Touching letter of gratitude
Kind regards Simon Davey October 8 Dear sirs, On behalf of my partner (Joan Edwards) who sadly lost her fight for life on Saturday July 21, 2018, I am attaching a letter that she wrote prior to her death that she wanted me to forward to you.
She had enjoyed 18 years living here in Spain and wanted to express her thanks to the medical staff who cared for her.
The letter I have found that the hospital, doctors, nurses and also the home care doctors and nurses to be both friendly and professional.
They have looked after me on a personal level and have shown great empathy towards both myself and my family.
With their knowledge of the personal problems we are facing have proved holistic. I have been at the forefront of any decisions with regard to my treatment; they have acted with great respect and support for myself and that of my family.
I feel honoured that I have had the pleasure of the terminal care in Valencia's health community. Kind regards Joan Edwards "The English Patient" Dear Mr Davey Our deepest sympathy on your loss and gratitude to yourself and Joan for choosing to express such kind words of gratitude, despite such a difficult situation, through our newspaper. to any publication you feel appropriate. I would appreciate that you could let me know if you do use it.
Making a stand can bring rewards Having the courage to confront injustice is never easy. Perversely, the often long and difficult journey makes as many enemies as friends, and the temptation to give up becomes strong.
Hard lessons are learnt along the way: such as the innate ability of those who hold the power to defend the indefensible; that the legal system can cloud issues rather than clarify, and become part of the problem; that politicians’ promises are merely words.
But sometimes despite all these difficulties, a stand just has to be made. And when that brings rewards, the feeling is one of pure joy.
This tale is all too common in Spain. The residents of an urbanisation caught in the crossfire of a legal dispute between a Town Hall and the developer that has lasted 16 years. Because of the dispute, no basic services, no maintenance or repair, are provided by the Town Hall (despite collecting by Suma for the same 16 years), with the inevitable problems for the infrastructure.
When this involves the sewage system for 1500 dwellings, the problems can rapidly become serious. For the residents of the beautiful urbanisation of Monte Pego, on the Costa Blanca, they did.
For many years, the water discharged from the sewage treatment plant had not been properly treated and Pego Town Hall paid large fines for the pollution. By 2017, this pollution had become almost raw sewage, as confirmed by laboratory tests arranged by the Residents Association, Pro Monte Pego (PMP).
Something had to be done. The Town Hall still refused to act, even though the large Marjal Natural Park and rice fields stand directly in the line of the pollution.
In order to protect the urbanisation, the stunning natural park’s flora and fauna, and the good name of the area, the bold decision was taken in the summer of 2017 to petition the EU Parliament.
It took courage, but the cause was just, the rewards potentially enormous. Political pressure from the EU could unlock the stalemate.
To the great delight of the PMP Association, the EU Petitions Committee accepted the submission - a triumph in itself - and over the last 6 months, evidence has been gathered and shared with the EU.
Now the exciting news has arrived that members of PMP have been invited to Brussels to appear before the committee, and hear their verdict.
If the EU supports the petition, then the political pressure on the Town Hall and other authorities will be of huge help, and of course, vindication for the courage to stand up for justice. It would be the best possible good news story.
Anton Leest See the report on this issue by Samantha Kett on page 16.
His views are very one sided and although I considered the way to vote at the time, I was not sure from the evidence supplied who was right. I had to give a long and thoughtful look at all the options. Both sides seemed to be wrong and the figures being stated were beyond my imagination.
As it has turned out many people were of the same opinion, not knowing how to vote. One problem which did focus our minds was that we were not in control of our own destiny. Mrs May tried to have a Muslim preacher sent to America but was unable to carry this out as resistance was given by the Court of Human Rights. Why should they stop the export of a criminal? How would that stop his human rights if he was proved guilty and sent to an American prison. That did happen and in the end he was jailed for many years.
This showed that we are now unable to control not only our borders, but also our judicial system, which is dominated by Brussels. What a terrible state of affairs. Another point to consider as far as votes are concerned is the Eurovision Song Contest. We would never win that anymore as all the eastern bloc vote together and we do not stand a chance. Terry Wogan was right!
Now think about all the new countries in the EU. Where do they come from and would anyone ever listen to us again? Answer -NO!
It appears that Mr Jones does not want to be in control of his own destiny but be ruled by the EU. He is also a Guardian reader, which limits him in his ability to think for himself as everyone knows that they are totally against -dare I say it - Brexit. Figures can be banded about and no one is able to dispute them.
The sum of 500m a week has been stated. Cannot quite see that as we have almost full employment and a shortage of skilled labour for many industries and we are restricted in allowing skilled people into the country as we are controlled by the EU! Is that good? I do not think so. Perhaps the writer was not born, or cannot remember before we entered the original organisation- the Common Market. Great idea-free trade between countries and that is how it should have stayed. The people at the' top' now want a united Police Force and Army. Where will it end? It all costs money.
Can the writer tell me the last time the books of the EU were audited? I bet he cannot, as no one will take on the responsibility. You can guess why- corruption, otherwise all the top account firms would love to earn millions from an audit. They are all ALL frightened by what they might discover- there can be no other explanation. Guess why!
Please do not forget that all the countries export goods to us. It all seems that people do not want to mention that fact. I think we are the second largest country that imports agricultural goods into the country from Spain.
What happens to the thousands of vehicles and goods that could be held up in the docks if we impose regulations against them? They will go bankrupt if their goods, which are mostly perishable, cannot be delivered on time. Machinery and cars from Germany could be affected if the 'just in time' method of manufacturing is not allowed. Companies will collapse.
No one wants unemployment so do consider the other side of the argument- they NEED us as much as we need THEM!
There is also a big world outside the EU where we have been restricted from trading, as the EU laws do not allow that. I think there is almost 90% more of the world away from the EU which could increase our market not restrict it.
Wake up Mr Jones and do not preach doom and gloom all the time but think of the positives and opportunities that the rest of the world could offer. It will be a very exciting time for the UK away from the restrictions of the EU. One thing I forgot-only 36 billion- I think that's the sum we pay in! This will be considerably reduced, so there should be some money to repair the UK roads that are fast becoming the worst in the western world!
Hi Geoffrey, thanks for taking the time to write in and share your point of view. My piece was one sided because it was exactly that – my point of view on our Vox Pop opinion page.
I have to admit that I am a believer in European unity and the concept of freedom of movement which