Citizen editor: Supermarkets are a necessary evil for us all
SUPERMARKETS are not for everyone. Just look at today's paper and the fight against Aldi in Bristol Road. It is like David and Goliath only with cheap mozzarella.
But at the same time, it will bring jobs to the area just as the new Asda will do in Kingsway. In fact there are still 40 of them on offer ahead of its opening.
The very nature of a supermarket means it can provide employment for all as well.
This new store has a manager aged 26 and staff such as Richard Cook who has come out of retirement to take up a position there.
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In this day and age, it is no good pretending that we don't shop at supermarkets – they may be a dirty word but most of us still do the bulk of our big buys, not at the farm shop, but the superstore.
Busy lives and budgets determine this for us all and this investment in the dozens of jobs for people in the city is welcomed.
Amazing bit of kit
FOR £120 you can save a life. In fact, not only can you give a family clean water but you can also provide clothes, first aid kits, soap and even a toy for a child.
These Aquaboxes help to put a smile on the faces of people who have been through untold misery from conflicts, to natural disasters, losing loved ones and the shirt on their back.
Thousands of miles away, Rotary members in Gloucester have been thinking of these people, continuing to raise money to fill these boxes full of life saving supplies to be delivered to those in need.
It is amazing work and their commitment and dedication knows no bounds. Well done Gloucester Rotary and all those who have helped raise the cash to fill the 1,000 boxes. Here's to the next 1,000.
Ratty about rats
ACCORDING to a colleague rats get a bad rap – well he might have been a loveable character in Wind in the Willows but we certainly wouldn't want them burrowing into our gardens. Let's hope they do return to their natural habitat as soon as possible for the sake of the residents in Tredworth.