Tackling drug abuse
Barely a week has passed since a senior police officer called for the controlled legalisation of harder drugs.
This is not new of course as back in the 1980s, every now and then this same cry would spew from so called pillars of society.
Thankfully the current government, though no favourite of mine, is standing solid against these idiotic rantings.
Drugs back in the 1960s were on offer from cannabis through amphetamines (speed) to ecstasy and cocaine, just as much as today so the excuse our young are under any more pressure than then is unfounded.
What surprises me, is the most powerful weapon of all, to my knowledge, in fighting drug use is our young.
Though I am aware police officers and various social workers play their part by visiting schools, imparting information on the horrors, it will always fall short on impact for a variety of reasons.
One example is the peer pressure among the kids to conform with the most influential kids in the class or in the school as a whole, so if police are not the flavour of the moment, they become a voice in the wilderness.
The best answer lies in this very article (Alcohell Gazette October 4) when it quotes the responses of some 11 year olds and upwards, saying they were offered alcohol or drugs, but walked away.
Get just a handful of these bright kids who are willing to say out loud in their class, that boys or girls who get drunk or try drugs are stupid.
This puts the in-school bad influences onto the back foot, giving more kids the confidence to refuse when offered drink or drugs.
This type of action coming from school mates would soon bring a consensus highlighting the majority of positive kids against drugs etc.
I believe this would do far far more than an adult trying to scare kids by showing drug den pictures and indirect threats of telling them they could end up junkies.
Kids’ minds are too resilient and very quickly able to dismiss authoritative gestures from adults.
However, coming from their peers, the children themselves, it ceases to be a mere message, but becomes the thing to do and has the potential to go viral too.
Capitalise on the best weapon against drugs there is!
Care homes are good
I am sick of reading about bad care homes and never about good ones.
My wife was taken to Nightingales Care Home on Norbreck Road, Blackpool, in 2007 and I have never regretted it.
The care and attention she has received has been second to none and all the staff there cannot do enough for all the patients from the matron down to the cleaners.
There are always at least two qualified nurses in attendance at all times that I know about.
The meals are cooked on the premises and are varied with a choice and are very good quality.
All visitors are asked if they want a drink almost as soon as they enter.
There is a hairdresser who comes in once a week, also a chiropodist.
When I was ill recently the staff missed me coming and the matron was going to come and see me to see if I was alright but thankfully I got better.
I have no connection with the care home except as my wife is a patient.
I was sad to hear Eric Morecambe’s widow has been drawn into the campaign to save the building that occupies the site where the ABC once stood (Gazette, October 2).
I wonder if Joan Morecambe knows there is nothing left of the ABC?
Or that the last stage show was held there in 1980 and it was converted into a triple cinema in 1981 and finally closed in 2000?
I saw more shows there than most people – did many interviews with the ‘greats’ and was always welcomed into the office of Bob Parsons and Gordon Chadwick – and I appreciate more than anyone that it was one of the finest theatres in Britain.
But times changed. People stopped going.
Don’t think for a minute that any new entertainment or exhibition centre on the site could be anything other than a money pit.
The history of the site is no reason to save or redevelop the present building .
Blackpool is not short of entertainment places considering its modest population and the reduction in visitor numbers from the days when the Hippodrome and ABC were thriving.
Most of the artists who appeared there also starred at the Opera House, which is a fine big theatre that was saved without being knocked about.
There is plenty of spare capacity in the Winter Gardens complex. Few towns have anything like it.
And for a cosier, historic ambience, we have the Grand. A big new entertainment venue in Blackpool would fail and would make the Opera House and the Grand no longer viable in the process.
Stonycroft Place, Blackpool