JD is right to call out hypocrisy of church
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ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A couple was jailed for making fake holiday sickness claims in a landmark case. RE: John Dalziel and Coventry Cathedral. One day, we’ll look back at the issue of religious organisations blocking gay marriages in the same light as the banning of racial intermarriage many decades ago.
If it isn’t for people like John Dalziel calling out hypocrisy of these large organisations that hide behind ‘the global church’, then progress doesn’t happen.
Gatecrasher seems all too happy to use this as free publicity, and accused John of supposedly trying to ‘ban the event’. But actually his words were of comparison.
Knowing that John only wants the best for the city, of course he supports an event like this. We all do. But I stand fully behind him that, in the eyes of the church, how can a club night, with alcohol and no worship at all, be allowed to hold centre stage in one of Coventry’s most historical buildings? Yet two of its citizens can’t stand side by side and declare their love – something their peers can do.
This isn’t about banning a club night. This is about calling out a religious organisation that is out-dated and doesn’t deserve to be the keeper of this beautiful Coventry asset, when it’s not truly available to everyone.
I hope John is respected for his protestation. It benefits us to keep calling out these organisations. You never know when someone you love will want the same rights as you. Calum Brannan
Coventry-born entrepreneur London legal to pull over with engine running and read any printed material you like in paper form, listen to the radio or heaven forbid, speak to someone in the car. Hmm. Dave McConnell
Shilton I RESIDE in a street where it is not always easy to park. We have a limited number of driveways, otherwise people park on the road.
The thing that concerns me is that, increasingly, the vehicles are not just parked on the road but are taking up most of the pavement as well, with the two offside wheels barely on the road.
Whilst I do not have mobility problems myself and am infrequently required to push a stroller, I do worry how anyone who uses a wheelchair, electric scooter or has a little one in a pushchair can get past without having to go onto the road.
As a driver I am familiar with the difficulty in finding a parking space as in most areas these are at a 02476 500 337 02476 500 515 02476 500 343
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Don’t get me started on cyclists using the pavements, rarely giving any notice when approaching from behind and believing they have right of way.
A little more thought on the part of both motorists and cyclists would make Coventry a safer place, as the situations I have mentioned are just accidents waiting to happen.
Binley I NOTE that there is to be a mental health programme for pupils in Coventry (Oct 4).
I think this is a good thing so that those who need help can receive it at an early stage.
However, could I suggest that there are also mental health checks for all teachers?
Nuneaton HOW I agree with Pip Pountney’s comments (Oct 10) on the destruction of Cannon Park with HMOs. It is a constant battle with the council every time a planning request is sent in.
With over 40 per cent of housing being rented to students from Warwick University, this means no council tax is being paid for these properties, however the rest of Coventry have to subsidise these.
Even when the council rejects planning requests, property developers (which are never local) take their appeal to Bristol which is where they are heard.
Parking is also a major problem in the area as workers/students do not want to pay parking fees, therefore roads around the area are clogged up with cars all day. I have lived in this area for over 32 years and the last 10 years have been a constant battle with HMOs, parking and traffic.
University of Warwick and Westwood Business Park continue to expand with no thought of the road infrastructure which cannot cope with the extra traffic. You only need to try to drive in this area in the morning and evening to see the problems.
We are now prisoners on our estate and wouldn’t ever attempt to drive to Cannon Park at these times. Susan Hoult
Cannon Park In ice tinged wind of winter,
In chill sprinkle of an April shower Or in a summer heat wave, On market day at the earliest hour I make my way to greengrocer’s
Eager to buy but never able To understand why I crave
A yellow finger
Hanging from a yellow hand.