In reply to your published letter ‘Pen and paper best’ (Citizen, August 19).
May I first say the mentioned letter is from the director of Diabetes UK Midlands, which covers the county of Lincolnshire.
Fenland, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk are part of Diabetes UK Eastern.
We would like to communicate with all people living with diabetes, but it must be a two-way conversation.
I am sure many of my colleagues and I would love to communicate with you using the traditional ways, we just need to know.
Eastern office contact: Eastern Regional Office, Diabetes UK, 8 Atlantic Square, Witham, CM8 2TL.Telephone 01376 501390.
Secretary, Wisbech Diabetes UK Group.
Communication with MP
Sparks fly over reply
I sympathise with Brian Baylis re MP Steve Barclay (Letters, August 26).
Although Mr Barclay did reply to my letter many months ago, regarding my suggestion that the use of fireworks should be restricted to certain days only (I am a pet lover), his reply not only gave no reason for his disagreeing with me (‘I do not agree with it’), but insulted me further by telling ME what I had told HIM in my letter (that there were regulations on times allowed for fireworks and that I should look at various sites to see what to do to help my pet).
All very well if you know what days people are likely to use fireworks (the restrictions are for hours in the day, NOT for days themselves and they can be used all year long), but I have heard fireworks going off in the vicinity on any old day at any old time.
Only a few days ago, my cat came hurtling through the door in a panic as soon as the sun went down, on a week night in August, as someone let off a lot of fireworks close by, and he cowered in a corner for hours.
Sometimes he has gone missing for hours as he must have panicked and hidden elsewhere – some animals don’t come back at all.
I have even heard fireworks, mainly bangers, going off in broad daylight on a weekday in Spring!
It seems that everyone who wants to celebrate the slightest occasion lets off fireworks – we ALL have birthdays, they are nothing special and certainly not worth causing heartbreak to many pet-owners. Restrict the use of them to certain notable days, I say – eg November 5 and the nearest Friday or Saturday to that (not the usual beginning of October stretching to end of November, which we have to take for granted now, plus other random days during the year), New Year’s Eve, Diwali, Chinese New Year, etc, and perhaps official public celebrations (eg Royal Weddings, Coronations, that sort of thing).
And please don’t patronise me by pointing out something that I have pointed out to you, Mr Barclay. What were his reasons for disagreeing with my suggestion?
We shall never know, but I dare say with the Election coming up at the time, the fact that he wouldn’t want to upset the majority who couldn’t care less about animal safety may have had something to do with it.
Well, he didn’t get MY vote, that’s for sure and never will again. I hope there are enough animal lovers out there to follow suit when the time comes again.
State of the nation
General strike call
This country is in a mess because of this Government. It is time to do something about it.
The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The common man and woman must fight for their rights now.
The only solution to this problem is a general strike, but this time we must not back down.
Hit them hard and hit them where it hurts most and never give in to them.
It has been heartening to read of the joy and delight of A-level and GCSE students at schools in Fenland when they received their results.
I’d like to wish them well with their next steps on life’s journey. They’re a credit to this area.
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