Letters - June 24, 2011

CHRISTMAS TV CAMPAIGN 'Charlene Downes who is still missing
CHRISTMAS TV CAMPAIGN 'Charlene Downes who is still missing
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WALKING through Stanley Park, and with sadness past the dedicated bench and floral memorials to Charlene Downes, I was struck with a great sense of injustice.

I have watched all the clamour from celebs and politicians for more police resources to be dedicated to find out the truth and extent of the News of the World phone-hacking complicity with disbelief.

This demonstrates not only the misuse of power, but also injustice and the remoteness of the establishment to the electorate.

Ask the people of Blackpool, or any other similar conurbation, where they think scarce police resources should be directed and, I would strongly guess, it would be the possible murder of a young and vulnerable member of our society over the source of the gossip columns’ tittle tattle.

When good people stay silent then evil triumphs, not only in terms of further injustices, the moral void is then filled by political groups from the margins of society.

Let us insist our politicians spend our resources correctly.

It should not matter that your parents are doctors, politicians or celebs in order to receive justice, we owe this at least, to the memory of a vulnerable young lady.

Simon Duncan

Beech Avenue

Blackpool

Mrs J Geddes (Gazette letters, June 21) says ‘Firstly, our life is not ours to destroy’.

So using that argument, it is not ours to prolong either. In the last paragraph, she goes on to say: “When their time comes, they will be helped both by the medical profession to ease their pain and also by the comforting, loving arms of the Lord.”

Assuming the Lord wants us to be in pain, as he created it, then who are we to ease it?

If God wants us prematurely brought to his ‘loving arms’ via a terminal illness then we have no right to try and fight it as it’s His will.

It would seem it’s all right to prolong life against God’s wishes, but not to take it. You can’t have it both ways.

Martin Woodsford

Park Road

Lytham St Annes

THE religious and distrustful tone of Mrs Geddes’ letter (Gazette letters, June 21) is not a helpful one, or indeed one that is at all credible.

If one is of the opinion that only God is the taker of life, and we are wrong to intervene, surely we have to balance that with our daily intervention on preserving life in cases where were, if left to nature’s will, a person may die but we prevent it.

As I understood my religious teaching, we are all given free will, and therefore the decisions are entirely our own.

The TV programme made clear Dignitas would not assist anyone not of sound mind, so the relevance of pressure from unscrupulous relatives does not hold up.

It also seems a pretty poor judgement on the many thousands who watch and care for their loved ones in their final years that assisting them in ending their suffering might be done for selfish ends – very ungenerous from any God-fearing compassionate human.

Personally, I found the end more undignified than Dignitas, as the subject seemed to be refused a drink in his last minutes, but I would not deny anyone their way out, should they be so inclined.

As for life not being ours to destroy, maybe Mrs Geddes would like to volunteer for the drugs bus and try to get her message across there.

Mr R Lee

Kingston Avenue

South Shore