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THE question of whether women considering abortion are given adequate counselling before making such a serious decision has been raised recently.

THE question of whether women considering abortion are given adequate counselling before making such a serious decision has been raised recently.

Frequently women regret having had an abortion and feel they were forced into it because they had ‘no choice’. This is far from the ethic of ‘Pro Choice’ that we hear about.

Surely it is time that these issues, the effects of abortion on women and adequate counselling, were properly reviewed by people without a commercial interest in performing abortions.

Margaret Sealey via e-mail


That accent

REGARDING scrap metal merchants and a “Brummie whine ... one of the worst regional accents we have in this country” (Letters).

Mr Brooke states that “surely, the accent should be irrelevant”.

It is not irrelevant Mr Brooke when it is played via a looped cassette, illegally and in direct contravention of the Control of Pollution Act 1974. It becomes a whine because it is played via a looped cassette system. The relevance of the Brummie reference I made is valid I live on the border of Solihull and Birmingham. If the Brummie accent is particularly annoying to me, then that’s the way it is.

A little research on Mr Brooke’s part would reveal that in 2008, Bath Spa University undertook a study to see if the stigma attached to regional accents had diminished. Interesting findings Mr Brooke, in a series of experiments, even a control group who said nothing at all were considered more intelligent than those with Brummie accents. Not my words, but the findings of a university study.

Finally, and Mr Brooke was not to know this, I have already been the target of attempts of intimidation and threats of violence by members of the scrap metal merchant community .... for me, this is a valid reason to remain anonymous.

Over to you Mr Brooke.

Name and address supplied


Win win

IN response to the various letters regarding the collection of scrap metal, I have to say I’m disappointed. The general theme appears to be ‘very occasionally a van with a horn goes past and it bothers me a little’. If this were a teenager driving a car recklessly around a housing estate, disturbing the residents at unreasonable hours and putting people in danger, you would indeed have a good case.

As it is, you’re simply expressing a displeasure with the idea for no discernible reason.

Clearly scrap metal merchants are providing a service that an increasing number of people see as valuable, or else they wouldn’t make any money.

You can have your old goods disposed of, entirely free of charge and with no inconvenience whatsoever aside from lugging it to the end of your drive.

In return, a small, thriving business is set up for those running it. It’s win-win.

Joe, Solihull, via e-mail


Cash delight

ON behalf of the local branch of the Solder, Sailor and Airmen’s Families Association - SSAFA Forces Help I would like to thank everyone who contributed towards our recent flag day in Mell Square.

While our Association is providing accommodation at Selly Oak to the families of injured service personnel, it would be easy to forget those who have served us in the past. The amount collected on the day was a fantastic £1,109.15 which will go a long way in helping us to support those locally in need, both currently serving and those who have served in the past.

Derek Tilford, Branch Chairman SSAFA Forces Help


Three cheers

THANK you for the letters by A Gill and W Gibbs. They were great, they brought a breath of fresh air as well as a truth to the Letters Page, well done the news.

Surely science and Christianity being bed fellows is a contradiction in terms, scientists in the church are starting to come around to the way and the truth of the Bible. God created the world, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen, for the things which are seen are temporary but the things which are not seen are eternal. [2 Corinthians 4 v 18] After all isn’t it the scientists through the ages that have added to the destruction of our planet.

God Bless you all

P Thomas, Baxters Rd, Shirley



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