LETTERS: Your Views
Another part of our city's proud history bites the dust
NOW it's demolition of our trade union history.
Thank you, Evening Telegraph, for your article (July 18) of Tom Mann, his work for social justice and the club built to honour his memory.
I hope the planning officer concerned (the proposal is to demolish the Tom Mann Club and build houses on the site) will recognise the importance of preserving our history and especially the trade union history of our city.
Why is it that so many Coventry people who care about their city seem to be always fighting a rearguard action to stop the destruction of their history and their memories of our city and its people?
We have lost our theatre and our historic public houses. Cathedral Lanes, although an attractive building by today's standards, is in the wrong place, hiding the beautiful view of the south side of Holy Trinity Church and access to the cathedral.
It would have been better placed in Spon Street where the council had started to make a good job of preserving the mediaeval buildings.
Are there any councillors who value Tom Mann's work for social justice, who respect those who want to honour his memory and who value the five trees destined to be destroyed?
Perhaps more importantly these days with centralised power and the disenfranchising committee system, could they actually influence the decision-making process if they wanted to?
Daventry Road, Cheylesmore.
Name and shame
REPORTS and pictures of the mindless idiots that endanger the lives of those that use our railway systems (Evening Telegraph, July 16) have prompted me to put pen to paper.
Reporting restrictions on juveniles are making heroes out of these youths.
The pictures you published recently had the faces of the idiots on the tracks obscured when really they should be shown in all their glory - if nothing else to bring it to the attention of their parents.
Kids nowadays believe that they can get away with absolutely anything, knowing they cannot be identified if caught in a compromising situation.
If unruly youths know that a "name and shame" situation existed, they may be less inclined to cause a nuisance to others.
The youths in question were obviously of an age where they knew right from wrong, so why treat them with kid gloves?
Show them that we will not tolerate this sort of behaviour.
The publication of their faces might not only lead to their prosecution but also act as a deterrent to others.
Parental responsibility could also be called into question at this point. With the school holidays on us now, do parents really know where their children are and what they are up to?
I feel extremely sorry for the drivers of these trains - stress levels must be sky high, not knowing what may be laid in front of their train.
Nuneaton resident, name and address supplied.
THE BBC has broken with long-standing tradition and appointed a non-Christian head of religious broadcasting for the first time in nearly seven decades.
Those who subscribe to the modern Emperor's New Clothes syndrome of religious politics have welcomed the appointment.
The reaction of the realists has ranged from a Victor Meldrew: "I don't believe it!" to grave concern whether or not this is a pointer to the future of religious broadcasting.
Prior to the recent General Election, my organisation urged members of the public to question candidates, regarding their views on Christian broadcasting, as well as the regulation of the media.
Some of us still believe that a fundamental principle for leadership is personal example. We look forward to learning the views of Christian broadcasters.
C T Wareing, chairman, Midlands regional branch, Mediawatch UK, formerly, (National Viewers and listeners' Association).
I HAVE read many letters regarding the demolition of the Coventry Theatre.
Some of these writers seem to forget the fact that there still is a theatre in the city centre. The Belgrade shows a wide variety of entertainment all year round.
Also across the city there are lots of smaller theatre groups, youth theatre groups and amateur theatre groups, which perform at local studios and smaller theatres.
We all have fond memories of the past but I think we should all try and concentrate on the future memories so they can be even better.
Bolton Close, Styvechale.
Mark Rattray is a local talent we should support
ARE the people of Coventry and districts aware that our one and only one Mark Rattray has an appreciation society?
I have been an admirer since 1990 when he appeared on Opportunity Knocks.
I approached Mark when he appeared at the Belgrade and asked if he had a fan club - at that time he didn't.
I try to get to all his local shows, and if possible I would support him whenever I can.
I love Mark, not only for his wonderful voice, but because of his dedication to his wife Tracey and family and secondly because I am a Coventry Kid.
I found him to be so polite and good mannered. Should you like to join the Mark Rattray Appreciation Society, contact Pat Price, Langley, Church Street, Stiffkey, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1QJ.
I'm trying to get a video of Opportunity Knocks winners 1990 (my son taped over mine) and also Magic of the Musicals with Marti Webb. I saw the show, but couldn't afford CD or cassette at the time. Can anyone help?
87 The Grove, Bedworth.
Vandals and thieves are relying on police apathy
IT comes as no surprise that the culprits responsible for the vandalism of Mr Leeson's car (Evening Telegraph, July 3) have not been caught.
I reported a crime (criminal damage) in progress in my area, and took photos of the offenders over three months ago.
The other night I had cause to do the same again at 6pm, when four males and a female tried to force open my garage door.
I have yet to see a police officer, but Coventry Council responded within two hours to secure the property - perhaps this section of the council could do a better job of policing the city?
It appears that some people have a strange idea that they can get away with anything as they know there will be no response from the police.
One day the photographs of these offenders may well appear on the net for all to see, but it would be better the old way - putting the culprits in the local stocks, thereby getting their faces known for what they are, vandals and thiefs.
But this means someone catching them and bring them to book!
name and address supplied.
to the point
RE: Semi-pagan rites (Your Views, July 19).
Surely the saying 'there is none so blind as those who have eyes and will not see' comes into its own with reference to Robert Sinclair's latest party piece.
To even suggest that no-one really believes in God anymore, must rate as the most naff remark anyone has submitted to the Evening Telegraph.
If only Mr Sinclair would take his blinkers off and tune into planet earth, he would find God is all around him and very much a reality.
It is so sad for people with no faith, for they are missing out.
Radford Road, Radford.
WITH regard to the Tory Party leadership and the elections which are going on, I wonder why so many of my elderly contemporaries say that if Enoch Powell was standing for election he would walk it.
Staverton Close, Mount Nod.
RE: The Marfan Association central England annual fun day on July 15, 2001.
May we on behalf of the association, thank all those who supported this event, held in Balsall Common, either by their attendance, purchase of raffle tickets or by donating prizes.
This is our major fund-raising event of the year in the area and the best ever yet, raising in excess of pounds 1,300 for the association.
Once again many thanks to all who supported us.
Mr & Mrs D M Ellis,
central England representatives,
Leveson Crescent, Balsall Common.
I WOULD like someone (I assume it's the city council) to please make it clear whether the apparent crossing between Broadgate and the Upper Precinct is in fact a crossing.
It gives the impression of being one to pedestrians as the road surface is different and everyone just ambles across.
However, traffic doesn't appear to recognise it as a crossing as I don't believe there are any road markings to indicate it is and cars, buses and the rest just drive straight on.
How there has not been a serious accident here has continues to amaze me.
Anyone care to comment?
St James Lane, Willenhall.
I JUST hope new toilets are included in the Phoenix Initiative for Pool Meadow and White Street Coach park.
I felt sick, embarrassed and ashamed of the Pool Meadow toilets when I took my sister-in-law in before the start of her trip back to Australia. My brother was disgusted with the gents toilets and apparently a young tourist came in, said a few unpleasant words about the toilets and walked out. What a terrible last memory of Coventry.
We don't want to be ashamed of Coventry - we want to feel proud for ourselves and for the tourists that come into Coventry, but how can we?
Decent toilets are a priority for us to be proud of.
Aldermans Green Road, Aldermans Green.
HERO: Tom Mann, the trade union leader who fought for social justice, and the club built in his memory which could face demolition…
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Publication information: Article title: LETTERS: Your Views. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Coventry Evening Telegraph (England). Publication date: July 26, 2001. Page number: 8. © 2009 Coventry Newpapers. COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group.
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