Confiscate drug-dealers' cash to help fund NHS
Jose P Lloyd's outrage (Letters, February 11) is perfectly justified with regard to the way the NHS is abused, but she has not thought through the suggestion that drug addicts and alcoholics should pay for services.
Whilst I agree that the Christmas drunks who contribute to the death of others, by causing the ambulance service to be stretched beyond its capacity, should be made to pay, and pay heavily, how would drug addicts and alcoholics do this? Commit more burglaries and muggings?
The NHS should receive part of the confiscated proceeds of drug-dealers, who are the real villains.
R L COOPER
READING the Post letters page (February 11) I was drawn to one by Jose P Lloyd and his parting shot that people abusing substances such as drugs and alcohol should be made to pay for treatment.
How ironic just a couple of pages on in the same edition an article covering the wonderful organisations available to these unfortunate souls who fall into the abyss of drink and drugs.
Thanks to all the wonderful people who offer their time and past experiences to help people to get over their demons.
But for the grace of God, Ms Lloyd.
I WOULD like to raise concerns about the tram crossing in Bestwood village.
I feel that a bridge is the easy way out and I don't think it will cut down on the deaths, you will always get someone who is in a rush and will risk it over the track.
Also what about the older people who will struggle with the steps for a bridge?
Then on top of that you are going to get the ones that think it is funny to drop bricks from the bridge when a tram or train is coming.
I think with a little more thought and co-operation between the tram and train networks there could be a better solution to solve this problem and to cut out these tragic accidents.
The best way forward for all would be for an actual tram stop to be put there.
Not only would the tram completely stop, but there is no reason why the train could not stop as well.
With the amount of housing that has been developed in the village, and no buses on a Sunday, a tram stop would be ideal.
I wish they would make this crossing a safe but useful place. I think that at night, when there is obviously a problem at this crossing, people will not use the bridge anyway as it will be so secluded, so the option would be two minutes over the bridge or 20 seconds over the track that looks clear.
A tram stop would be so much more beneficial and everyone would use it.
ON Friday February 8, I led a small party of members from Age UK Notts' friendship club, Kindred Spirits, to the Light Night festivities around the city centre. Firstly, let me say that there is still a strong reluctance amongst the elderly to go into the city at night.
Sadly when I was organising this trip, so many Kindred Spirits members expressed this opinion.
Unfortunately we hear the negative news about what goes on, on a Friday night, far louder than we hear the positive. All the more reason for more of this kind of event so both families and the elderly can enjoy the city in the evening.
I can assure everyone that there was plenty of community protection officers and security staff to reassure anyone who may have been concerned. If any of that was down to Paddy Tipping then "good on yer".
Well, what a wonderful night it turned out to be! We met at the "left lion" and then went to a city centre pub for a meal.
The pub was very busy but there was a good atmosphere in there and everyone seemed very friendly. Next we made our way up to the Castle just in time for the "elemental force" show.
We were open-minded about what to expect but we were not in the slightest disappointed. There was a time line of historic milestones in history visually projected on to the castle. This was accompanied by steam, flame, fireworks and dramatic light and sound effects to make the whole thing quite spell-binding.
At the end of the show we left via the fire garden around the band stand, where trees appeared to have leaves of flame.
We then passed the various activities around the Robin Hood statue. Here children were playing noughts and crosses on the castle walls using light. We carried on to St. Nic's Church, possibly spurred on by the thought of having a cup of hot coffee there.
The steps to the church were wonderfully lit with tea lights and everyone there was so unbelievably friendly and welcoming.
Lots of festive lighting was used to make the church warm and refreshingly attractive. We had a coffee, but to top the whole thing off the church seemed to be full of every variety of cake.
Furthermore lots of lovely people were trying to entice us to sample it. After my second piece I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
We gladly gave a donation to cover the cost of our refreshments, but that kind of friendship and warmth you just cannot buy.
Fully recharged we now set off to St. Mary's Church in the Lace Market. We were so fortunate that the night although cold, was dry and the sky was clear. When we arrived at the church we found a group of woven willow figures, lit from within and appeared to be dancing in a circle.
We were all impressed with this display, so out came all the cameras again. We went inside the church where the choir were singing in front of the altar.
This beautiful spectacle seemed to round a wonderful night off just perfectly.
All our party from Kindred Spirits agreed that we had experienced a wonderful night out in the city. We had witnessed some wonderful events and met some really nice people.
There was a warm welcoming atmosphere at all the events and I cannot thank the city council enough for organising Light Night.
As we made our way around the city it felt like we were part of a very big, friendly party.
I would strongly recommend this event to anyone of an age who has previously said they do not go into town at night any more.
For those who would like to find out more about Kindred Spirits, please call 0115 841 4473 or simply come along to a welcome morning, meet existing members and chat to others just like you who are thinking of joining. Drop in any time between 10.45am and 12.15pm on Monday February 25 at Age UK Notts, Bradbury House, 12 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham.
COLIN JOHN HARRISON
REGARDLESS of expense, bus time indicator-boards are springing up like mushrooms all over the place.
Given the choice I would have much preferred a bus shelter and protection from the elements.