YEP Letter: July 12

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WHEN IT comes to those time consuming, lousy self-service machines, supermarkets such as our local mini Asda swiftly lost our custom.

Despite protests we are aware of, customers are still being hassled into using these contraptions, unless Asda randomly decide to open up the welcome ‘human’ checkout as if it’s a treat.

The staff have clearly forgotten about customer courtesy, choice and that we pay their wages.

Thank heavens then for the nearby ‘down to earth’ (and cheaper) Aldi.

What revamped our frustrated misery regarding naff technology was the Post Office from hell in the St John’s Centre, with its frantic counter system, always packed and hot, and red decoration that is seemingly designed to get our nerves on coils.

They have now stupidly closed their handy basic counter for those of us who may only want to purchase, for example, a stamp, and are allegedly installing ‘self help’ machines.

Just how much more moronic is this all going to get?

What with social media, soon we will all resemble robots ourselves, not knowing how to make conversation at all.

We are losing our voice and choices drip by drip. Don’t get us started on the obvious job losses as a result.

Jocelyn and Ned Caramell, Meanwood

Very different mercenaries

Mhic McGlashan (YEP, July 3) claims that British citizens returning from fighting in Syria and Iraq are being ‘arrested and jailed’, when such action is only being contemplated.

However, his main assertion is that there is no difference between Jihadists going to fight abroad and young men going to foreign wars in the past.

Mention of the Spanish Civil War is totally different. British ‘mercenaries’ fought on both sides, but were not Jihadists, also hating their own country and prepared on return to terrorise.

To claim that the Jesuit Mission to Latin America in the 16th century only succeeded with ‘bible and sword’ is false. It was bible and cross. The ‘sword’ was carried by the Spanish Conquistadors intent on plunder and eventual conquest, shamefully under the banner of Christ.

On the seven Crusades to secure the holy lands against Islam, Mr McGlashan has a point. A noble cause to allow pilgrimage to Jerusalem eventually descended into chaos, plunder and barbarity.

Rough crusading was in many cases more brutal than the Islamic foe. But one cannot escape the fact that some failures in today’s Muslim world are rooted in its own culture, as well as our own past misdeeds.

Returning home from a foreign war with a festering grievance against one’s own country without justification and acting destructively is high treason against the realm, demanding full retribution.

Brian Johnston, Burmantofts

Come clean on charity money

CHARITIES ARE not only using donors’ money to become politicised, as Malcolm Nicholson suggests (YEP, July 5).

Several years ago I assumed, perhaps naively, and probably like other supporters, that the money I had been at great pains to raise from selling raffle tickets for that ‘worthy’ cause, the RNLI, went straight to purchase much-needed lifeboat equipment.

In fact (and I was informed personally when I made specific enquiries) this raffle ticket money went directly towards buying refreshments (provided free) for RNLI supporters at the various grand promotional coffee mornings and so on held in cities around the country.

Perhaps this is the way the RNLI operates, but something did not seem quite right so I ceased selling raffle tickets and withdrew my support.

Most charities these days are just businesses. We do need to be made fully aware, however, of how exactly our money is used.

L Vorlicky, Cookridge

Hard task to blast a tunnel

I was interested to read the letter from Frank Wright regarding the idea of tunnelling for a rail line to Leeds-Bradford Airport (YEP, July 9).

What Mr Wright may not appreciate is that Leeds sits on some very hard rock.

Having supervised several tunnels in Leeds for sewers only approximately 1.2m in diameter, I can confirm that even these proved to be very difficult to excavate and needed considerable amounts of blasting.

Because of this, the construction of a rail tunnel would be extremely costly, making any scheme prohibitively expensive.

John Ellis, Leeds

No respect for uncivilised MPs

PRIME MINISTER’S Question Time on television is the most disgusting show of disrespect I have ever witnessed.

The Prime Minister and Ed Miliband are screaming like banshees at each other and the hundreds of MPs baying like a pack of hounds.

How can anyone respect people like this who can’t even behave in a civilised and responsible manner?

J Shedlow, 
Moortown

Rail company’s Tour failure

While the Tour weekend should be regarded as a great success (if you ignore the parking company that undid all the good work by sticking fines on official Tour vehicles), the main weakness in ‘Le Tour’ provision was Northern Rail.

Having used the excuse that they wanted to carry as many passengers as possible for not allowing the transportation of bikes, they then failed to provide anything like the necessary number of trains and carriages to accommodate those passengers.

I think Northen Rail can say ‘au revoir’ to any chance they may have had of renewing their franchise contract when this one expires.

Martin Phillips, Cookridge

Tour de Yorks...and Lincolnshire

I SUGGEST a Tour de Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. This would be an annual event derived from the Tour de France and would be limited to 100 cyclists.

Of course, the first two days would be as this year’s fabulous event, with the third day running from Sheffield to Lincoln, the fourth from Lincoln across the stunning Humber Bridge to Hull and the fifth and final day passing through Scarborough to finish at Whitby. You heard it here first.

Terry Allinson, Bardsey

New jobs to help China’s economy

I see that Poundland is to create 4,000 jobs. No doubt this will be the cue for our Conservative MPs to recite the pre-programmed mantra that the party’s ‘long term economic plan’ is working.

In my book it means 4,000 more welfare-dependent, minimum wage jobs, selling cheap imports from China.

This will help the Chinese economy (and a few wealthy individuals here), but doesn’t really do much in the long term for our futures. Can anyone remember the last time they saw a label that said ‘Made in England’?

This doesn’t apply to cars assembled here with foreign components, which aids the Japanese economy.

Mark Norris, Farnley

Thanks for quick bin response

we would like to send our thanks to Councillor James McKenna. We had a quick response from him when we complained about an overfull bin outside the Raynville School. This was emptied and the mess cleared the next day.

K Thompson, Bramley

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