YEP Letters: August 15

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The families’ plight is more important Alan Thorpe, Whitkirk

It does not surprise me that the Chilcot report into the Iraq War debacle has yet to see the light of day.

When you think back over the years at the issues which, because of public outrage the powers that be usually (very reluctantly) set up a public enquiry it is invariably one of the elite that are given the job of heading it up.

Such a person is usually a Sir or a Lord or a Judge, getting paid handsomely no doubt and as part of the establishment is no doubt grateful to it for their privileged place in Society. Setting up Public Enquiries is all part of the elite’s plan to keep the masses quiet. Why should Sir John Chilcot have to wait for responses from those criticised in his report to give their rebuttals, why not give them a time limit and tell them if they do not respond the report will be published anyway!

I really feel for the grieving families of soldiers who have lost their loved ones and are still waiting for justice. Their plight is certainly more important than the reputations of the leading figures who led us into the Iraq War.

When I was at school one of the most important phrases that has stuck with me is ‘Delay Defeats Equity’ and this is just another example.


Trust your instincts

Rosie Heaton, Young Ambassador Meningitis Now and soon-to-be student at Leeds Beckett University, and Sue Davie, Chief Executive Meningitis Now

At Meningitis Now we’d like to congratulate all local students who found out this week that they have got the grades they need to go to university this autumn.

For many of you, this will be your first experience of living away from home and the first time you have taken responsibility for your own health and wellbeing.

As part of this, can we please encourage you to be meningitis aware.

Getting vaccinated with the new ACWY vaccine, available now free on the NHS, and knowing the signs and symptoms to look out for will save lives.

Download one of our free apps giving the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning), or carry one of our handy purse or wallet-sized cards.

Meningitis and septicaemia are devastating diseases that can affect anyone. Up to a quarter of first-year students carry the bacteria that can cause the disease in the back of their throats, compared with one in ten of the general population.

This puts students starting university and mixing with lots of new people at increased risk.

Cases are more common during the autumn and winter months when immune systems can be weakened by other illnesses such as colds and flu.

Students should also make sure their immunisations are up to date by checking with their doctor before they go away to study.

However, vaccines do not protect against all types of the disease, which is why it is important to know the signs and symptoms and how to get urgent medical help.

Advice from Meningitis Now is download our app or carry a card, learn the signs and, if you suspect the disease, trust your instincts and seek medical advice immediately.

To request a card or to download our free app visit www.meningitisnow.org or call our freephone helpline on 0808 80 10 388.

Such refreshing comments

Michael Rapha, by email

In June the teacher, Vincent Uzomah was stabbed in the stomach by a 14-year-old boy in a Bradford classroom.

More recently after the ensuing court case, Mr Uzomah made some very refreshing comments.

He said, ‘As a Christian, I have forgiven this boy who has inflicted this trauma and pain on me and my family…Our prayer for him is that he will make use of the opportunities and support that will be provided to him to become a changed person.’

A police spokesman described the father-of-two as being ‘incredibly magnanimous towards his attacker.’

One dictionary definition of magnanimous is: ’generous or forgiving, especially towards a rival…’

Jesus said, ” Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.… forgive, and ye shall be forgiven” (Luke 6:27-37).

If more of us could display this type of goodness on a more regular basis then the UK would be a much nicer place.


What happened to Buffy?

John Appleyard, Liversedge

Listened to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Women’s Hour’ recently and was pleased to hear an interview with singer/songwriter Buffy Saint Marie who came to my attention in the 1960s with the protest song ‘Universal Soldier’, which she wrote because the American Government denied it was at war with Vietnam.

But it was her song ‘Soldier Blue’ written for the film of the same name in 1970 on the massacre by the US Army of the Cheyenne at Sand Creek, which for the first time showed how the West was really won with this brutal destruction of an Indian village.

Buffy revealed on the show that she was the first woman to appear on television breast feeding her baby, something which even to this day is frowned upon.

Buffy Saint Marie is still touring and writing new music, good luck to her.


It’s your job - get on with it!

Malcolm Nicholson, Berwick-in-Elmet

Tube drivers do not drive a vehicle as big as a bus,so why are they paid twice as much as bus drivers?

They don’t even have to steer the train - they stop and start it.

For this they already receive a wage most working-class people can only dream about.

Why won’t the union leaders ballot their members on the latest TFL offer?

I suspect they know only too well they will be accepted by the vast majority of members.

My message to them is “Get real,”the public are beginning to hate you.

Your ongoing greed, backed by a union chief who,thanks to all your subs, lives the life of Riley, is completely out of order.

You took the job on, it ain’t hard graft - just get on with it.

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