WELl, HUNKY-DORY, the allotmenteers of Leeds, through the action by the Leeds Allotment Gardeners Federation, have stopped the council from putting up their rents. Hurray!
So not only can they continue to receive the benefits of a pleasant hobby, good fresh food and health-benefiting exercise for a paltry sum (less than 25 pence a day, even with the proposed increase), but they can now retire to their beds safe in the knowledge that the council will have to find the money to make up the cuts from central government from somewhere else – shut down another care home, it’s only old people who couldn’t run an allotment anyway, cut some more services for disabled young people, they’re all scroungers, stop filling potholes in the roads, they slow the traffic down anyway!
I could not be more ashamed, because... I am an allotment-holder.
Kevin Bray, Leeds
Money should be better spent
REGARDING the Yorkshire Evening Post online debate on the £500,000 revamp of a committee room at Leeds Civic Hall (July 21), all but one thought the money could be better spent, and one thought the rooms were too small for purpose.
That is not a surprise as it’s common for the organisers to fund a small room to barely hold half of those they expect to visit, and save money as well (hire fees).
Whatever, it’s our money they spend, they don’t spend it wisely.
AE HAGUE, Bellbrooke Grove, Leeds LS9
At least library is staying open
LEEDS City Libraries Service is very good, yet like everything else, nothing stays the same, so the opening hours of certain branches need changing, but isn’t that better than them closing altogether?
People in our area lost their much-loved little Broad Lane library, that building fortunately now has a new life as the pharmacy serving the adjacent GP’s surgery.
But the comments from Leeds West (Labour) MP Rachel Reeves are so typical of that genre.
When Broad Lane was under threat by decision of the controlling Labour Group on Leeds City Council, no objection, yet as soon as others need their hours changing, it’s the nasty Coalition Government! Cuts!
Now, nearby Farsley Library will fulfil our needs once we get used to the different opening hours.
DS BOYES, Upper Rodley Lane, Leeds LS13
We should ban dog breeding
WHAT A lovely day I had on Sunday at Dogs Trust Open Day and Fun Dog Show. It’s the first time I have been but will definitely be going again – possibly to help next year. Lots of people brought their dogs, many of which had been previously adopted from the Trust, and there were lots of children enjoying the events and stalls.
I recently saw a Tonight TV programme about the present high demand for puppies, which is encouraging breeders to run puppy farms, consequently making huge profits from exploiting dogs often kept in bad conditions and not vetting the customers who buy them.
This does not make sense to me. Why would any person who wants a dog want to encourage a breeder to bring more into the world when there are 100 dogs at Leeds Dogs Trust just waiting for loving homes and there is a never-ending waiting list of people wanting to hand their dogs over for rehoming?
If I had my way there would be a ban on breeding dogs until homes were found for all these unwanted dogs, after which we should copy Germany where if you do not have a licence to breed it is mandatory to have your dog spayed or neutered.
Carol Lee, Cookridge
Yorkshire soap lacking dialect
HOW I agree with Amanda Lilliu (YEP, August 4) regarding the TV programme Emmerdale and its current disappointing storylines and especially its lack of real Yorkshire dialect. Thinking back, the character Seth (the late actor Stan Richards) had it down to a ‘t’.
Being Barnsley-born and bred, he was the only one you could rely on to pronounce properly the often used words ‘owt’ and ‘nowt’, which now makes one cringe when pronounced wrongly to rhyme with the word spout.
Also, a Yorkshire producer would know that ‘samwidges’ as we called them were never referred to as sarnies (Lancashire I think). ‘Best be off’ would more likely to be said as ‘Berrer be off’.
We love ‘our’ Yorkshire soap and take offence when directors and producers, who often don’t come from these parts, take the liberty of changing the language. Past letters to the programme produce a reply thanking me for the interest but nothing ever seems to be done.
Let’s hope they read the YEP and take note, if only for the sake of authenticity and credibility. I am sure some of our own home-grown talent would give their right eye to act in Emmerdale.
Mrs K Smith, Guiseley
Games are now too ‘emotional’
I HAVE this idea that when the BBC were planning coverage of the 2012 Olympics some pimply youth with a degree in media studies suggested that the focus should be on the “emotional” aspects of sport. Thus, every event was accompanied by constant, irritating references to how “emotional” it all was. That and “amazing”, of course.
It’s got to the point now where I couldn’t watch any Commonwealth Games coverage because of the insufferable references to how “amazing” it all was all the time but, worse, also to how “emotional” it was. The fans were emotional; the families of athletes were emotional; the sky looking down was emotional; the trees were emotional; the hockey sticks were emotional; I’m getting emotional, the emotion being irritation beyond belief.
Can I point out also that the word itself does not just refer to people being tearful? It’s bad enough listening to cliches like “you couldn’t write the script” etc ad nauseum but, come on, give us a break. What with being unable now to watch the BBC News Channel because of the constant “erm erm erming”, now I can’t even watch a bit of swimming (the only sport I have ever been good at).
I’ll have to write that novel I know is inside me.
T Maunder, Leeds
Get your Scots facts straight
Once again, M Nicholson (YEP Letters 2 August) shows no interest in facts. With that name he should endeavour to research his facts before writing on Scottish issues.
Neither the Scottish Government, nor Alex Salmond, made any request, formal or otherwise, to the Red Arrows to trail only blue and white smoke at the opening of the Commonwealth Games. In fact no formal request was made by anyone or any organisation. Alex Salmon is well aware that the Red Arrows represent the British armed forces and as such cannot favour one political view point over another. That includes not being involved in “ a good put-down for Alex Salmond”, the Scottish First Minister, seven weeks before the Scottish Independence Referendum. That would be seen, by all sides, as a rather grand faux pas.
I sit on the fence as far as the referendum goes. I don’t have a vote since I have chosen to reside in Yorkshire for many years. However, I feel strongly that anyone writing on the subject should stick to the facts.
Dave MacFadyen, Leeds