficult to accept (Gazette December 13).

People come in all sizes and shapes as they do in their mental makeup.

Some are thick skinned and stoical in adversity while others are overtly sensitive and cannot bear to live when things go wrong or when they face criticism or ridicule.

I feel Mrs Saldanha was one such and being an immigrant felt more vulnerable than her white colleagues would have had they been in a similar situation.

She knew she would be the butt of jokes for people around the world for a long time to come. We also do not know what pressure was put on her by her employers.

Had she been severely reprimanded or threatened with dismissal?

Unless we can be sure of all the facts it is not appropriate, in my opinion, to be so judgmental and exonerate the DJs completely.

I however entirely agree that his or her prank was neither malicious nor intended to hurt anyone. Mr Canavan refers to the fact pranks such as this are nothing new.

However the import, significance and public interest in something like the current prank cannot be compared to the run of the mill practical jokes that he refers to.

I think the DJs must and should bear at least some responsibility for the tragic event.

DR K.S. VASUDEV

Silverdale Road

St Annes

EVERYWHERE, the comments about safety and regulation of fracking concentrate on the earth tremors and consequent seismic issues.

But I have grave concern that it becomes accepted wisdom that this is all that needs regulation and monitoring.

Current regulations are those applied offshore and simple onshore drilling.

There are technical issues in fracking, most notably the huge quantities of water used, the contaminants that water picks up and brings with it on return to the surface, and then what to do with it, for which there are no sensible and adequate regulations.

Secondly, although a single monitoring agency is proposed there is little detail of how it will be staffed and operate.

Finally the importance of the Lancashire County Council debate initiated and led by Coun Bill Winlow cannot be overstated. Councillors from every political party that attended the meeting, including those who have historically been hostile to the whole idea of fracking, voted in favour of the motion.

Lancashire County Council has planning authority over fracking and now has a clear and universally approved policy for dealing with it.

MIKE TURNER

Saltcotes Road

Lytham

AFTER reading the heart-warming request by Father Anthony, on behalf of the Rainbow Bridge Sanctuary for abandoned cats (Letters November 30), I would just like to say that in these uncertain times it is re-assuring to know that we can still care for our fellow creatures as well as for each other. When life can be such a struggle at times, it is so easy for us to ignore what has been given to us to enrich our lives, whether it is our pets or the wildlife and beauty of the planet.

C.HOPKINS

St Annes

COUN Fred Jackson says “We are currently carrying out a review of the town centre to see where the congestion is taking place.

“One of the difficulties we have is Blackpool’s roads were designed when there were fewer cars on the road” (Gazette December 18). When there were fewer cars (and far more pedestrians) on the road, Central Promenade was designed with two lanes in each direction as a major thoroughfare.

Now, thanks to the Council’s efforts, it is crumbling crawl-causing hazards and congestion throughout the vicinity. How long does it take to say “sorry, we got it wrong” and put it right?

Not in this council’s vocabulary I fear.

Progress?

RICHARD HOOK

Devonshire Road

Blackpool