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Dear Editor, I'm writing in response to the article you printed in the February issue about a woman who was bitten by a dog in Jacketts Field. I was walking with a friend in the estate last Saturday evening when a large Alsation came running at us from an alley.We were both terrified and sprinted to the main road. Fortunately the dog turned and ran back the way it came but I feel this should be investigated further. If you come down the hill and turn left into the estate there is a small alleyway on your left, about 10-20m in. That is where it ran from and back to. I hope this is of some help. Yours Concerned Abbots resident


Dear Editor, I was extremely disappointed with your response to Karen Storms‘ letter regarding the front cover of the February 2011 issue of My Abbots. You appear to have completely missed the point in my opinion. While I appreciate that you felt the need to report on ―one of the biggest news stories‖ to happen in Abbots Langley, I disagree that it was really necessary to give the magazine a front cover like a national red top. As a parent, I choose what reading material I


bring into our house and therefore control what our young but able to read children are exposed to.My Abbots is unsolicited, dropping on to the front mat with no warning for any child to pick up and read. I agree with Karen Storms that you have a responsibility to consider what you are exposing other people‘s children to. I also fail to see the need to be sensational –


just because you can – as you deliver the magazine for free to, I would suggest, the majority of your readership. I am in favour of freedom of the press but I


would have read that article anyway, the cover didn‘t make me keener to read the magazine and has just left me with a lower opinion of it. It is shameful that the apparent desire to flex your journalistic muscles with a ‗major‘ story appears more important to you than the families in the village. Yours faithfully Alix Dunstone


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Dear Editor, How many Council Tax Payers in Abbots Langley know Who? What? and how much our county council is costing us? I first contacted our county council with questions relating to the Leavesden Democrat Publication January 2011. His reply quote: ―I have nothing to do with the publication. In fact I never see a copy‖. The new Leavesden Democrat Flyer Feb.2011 This Councillor has deliberately posed for three photographs. Question. Are council Elections due soon? My reply was: ‗He is listed as part of the Lib Dem team with all his contact details printed‘. His reply to this was ‖My name is listed in case you need to contact me as your County Councillor.‖ He then listed: -Education. Adult Care Services. Libraries. Fire & Rescue. On checking the Herts county Council website I


found one item relating to his list ‗Education.‘ Listed as ‗Standing Advisory Council Religious Education‘. The most disturbing comment that he wrote was, again I quote: ―Individual Councillors have different responsibilities and time constraints‖. These time constraints have not prevented him from claiming the allowances shown below. How many residents know that our county councillor is also a District Councillor for Langleybury? If you didn‘t know here is proof.


County council allowances


2007/8 2008/9


2009/10


£19,228.40 £16,261.17


£11,945.84


District council allowances


£4,750.90 £5,702.01


£5,872.19 Total


£23,979.30 £21,963.18


£17,773.03


These are substantial allowances, especially for someone who claims to have TIME CONSTRAINTS! The above figures make a total mockery of the State Pension which most of us have to live by! The quote given in the Leavesden Democrat Publication is: ‗Do get in touch - if we can help we will.‘ I am a firm believer in that we need help, and a lot of it! Worried Pensioner G Shaw


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