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On the slide

AFTER making my morning coffee and setting about another day of relaxing - being thankful I am a teacher and thus deserve to enjoy my time away from the job of shaping this country’s youth - I was disgusted, but not surprised to read yet another story of an innocent young man attacked by ‘knife monsters’ (Solihull News).

AFTER making my morning coffee and setting about another day of relaxing - being thankful I am a teacher and thus deserve to enjoy my time away from the job of shaping this country’s youth - I was disgusted, but not surprised to read yet another story of an innocent young man attacked by ‘knife monsters’ (Solihull News).

Coming from Australia and having lived here for six years now, I was once shocked to read of such crimes but now accept this is the way it is here.

I came from a culture where people are safe, friendly, hard working and uphold family values and tradition. I came to this country expecting the same.

It seems to me that people of all ages are unable to tell the difference between right and wrong. Who is to blame for the way of today’s society? Our youth, our parents, our teachers, our government?

Hostility and aggressive behaviour has replaced a stranger with a smile or a simple hello from a fellow commuter. I wish I knew the answer to the unapologetic, inexcusable and unacceptable behaviour of today’s society, but I just don’t.

But I do know that if things are bad and we don’t make a change, they can and will inevitably get worse. Bring back national conscription!

Mark Rowe via e-mail

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Speedy line

WITH reference to recent letters (Solihull News) about broadband speeds and lack of information thereof, you may be interested to know that I have been receiving a very good, and fast broadband service for over 10 years.

First from Birmingham Cable who provided a speed of 5 Mb/sec, and then from Telewest who took over and provided 10 Mb/sec. In 2007 Telewest was taken over by Virgin Media who for the past 3 years have provided me with 20Mb/sec

I check my speeds regularly and certainly for the past six months my average download speed has been 19.5 Mb/sec, and upload 0.73 Mb/sec.

Bill James via e-mail

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An opinion

TO paraphrase Mr Bargery’s opening comments (Letters) - “Oh, the arrogance of Don Bargery in thinking that his opinions on speed cameras etc are correct and, indeed, the only ones that should be held by any thinking person”.

It seems that he has access to an infallible source of statistics unavailable to the rest of we mere mortals when he states that “They deterred ever increasing numbers of reckless drivers deliberately exceeding clearly shown speed limits in proven dangerous areas”.

Unfortunately for Mr Bargery’s sense of infallibility, I feel that I must state my opinion (and I acknowledge that it is an opinion, not a statement of fact), that much of his statements is unprovable and inaccurate gibberish.

Why it is necessary for local authorities to install speed humps which have the potential to cause damage to drivers, vehicles and the road surface when a vehicle is driven over them at the relevant local speed limit?

Ian Bruce via e-mail

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Get real

WHERE have all the intelligent people gone? I’ve been provoked this week, by the letter from Don Bargery regarding speed cameras, and his talk of ‘racing crazed motorists’.

How can we have constructive discussions, if people like him are involved? True, you get occasional speeding motorists, but not everyone drives at 90mph in a 30mph zone. Most people drive normally and intelligently, even though the standards of driving by some are suspect.

Speed camera’s may have a purpose, but two close together near the Monkspath Tesco store for instance, means one offence can be registered twice, which is definitely revenue raising, and not for safety purposes.

As regards speed bumps, they should be made illegal. If someone kicks my car, they are guilty of criminal damage. How come the council aren’t guilty of criminal damage to every car damaged by speed bumps?

Finally, being the sufferer of a chronic back condition, I find speed bumps can be agonizing and when my wife broke a rib, it was very difficult to attend doctors appointments etc without causing extreme pain to her while crossing speed humps.

All to accommodate an occasional speeding driver, and extremists like Don Bargery. Does he even own a car?

C Birks, Shirley

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Scare tactics

I AGREE with S T Vaughan (Show us the books, August 27). It is quite clear that the Coalition and others are using the current financial situation to apply changes that under normal circumstances would be given far closer scrutiny.

When the financial situation was stronger I well remember company pensions taking long ‘payment holidays’ due to high yields and dividends, so it is they that should be bearing the brunt of costs for not paying when they could.

We should not accept a worsening of the benefits we have earned through hard work so that a few can get even richer!

DW, Balsall Common

 

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