AS a responsible retailer – and being totally opposed to under-age smoking and always doing everything I can to prevent it – I would like to take this opportunity to clarify some points made in your article (Support for plain cigs packs, June 14).
No one has actually produced any credible evidence that the branding of tobacco packaging causes young people to take up smoking.
The evidence points to the influence of peer pressure and family members who smoke. What brands do is differentiate tobacco products for adult consumers.
The plain packaging of tobacco will instead have a number of unintended consequences: tobacco smuggling will become more profitable for the criminals behind it as they will spend less money copying the current intricate branding. Young people’s access to tobacco will increase as smugglers, unlike legitimate retailers, do not have to worry about the age of their customers.
Legitimate sales in shops like mine will reduce as more customers go to these criminal gangs for their supply; and finally, jobs and livelihoods in small shops will be affected with, in some cases, these key parts of the local community being lost forever.
And what might happen next? Plain packaging for alcohol, chocolate or sugar?
Huddersfield Retailer and member of the Tobacco Retailers Association
It is a danger road
I HAVE driven along Ashes Lane almost daily for 35 years and that pole has been an accident waiting to happen for years (Examiner, ‘Is this pole posing a danger to drivers?’, June 29).
Travelling along Ashes Lane from Huddersfield to Farnley Tyas, the road does not appear to narrow at that point, an optical illusion maybe, but when travelling the other way towards Almondbury one can see so easily how the road narrows considerably, making oncoming traffic meeting there at the same time almost sure to have a coming together.
Over the years cars have increased in both size and speed and sadly, the inevitable fatal accident has happened.
Thank you for highlighting this solvable problem in the Examiner and hope the powers that be will promptly move that pole.
WOW, the stadium spectacular on Friday, June 29, was amazing, so many talented children, my son was playing his violin and from start to finish he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
He said he was treated like a V.I.P all afternoon by stadium staff and was entertained all the time he was there.
I know how much hard work and planning must have gone into organising such an event like this, so I would like to thank everyone involved in making it such a wonderful evening for both parents and more importantly the children.
Thank you again.
Mrs Gilly Peace
The best of youth
THE mass concert at the Galpharm Stadium was something which shows what wonderful young people we have in this town.
There, pictured in the Examiner, were several thousands of children who bring something positive to Huddersfield.
They’re not causing a nuisance on a Friday night, they’re entertaining thousands with music.
It was a wonderful sight to see the Galpharm Stadium like that.
Well done to all who took part and to the organisers, thank you for such a special evening.
ABOUT 40 years ago I moved from a house that was prone to flooding, and indeed did flood on a few occasions during the 25 years I lived there.
Before then we were told by whatever the Environment Agency was then named that they were working on better flood defences.
I had to laugh when I read the story about the exact same thing, only this was on Saturday.
I really do feel for those in Calderdale who were affected by the flooding, but you cannot hold back nature if it wants to get in your path.
And no amount of hot air from the Environment Agency will make a jot of difference, my own experience tells me.
Words ending in J
IN REPLY to D C in his criticisms of Colin Vause, it is ok to be “pedantic” if all your facts are 100% correct
This is “pedantic” taken to the limit! There are actually four words ending in the letter “J” accepted in the English language
(1) “HADJ” which can be spelt Hadj, Haj or Hajj all the spellings are accepted as correct
It is a noun and means “The pilgrimage to Mecca, performed by Mohammedans”.
(2)”RAJ” is a noun and means “Reign or Rule”
(3) “SWARAJ” is a noun and means “Self-Rule or Self-Government”
It is a derivative from swayam (self) and rajyam (government)
(4) “TAJ” is a noun and means “a tall conical cap worn as a mark of distinction by Muslims”, or from the Arabic for “crown or crest”
These are not new words and have been in use for many decades, due to the fact that we Great Britain used to Rule India until Indian Independence on 14 August 1947
I WOULD like to invite your readers to help me raise awareness of an important new information website for parents which is very close to my heart.
The Brain Injury Hub (www.braininjuryhub.co.uk) provides comprehensive information and support to the parents and other family members of children who have suffered a brain injury.
It’s been developed by the national charity The Children’s Trust, Tadworth, www.braininjuryhub.co.uk and www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk
My own experience of brain injury has been widely reported, but of course children can suffer brain injuries too – the causes include road accidents, falls, brain tumours and meningitis.
A brain injury can leave a child with lifelong challenges, both physical and mental, and their parents will desperately need support and information.
That hasn’t been widely available before, but now the Brain Injury Hub will be a vital resource for thousands of families across the UK.
As a Vice-President of The Children’s Trust I have already seen the amazing work the charity does at its national rehabilitation centre for children with brain injuries.
The Brain Injury Hub combines this clinical expertise with contributions from parents sharing their own stories and a forum where parents can talk about their own experiences.
Perhaps you know the parent of a child with a brain injury, maybe amongst your family or friends or at your child’s school.
If you do, please tell them about the Brain Injury Hub. It could help the whole family overcome the serious challenges they may be facing.
Richard Hammond, television presenter
On behalf of The Children’s Trust, Tadworth
FURTHER to James Wilkinson’s comments regarding Barry Sheerman’s choice of a major topic to highlight “substandard bacon sandwiches” (Letters, June 26).
Isn’t it fortuitous that Mr Sheerman never aspired to become Prime Minister?
Prime Ministers tend to be remembered for one key phrase, for example: “We’ll fight them on the beaches,” Churchill; “Never had it so good,” McMillan; “Crisis, what crisis,” Callaghan; “Rejoice, rejoice,” Thatcher; “Weapons of mass destruction,” Blair.
What would Barry’s have been? “The bacon’s bad in my butty.”