WEEKEND WEB: Spalding Guardian letters
Your views on Traffic and politics, plus Thought For The Week
Too late to stop the gridlock
When we moved to our present home in 2003 a search on the future plans of the railway running alongside of our house was done.
It showed a proposed rail bypass loop from near the south end of South Drove to Pinchbeck.
A new station on the south edge of Spalding Common was planned. Passenger trains still went through Spalding but all goods trains would loop past.
A road bridge on the A151 Bourne road between Horseshoe Road and Pode Hole would be built over the loop line.
Sadly none of this was done, leaving Spalding in the mess we are now in.
Why did the council not push for this instead of just letting Network Rail upgrade the present line?
Oxfam move is unbelievable hypocrisy
As the result of what appears to be the deplorable actions of a very small number of Oxfam employees, our government has urged the Charities Commission to investigate and threatens to end funding unless the charity demonstrates moral leadership.
What if we were to apply that insistence on moral leadership elsewhere in this country?
There are a small number of members in the Houses of Parliament that also demonstrate disgraceful moral standards; hiring rentboys and dominatrix, using their government-owned laptop to download porn, plus dozens of members currently accused of sexual misconduct.
We appear to have yet another endemic failure within our political system.
This time to recognise and address what is reprehensible within, whilst hurling stones at those that are no worse.
To pursue Oxfam demonstrates hypocrisy that borders the unbelievable.
If government is within its rights to withdraw funding from Oxfam, are taxpayers also within their rights to do the same from equally inept management?
Thought For The Week
“It’s time you stopped believing in fairy tales,” said someone to me on social media. I sent him a link to a web page listing some of the top scientists around the world who are committed Christians. He never replied!
Actually one of the fullest accounts of Jesus’ life was written by a man with a scientific background. His name was Luke. He was a doctor. He wrote: “Since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account.”
Luke tells the story of the first Christmas; he records Jesus’ public work, including his teaching and his healing ministry; he tells of his death and his resurrection. He also wrote the story of the earliest Christians – ‘Acts of the Apostles’ – some of it from first-hand experience. Fairy tales? I don’t think so.
Incidentally, my work brings me into regular contact with doctors and nurses in the NHS. I see the almost impossible pressure under which they work. I hear their frustration at not having the time or the resources to do everything they want to do for their patients. That’s not a fairy tale either. Pray for them.
Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton
Minister, Gosberton Baptist Church; Chaplain, Johnson Community Hospital