Letters - June 5, 2018
Still being robbed blind by the banks
Most of us have had to pay the cost of being late paying off our credit card bill at some time or another and suffered the consequences. This, even when our funds are not overdrawn, but merely due to accident or oversight.
Yet our friendly bankers give us little or nothing in the way of interest on our deposits. Without which they would fail to operate. What a one-sided relationship this is.
Indeed a famous person once wrote: “It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by robbing one.”
American President Thomas Jefferson also wrote: “If people of any nation ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
“The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
Does any of this sound familiar?
‘Bovine herd’ must pay for security first
I was interested to read that further talks are being held before that bovine herd (aka the paralytic mass of young farmers) is allowed back to our town once again (Your Say, June 1).
A hardcore element of animalistic morons always cause problems at this event - and will do so in future.
The Farmers must pledge to pay for extra security and policing themselves - in advance. Hopefully this will prove unviable and they’ll pull the plug this shower of muck spreading once and for all!
Give more thought to rail passengers
Luckily I don’t rely on rail travel, apart from occasional pleasure purposes.
But there’s a certain irony that at the moment our train operators seem unable to provide services because they don’t have enough drivers. And to load even more problems on the poor traveller, at the same time the rail unions are striking because they want to ensure that there is no single manning of trains
At least, both sides are in agreement that they would like to increase the number of employees!
However, there seems little consideration for the poor customers who both pay to travel or for the disruption of not travelling.
Incidentally, I suspect that the vast majority of customers, given the opportunity would vote for the provision of a guard on every train, it would add little to the cost of each ticket and ensure a more secure journey.
Why not ask the people who pay for the tickets?
Beat loneliness by joining a church
Could I suggest a way to deal with loneliness?
Why not try the local church and join the local church community?
It costs nothing.
Donations and collections are voluntary, and it provides a mutually supportive network for churchgoers.
Churches are led by professionals who will listen to people’s concerns and can be trusted not to break confidence.
The church is not just about religion. If you are worried about keeping your teenage children away from drugs and out of trouble, a Christian upbringing may help.
The church teaches people to be ‘good neighbours’ and good citizens, to stand up for what is right and to respect each other.
It provides a forum for older people to meet and sick people are visited and cared for. Far from being boring, some of the world’s best stories can be found in the Bible, and are read in services.
It is a great pity that the Christian church is in decline in so many parts of the country, but it is not just the church which is going this way.
Village stores and post offices have all but disappeared, in many villages and neighbourhoods, the only centre for the community left is the local church. If we don’t use it, we will lose this, too.