Compassion will attract suspicion
Most people will find the actions of the grandfather who took indecent photographs of his three-year-old granddaughter abhorrent (Mercury, March 2).
Fortunately, the infant is too young to be affected by this obscene act. The child's mother has been affected, however, even to the extent of leaving a bus when someone smiled at her daughter.
I am old enough to remember when adults always spoke to and comforted children if they were distressed and even, shock-horror, giving them the occasional sweet. Those innocent days, alas, have now gone forever.
This was illustrated in a recent TV programme. The makers placed a child actor in a shopping centre and instructed her to act as if she was lost and distressed.
It was 15 minutes before a good Samaritan appeared. Dozens of people, meanwhile, had walked past the child without stopping.
I am sure these people were not lacking in compassion and concern for the child's welfare – they were just scared of having their actions misinterpreted.
What kind of society do we live in nowadays?
Don Tallis, Wigston.
So the Conservatives at County Hall are looking for ideas from opposition parties? ("Tories ask rivals for savings ideas", Mercury, March 1).
I've got an idea for them. Why don't they step up recovery action against David Parsons for the money he still allegedly owes the council? That'll bring a few bob in for them!
R Tench, Enderby.
Thank you to Councillor Ozzy O'Shea for launching a petition to try to get the street lights back on along Sacheverall Way between Groby and Ratby.
It is all right for the county council spokeswoman to hide behind the statistic that "there have been no reported injury accidents overnight following the switch-off in 2010", but it is not all right for the many people who use the footpath in the dark. I hope she has at least walked the whole footpath in the pitch dark so she can see how other people feel about this matter.
We do need to save energy, but not to go from a well-lit main thoroughfare to a few lights at road junctions. Councillor O'Shea's suggestion that every other light should be on is a sensible compromise.
John Offord, Groby.