Letters - September 5, 2014

POOL SUPPORTERS One long-time fan is heartbroken at what is happening to his beloved Blackpool FC and feels especially sorry  for the children who started following them after their recent seasons' attacking flair

POOL SUPPORTERS One long-time fan is heartbroken at what is happening to his beloved Blackpool FC and feels especially sorry for the children who started following them after their recent seasons' attacking flair

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Blackpool FC

Shameful

The thing I cannot understand is why did Karl Oyston appoint Jose Riga in the first place if he had no trust in him?

Supposedly he had interviewed many people for the job.

He then came out saying he was the best, although it took quite a few weeks before making the appointment, after Karl stated he had taken his time to get the right man in.

I unfortunately did not renew my season ticket last year as I had no faith in the Paul Ince appointment.

That was just an easy option after no one else wanted the job. Barry Ferguson as a stopgap was another pointless appointment, giving him a rise in pay but saving on a proper manager’s wages.

I never expected any new faces to arrive in this transfer window. I was proved right.

I feel so sorry for the supporters and the kids who only started watching them a few years ago when we had the success of attacking football.

It breaks my heart after 50 years of watching the team to see what is 
happening to them.

I can see no saving points. The words coming out from players etc are all the old 
clichés, yes, we have heard it all before.

Karl appears to be doing good work for Fleetwood Town, and possibly AFC Fylde as I can see many supporters going to watch a club aspiring to better things.

Maybe even next year there could be a ground swap, as Fleetwood will only get better.

Their chairman is willing to invest, for success, which in turn benefits his club.

It seems so strange that the better players i.e. Crainey and Dobbie would prefer League One to Championship 
football.

I just don’t know where all this is going to end.

I live in hope, but not expectant. Such a crying shame.

Douglas Loynds

Pelham Avenue

Blackpool

Learn language of money

Maths

From the new term, pupils aged 11-16 will have to be taught personal finance as part of the revised 
curriculum.

Citizenship will now include topics such as debt, budgeting, insurance, tax, pensions and savings.

These changes, along with the end of the treadmill of modular exams, and constant resits plus coursework which has long been abused, are long overdue.

Young people need to learn the language of money.

Among other things it will prevent them being ripped off later in life.

Knowing how to work out the interest on a loan or which is the best savings scheme on offer will equip young people for adult life far better than being able to solve a quadratic equation.

Of course, some basic maths is involved, and this will continue to cause 
problems.

Some 75 per cent of adults have a low level of numeracy, while our 15-year-olds are currently ranked 26th out of 65 countries.

One reason for this is cultural. Few adults hesitate to admit they were never any good at maths.

The trouble is when children hear their parents say this they assume it is ok for them to give up on maths also.

So although the inclusion of financial literacy in the curriculum is most welcome, it will be of no avail unless as a nation we significantly improve our basic maths skills, making them relevant to the world of work.

To achieve this aim, it would help if we stopped saying: ‘I was never any good at maths’.

Dr Barry Clayton

Fieldfare Close

Cleveleys

Embrace the web please!

Council site

If anyone from outside our town visited the St Annes Town Council’s website events page they would get the impression that we did not just have a Music & Arts Festival, Carnival, Kite Festival, Jigsaw Festival – to name but a few events they might have deemed worthy.

Perhaps the council should consider embracing the world wide web and engage more with what the people who pay their wages are doing.

Name and address supplied

Blackpool Airport

Talk to Michael

Regarding the future of Blackpool Airport, why would a 
major building company, Balfour Beatty take on Blackpool Airport in the first place and why now seek a new operator and keep the freehold option?

It is fairly obvious why. Anyone travelling from Blackpool must wonder where the development money is going .

This is some £1.5m per 
annum. I have not noticed any recent improvements and the facilities particularly on 
returning and passing 
through customs are very primitive.

The airport could not easily handle two incoming flights at the same time.

Liverpool is a small regional airport and has dozens of flights every day.

I think perhaps we should contact Michael O’Leary (chief executive of Ryanair) who only left Blackpool because of the £10 development tax which he immediately realised was a fund-raising scheme.

Geoff Race

Queens Road

St Annes