Letters - June 28

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READING the report of the Polish man who wouldn’t move his car to allow the air ambulance to land in a recent emergency, I was absolutely appalled (Gazette, June 25).

The patient in question was kept waiting for half an hour because of this man’s selfish behaviour and subsequently died.

The delay was not connected to the patient’s death.

I only hope the same thing doesn’t happen to him and he is kept waiting by someone equally selfish.


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REGARDING Shelagh Parkinson’s thoughtful article about assisted suicide (Gazette, June 20), and the ensuing correspondence.

We can’t afford to take any life knowingly, deliberately, even by just hastening an approaching death.

It means that, at that moment, we have opted against life, whatever our motive.

To take a life, or to help someone to take their own life, is to have a little less respect for life than we had before.

It then becomes a little easier next time, and, after that, easier still. We soon become less protective of life in general. And then?

Human life is human life, wherever it is and whoever’s it is.

We can’t safely discriminate between one life and another.

Is the mother’s life more truly human than her child’s?

Is the fit young person’s life more truly human than the disabled person’s?

We need to respect life and support each life by loving care and all reasonable (but not exaggerated) means, until natural death comes.

We should certainly not deliberately take active steps to shorten life, such as by depriving someone of basic nourishment and fluid.

A film about an individual’s sufferings will always evoke our compassion.

It should.

But that isn’t sufficient reason for changing the law.

The law protects the good of the community. It cannot safely legislate for individual situations.



ON Cottam Hall playing fields, on a recent fine evening, there were young people playing random games, and it was a nice atmosphere.

The boys were playing an innocent game of football until a ball hit a neighbour’s fence quite hard, and the neighbour came out angrily.

He expressed concern his property had been hit, and the boys explained they were only playing football and one of them had lost control.

Once the man had stopped shouting, the boys slowly walked off the fields.

They told me they weren’t allowed to play on the marked out football pitch, and now they had been moved on from the other part of the pitch.

The boys didn’t mean any harm. They were doing everything boys should be doing, being healthy, socialising in the fresh air and relaxing.

Society expects such a lot of children and young people, saying too much time is spent on computers and not enough time playing out.

Can people be more patient with our young people over the summer when they are out and about? It may appear some are unsociable, but they are just learning and trying to enjoy themselves.