Fascinated and moved by the lives of others

By Letters
Aerial view of crowd, Liverpool
‘I am humbled to read about people who have made a valuable but largely unsung contribution to our society.’ Photograph: Alamy

• Every Saturday I am humbled to read the obituaries of people young and old, from a variety of backgrounds, who have made a valuable but largely unsung contribution to all facets of our society (Other Lives). Where else do we find such inspiration? What makes these pieces all the more affecting is that they are written by friends and relatives who have admired and loved these people over the course of their lives. These short accounts never fail to fascinate and move me.
Maria Goulding

• Interesting to hear Sajid Javid expressing his strong desire not to enforce the production of papers by those attending social events (Tory MPs fear return of Covid vaccine passports plan in England, 12 September). However, under current plans, proof of ID will be required for those wishing to vote. Surely not inconsistency from this government?
Ted Heath
Solihull, West Midlands

• A British tennis player with a Romanian father and a Chinese mother, and a Canadian with an Ecuadorian father and a Filipino mother embrace at the end of a wonderful final. Surely, an advertisement for immigration (Emma Raducanu beats Leylah Fernandez in US Open women’s final – in pictures, 12 September).
Nic Madge
St Albans, Hertfordshire

• Thank you for some good news: namely, Tim Dowling and family’s visit to his 100-year-old father (Tim Dowling: my father is turning 100 – but will we make the party?, 11 September). Made my day.
Charlotte Houlton
Morpeth, Northumberland

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