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I am also de­pressed about the planet (Ev­ery Cloud…, 4 Novem­ber), but I en­dorse the sug­ges­tion to “take re­al­world ac­tion”. A pes­simist is some­one who is de­pressed about the world and does noth­ing; an optimist is some­one who is de­pressed about the world, and does some­thing. De­cide your im­por­tant is­sues, live eth­i­cally and re­mem­ber your ac­tions will af­fect fu­ture gen­er­a­tions more than you. Rose Harvie

Dum­bar­ton Is Tin­der the ul­ti­mate Thatcherite free-mar­ket le­gacy (Do You Come Here Of­ten, 4 Novem­ber)? You can shop around for the best deal, and pro­files dis­play ca­reer and ed­u­ca­tion, so you can avoid ghastly fail­ures of men who still use a bus in their 30s. But more choice does not mean more qual­ity. I’d love to hear about read­ers who re­cently met a part­ner in real life. Now that would be un­usual. Theo Mor­gan

Lon­don W9

An on­line dater says, “I wish peo­ple would be more hon­est” be­fore ad­mit­ting she’s knocked three years off her age. This type of se­lec­tive hon­esty is one rea­son I gave it up. Je­frey G Pirie

Totnes, Devon

Hadley Free­man is back with a bang (4 Novem­ber). I agree with her view, but you have to re­mem­ber there are pas­sive, gen­tle be­ings who work very hard, and they are men.

Mark Gil­lan By email I’m usu­ally happy to see my 13-yearold son flick­ing through Week­end, but not so last week. What would Hadley Free­man like my kind, thought­ful boy to feel upon read­ing her neg­a­tive gen­er­al­i­sa­tions about his gen­der?

Bev­er­ley Dun­can By email

The man in the 4 Novem­ber My Life In Sex has ev­ery right to buy and wear women’s un­der­wear, but to “let the sales ladies know” he is shop­ping for him­self and to “smile and wink as if to say, ‘I am en­joy­ing this even if you aren’t’”, is sex­ual ha­rass­ment. Julie My­er­son


Tanya Gold’s 28 Oc­to­ber col­umn re­ferred to two fac­tual in­ac­cu­ra­cies in Michael Gove’s state­ment on Cor­nish pasties. She said: “Cor­nish peo­ple do not eat Gin­sters pasties. There is no mince in a Cor­nish pasty; it is steak.” Iron­i­cally, her cor­rec­tions were them­selves fac­tu­ally in­cor­rect. The Cor­nish pasty’s EU pro­tec­tion per­mits the use of minced beef, and Gin­sters sells pasties through­out the UK, in­clud­ing Corn­wall.

Ruth Hux­ley

Cor­nish Pasty As­so­ci­a­tion, Truro

There are many ways to sum up Lin­coln (Let’s Move To…, 28 Oc­to­ber), but bear­ing in mind its piv­otal role in medieval an­ti­semitism, per­haps a “city with chutz­pah” might not be the first de­scrip­tion to come to mind. Ruth Bright

Al­ton, Hamp­shire

Gov­ern­ment econ­o­mist Ed­win awards Court­ney 7.6/10 (Blind Date, 4 Novem­ber). Enough said.

Jackie Goode

Wil­ford, Not­ting­ham

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