A reader thinks people are forgetting all the good President Biden has done (Picture: EPA / AP)
In (MetroTalk, Mon) readers shared their concerns on US president Joe Biden, whose memory has been given as a reason he should retire.
Today, a reader shares why even with age-related memory loss they’d rather good intentioned Biden than his adversary Trump and how it might be his supporters that have collective amnesia.
Meanwhile, nature is healing in the Chernobyl nuclear exclusion zone, the pitfalls of working into your 70s, and a reader shares from experience, why hiding a savings account from your partner isn’t such a good idea.
Share what you think about this issue and others in the comments.
Why is Trump even running for re-election?
Scott (MetroTalk, Mon) feels that US president Joe Biden should retire because he ‘struggles to recall key life events and remember the names of world leaders’.
I’ll take an 81-year-old man over Donald Trump any day of the week.
Who’s actually put the US back on the map and on the road to recovery? Those who ignore Biden’s good work and continue to demonise and criticise the Democrats seem to forget the disastrous four years when Trump was in charge.
Trump is the one who shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the White House.
The fact he’s allowed to run for election again despite his court cases and all he did to provoke the Capitol Riot of January 6, 2021 (all because, like a spoilt child, he couldn’t take no for an answer) only goes to show how corrupt the US is.
The people who support Trump are either brainwashed or have memory loss. Lu, London
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Why doesn’t the US president simply turn it in? He is far too old to carry on – or is Joe merely ‘Biden’ his time? Martin Lawrence, South Croydon
Chernobyl is healing because there’s no humans
Mutant Chernobyl wolves have evolved anti-cancer abilities 35 years after nuclear disaster (Picture: Getty)
Wonderful to know wildlife is flourishing because of the decline in the human population at Chernobyl (Metro, Fri).
I used to live in Gainsborough and had a large garden that backed onto a field.
The garden attracted pheasants, other birds, foxes and hedgehogs, which I fed.
Then hundreds of houses were built. The wildlife disappeared. I can remember when the car windscreen was covered in bugs in summer. Not now.
The continuing growth in human population is driving wildlife to extinction. If a pandemic were to wipe out 50 percent of humanity, it would be a good thing. Human life is not sacred.Philip Clark, Wakefield
If you can work into your 70s, good for you
Well done, Roger, for working on part-time into your 70s (MetroTalk, Fri).
It would be interesting to know what job you did.
People who work in jobs that are mentally and physically draining are burned out by 70. For example, NHS workers, construction workers – especially labourers – social care workers, the list goes on.
If your job was any of these, then I take my hat off to you. Frances, Glasgow
The pension increase isn’t worth the price to send it
Following on from the recent letters in MetroTalk concerning a rise in the national pension age, I have just received a written notification that, because I am about to turn 80, my state pension will be increasing.
Good news indeed – but is it? Reading further, the amount? Wow, all of 25p per week. So, it will be five weeks before I can afford a first-class stamp – ten stamps in one year.
I confess that I could not but laugh. Perhaps it’s April Fool’s Day already – the fools, of course, being any government that considers such a rise to be sensible, or the cost of sending the notification to be worthwhile. Terence Jones, by email
A word of advice on hiding your finances from your partner
You’ll have to tell them when it’s all over (Credits: Getty Images)
I caution your readers to think carefully in adopting the advice given by Andy Webb in his column (Metro, Mon), saying it’s a good idea to have savings your partner doesn’t know about.
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I was always a regular saver and continued this practice when I got married.
My wife and I split our earnings 50-50 and after settling all outgoings we were free to do what we wanted with the balance. She spent hers and I saved some of mine in Isas, for example.
When we divorced, my savings were added to the pot and she got half again. Needless to say I couldn’t claim what she had spent over the years on clothes and make-up.
Our arrangement was not secret but if, as Andy Webb suggests, you keep some secret, it has to be declared at the time of divorce/separation. Tom, Bristol
There are potential benefits to Brexit…
John Lewis says the Tories have ‘crashed the economy’ three times since 2010 (MetroTalk, Fri). As with most things, people have short and selective memories.
The problems of 2010 stem from the global banking crisis made worse by the Labour policy implemented by Gordon Brown of giving the Bank of England its independence.
Despite UK banks lending up to six times salaries and running down their capital ratios, the Bank of England turned a blind eye. That gave me personally and the UK a devastating blow that we are all still feeling the effects of.
Later issues have come about, such as Covid, which did obvious damage that no government could have avoided.
In terms of Brexit, the sooner we embrace it, the sooner will we reap the potential benefits – which are considerable in the long term.
For all those Remainers and doubters, the great German economy is faltering whereas the latest figures from the International Monetary Fund suggest the UK is doing reasonably.
So let’s talk up the UK for a change – we have a lot going for us, if only we realised it. Mark, North London
Jennie Berry says it’s never the accessibility issues on transport that shock her, it’s how she is ‘treated’ (Picture: Instagram/@wheelie_good_life)
It was disgusting how transport staff treated disability rights campaigner Jennie Berry, giggling after the wheelchair user had hauled herself up the stairs at a London Overground station only to discover the broken lift had just been fixed (Metro, Mon).
I find the majority of rail staff treat passengers like dirt – the best you can hope for is for them to treat you merely as an inconvenience.
While there are occasionally rail staff who treat passengers with respect, this is very rare. Dan, Colchester
Hit the fly-tippers where it hurts
The men were forced to reload their vans and were arrested (Picture: SWNS)
The report that fly-tippers were blocked by residents and Warwickshire police forced them to reload their van was encouraging (Metro, Mon).
What is needed is for the courts to impose a fine of up to £50,000. Hit them where it hurts – in their pockets. Clark Cross, Linlithgow
Regarding the introduction of sin bins and the issue of blue cards for dissent or cynical fouls in football (Metro, Fri), we are told that two blue cards will equal one red. Does that mean a blue and a yellow will equal
a green? Michael Baker, Leicester
Graeme Greene (Metro, Wed) interviews a climber. Has he reached the summit of Brighton Rock? Jonathan, Romford
I can’t believe schools are on holiday yet again! They say it’s a half-term break.
They’ve only been back four weeks since Christmas! I’d like to know who decides these holidays? We’re heading for a whole generation of illiterates at this rate. LM, Glasgow