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60 Letters


THE HERALD FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 2016


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Kayaking poles on the River Teifi: by Andy Chandler LET’S COMBAT AGEISM


DEAR SIR, Saturday (Oct 1) was the


United Nations’ International Day of Older Persons. This year, the United Nations


used the day to draw attention to, and challenge, negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older persons and ageing. Negative and inaccurate


stereotyping of older people still exists in society as is the belief that we can somehow judge people’s abilities and competencies based on their age. This is ageism and is ageism


is wrong. Ageism prevents society


benefitting fully from all the sk ills, knowledge and experience which older people have to offer. Ageism also prevents older


people having the same respect, rights and access to services - such as the NHS and financial services - as the rest of the population. Age Cymru is Wales’ largest


and leading charity for older people and we’re proud to stand alongside the United Nations on Saturday to help stamp out ageism. This is why we’re calling for


action from the governments in Cardiff Bay and Westminster to tackle ageism and its causes. We want


the Welsh


Government and all public authorities to make better use of the Equality Act 2010 to protect older people from discrimination. We also want the UK


Government to reconsider the financial services exemption in the Equality Act 2010 which allows financial companies to discriminate against older people. It’s time to make ageism a


thing of the past, so let’s begin that process now and help to make Wales an age friendly country.


Ian Thomas Chief Executive, Age Cymru


Simon Taylor


A NIGHT IN TO RAISE MONEY FOR OVARIAN CANCER


DEAR SIR, As the autumn nights start to


draw in, I’m writing to ask your readers to enjoy a night in with friends and family and raise vital funds for Target Ovarian Cancer. Around 4,100 UK women


die each year from the disease, and many are diagnosed too late. Target Ovarian Cancer is here to change that, and we need your help. Host a movie marathon or board games evening, relax with a pamper party, or light up the night sky with a fireworks night, and you’ll be supporting women with ovarian cancer. Raising £10 could give


six newly diagnosed women a comprehensive guide to ovarian cancer and raising £50 could enable 100 GPs to update their knowledge of ovarian cancer help early diagnosis. Plus, you’ll get a November


Nights kit, which includes a free gift to get your night off to a great start. To sign up, readers can visit www.targetovariancancer. org.uk/november.


Target Ovarian Cancer


RELOCATION OF ST WINIFRED’S


DEAR SIR, This letter is with regard


to the relocation (against the informed wishes of the vast majority of the congregation) of St Winifred’s Roman Catholic Church in Aberystwyth. Purely coincidentally, the


decision equates to the largest possible expenditure on building work now and possibly in the future. It also equates, purely coincidentally, to putting the decision-making of the Roman Catholic Church into the greatest disrepute; perhaps an indication that there is some way to go before the decisions and spirit of the second Vatican Council are fully implemented.


Gavin Powells Aberystwyth


CRABB URGED TO ‘PUBLICLY APOLOGISE’


DEAR SIR, WASPI (Women Against


State Pension Inequality) were quite right to express their disappointment with the performance of Pembrokeshire’s MP at their recent meeting and the lack of attention and knowledge he expressed of their association. However, this is a common failing with younger inexperienced politicians who have not learned their craft properly and this only adds weight to the criticism of the new right wing parties who have more extreme views. Her statement that the way


the changes have been made is causing a domino effect on the legislation and the way the senior civil servants interpret them is an example of Whitehall’s Law of Unintended Consequences. The history of poor legislation since World War Two is now 65-years- old and three generations of electors have suffered from it. There is no need for me to give you a list as there is not enough space in this letter. I cannot foresee that Mr


Stephen Crabb will be able to have any influence or power in the future on any new legislation because of his lack of credibility and judgement. He


has tried recently to salvage his reputation by involving himself in admirable causes, as we have all seen in his recent ‘photo- calls’ in the Friday, September 16 edition of The Pembrokeshire Herald. However, political history


also tells us that politicians who have fallen from grace rarely return to positions of power and he must now consider himself very lucky that he is still a back- bencher. I believe that the best thing


that Mr Stephen Crabb MP can do is to publicly apologise to this lady and the rest of the Pembrokeshire electors (tax- payers). Also, a generous donation to her association would help. The history books are a


source of education for young up-and-coming


politicians


and bureaucrats and civilised governments have been around for thousands of years. The navigators on land, sea and air need their compasses as a matter of life and death. The people in government need their moral compasses and their integrity to survive in politics.


Cllr John Davis


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