Feeling an affinity with anyone who picks my pockets for good causes, I always stop at the bucket with the slot in the top.
I confide that I’d love to contribute, at which point the charity collector smiles, but I’m not, at which point the smile dims.
I subscribe to various charities through my church. My wife and I subscribe to other charities too, so my total charitable giving is around £1,000 per year.
I know I should give more but I am a reluctant donor in many ways.
One reason is the vast salaries that some charities pay their top brass. And some charities are too big to relate to the punters.
Some charities have huge reserves so I am disinclined to donate to them.
And I believe with all my heart that the money raised through massive appeals for overseas causes, like much of the aid from taxation, is only partially reaching the folk it is intended for. A huge amount goes to those who already have much.
I am wary too of major appeals fronted by celebrities. They urge viewers to donate but I ask the question: you are asking us to dig deep. What do you donate to and how much?
John Theobald, Garforth
Take action on nuisance calls
I read recently about the amount of nuisance telephone calls that other readers are experiencing (Your Views, December 4).
We have had many in the past year – in fact too many.
It is time to act on this stupid game, but it has not been taken seriously enough and this means that money is being made.
In other words, is someone in authority selling our personal details to these stupid companies?
If this is so, these authorities (telecommunications, central government etc), should be heavily fined.
It is no use registering with the telephone preference service as they cannot stop these calls as most are of the automated type.
Even going ex-directory is no solution either, nor is ignoring these calls as they return later.
For those people who depend on the telephone, say if they have family in hospital, and need to be in regular contact with the hospital about the patient’s condition, then this situation of these stupid calls must be really irritating for them.
Nobody should be receiving these calls, especially if you are paying line rental for your telephone.
Surely with today’s technology, there must be a way of tracing these calls back, so there is no real excuse at all.
It is time for action.
Mike Horne, Armley
Runners disrupt my travel plans
I am a resident and bus user in Leeds, and I have had my travel plans severely disrupted in the past by charity events that involve closing the main road out of Leeds towards Horsforth and Ilkley.
I note that Age Concern are planning an event at Kirkstall in 2015 which I believe involves closing the road down for all traffic which is very inconvenient to me and no doubt thousands of other travellers on the day.
Given that the event, a fun run, could take place at an athletics track or in a large park, would it be possible for them to liaise with the council to change the venue for such events in future?
Car drivers would have a particular grievance as they pay a considerable amount of money into the Treasury which they hope and presume is intended to make roads available for them to use – not to be closed down for the day for an activity which would be better carried out in a different location.
John Turner, Wortley
Memories of the ‘madhouse’
FURTHER to the recent mention in the YEP of the Market Tavern in Leeds which has long since gone, the locals used to call in there for a pint on a Saturday night and you could buy anything really cheap that the barrow boys couldn’t sell on the stall, have a couple of pints and then take a bunch of flowers home for the wife!
Its nickname was “the madhouse”.
Henry Ibbetson, Leeds
Prioritise UK’s young jobless
In response to the letters from Barbara Kempf and John Appleyard (Your Views, December 12), I too am descended from immigrants, probably from about 1880.
The scenario for incoming immigrants then was somewhat different and much more harsh.
No benefits, housing, education or health service. If you didn’t work, you starved.
However with a common language, a willingness to work and a genuine desire to become a citizen of this country, we were assimilated into society.
I, along with UKIP, have no problem with people coming to this country with skills that we are unable to provide ourselves.
But we do not need people without skills when we have 1.5m 18 to 25-year-olds of our own who are out of work.
They should be compelled to take minimum wage jobs currently filled by EU migrants.
This would help to reduce unemployment payouts and give them the incentive to strive to get better paid work.
After working for 50 years, and still paying tax, I do not think it unreasonable to expect a decent pension and possibly care in future years.
But this is all disappearing before our very eyes as services are cut to pay off Labour’s debts. We are full up.
Compare our population per square mile with France and you will find that we have three times more.
Regarding Nigel Farage and his EU riches, this bears no comparison to Tony and Cherie Blair’s riches of approaching £100m through being PM, “Peace Envoy” and fighting “human rights issues”.
Neil and Glynis Kinnock have also both done all right from the EU coffers.
Bernard Duffy, North Yorkshire
SO BARBARA Kempf worked for 26 years (Your Views, December 12). Big deal.
My husband and I have worked for 83 years between us, paying taxes and National Insurance. My father worked for 51 years and paid in, but didn’t get to retire.
The NHS is a mess because of people who don’t work, mostly people who have several or even more children. Immigrants also seem to have quite a lot of children.
Child benefit should be stopped after two children.
V Bedford, Pudsey
Brand of idiot without laughs
Further to R Williams’ comments on the recent edition of Question Time (Your Views, December 15), Russell Brand thinks he is a comedian.
I went to one of his gigs once and I have to say there would be more laughs at a post mortem.
Go back to what you are good at, Russell – being an idiot.
J Lennon, Beeston
Shocked by lobster novice
I am astounded that you employ someone to review restaurants, who surely must have some qualifications as a gourmet, and upon whose writings the livelihood of a business could depend, yet they make an admission in a review of a restaurant that ‘neither of us had tackled lobster before and I’m told eating it is an acquired art’ (YEP, December 11).
Roger Pearson, Crossgates
In response to P Bagnall (Your Views, December 17) who cannot wait for the general election when we will “all be in it together again”, if Labour win the election (God forbid) we will all be up the creek without the proverbial paddle.
Alan Mazurke, Pudsey