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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


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.

Target Ovarian Cancer


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


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


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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