YEP Letters: December 4

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I DON’T accept that a bus driver was being over zealous in refusing a passenger that he couldn’t board the bus with a coffee in a card box (YEP, November 23).

From time to time there are notices on buses asking passengers not to eat or drink on the bus, not to put feet on seats and not to overdo it with talking on the mobile phone. These notices are in the interest of all passengers and should be strictly adhered to.

What if the passenger had spilt his coffee on a seat or on another passenger?

Similarly for same reasons I supported a bus driver a few years ago for refusing a man with a tin of paint on to his bus.

Those of us who use public transport regularly get fed up of buses being used as dustbins with Metro newspapers being strewn all over the bus floor alongside empty cans of pop and sandwich wrappings.

In the interest of hygiene passengers should look after their bus as if it was their home.

John Appleyard, Liversedge

Stamps can help the blind

I’m asking you to help raise money for the wonderful Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) this Christmas – and please believe me when I say that it won’t cost you a penny.

I have age-related macular degeneration but, whilst my sight has been affected, I count myself as one of the lucky ones.

You can help change this by simply collecting your used stamps this Christmas for RNIB. Your old stamps will then be transformed into urgently-needed funds to help even more people with sight loss access the information, support and advice they desperately need.

Every day 100 people will begin to lose their sight and many will face a future without any help or support. It’s heartbreaking to me that RNIB can currently only reach one in three people that need it most. By supporting this all year round campaign at Christmas, they can help more people. Please send your British and foreign stamps to: RNIB, PO Box 6198, Leighton Buzzard, England, LU7 9XT.

With 1.7 billion cards sent each year why not ask your friends, family or work colleagues to get involved as well? We only ask that you leave at least half a centimetre of envelope around the stamp to prevent damage.

Please, this Christmas, save your used stamps for RNIB and give people with sight loss the gift of a brighter future.

Thank you.

Dame Judi Dench, RNIB supporter

Sport objection to homes plan

Recently on the national news I have heard that the so-called “Olympic legacy” has had very little impact on getting more people involved in sport, and another report has stated that if more people had access to open space the NHS could be saved billions of pounds a year by the improvement in public health.

So why has Sport England not objected to the planning application to build houses on the Victoria Road playing field in Hyde Park and demolish a sports hall and swimming pool to build a “convenience store” which will put local shops out of business? This is in an area of high density housing and a lot of public health issues!

Just what does Sport England do to justify its existence?

The Council Plans Panel will vote on this planning application this Thursday December 5 at 1.30pm in the Civic Hall.

Hannah Johnson, by email

Great letter on jargon

The letter by D A Pentelow about jargon (YEP, December 3) really nailed it. I thought it was amazing.

I am listening to a discussion on BBC News about teaching. Apparently education now gives students “resilience skills”, “confidence building”, the ability to “reflect upon learning” and a “map for life”.

They don’t learn, they “engage in education transfer”. Obviously.

This was followed by a discussion about the rise in popularity in cycling in the UK. Apparently, cycling “is what it is and does what it does”. That’s cool, then. I almost patted my heart area and pointed at the telly. Sorted. If you know what I mean.

R Kimble, by email

Long hunt for Oliver’s book

IT WAS my intention to write this letter some time ago now.

After four attempts to obtain the book by Oliver Cross – Cats and Other Party Animals – I have actually purchased it.

Not wishing to send a postal order to the address he provided in his column (I thought it would be much more pleasurable to purchase it over the counter). I was disappointed when Waterstones informed me it hadn’t arrived yet. I was told they liked to support local writers. Being the dreamer I am, this conjured up in my mind a possible book signing event by Oliver Cross.

I am not in the best of health, and after a dreary cold wet day at Saltaire, I called at Waterstones on my way home. The assistant looked on the computer and told me there wasn’t one. She suggested I might try a charity shop. I considered this to be an insult to Mr Cross.

On another occasion I tried WH Smiths. I was told they had nothing by Oliver Cross. It has been very frustrating, but his Friday columns keep me going.

I went back to Waterstones a week or so later (I believed I had been misinformed by the young female assistant). I was so glad I did! This time I was told it was on the second floor in the drama section. After a long search I still couldn’t find it (my back was killing me). I made it to the counter and asked the assistant if he could help. He obliged and went to get it. He finally returned with the long anticipated book. He said it was under local writers.

Oh to have been able to relax and have a coffee in such a lovely atmosphere and savour my purchase. I was too exhausted and needed to get home. I’ve yet to read the book. It is in a place of honour on my coffee table (I want to finish the book I am reading now first).

I look forward to relishing it, perhaps over Christmas. Why is life so hard?

Mrs Patricia Bentley, Headingley

Assembly of contradiction

AS A Christian standing in the Catholic tradition, I look upon the Sunday Assembly (YEP, November 18) with no surprise, only puzzlement and some despair. If this is really religion for atheists then surely it is a contradiction.

However, have these good people finally realised what we Christians have said all along – that our secular, consumer, anything-goes society is mortally impoverished by the loss of community, fellowship etc, for abject loneliness, alienation and anonymity, then they are welcome.

Why are some atheists now soul searching, in that their world view is so arid, cold and soulless, and so to seek and re-discover the warmth and consolation that religion does best... but without God. After all, atheists and other enemies of the supernatural don’t celebrate together, build temples, form choirs, enjoy pilgrim fellowship, fleeing from all these themes that might mean touching God. So it is no surprise that the good people of the Assembly now want to colonise and steal the best outward forms of religious values for themselves, but without God interfering. Indeed, without God at its beating heart, then what is the message?

It is still the same despair that we come from nothing, are nothing and left with nothing, only atoms enjoying each other for the here and now.

It is often said that copying is a form of flattery. The Assembly follow very closely a form of religious service. Is the next phase a parody of a Eucharist with an agape meal?

Brian Johnston, Burmantofts

YEP Letters: September 20