Caring doesn't make people stupid cranks.THANK you so much on your article about that poor chicken (Rugby team's roasting over chicken fowl play, May 9) and the Sunday Mercury Sunday Mercury is a Sunday newspaper published in Birmingham, UK. A tabloid, with a sensationalist streak, it is owned by Trinity Mirror and produced in the same newsroom as The Birmingham Post and The Evening Mail. References
People think we who care are cranks and stupid and we have even been called scum.
We are not any of these. I care about all creatures and I try to help in all ways I can. Whether it be criminals or homeless people, I just care.
It may not seem like much but you now have three new Mercury readers.
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Pupils should pay
AFTER reading your article "Schools break law over exam cash charges" (Sunday Mercury May 9), I feel I must write and give my view.
I am a student about to sit my GCSEs and I feel it is quite reasonable for a school to charge pupils who have no desire to pass their exams.
My school insists on entering every single child who has even the minutest chance of passing their exams - as long as they are hard-working.
My school also gives help and as long a time as possible for a child to complete coursework before first talking to Noun 1. talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to the child and then, if coursework is still not handed in, informing the parents.
They do not, as your article seemed to suggest, decide that if the work is not in on the exact day they will tell the parents that they must pay for the exam.
I feel that if a child is not willing to try then the school should use the money for better causes.
MISS R. ARNOLD (aged 16)
Time for revolution
THE reason for the fall of the Communist Party Communist party, in China
Communist party, in China, ruling party of the world's most populous nation since 1949 and most important Communist party in the world since the disintegration of the USSR in 1991. in the Soviet Union was solely economic rather than failed ideology (Andy's bid to keep the red flag flying, May 9). While the corrupt American system The term American System can mean one of the following:
Under Brezhnev the Communists failed to utilise the vast reserves of oil, coal, natural gas and minerals that the Soviet Union possesses and stagnation Stagnation
A period of little or no growth in the economy. Economic growth of less than 2-3% is considered stagnation. Sometimes used to describe low trading volume or inactive trading in securities.
A good example of stagnation was the U.S. economy in the 1970s. set in.
However, I feel that the future is bright for communism. In the former satellite republics, one-time communists are being elected to government positions as the people see for themselves that capitalism attracts corruption like no other creed.
Regarding communism in Britain, I doubt whether it will become a dominating factor in the political scene because the population of Britain is politically apathetic ap·a·thet·ic
Lacking interest or concern; indifferent.
apa·thet at best or ignorant at worst, and the infiltration of what was our leading socialist party Socialist party, in U.S. history, political party formed to promote public control of the means of production and distribution. In 1898 the Social Democratic party was formed by a group led by Eugene V. Debs and Victor Berger. by unprincipled career politicians and middle-class parasites has corrupted the political system and the way of life of the working classes.
As for America, the frequent abuse by its presidents of the words "democracy" and "freedom" must stick in the hearts of the people of El Salvador El Salvador (ĕl sälväthōr`), officially Republic of El Salvador, republic (2005 est. pop. 6,705,000), 8,260 sq mi (21,393 sq km), Central America. , Nicaragua, Grenada and Panama like arrows.
If this is the future of Britain then the time is surely at hand for revolution.
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Corrupt in practice
IN an odd way I have always had a little admiration for the communist ideal.
Sadly, communism in practice has always been corrupt, much as has post-war socialism - just looking after number one.
It reminds me of that jumped-up little corporal who used to bawl at us: "As I say, not as I do."
The word Socialist or Labour is merely a vehicle on which to ride but we have room for all creeds.
Sutton Coldfield Sutton Coldfield, city (1991 pop. 102,572), Birmingham metropolitan district, central England. The city is a residential suburb of Birmingham with a metal products industry and a large television transmitting station.
WITH reference to the letter "Callow Flop" (Talk About May 9), I also saw the show Pajama Game and as people had told me bad reports about it I was a bit concerned if I would enjoy it.
Well I did - very much. I couldn't fault the show at all. All the cast looked as if they enjoyed performing. The singing was excellent too.
I READ George Tyndale's column about the Albanian refugees and he is spot-on (May 9).
I wonder who is running our country - Mr or Mrs Blair?
With our handouts the refugees think our streets are paved with gold.
Who is paying for them? We taxpayers, that's who. They will never go back or work.
We have our own people homeless and waiting for medical treatment and millions unemployed yet we still bring them in.
How many will go back to rebuild after the bombing is over? The Serbs must be laughing their socks off.
IAM IAM - Interactive Algebraic Manipulation. Interactive symbolic mathematics for PDP-10.
["IAM, A System for Interactive Algebraic Manipulation", C. Christensen et al, Proc Second Symp Symb Alg Manip, ACM Mar 1971]. writing to give my support for Friends Of The Animals (Sunday Mercury May 9). I have been a voluntary helper for them for the last eight years.
I support them because they are a very honest and extremely dedicated group.
They are often the animals' last chance as other charities wouldn't or couldn't help. These other charities, including the RSPCA RSPCA (in Britain) Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
RSPCA n abbr (Brit) (= Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) → SPA f
and PDSA PDSA (in Britain) People's Dispensary for Sick Animals
PDSA (Brit) n abbr (= People's Dispensary for Sick Animals) → kostenloses Behandlungszentrum für Haustiere
PDSA , refer people to FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) The process of updating the firmware in cellphones and other wireless handheld devices by an over-the-air code transfer. Bitfone Corporation (www.bitfone.com) pioneered the technology and was acquired by HP in 2007. .
FOTA specialises in preventative treatments. In the last two years alone they have spent pounds 140,000 on veterinary treatment, most of this in the Birmingham area.
It will be a very sad day for the animals and people of Birmingham if FOTA has to close.
MRS L. GREER
YOUR article and editorial on the Crisis Carers Scheme for Mental Health (May 2) struck a note of scepticism scep·ti·cism
Variant of skepticism.
a personal disposition toward doubt or incredulity of facts, persons, or institutions. See also 312. PHILOSOPHY. — skeptic, n. for a service that offers short-term supported accommodation and care to people with mental health problems.
The scheme offers a place in the homes of people in the community who are paid a modest fee for extending hospitality to someone who needs a break from their usual surroundings.
The idea itself is not new. It has been around for centuries and has been on offer to other groups in need for decades in the form of foster care and in the informal networks of support that mental health services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract are only just beginning to value.
While it is right to question the levels of support available from professionals to ensure training, regular visits and on-call back-up from the mental health teams, let us encourage the services to recognise and value the capacity of ordinary people in the community to embrace the needs of others.
Perhaps the Zito Trust could have informed themselves about the success of these schemes around the world before they dismissed local initiatives up and running here in Birmingham.
Professionals do not have a monopoly of caring and people who have used this extra level of service often praise the warmth and individuality of a lived-in home as a more welcome option than the impersonal environment of a communal hospital ward.
A successful service such as is provided in Madison, Wisconsin Madison is the capital of the U.S. state of Wisconsin and the county seat of Dane County. It is also home to the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
The 2006 population estimate of Madison was 223,389, making it the second largest city in Wisconsin, after Milwaukee, and , will be making a presentation at a Day Workshop on June 4, 1999, at the University of Central England. Details are available from International Mental Health Network on 0121 623 5878.
Birmingham Positive Mental Health Group