Our moral decline

Our moral decline

Our moral decline

First published in Letters by

WHAT an inconsiderate nation we seem to have become.

Cyclists ride on footpaths, motorists park on or across footpaths. As soon as we get a hot spell, people open their windows and turn the stereo up or take their music equipment into the garden.

People fly-tip because they can’t be bothered to dispose of their unwanted items in the legal manner.

I know few motorists who state, honestly, that they have never broken the speed limit. How many people die on our roads every year due to people driving too fast?

According to The Press of July 30, 86 people were killed and more than 800 seriously injured on the regions roads between 2010 and 2012.

Sadly some people have become so bigoted that they go out and kill people who have a different coloured skin other than our native white. I hear on quite regular occasions people using the ‘N’ word in public, despite this being not only despicable but also illegal.

Please let’s all live together in a harmonious and considerate manner and begin to consider what the consequences of our actions have on others.

Howard Perry, St James Place, Dringhouses, York.

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9:29am Fri 8 Aug 14

CaroleBaines says...

I think to a certain extent, you see the world through the filter of your own mood/perception. Yes, there is evil in the world, but heavens, what era do you want to hark back to? The casual racism of the 1970s and Love Thy Neighbour? The Nazis in the 30s and 40s? The 1980s when materialism reached its height, there were riots, football hooliganism, pitched battles between the police and miners. Or maybe you would prefer the 1950s were people knew their place and social mobility was working thirty years for a chance of getting off the shop floor.
Okay - things are not perfect now, but lets not get all rose tinted about the past. I see racism on the way down, understanding over mental health issues, young people who want to live in a greener world, reducing third-world poverty etc.
Like I say, perception.
I think to a certain extent, you see the world through the filter of your own mood/perception. Yes, there is evil in the world, but heavens, what era do you want to hark back to? The casual racism of the 1970s and Love Thy Neighbour? The Nazis in the 30s and 40s? The 1980s when materialism reached its height, there were riots, football hooliganism, pitched battles between the police and miners. Or maybe you would prefer the 1950s were people knew their place and social mobility was working thirty years for a chance of getting off the shop floor. Okay - things are not perfect now, but lets not get all rose tinted about the past. I see racism on the way down, understanding over mental health issues, young people who want to live in a greener world, reducing third-world poverty etc. Like I say, perception. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 18

10:12am Fri 8 Aug 14

Omega Point says...

No one hogged the remote control back then
No one hogged the remote control back then Omega Point
  • Score: -5

10:37am Fri 8 Aug 14

gwen4me says...

I didn`t realise things were that bad, thank you for bringing the parlous state of the world to my attention. I will try to be suitable depressed.
I didn`t realise things were that bad, thank you for bringing the parlous state of the world to my attention. I will try to be suitable depressed. gwen4me
  • Score: 15

11:18am Fri 8 Aug 14

The Great Buda says...

"some people have become so bigoted"


Yes they have Mr Perry, your letter is an example of this.
"some people have become so bigoted" Yes they have Mr Perry, your letter is an example of this. The Great Buda
  • Score: 11

11:20am Fri 8 Aug 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Yes the early 70's were great, people didn't have smartphones jammed to their ears all the time or spend half their lives surfing the internet. They didn't hog the road in Japanese 4 X 4s or fret at paying £6.90 for 20 cigarettes.
Yes the early 70's were great, people didn't have smartphones jammed to their ears all the time or spend half their lives surfing the internet. They didn't hog the road in Japanese 4 X 4s or fret at paying £6.90 for 20 cigarettes. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 8

12:41pm Fri 8 Aug 14

goatman says...

As demonstrated by the above responses, people are much more confrontational instead of conciliatory these days.
As demonstrated by the above responses, people are much more confrontational instead of conciliatory these days. goatman
  • Score: -2

1:37pm Fri 8 Aug 14

gwen4me says...

goatman wrote:
As demonstrated by the above responses, people are much more confrontational instead of conciliatory these days.
I suppose the only way to be conciliatory with this letter would be to ignore it since it seems totally negative.
[quote][p][bold]goatman[/bold] wrote: As demonstrated by the above responses, people are much more confrontational instead of conciliatory these days.[/p][/quote]I suppose the only way to be conciliatory with this letter would be to ignore it since it seems totally negative. gwen4me
  • Score: 11

9:16pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Seadog says...

Ah ... Nostalgia isn't it was! (I wish I could remember who said that first.)
Ah ... Nostalgia isn't it was! (I wish I could remember who said that first.) Seadog
  • Score: 1

8:39pm Mon 11 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
Yes the early 70's were great, people didn't have smartphones jammed to their ears all the time or spend half their lives surfing the internet. They didn't hog the road in Japanese 4 X 4s or fret at paying £6.90 for 20 cigarettes.
Yes the 70's were great, I remember the three days we had mains electrical power at work, and the other two from a diesel generator, I remember the strikes at British Leyland brought about by the loony lefty Derek Robinson, I remember all the cr@p cars that British Leyland produced, and the final death throes of the British motorcycle industry who failed to accept that the Japanese produced a better bike!, by gum Pinza, those were the good old days, eh!
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: Yes the early 70's were great, people didn't have smartphones jammed to their ears all the time or spend half their lives surfing the internet. They didn't hog the road in Japanese 4 X 4s or fret at paying £6.90 for 20 cigarettes.[/p][/quote]Yes the 70's were great, I remember the three days we had mains electrical power at work, and the other two from a diesel generator, I remember the strikes at British Leyland brought about by the loony lefty Derek Robinson, I remember all the cr@p cars that British Leyland produced, and the final death throes of the British motorcycle industry who failed to accept that the Japanese produced a better bike!, by gum Pinza, those were the good old days, eh! notpedallingpaul
  • Score: 1

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