Stop destroying the environment
The economic situation is insufficient reason to embark on an orgy of environmental destruction, which is what the Government is proposing: building roads and lots of houses, increasing airport capacity and making it harder to object.
The Government clearly doesn't care about long-term sustainability.
People have to live somewhere, but there are ways and means short of a massive house-building programme. A longer-term policy would be for people to have fewer children. There's no reason why population needs be the taboo subject which it seems largely to be.
Regardless of other considerations, environmental pressures are greater the more people there are, an obvious fact people seem to ignore. All the big parties, clearly supported by the mass media, are only interested in growth, growth, growth, which means, in practice, more environmental destruction, and that means our life-support.
Michael Sackin, Leicester.
Your Mr Leicester article on cigarette packets brought back many memories of my youth.
I had forgotten how many brands were available in those far-off days.
You also mentioned the Marlboro Cowboy. This image was used from 1954 to 1999 to advertise the brand and it is ironic that three of the actors chosen to play him died of lung cancer. These were Wayne McClaren, David McClean and Dick Hammer. McClean's family sued Philip Morris, the cigarette manufacturers, claiming their product had caused his death.
Don Tallis, Wigston.
Even now people still write to Mailbox defending the existence of God and religion, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Yet none of these "defenders" can explain why (properly) "man's inhumanity to man" happens. My main reason for being an aethiest!
So strange and sad how people who are nice and good have misery, bad luck, injustice etc. Yet hard, bad humans have the reverse; probably because life is tough? Not one where a loving God prevails!
R Dunkley, Eyres Monsell.