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OUT IN THE FIELD: If you don’t vote don’t moan
As election fever continues across the town and even more unsightly boards go up on fences and in gardens blotting the landscape, there’s been some interesting conversations in hostelries I have visited recently and sadly the most common theme seems to be people questioning why they should vote at all in the forthcoming elections. My mother never used to tell anyone how she voted: it was between her and the ballot box and I still don’t know to this day whether she was a die-hard Tory or a Leftie. But one thing she always drummed in to us was that we should vote and women had chained themselves to railings so we could take part in the democratic process. I have voted in every election I have been able to and find it a tad frustrating when people question whether they should vote at all, even more so this year because on May 7 Eastbourne voters will elect an MP to stand up for the town in parliament AND 27 members of Eastbourne Borough Council, which sets the council tax, provides services and facilities and makes big decisions about potential developments. Any discussion of voting, especially down the pub, brings out strongly held and popular beliefs to support the view everyone should vote because people in countries all around the world are fighting and even dying for the right to vote, people fought for our right to vote and if you don’t vote then you can’t moan when council tax bills get hiked up, services get cut and controversial developments get the go-ahead. But more importantly that old adage comes to mind: evil prevails when good men do nothing. 2
 

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LETTER: Medics were incredible
Despite the bad publicity of many hospitals in the UK and recent claims of bullying and bad practice at the DGH Eastbourne and Conquest Hospitals, I must tell of my personal experience of less than six months ago. My husband aged 85 suffered a severe stroke in October 2014 and was admitted to the District General Hospital, Eastbourne. Although he was paralysed down his right side and totally unable to speak, his treatment was first class. The doctors attended daily and the nursing staff I can only describe as incredible. He was treated with dignity, very tender care and utter respect. My two daughters and I were made welcome at any time of the day or night and were allowed to remain at his bedside for as long as we wished. Sadly my husband died four weeks later, but we feel so fortunate that during his last few weeks his care was paramount and given unstintingly by the amazing staff on this very busy stroke ward. There is no doubt in my mind that no other hospital in the UK could have shown more concern or care for my husband. This praise encompasses all the staff, doctors, nurses, cleaning staff and the tea ladies (essential). They should all receive the credit due to them.
 

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