Each week, we revisit the letters to the editor posted on the Birmingham Mail’s Opinion page.

This week we’re looking at July 20, 1991.

Taming the savages with violence

The image of the battered 80-year-old grandmother dragged out of bed by repulsive savages will revolt honest people, as will the report that five officers from our Thin Blue Line, our first line of defense, are also being beaten. every day in the course of their duty.

Shouldn’t we go back to the drawing board?

Most violent crimes are committed by young males, healthy animals who, it seems, have escaped the process of “burglary” at home or at school. The only way to break and enter an animal is through pain and fear.

What has always distinguished the theories of secular socialist humanists is that they are invariably wrong on every social issue.

When there were four million unemployed out of a workforce of 16 million, crimes of the scale and type common today were unknown. Today, 2.5 million are unemployed out of a working population of 23 million. Is there not a lesson to be learned from this?

Reinstate corporal punishment, including the death penalty. Bring back Christianity to the strong arms of approved schools and borsts.

Earl Tom Wareing, Redditch

Show faces

It is high time that we saw the front page of the Mail the perpetrators of the crimes instead of the victims. It would be nice to see the faces of the attackers on the front page.

Mrs I Coniff, Kingshurst

Business courses

Now that Lewis’s has closed, it’s time to reflect and consider the situation Birmingham finds itself in when it comes to retail outlets.

Over the past 20 years, the city has lost Moor Street Warehouse, the Beehive, Peacocks, Henry’s, Grays, two Woolworth outlets, five Lyon tearooms, Marshall and Sneigrove and more.

Instead of building fancy convention centers, the city should bring back the stores.

ML Prickett, Shirley

Sad day

July 13th was a sad day for Birmingham, especially for those of us over 40. Lewis’s closure means more than the end of another store.

It means the end of the Birmingham we have known. In my youth a visit to town meant a visit to Lewis’s and this is where most of us first encountered the fantastic world of Santa Claus.

AV Baker, Halesowen

Up to the point

Why does John Major think the BCCI depositors have only themselves to blame, because they would have taken a risk and therefore do not deserve any compensation?

His government plans to bail out Lloyds of London from £ 500million in debt, even though the whole business involves high-risk companies.

J Wilson, Grand Barr

As a regular theater lover, I have to congratulate everyone connected with the magical production of Tommy Steele’s musical, Some Like It Hot at Birmingham Racecourse.

There is no doubt that this show will provide unlimited pleasure.

T Willis, Stirchley

I compile a history of the manufacture of locks and keys. I’d love to hear from anyone who knows G Smith & Sons, Dartland Brige Works, Birmingham.

Maurice Harland, Bradford