Why ignorance is not bliss
IT IS Mrs Radford’s “ignorance is bliss” view of sex education that is precisely why the current situation of teenage pregnancies, STIs etc has arisen and needs to be tackled urgently (Letters, May 3). The excellent KCC report, produced and backed fully by the cross-party committee led by Cllrs Cribben and Tolputt, is a very welcome step towards this. Even with sufficient benefits and housing, youngsters would still require accurate information on the subject to counter the playground gossip and misinformation that leads to the problems we currently see. It also needs to be started in primary school as studies from other local authorities and Europe clearly show much more favourable outcomes for children when they reach teenage, and indeed adulthood, from being taught the subject openly and simply from early on. Some Kent schools have already embarked on this and after some reassurance to what is usually only a small minority of parents, get full approval. The sooner all Kent schools start to provide it the sooner we will see reductions in the early pregnancies, STIs, homophobia and other problems that can later blight people’s lives. Ray Duff, Clarence Street, Folkestone. The Rev Canon David Trustram, vicar of Tenterden and Smallhythe, Church Road, Tenterden.
I WOULD like to tell you all how the decision by Kent County Council to stop recycling plastic is affecting my household. The first week after the closure I gave Ashford Borough Council the pleasure of removing three black sacks full of plastic I had saved for recycling. This week I will be putting out two bags of rubbish for collection instead of my usual one. So all the lorry movements saved by Kent County Council are now being made by our local rubbish trucks, as the result of their action has doubled my rubbish. Mrs G. A. Porritt, by e-mail.
No one bothers to reply
I AM writing in exasperation with regard to the efforts of my daughter to obtain parttime employment in Ashford and the appalling discourtesy afforded with regard to her efforts. Last year when she was 15, she applied for 25-plus jobs in the Ashford area. No one had the courtesy to reply. We were told it was because she did not have a National Insurance number. This came through to her before her 16th birthday this February. Since then she has applied for a total of more than 40 jobs, doing anything from washingup to serving. The traders in Ashford are so ignorant as not to reply to her applications in any shape or form, with the exception of Boots and Sainsbury’s. Teenagers are called blind Mrs D. Chacksfield, Bybrook Road, Ashford.
Candidates stay silent
I HAVE recently returned to England after 10 years abroad. When I lived in France, at the time of a local election, I would be sent details of each party and candidate. I had no vote, but every household had a right to the information. When I lived in California, the same happened. Democrats and Republicans each sent a manifesto to every household. I had no vote, but it was good to be informed – even if each letter included an appeal for funds. Today was a local election day here in Ashford. About 10 days ago I received a polling card, telling me that I had a vote. I have, however, received nothing else whatsoever. Apparently, in this country I have a vote but no one wants it. Hedley Grenfell-Banks, Manor House Drive, Ashford.
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Work of art might appeal to Saatchi
IF the Conservative county councillor was “shocked, outraged and mystified” at the sale of Joey’s Wood (April 19), how on earth were the general public expected to know of the sale? Had the Kentish Express article appeared before the sale, I’m sure £28,000 could have been raised to save it. My artist son thinks the construction of the cycle track a work of art. So could we not persuade Charles Saatchi (the purchaser of Tracey Emin’s dirty bed) to buy this work of art? Put the young bikers back and call it “A Continuous Living Work of Art.” Betty Turner, Faversham Road, Kennington, Ashford.