June 18: EU and the legacy of sacrifice from wartime generations

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From: Mrs G F Cartledge, Hunter House Road, Sheffield.

LIKE many born between the two World Wars, I have lived a long time and learned a lot along the way.

As I grew up, I saw people who had been grievously wounded in the First World War; those with only half a face, one-eyed, one legged and so on but they bravely carried on with their lives.

Then came the Second World War which brought the evils and hardships much closer to home.

Afterwards there was a determination by Europeans to live at peace with our neighbours in Europe and elsewhere.

So the European Common Market and European Union and United Nations Organisation were set up with a common purpose to talk out differences.

So why now should we want to break this bond with our fellow citizens as we celebrate the anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the freedom that was so hardly won?

Things are not perfect but we should work together to make things better for all people.

From: Arthur Quarmby, Underhill, Holme.

I AM shocked that this country still feels it appropriate to commemorate the sacrifices made by its people in two World Wars when we have disdained, rejected and thrown away that liberty and independence for which they gave their lives.

Having sought shelter as supplicants within the German Empire of Europe we should, at least, be honest and say that our people were wrong, and that we should have joined Germany or surrendered to them in 1914 and would now have been far, far better off had we done so.

I wonder how all those men and women would have voted in the forthcoming referendum? One can guarantee that they would not have been afraid to choose independence.

From: David Cook, Parkside Close, Cottingham.

THE arguments whether we remain in the EU seem to be endless but why should there be so much doubt?

I cannot think the Germans or French will not wish to sell us their cars, or any of their other products, because we are no longer members.

Likewise why should the smaller nations not wish to trade with us?

When one considers the 
EU Parliament spends over £100m on its “travelling circus” moving between Brussels and Strasbourg every month for no good reason except to enrich certain individuals, the wonder is why should anyone favour staying in.