'Our town has been neglected,' says letter writer
We are writing in response to your article about the potential for a town council in Spalding.
We would wholeheartedly support the idea. We cannot speak for other parts of the district, but Spalding has been ill-served by South Holland District Council for a number of years, with the result that residents and visitors regularly complain about the neglected state of
the town centre and the running down of major attractions like Ayscoughfee Hall and the South Holland Centre. A friend from Italy who recently visited for the first time in three years commented how much
less attractive Spalding had become in the meantime, and to our embarrassment we had to agree.
We do not accept, in response to Coun Redgate, that higher council tax
would be an inevitable result, since the district council would spend
less by handing over services to a town council. The same amount of money could simply be used more productively.
But in order to ensure that the town council did not become dominated by the usual suspects who currently run the district council, it should ideally be elected by some form of proportional representation to give the broadest spread of opinion and skills.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Give the Bible a chance
As a child I loved discovering things and read lots of books.
Like many, I have always had a passion for finding stuff out. Life certainly taught me not to accept everything first time I read or heard it but to keep an open mind. It’s important we encourage younger people to realise the dangers of relying on websites for facts and just accepting the first things they see, or what friends tell them.
Schools try hard today to protect pupils from harmful content, and hopefully parents do too.
We all have an instinctive desire for truth. Most of us like a mystery and searching out clues. However, with so much in the news, I think it’s important to know that not everything you hear can be accepted without question, and some things are obviously views, rather than news.
Anyone following politics appreciates that. Find an expert fixated on one view and you will find two more to give differing ones. A lack of truth leads to a lack of stability in our lives and in the wider world. We desperately need more stability in life, which is one reason many of us celebrated the Platinum Jubilee so wholeheartedly, as a celebration of the life of the most famous and internationally admired living person today.
For those who believe God is real, it is here they find the reason for all that exists, and where we should begin in our search for reason and the foundation of truth. Everything needs a foundation, and for millions like me, that’s what God is, a foundation of all that exists, all truth. If you want evidence, try the Bible, and not just a nibble here and there, dive in and give it a chance.
There you can discover how generations from the earliest civilisations have encountered the journey for truth, and how some failed miserably, while others totally transformed their world for good. These ancient texts reveal many truths you will undoubtedly agree with whatever your faith. Christians value so much the teaching of Jesus as the greatest source of truth to live by. And Jesus said: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Revd Ian Walters