YEP Letters: August 14

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In reply to the letter from B Carr (YEP, August 12) calling for lottery funding to be used for ‘worthier causes’ than ‘obscure’ gymnastics, would they prefer to see these wonderful gymnasts, boxers and athletes cluttering up their street, taking drugs, vandalising property and mugging innocent people?

These young people have given up hours of their time when they could have been doing all the aforementioned things or playing on their many electronic gadgets in their homes.

Instead, they have spent their time doing something worthwhile. Instead of berating them, why not congratulate them on their achievements – or is that too much to ask?

If gymnastics is an obscure sport then blame the TV channels for broadcasting endless and tiresome hours of football, all year round, when the English team and the Premier League teams are overpaid wimps who earn far too much money.

They have done nothing to earn our admiration while these young people have done us proud.

If you don’t have a clue about gymnastic disciplines and ‘gimmick’ boxing events, B Carr, then do us all a favour and educate yourself, perhaps by following them for a week’s training.

Leeds’s own Nile Wilson and others are a credit to their parents, their coaches and their country – and I, for one, am extremely proud of them.

Joan Kaye, Armley

Rail service not fit for purpose

At last, someone in a position of authority has recognised the mess that is the railway system in and out of Leeds.

Peter Wilkinson, rail franchising director at the Department for Transport, is quite correct in his analysis that train services in and out of the city are not fit for purpose (YEP, August 7).

A couple of weeks ago I complained to the YEP about the shambles that Northern Rail ‘organised’ during the Grand Depart.

I also had to complain about Northern Rail only providing three carriages at the height of the rush hour on the 17.53 Leeds to Huddersfield service I use to get to Cottingley.

This week Northern Rail surpassed their shoddy efforts yet againhe same journey only had TWO carriages!

Can the person from Northern Rail who responded to my previous complaints respond and defend his company’s poor performance again? The rail service provided by Northern Rail isn’t fit for purpose and when the franchise comes round again in 2016 they shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near it.

Kevin Wilson, Cottingley

Dog poo in car was just foul

YOU HAVE had several letters about the nuisance of dog fouling, but I just had to write to you regarding my own experience.

The other day, as always, I drove to the local Co-op to collect my YEP.

As it was quite warm I left the driver’s side window open as I wasn’t going to be a 
minute.

Then I paid a brief visit to the local garage to make an appointment for my MOT, 
then visited my osteopath, which was only five minutes’ away.

Getting out of the car I noticed a Sainsbury’s plastic bag behind the driver’s seat.

I gingerly picked it up and opened it, only to find dog poo inside!

Can you believe it? What will people do next?

Obviously the incident occurred when I was parked outside the Co-op with the window open.

Margaret Garbutt, Wetherby

God seems to take little notice

DIRECTED AT the YEP’s Christian readers, Mhic McGlashan asks where was God during the First World War (YEP, August 7)?

Well, I don’t know why he thinks only Christians are able to answer this rather hackneyed question, but 
clearly at the time of the Great War, God was where He’s always been – in Heaven, Valhalla, Paradise, Avalon, Elysium; call it what you 
will.

Mind you, let no one naively assume Him to be a loving and benevolent deity.

Indeed, having seen a good part of this planet and its troubles, it strikes me that God takes little interest in events – no matter how ghastly – on just one of the many millions of worlds scattered across a cold, cruel and seemingly uncaring universe.

Roger Bates, Shadwell

Non-Christians also believers

IN ANSWER to Mhic McGlashan’s question, God is the Alpha and the Omega. He existed before the world began and will still be here when the world ends. Only He sees the final picture.

Humanity received the gift of free will, and unfortunately humans have been using this gift to act against God’s commandments resulting in horrific consequences.

God appears to allow this – whether you like it or not. Also, He is not only the Christians’ God. He reigns over all.

A Anderson, Leeds

Hamas plays a part in Jihad

THE ANTI-ISRAEL hysteria across the western media is manipulated by Hamas propaganda that portrays Israel as ruthless child killers.

The death toll is heartbreaking, but the public is not being shown how Hamas uses its own people as human shields.

Israel is fighting a war for its own survival against a fanatical terrorist foe, dedicated to the elimination of Israel and the Jewish people.

Instead of condemning Israel, the West should face up to the global Jihad in which Hamas plays a part. To those who back Hamas, are they not supporting a terror group that detests their own western values?

The West should take heed and not fall for Hamas victimhood.

Brian Johnston, Burmantofts

Public sector benefits better

IN response to Dave MacFadyen’s letter, having worked in both the public and private sectors, believe me, there is a distinction.

The public sector is the best in every possible way.

I would not suggest that public sector workers should be deprived of their rights, but I would suggest they should start to earn them.

They should be grateful they work in the public and not the private sector.

Barbara Kerrigan, Selby

Big difference in pensions

Dave MacFadyen insists there is no difference between the benefits enjoyed by private and public sector workers (YEP, August 2).

I notice that he makes no mention of the index-linked pensions enjoyed by the public sector. I retired in 1990 with a non-index-linked pension of £127 per month. Yes, a month.

As I was a shop manager, staff got less than me.

Band C council tax back then was £40 a month and is now £119 a month, leaving me just £8 from my £127.

I have a friend with less pension than me who asked his private pension provider if they could cancel him drawing it so he could claim more in benefits and he’d be better off. They said no.

I do not begrudge your public pensions, I am just trying to enlighten you as to where they come from.

Robert Holman, Headingley

GOING through one day’s viewing in my TV magazine, I counted nearly 50 programmes across the five main channels that were repeats.

What a rip off! That’s entertainment?

Mavis Harrison, Saxton Gardens

Leeds City Train Station. Picture Tony Johnson

YEP Letters: October 13