YEP letters: December 3

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Here’s a selection of today’s readers’ letters and comments.

John Turner, Western Street, Leeds

i WAITED from 14.35 to 15.05 for a 42 bus last week (November 28) on the Headrow, in the Wortley direction, that should be at 10 minute intervals. Another 42 bus overtook us whilst 20 people got on, and when I alighted outside the Hanover Arms on Lower Wortley road, two more 42 buses were behind us – that makes four 42 buses following each other around within a couple of minutes of each other. It was ridiculous!

Could the controller not make use of the realtime info and redirect some of them – for example, if they are behind each other, the passengers from one could be asked to get on the other one so that there is a spare bus to fill up the gaps in this often very poor service?

Whilst waiting, I also saw two 42 buses going up the Headrow together in the opposite direction so it really was bad.

Surely at this quiet time of the day the buses should be a bit more organised and orderly?

So that is four buses together one way, and two the other way – now I know why it is called the “42”!

John Turner, Western Street, Leeds

I WAITED from 14.35 to 15.05 for a 42 bus last week (November 28) on the Headrow, in the Wortley direction, that should be at 10 minute intervals. Another 42 bus overtook us whilst 20 people got on, and when I alighted outside the Hanover Arms on Lower Wortley road, two more 42 buses were behind us – that makes four 42 buses following each other around within a couple of minutes of each other. It was ridiculous!

Could the controller not make use of the realtime info and redirect some of them – for example, if they are behind each other, the passengers from one could be asked to get on the other one so that there is a spare bus to fill up the gaps in this often very poor service?

Whilst waiting, I also saw two 42 buses going up the Headrow together in the opposite direction so it really was bad.

Surely at this quiet time of the day the buses should be a bit more organised and orderly?

So that is four buses together one way, and two the other way – now I know why it is called the “42”!

Charge for missed medical appointments

A Hague, Bellbrooke Grove, Harehills, Leeds

WHEN at my dentist to make an appointment this week I heard the receptionist tell someone on the phone they had been crossed off because they missed two appointments and failed to cancel them. The attitude of many people today who think they can ride over any responsibilities is deplorable.

Worse still with doctors appointments, where my surgery had over 580 missed last month. This is why deposits should be made and returned if you turn up.

Where is the deterrent?

M Chadderton, Blue Hill Crescent, Wortley, Leeds

What deterrents have we in today’s law which helps to prevent and control the present unlawful actions which are carried out by a great number of our population?

Take guns and knife crimes that have been on the increase.

Look at the recent statistics, the killings of local MP Jo Cox, and teacher Ann Maguire and knife attacks that occur in the city today.

The prison services today talk about how easy it is for inmates to access drugs, mobile phones and how prisoners rule the roost causing chaos and riots costing thousands of pounds, with prison wardens getting physically harmed.

We have over 40 per cent of motorists using their mobile phones daily whilst driving, again a crime which is flaunted, with our traffic police being again undermanned and unable to enforce the law.

Oh Lord, he’s more to do yet!

George Marsden, Colton, Leeds

It must be lovely to be made a Lord – they have the world’s finest subsidised restaurants and bars – but Nigel Farage must be clever enough to realise that a peerage would be political death. Farage is one of the few politicians to make an impact.

Almost single-handedly he has caused an earthquake among the world’s increasingly anti-democratic liberal establishments.

He is the only significant figure to merit the attention of the new most powerful man on the planet.Farage has a long way to go before he retires to join those sleepy unelected members in the House of Lords.

We owe this man our thanks

DS Boyes, Upper Rodley Lane, Leeds

THE people of Leeds in general, and those in Leeds 16 in particular, owe a debt of gratitude to Morley Independent Councillor Leadbetter for exposing the way Leeds City Council, under Labour control, has dealt with the controversial planning applications of ‘Soggy Bottom’?

The decision to approve this housing development against technical advice of drainage experts and in defiance of clear, well-founded local opposition was obviously made in advance, by a small group of people, who then “imposed” their will on the other “Labour” councillors, with one who dithered, apparently severely reprimanded by Labour whips!

This is just like a criminal trial, where despite evidence for defence and prosecution being heard, including mitigation, the verdict was already returned in advance.

Fidel Castro might have just died in Cuba, but his principles of dictatorship with the will of the people routinely ignored are alive and well at Leeds Civic Hall.

We know our own minds

T Dunwll, Stnaks Close, Leeds

I AM becoming increasingly irritated by people like John Cole (Yorkshire Evening Post, November 24).

To put him right everyone I know, everyone, voted for Brexit because we wanted to, and not because of what politicians or otherwise told us. Most working class people have long since stopped listening to people who presume to be experts on such things.

The arrogant liberal elite and its impressionable groupies only embrace democracy if it produces a result they want. Otherwise the result is ignored, rejected or violently protested against.

The majority voted out, Mr Cole, and that’s what our teachers taught us was being democratic.

Was it the same at the school where you taught?

Genius of Cathy Come Home

A Shipman, Harley Gardens, Leeds

THE BBC, quite often, comes in for criticism, but its fourth TV channel excelled itself with The Wheelchair President, about the life of Franklin D Roosevelt, and Cathy Come Home – the only grouse being that it only seems to get shown once every Preston Guild!

One of the best docudramas made in the last 50 years raised issues which are still relevant today, so please BBC, give viewers the pleasure of Cathy Come Home more often.

Looking after the cyclists

B Leonard, by email

The front page of the Yorkshire Evening Post (November 30) revealed the £1.5 bn cost of jams and car chaos in the city.

What did the councillors expect when roads were made narrow, to make way for cycle lanes that have been a big 
waste of time and most of all money?

They keep asking what the people of Leeds want.

When told, they do the opposite.

Now that winter is upon us, I haven’t seen a gritter out on the main roads, however, at 6.30am this morning they were 
gritting the cycle lane at Stanningley with what looked like two specially made 
tractors which fit the cycle lane exactly.

So let’s get priorities right – look after the cyclists, not the motorists!

A little help for the ladies!

R Kimble, Lea Farm Road, Hawksworth

Apparently some darts player offended Piers Morgan television by referring to Susanna Reid as “darling”.

He intervened and spoke on Ms Reid’s behalf.

Does this man not realise that doing that is just as sexist as calling her “darling”?

Perhaps he should go on a political correctness and gender awareness course ? He certainly needs it.

Why is EU exit so complicated?

David Green, by email

WHY is getting out of Europe so complicated?

If you are a member of a club, and don’t pay your subs, you are out, so, stop paying the extortionate amount that we do.

We spend more with them that they do with us, so why should we pay to trade? They need us more than we need them.

We should trade on equal terms with no tariffs, and if they don’t like it, tough.Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and all the other European car manufacturers will not want to lose sales over here, so we 
have them over a barrel so to speak.

The world is not Europe, as they seem to think, only 500 million, compared with over six billion worldwide.

We also need Nigel Farage in the negotiating team, he will tell them straight, as he has vast experience dealing with the idiots.

Leeds City Train Station. Picture Tony Johnson

YEP Letters: October 13