YEP Letters: August 21

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Broken promises on rail services

Linda Ibbetson, by email

Once again we have a promise broken by this government, namely to improve northern rail services.

How they can justify this indecent price increase while our rail services get worse. Sadiq Khan tells us blithely that the London Garden Bridge has been cancelled and the £50 million of taxpayers’ money has been lost? Who’s going to pay it back?

That kind of money would have gone a long way to improving train services ‘up north’, but unfortunately for us this government thinks that London IS the UK. I’d like my MP Andrea Jenkyns to stand up for us, (which she is paid for) putting pressure on the government for more funding for trains in the north!

Disappointed at Legion’s heavy handed attitude

Elisabeth Baker, Leeds.

AS a member of the Royal British Legion, I was disappointed to read of the heavy-handed attitude of the RBL over Christine Langham registering two names containing the word Poppy, and decorating her lorry – at her own expense – with depictions of poppies and of British fighting troops during the two World Wars.

All this was done in order to raise the profile of the RBL and to raise funds for this very worthy cause.

Perhaps this lady was unwise not to contact the Legion before acting as she did, but not everybody is aware of such niceties. If she had done so, she could have become an official fundraiser and could have worked hand-in-hand with the charity.

But threatening her with legal action will have done nothing to enhance the image of the RBL.

Maybe the adverse publicity which the RBL is now receiving will persuade them to approach Ms Langham with a peace treaty, and accept her very generous offers to raise funds.

Check how NHS cash is spent

Barrie Crowther, Wakefield

JUST who is in charge of NHS spending?

I suspect not Jeremy Hunt but individual hospital authorities who need to take a long hard look at who is profiteering. Obviously no one “shopped around“ for the best quote when ordering a £44,000 toilet to be reportedly installed at the Department of Health.

This is part of the problem. No one seems to check on the best prices for medicines and equipment, when often these can be obtained cheaper on the high street. A full time ombudsman needs to be in place checking how NHS money is spent.

Save tears for the carers

Donald Webb, Rothwell

CARERS look after people with a large spectrum of disabilities, dementia being only one of them. Carers are not all in the 60-plus age group, many carers have spent most of their adult life caring for a loved one, any help being thin on the ground.

You also see children having to take on this role. All carers have one thing in common, they are not valued by Theresa May and her Government. She should save her tears for carers, not for herself.

Yorkshire has had raw deal

Don Burslam, Dewsbury

YORKSHIRE has had a raw deal from all governments.

I would point out, however, that Labour was in power for 13 years while holding the vast majority of seats up here. Labour, therefore, bears the lion’s share of responsibility.

Political rivalry within Labour ranks has also delayed or blocked the establishing of a mayor with special powers.

Consequences of British rule

John Appleyard, Liversedge

Seventy years ago the British Empire left India after decades of brutal rule, the consequencies of which are still affecting the lives of millions of people today.

I recently visited the Bradford Peace Museum to look at its exhibition of the partition of India which portrays a shared experience of pain and loss and a desire for peace and the common humanity of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh that acts towards unity.

A shocking feature of the violence of partition was the brutality directed towards women. 50,000 Muslim women were abducted in India, 33,000 Hindu women abducted in newly found Pakistan.

The stigma of sexual violence led to the phenomena mass suicide.

The fight against British rule showed an alternative - a tradition of poor Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs wanting to combat oppression and exploitation.

Leeds city tram system in focus

CV Barton, Burley-in-Wharfedale

REGARDING the recent letter from John Smith, Whitkirk ‘We Need an Elected Mayor’ (YEP August 2), he states that the history books will not tell us who closed the Leeds city tram system in the 1960s because it was a committee.

I think Mr Smith will find the answer to this statement in the book Leeds Trams 1932-1959 by Andrew D Young (possibly a member of the legal profession) ISBN 0 900433 56 6, Light Railway Transport League, pages 80, 81 and 83 are very interesting. For many years this book was not on the shelves of Leeds libraries for obvious reasons. J Soper, author of the Leeds transport books, for the period 1959 will possibly cover the history in greater detail.

These books are usually to be found on the local interest shelves in Leeds libraries. The Leeds Civic Trust shop near Leeds Minster used to sell the J Soper books.

From the winter 1959 Leeds City Transport Timetable the trams were allowed 21 minutes from Crossgates to Kirkgate, with a car every four minutes in the peak and the fare was 6D (2½p). How does that compare with today, when we have high fares and small passenger numbers on public transport?

Heartwarming idea for Joshua

Edna Levi, Leeds

The report on young Joshua being taken on a special First Bus trip was heartwarming, especially compared to all the miserable happenings we read about daily. This was a lovely idea on his part and excellent of First to help him arrange it.

