Letters - September 26, 2013

CAREERS ADVICE Schoolchildren would make better workers if they left at 14 says one reader
CAREERS ADVICE Schoolchildren would make better workers if they left at 14 says one reader
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School leaving age

Too old

The old have got it all, while the young have nothing, seemed to be the message that was on a radio programme last night.

A programme only listened to by the old on their old radios rather than the young on their £500 gaming machines and mobile phones.

Of course we have the money.

We started work at 14, 15, or 16, we did not remain unemployed until 18 like most of the modern generation seem to do.

By the time they start work they are too old and set in their ways to learn what ‘work’ is all about.

Ask any boss who he prefers to employ, a schoolboy of 18 or a schoolboy of 16.

The most useful employees are ones who have had the most training and experience in the workplace, and the younger they start the better.

I believe 14 is a sensible age to leave school.

Forcing fully grown adults to remain at school does not work and never will do.

Roger Goodrun

Charles Street


Act on dog fouling

Licence plan

A solution must be found to dog fouling.

May I suggest all dog owners should have to register ownership, and receive a licence by law.

This must be enforced with a heavy fine if not adhered to.

Also, the dog’s DNA to be registered. This way a dog’s mess can be traced back to its owner. This procedure is actually working in one US state.

Kevin Gooder


Low wage culture

No raise

We are already noted for being one of the lowest paid towns in the country so it’s a pat on the back for the local council awarding employees with a ‘living wage’ £7.45 an hour as opposed to less or the minimum wage of £6.19.

Employees like myself would have howled with laughter or exclaimed; ‘yeah right’ when Coun Simon Blackburn said that a fair wage should be paid to all workers and it would be good to see other employers follow suit.

This is mainly because employers like mine pay minimum wage, no extra for public holidays and we are lucky if we receive time and a half for Christmas and New Year’s Day.

They also expect us to go the extra mile and most of the time staff don’t get the breaks we are entitled to despite a full hour unpaid.

Does our employer care? No, as long as the money keeps rolling in and we continue to work like Trojans, our employer’s attitude is; “if you don’t like it, you know where the door is!”

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Pavement parking

No respect

The other year the council and Trading Standards had a purge on Whitegate Drive, Munster Avenue, Devonshire Road etc, putting notices on cars for sale - some resulting in fines, some for running a business.

They spoil the look of the roads everywhere with these cars for sale, making everywhere look like a garage!

Our councillors should watch out for them.

Also we waited years for Munster Avenue to be resurfaced, and it now looks great!

However, the next day people were parking on the pavement.

Why park on the pavements when it’s a lovely wide road? Do these people have no respect for anything?

R. & K. Taylor

Inver Road


Help children in Syria

Please give

As millions of children should be going back to class at the start of the new school year in Syria, too many are witnessing horrific violence and are losing loved ones, their homes, and the chance of an education.

More than four million Syrian children are now in need of our help in what is the largest humanitarian operation in history.

I recently visited Domiz camp for Syrian refugees in Northern Iraq, where I heard stories of unimaginable loss. One baby boy had been shot through his father’s arms as he rushed him to safety in his hometown in Syria.

Another refugee girl, Hadija, had been out of school for more than two years and had forgotten how to read. Others were so affected by the horror they had seen, they could no longer sleep at night.

UNICEF is working around the clock for children in Syria and in five neighbouring countries - Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

We are providing safe drinking water, essential vaccines, education, and psychological support. We have incredibly courageous staff on the ground trying to reach as many children as they can.

In spite of the increased attention on Syria in recent weeks, UNICEF’s humanitarian response to this crisis remains critically underfunded. I urge you to think of Syria’s children and do something - however small - to help mend their shattered childhoods.

To donate online visit www.unicef.org.uk . To donate by phone call 0800 316 5353.

Jon Sparkes