Values differ in a strange world
On reading your edition of Tuesday, October 30, I was struck by the latest batch of anomalies in monetary values.
The letters page covers the appointment of police commissioner – whom no-one seems to want – at £100,000 a year from public funds, for what it is hard to see as a full-time job, compared to a young apprentice who might earn £5,000 for a year's full-time work.
The editorial reviewed the closure and sale of a field study centre to save £80,000 a year of county council funds, regardless of the unemployment caused and despite a brave attempt to keep it open.
Yet a few pages on we learn Leicester City Council is to spend £300,000 of its taxpayers' money in a time of supposed austerity on the revamp of an art gallery.
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Finally, there was a story that a charity dinner had raised £150,000 for Rainbows Children's Hospice.
Bad news that Rainbows has to depend on voluntary fund-raising for its wonderful work, but good news that there are still enough well-off people around to donate this sort of money.
What a strange world.
Jeff Rosenthal, Bushby.
I refer to your "Let's have a referendum on mayor" front page headline yesterday.
When will the petition be launched, on paper or online? It will give the citizens of Leicester the opportunity to have their say on whether we have an elected Mayor or fall in line with other major cities and say "no", and then get rid of the elected official.
The reason why Sir Peter Soulsby does not want a referendum is because he knows he will lose.
One of his poor and, in my opinion, feeble excuses is that we would sooner have an elected official rather than one chosen behind closed doors. That can easily be resolved. Let the citizens of Leicester vote on the preferred four or five candidates, like a parliamentary election.
Ian G Lambert, Anstey Heights.