Disappointed at museum closure

Susan Welbourne, Leeds 15

ON Monday morning my 13-year-old grandson and I decided to have a trip into Leeds to visit the museum, to brighten up what was a grey, dull morning.

On arrival – shut. We then walked over the the art gallery – shut. It was very disappointing, seeing as Leeds is now a major city, and people come from all over the world to see our places of interest, even on a Monday at the height of the holiday period.

In defence of older drivers

Robert Holman, Farsley

ONCE again, we have letters having a go at older drivers.

The average age of the House of Lords is far in excess of 72 years old, and they are more than capable to drive our country forward with their vast experience. How nice it was to see our queen looking happy behind the wheel on her big 90 birthday this year. Long live our graceful driving queen.

Pedestrians cause danger

A Hague, Leeds 9

RECENTLY letters have stated how dangerous some cyclists are, but far more pedestrians cause danger.

I have cycled for 72 years and injured no-one. This year I have been brought off my bike by two pedestrians. You see someone crossing the road with a group of people, not looking at the oncoming traffic, some talking on their mobiles. Walking in front of a stopped bus or car is common. Yes, there are some idiot cyclists, all because the law lets them get away with it.

Respect the water warning

Elizabeth Clements, Mineral Products Association, London

I am writing to request your readers’ help in saving young peoples’ lives.

Tragically, there are circa 400 accidental drownings across the UK each year in open water such as; reservoirs, quarry lakes, rivers, canals and tidal waters.

All too often, these tragedies occur when people are enjoying a leisure activity or are engaged in what they perceive as harmless fun.

Man-made water bodies like quarry lakes and reservoirs can be extremely deep, have sudden changes in water depth, be difficult to exit and conceal a range of hazards such as pumps, entangling weeds, rocks and old machinery. The water can also be extremely cold even on a hot summer’s day.

At 15C and below, the body can experience cold water shock when immersed in water, this results in a sudden, involuntary inhalation of water into the lungs which can be deadly. The cold water can also cause even strong swimmers to tire quickly, become breathless and potentially disorientated.

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is supporting the water safety campaigns being run by other organisations such as the RNLI, RLSS and the Fire and Rescue Services. Collectively, we do not want to discourage members of the public from enjoying the water but would like people to be aware of the risks and choose to swim in areas that are safe. To find out more, view the MPA campaign Facebook page Stay Safe Stay Out of Quarries or the RNLI website www.respectthewater.com and “share” this with others.

Please also remember that warning signs and fences are there to help protect you and your family.

Sign up for BHF cycle ride

Jane Horsnell, BHF Fundraising Manager for North Yorkshire

We are calling on your readers to join the fight against heart disease by taking part in our Heart of York Bike Ride on Sunday September 3.

With just two weeks to go before the event, don’t miss out on the chance to sign up to the challenge. Every mile you ride, and every pound you donate could help us save lives. The event will see floods of people uniting in the fight against heart disease as they cycle either a 22 or 40 mile circular route from the city of York and through the countryside of North Yorkshire. There’s always a fantastic atmosphere and the event is suitable for all abilities and anyone aged 14 and over.For every mile you cycle, you will be helping fund our pioneering research, which will benefit the estimated seven million people living with heart and circulatory disease across the UK. What better feeling is there? If you’re feeling inspired to help us stop heart disease in its tracks, visit www.bhf.org.uk/heartofyork

It’s a right handed world

David Collins, Scissett.

I WAS interested in a recent article on left-handed children and applaud efforts to help in learning to write.

However, as a cackhander myself, I think it is very important that not too much emphasis is placed on this.

Left-handers will throughout their lives have to get used to living in a right-handed world.

There is no help on a day to day basis and if children grow up thinking there is they will be sadly mistaken.

Writing in English itself is right-handed if you are left-handed you have to push a pen rather than pull and you can’t see what you have just written.

Books are right-handed, particularly difficult were cheque books (remember them?)

A wired computer mouse is set on the right. A computer keyboard is right handed all the common user keys are on the right.

Bread and other serrated knives are usually one sided. You should see a loaf after my wife and I have cut slices (she is right-handed).

Even table settings are right-handed, why is a glass put on the right and not in the middle? Scissors, tin openers and potato peelers are right-handed.

Yes you can buy left-handed versions but they are expensive and not always available to you. ATMs are right-handed.

The only thing I can think of that is left-handed is the gear lever and hand brake in a right-hand drive car. The righties are even designing these out.

I could go on but please don’t treat left-handed children as having a disability because, as they grow older, they will have to get used to a right-handed world.

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