Letters - May 11, 2012

First and second class stamp prices have risen
First and second class stamp prices have risen
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I FEEL compelled to respond to the comments made by C Chambers (Gazette Letters, May 7). Although as he says the postal increase is indeed a massive one, this still remains one of the best value purchases I am aware of.

For less than the cost of a loaf of bread you can, in most instances, walk less than 300m, deposit your correspondence, from where someone will collect it, transport it anywhere in the country, and finally deposit it on the doormat of the recipient the following day.

Bearing in mind the price of going just one stop on the new supertram is £1, this has to make the postal service extremely inexpensive.

Given the competition, coupled with emails, texts and social networking that Royal Mail faces, in my opinion we are extremely fortunate to still have such a great service.

I for one will be sending my usual Christmas cards, perhaps buying my stamps throughout the year.

I realise this is a personal choice, but trust my friends will not put our Christmas wishes down as unworthy of such a small charge.

Mrs E Crook

Richmond Road, Blackpool

CHRIS Davies MEP might be okay in his comments on the nutters in the UKIP (Gazette Letters, May 7) but his following remarks of the benefits of being in the EU are difficult to accept.

EU legislation is dominated by the unelected European Commission, based on power written by representatives of big transnational corporations.

The Con Dem Government attacks living standards here, the Labour movement has to fight back, but cannot do so if the Labour Party is accepting austerity cuts from the EU which they have been. The EU accounts have not been signed off for 20 years, but we still hand it £20 billion a year – they have become a byword for corruption.

Twenty years ago we were told the EU its policies and the Euro would benefit working people with full employment, legal rights and good public services. it’s not only untrue but the very structure of the EU is designed to protect and extend the interests of the kleptomaniacs of finance capital.

EU directives, covering everything from fishing and post offices to ferries, have forced public services to open up to the market, benefiting the private sector, cherry picking to the detriment of planned public enterprise.

We need to be out of the EU and regain our democratic rights to run the economy how we see fit, yet we see the Government support this process as it imposes similar policies designed to make the poor pay for the crisis caused by the bankers and fundamentalist right wing economics.

Royston Jones

Beryl Avenue Anchorsholme

WHY does Blackpool Council not concentrate its efforts on the retail area of town?

With hundreds of millions being spent on The Promenade and other areas, it feels as though the ravaged high street has been abandoned. Bank Hey Street, and the surrounding areas are dirty, look dated, and really do need to be made more classy.

Making areas look more expensive, and more refined, will undoubtedly help the town shed its lager lout image.

Who wants to go shopping when drunks are spilling out of pubs at noon? The trams, while nice looking, don’t do a thing for me. I want to drive into town, shop, eat, perhaps visit an attraction, then drive home. Trafford Centre anyone?

Brian Dacre

Southlands, Kirkham