Letters - September 5, 2013

Welsh international soccer player Gareth Bale and Real Madrid President Florentino Perez pose during his official presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium  in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 after signing for Real Madrid. The Spanish club announced Sunday that Bale has signed a six-year contract, and a person familiar with the deal said the fee was a world-record euro100 million ($132 million).  (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Welsh international soccer player Gareth Bale and Real Madrid President Florentino Perez pose during his official presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 after signing for Real Madrid. The Spanish club announced Sunday that Bale has signed a six-year contract, and a person familiar with the deal said the fee was a world-record euro100 million ($132 million). (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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Transfer window

Obscene

The total obscenity of football players’ ‘worth’ has been seen at its worst during this recent buying and selling period before the transfer window closed.

At a time when most of what the media call normal people are leading lives controlled by economic circumstances, the appalling amounts of money paid for some players is equal only to the theft of our financial security by the banking system.

Every day, I am in contact with older or disabled people who are fearful about where they will find the money for their next heating bill, while the sports press big up the fact that a player is transferred for £80m.

But when asked about this, football commentators and officials have the audacity to explain it away by saying it’s only a game.

Mind you they have to make the comment on behalf of the player because many players couldn’t string three words together anyway!

Stephen Brookes

Bispham

Labour voted for houses

Road row

Coun Penny Martin (Letters September 2) claims a wish to address the facts but then totally ignores them.

She did want to de-trunk the A585 and yet there was no evidence that Lancashire County Council showed any desire to take responsibility for this vital road.

Much of the A585 is actually in Fylde borough, and you can’t de-trunk part of a road.

There was also no suggestion the Highways Agency would agree to her view.

She claims that she does not want any further house building, however putting aside her worrying lack of understanding of planning procedures, at the annual budget meeting of March 2013, she said something totally different.

She and her Labour colleagues voted against the Conservative budget proposals to not only freeze the council tax but also to invest £5.4m in our leisure centres including Thornton.

Instead Labour councillors voted to use that funding to build council houses.

Coun Peter Gibson

Leader Wyre Council

Fluoride in water

Toxic claim

Phosphate is a mineral used to manufacture things like fertilizers and aluminium but it’s often contaminated with high levels of fluoride.

To remove it, sulphuric acid is added causing the fluoride to vaporise and creating toxic gaseous compounds such as hydrogen fluoride and silicon tetrafluoride.

These two chemicals are classified as hazardous waste but it doesn’t stop them being re-packaged, shipped around the world and then put into municipal water supplies under the label “water fluoridation”.

If it weren’t put into the water supply in this way, this hazardous waste would have to be disposed of by the phosphate mining industry under strict rules and regulations.

Yet the “water fluoridation” process is mysteriously allowed as long as it is accompanied by a loosely-justified, scientifically-unproven claim that it helps prevent cavities.

Do most doctors, dentists and other accountable public servants like Dr Arif Rajpura, Blackpool’s Director of Public Health, actually know where ‘fluoride’ comes from, even though they openly recommend it, sometimes with irrational exuberance?

If they knew ‘fluoride’ was derived from the chemical waste of the phosphate mining industry, would they still advise us to consume it?

Fluoridation policies are promoted and championed by dentists, doctors and public health officials who are often technically ignorant of the origins and the composition of fluoride; and yet they seek to assert power over the composition of your local water supply.

It’s time to demand an end to fluoridation, in any form.

Readers need to research the facts for themselves so they can properly question and effectively challenge the safety of these toxic chemicals that endanger them.

And this proposal to fluoridate our children’s school milk should be treated with the contempt that it deserves and vehemently opposed.

Name and address supplied

Disabled entrepreneurs

Award bid

In over 20 years of starting up businesses, I have met many very talented disabled people who really want to work and who, for reasons including discrimination and prejudice, have not been given the opportunity to do so.

In some instances, they have turned to self-employment and set up their own businesses, which have flourished.

Seven years ago, I set up the annual Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs with the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.

The award highlights the inspiring achievements of disabled entrepreneurs and the winner receives £50,000, the largest cash sum of its kind, to invest in their business in any way they want.

Apply now or nominate someone, before October 25 by visiting www.lcdisability.org/stelios

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou

c/o Leonard Cheshire Disability