YEP Letters: April 10

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Driven to distraction by response

Martin McFadden, Drighlington

WITH REFERENCE to the debate about parking cars in gear and the response to my letter from Joan Kaye (Your Feedback, April 6), blimey, didn’t I rattle her cage?

She states, “no doubt Mr McFadden believes...” and lists 10 driving offences which she had the audacity to presume I condone, which of course is fabrication on her part.

For the record, I passed my driving test three weeks after my 17th birthday – 55 years ago.

As a car dealer for 50 of those years, I have driven thousands of cars. And I have never had, or been part of, any accident.

My comments about the unnecessary loss of life due to cars “running away” having been parked in neutral were valid.

What about the police officer, a couple of years ago, called to a disturbance in Pudsey Park?

He left his transit van on a slight gradient, it ran away and killed an elderly man who had just bought an ice cream.

Finally, although it grieves me to say it, I do agree with Ms Kaye on one point – always turn the wheels to the kerb when leaving the car on any incline.

New clear ideas on lost bunker

Paul Kilroy, Lawnswood

THE REPORT on the demolition of the defunct nuclear bunker at Lawnswood (YEP, April 4) prompts intriguing and comical speculations.

Herein would reside for an indeterminate time our councillors and civic worthies, taking refuge from the white heat of party polemics and the blast of barbed rejoinders – not to mention the little matter of toxic annihilation from above.

Then to re-awaken from their hermetic hibernation, like King Arthur or Francis Drake, to save the imperilled realm.

Were their families entombed with them? Or would these sleeping titans have single-handedly re-populated the Earth?

If so, they might well have had a long walk to keep a date.

One thing’s for sure; they would have claimed travelling expenses and an overnight stay.

Thank you to honest folk

Olga Twist, Whinmoor

COMING HOME from shopping at Tesco I lost my handbag and purse and was devastated at the loss, mainly because of some personal things in the purse. But, lo and behold, about an hour later a lady rang me and after I answered her question, said her hubby had picked it up and would walk round from Coal Road to deliver it.

I was really overcome with their honesty to return the purse to me.

It just goes to show we still have honest folk in Yorkshire and I hope that this couple know that they have my most grateful thanks. I was so upset that I forgot to ask the man’s name but I must say he was a gentleman of the first order.

Parties in denial over sorry state

D Boyes, Rodley

LOOKING BEYOND the euphoria that is generated in any run-up to a general election by wild promises from every party if only you vote for them, do many people realise what a truly sorry state of affairs exists?

Revision of constituency boundaries, long overdue after decades of demographic changes which would have equalised voter numbers and reduced the number of MPs at Westminster to 600, was scrapped due to the Lib Dems’ refusal to cooperate with the proposals.

This was in retaliation for their coalition colleagues failing to agree to revise that corruption of our democracy, the House of Lords!

The three main parties are as ever in denial over these problems, with only the minority SNP calling for abolition of the Lords and even smaller Ukip offering to control immigration.

Contributing to debts of others

John Appleyard, Liversedge

We all know that this election is the most competitive for a generation, and the question of how to most effectively manage the Government’s debt is paramount.

One thing that is not often mentioned is the way Britain contributes to other countries’ debts.

Since the financial crisis, the amount of loans made to developing countries has tripled, and there have been warnings that a new debt trap is being laid for some of the world’s most impoverished countries.

Being strong on the economy means showing leadership at home and overseas – I hope all candidates will pledge support for aid to be given as grants not loans, tax justice to end debt dependency, and fair rules for resolving debt crisis.

Ambassadors plea for cancer

Deb Fogarty-Walker, Rothwell

More action is urgently needed to overcome breast cancer.

I have just had a scare and been given the all-clear. Some are not as lucky as me.

Every year, around 18 women in my constituency die from secondary breast cancer. Across the UK, 12,000 women die each year.

Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer have launched their new joint Stop Women Dying campaign to encourage parliamentary candidates to become Breast Cancer Ambassadors if elected this May.

I want my future MP to become a Breast Cancer Ambassador and help to improve local treatments and services for those affected by the disease and do more to stop women dying from it.

More early screening will catch it in its early stages and potentially save the NHS money in the long term.

I would encourage others to join me and add their support to the campaign by visiting breastcancercampaign.org/election

Soft touch has not worked

David Daniel, Leeds

ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour among the young seems to be on the increase.

I realise many hand-wringing liberals will disagree with me when I say I believe corporal punishment in schools should be reinstated, along with a clip round the ear from the local copper and parents.

But we’ve tried the soft touch and it doesn’t work.

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