LETTERS: Your Views
Bring back National Service
I DO not understand this government at all. I served five years in the RAF - I was 18 at the time and it did me a world of good.
Bring back National Service - just think of the benefits.
Unemployment figures and benefit payments go down.
You learn a trade
You meet new friends.
You see the world.
You learn how to look after yourself.
And regarding the racial side, we all pulled together whatever colour or creed.
Ben Jones, Ferrieres Close, Dunchurch.
It is ministers' duty to reduce tobacco taxation
ON BEHALF of the thousands of smokers who travel to the continent to buy cheap tobacco for their own use, we welcome the High Court ruling that customs and excise methods, which are clearly designed to discourage this, are incompatible with EU law.
However, while the judgement is a victory for the individuals concerned, it remains to be seen whether it will reduce the fear and uncertainty people face when they try to take advantage of the so-called single market.
As long as customs procedures remain vague, law-abiding consumers will continue to be caught in its huge anti-smuggling net.
Incredibly, the situation that pits hard-working officials against innocent cross-channel shoppers has been created by the government's policy of high taxation, which is losing the treasury pounds 3billion a year.
Smokers are simply taking advantage of their right to buy tobacco abroad for as little as a third of what it costs in the UK.
It is now the government's responsibility to reduce tobacco taxation which could solve these problems overnight. Alternatively, in the interests of clarity and fairness, ministers must state clearly what the rules are so there is no room for dispute.
Josephine Gaffikin, FOREST (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco), Palace Street, London.
We are doing our best to get park in top shape
MS KAY NOLAN (Your Views, August 8, 'Our Premier Park - what a mess!') has every right to complain about the standards of the Memorial Park but I can assure her the city council is not being complacent about putting things right.
The area cordoned off while work on the water feature continues is now much smaller but the knock-on effect is that the grass is overgrown.
Now we have access we are dealing with this and hope the area will begin to improve.
Ms Nolan is also correct on another point. We did say the water feature would be ready for the school holidays and, because of our reliance on contractors, we have been equally frustrated by a number of problems they have encountered in completing the project.
However, the water feature will be up and running during the week of August 23 and I'm certain that all ages will find it to be a great addition to the park.
With 2,500 acres of parks, open spaces and woodlands enjoyed by thousands of people it's a big area to maintain but will continue to do all that we can to meet the expectations of all our community.
Cllr Mrs Ann Lucas, cabinet member, (area co-ordination and leisure sports and arts). Coventry City Council.
. . . AFTER reading Kay Nolan of Earlsdon's letter about the Memorial Park, I felt I had to write and support her. I wonder if we have got things anywhere near right regarding our councillors. Are their thoughts directed in the right direction?
The reason I question this is, although I have only lived in Coventry for 33 years though I have worked here for 50 years, I am now retired and my wife and myself decided to take two of our grandchildren to Warwick St Nicholas Park.
What a pleasure it was: beautiful gardens full of colour, no litter, plenty of amusement for the young ones, a very clean paddling pool - something I don't think Coventry has these days. …