Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vent Your Spleen

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vent Your Spleen

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How dare you state that I drink and smoke. I do not and I am very offended that you said that. I don't even leave my home without help

I WOULD like to reply to E Brown, from Roker, who put my pension and income support money of pounds 93 a week in the paper to use as his way of getting back at younger people. Am I right in thinking that you are a pensioner and you do get the pounds 200 fuel allowance? Well, how dare you state that I drink and smoke. I do not and I am very offended you said that. I don't even leave my home without help, unlike a lot of pensioners who spend their fuel allowance on bingo. I am the person who gets the pounds 93 a week and I get sick of listening about the old days. Can I just say today it's very violent and very frightening to live and I would like to have been born in the 1940s when everything was so wonderful as we keep getting told.

KR, Whitley Bay.

WHAT a good letterfrom E Brown, from Roker, Vent Your Spleen January 23, for highlighting the fact that many of those who complain about not getting winter fuel payments fail to mention all the other handouts they receive because they don't work, such as Income Support, free rent etc. These people are probably better off than many of those who are working and contributing to a private pension scheme for their retirement. CM, Harlow Green.

WITH regard to the police protest, irrespective of the rights or wrongs of their delayed pay award I would make the following point. In our local morning paper I saw a picture of two riot gear-clad policemen trying to break into an alleged drug dealer's house on Tyneside. It is also true to say these police officers deserve every penny they can extract for the work that they do. However, the same police person with the same amount of service, if he or she was in a warm snug control room controlling civilian staff, would be paid exactly the same wages. And let's face it, there are as many people in this kind of job as there are policemen on the frontline. So my point is simply this, pay policemen or policewomen on the basis of risk assessment and if they are unfit, as many of them are unfortunately, and have then been seconded into these administrative jobs, they should expect to take a pay cut. …

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