YEP Letters: April 2

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‘Getto mentailty’ harms both the old and young

Neil Duffy, Kirkstall

R KIMBLE’S comments about the “ghetto mentality” on city housing estates (Your Feedback, March 28) harm older people as well as the young.

My wife and I have just celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary and in June we will have lived in our council house at Hawksworth Wood Estate for 35 years. Neither of us are in the best of health but we manage.

Like all council estates in Leeds there are good and bad. Leeds City Council has a moral duty to house people. I resent R Kimble’s comments about this estate having a ghetto mentality and comparing its residents unfavourably with those who served in the war.

Our nephew David was raised on this estate during the 1980s/90s. He joined the Army and was injured on Salisbury Plain during a night exercise.

Then he was sent to Kosovo, where he started to have blackouts whilst driving. He spent a lot of time in the Royal Naval Hospital at Haslar, Hampshire. He was discharged and now has a job and lives in Holbeck.

My other nephew Jonathan was also raised here. He joined the RAF and is still a serving member. My wife Margaret has lived on this estate for over 50 years. My father was in the Royal Navy during the war. Prior to joining he lived on Halton Moor. He took part in D-Day on a tank loading ship.

My uncle Jack, my dad’s brother, also lived at Halton Moor then went into the Paras at Arnhem.

One resident up here was in the Royal Marines. He joined in 1938 and was at the River Plate in 1939. He celebrated his 22nd birthday in the middle of the Pedestal Convoy in August 1942 on HMS Phoebe. After the war he was also in Palestine. He will be 95 this year. How can R Kimble judge the residents of this estate by watching two programmes on the TV?

An avoidable tragedy

Martin McFadden, Drighlington

WITH REFERENCE to your article “Pensioner killed by empty car” (YEP, March 7) this tragedy is sadly so avoidable.

It is obvious that this car was left parked in “neutral”. The handbrake either failed, or was not properly engaged.

I have been selling cars for 50 years, and when people have a test drive, I’m often (too often) compelled to ask when they are parking the car, “Why are you leaving it in neutral?” The reply is always “That’s how I was taught.”

I have written to the YEP several times on this subject, pleading for every one to park “in gear”. First gear if facing uphill and reverse gear if facing downhill. If so, and the handbrake failed, or wasn’t put on properly, the car would not run away!

Why do driving instructors continue to instruct everyone to park up, even on steep hills, in neutral? Until they alter this diabolical, dangerous practice, then innocent lives will continue to be lost.

How do driving instructors feel, when reading these headlines of another life lost?

Come on, you professional instructors please answer the question. But don’t use the feeble excuse of: “Well, if you left it parked in gear, got in, and threw the ignition key, then the car would lurch forward.” Yes, we know it would, but it’s not rocket science to push the clutch in before starting.

One driving instructor who bought a car from me said he parked in neutral because “it’s a government directive”. Well, in my opinion, the twerp responsible for this “directive” has blood on his hands.

Why can’t all driving instructors unite and lobby the powers that be to change this ludicrous situation and, in so doing, save many lives?

Think wisely with pensions

Malcolm Shedlow, Moortown

If one draws their private pension in a lump sum and blows the lot in on a new car, 
a holiday or home improvements, will they then be able to supplement their meagre state pension with benefits to bring them up 
to the amount the government say you need to live on?

Or will the powers that be say, quite rightly, that you should not have spent 
the money, so no entitlement.

If the answer is the latter, no sensible pensioner 
should touch it with a barge pole.

Waterloo is a British victory

Gordon Reed, Garforth

NEIL HUDSON starts his story about Waterloo in 1815 (YEP, March 28) in typical English and Yorkshire parochial style nonsense.

It was not by any means an “English” victory but a “British victory”. The most famous regiments at Waterloo were Scottish and Irish and the most dramatic painting of the battle shows the cavalry charge of the Royal Scots Greys.

Can we please try to remember we live in Great Britain?

Cricket review disappointment

Gary Hudson, Halton

HAVING READ the March 25 edition of the YEP from front to back (and also from back to front), I was extremely disappointed to find not one line reporting Yorkshire CCC’s excellent defeat of the MCC in their opening first-class fixture of the season.

While it is too much to expect at this stage of the season that cricket should get headline coverage, I think some sort of coverage of this significant win for the reigning county champions would have been in order.

Keep dogs away from letter boxes

Margaret Green, Bramley

ALTHOUGH NOT as serious 
as Coun Sanders’ encounter with a vicious dog (YEP, March 18), I too suffered a similar attack.

Whilst delivering election material, I received a nasty bite on one of my fingers.

There was no sound and no warning to alert me as I attempted to post the letter, only the shock of receiving the bite.

Even though I was wearing gloves, my finger was bleeding profusely. Such was the shock, I just got myself back home and attended to my wound.

The dog owner must have realised as the letter would have had blood all over it. The shock of it stopped me from knocking on the door. I just wanted to get home as I was on my own.

Looking back I should have reported the incident and gone back to the house to see the owner. This has also left me wary of leafleting now.

If the owners of these dogs know their pets have a vicious nature, a basket should be placed behind the letterbox. Also, why let the dog into the hall where the letterbox is?

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