YEP Letters: April 28

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Burning truth that residents were never told

G Pemberton, Halton Moor

I HAVE watched with interest the waste incinerator on the old car boot site at Cross Green being built.

The pamphlets delivered to homes in Leeds do not give people the impression of the size and monstrosity it is turning out to be, nor was there a chimney in the drawing showing how it would look when completed.

We were told there would be no emissions from it. If that is so, why the need for the tall chimney? The law of this country states we tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

It is time the government and city council were made to adhere to the law of the country and tell people the truth.

I would not mind betting that the ones who agreed to the incinerator being built there live nowhere near it or are ever likely to.

Visit West End at your cinema

Peter Stanway, Little Preston

I HAVE to ask the question: How many people are aware of the wonderful opportunities being offered by National Theatre Live?

From time to time throughout the year, various plays are broadcast direct from Royal National Theatre and shown live at various cinemas.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the best theatre productions, without the expense, hassle, and frustration of having to travel down to London to do so.

I love live theatre, but completing the 200-mile, four-hour journey from Leeds to London is a detractor, and not just in terms of time and distance but also financially.

As an example, I recently saw The Hard Problem, Tom Stoppard’s new production. The average ticket price for this show is about £40.

The cost of a return coach trip, Leeds to London, is about £90, or by rail an off peak return may cost about £160 so, to see the show I would be spending between £130 and £200.

That is assuming I don’t have to stay overnight. What did I pay through NTL? £15.

These productions are the nearest you can get to actually being there. They generate an intimate relationship between the theatre and cinema audiences, so much so, that I have seen cinemas audiences rise in unison with the theatre audience giving a standing ovation to a cast when the show is complete.

In addition to theatre goers having the opportunity to see some of the best plays around, NTL are allowing certain schools to watch their productions completely free of charge in their classrooms, making theatre available to students who may never have seen a live production.

Whoever came up with this idea deserves a Knighthood or Damehood and their statue erected outside the Royal National Theatre.

Admin job tops being a nurse

Graham Robinson, Colton

It is no wonder that the NHS is in such a parlous state of finance when some of the administrative jobs being advertised offer such ludicrously obscene salaries.

I refer to the post which was advertised in the YEP on April 23 for a Lay Member of the Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group.

After the job description I 
got the impression this must be a fairly intense job, commanding a demanding commitment from the person winning it.

However imagine my incredulity when, at the end of the advert, I saw that the salary being offered was £13,399 per annum for a time commitment of, wait for it, three days per month!

This works out at about £372 a day. I bet some of the nurses at that hospital would love to be on that sort of salary.

I can only surmise that this advertisement must contain at least one misprint.

Thank you to handbag angel

J Dunkerley, Leeds

I WANT to say a very big thank you to the lady who handed in my handbag to the owner of the flower shop in the inside Leeds market on Thursday, April 23.

I had bought a plant there and then walked away without picking up my handbag. I then went to the bus stop and, looking down thought, ‘Oh my bag’.

I rushed back tracing my steps and finally went to the flower shop not really expecting to recover my bag.

When I asked the gentleman if there had been a bag handed in he said yes, that a lady had given it to him.

I have no information about this lady, so would you please say a massive thank you to her.

I had many sentimental things in the bag and was so relieved to get it back. There are still some good honest people around and I am so in her debt.

So thank you again, I just wish I knew who it was.

1960 flight was truly no-frills

Terry Allinson, Bardsey

Sam Casey’s piece on the flight from Leeds Bradford Airport on a vintage Dakota DC-3 plane (YEP, April 23), took me back to 1960 when, along with my wife, I visited Ireland for two weeks.

We flew to Dublin in an Air Lingus DC-3, a no-frills propeller-driven aircraft.

My wife was expecting our first child, so she wasn’t too happy during the flight.

Ireland was magical, it was like going back to the previous century, and I kissed the Blarney stone!

I fear Salmond at the controls

Fred Ward, Oakwood

One of my fears for this country was the sabre-rattling of the Russians, but this has been replaced by the possibility of a future Labour Government propped up by the SNP.

When a candidate is elected in this country he is a Member of Parliament for this country but to be linked with the SNP it is pretty obvious where their sympathies will lie.

In one paper it was reported that Alex Salmond has said that he would be writing the budget, and this is from a man whose ego was deflated when he failed to get independence for Scotland.

It would be interesting to know Ed Balls’ thoughts on this statement.

Would he sit back and let Salmond do it?

Maybe your Labour-voting correspondents would let us know their thoughts on this subject.

As the old saying goes: “Better the devil you know than the one you don’t.”

YEP Letters: April 22