YEP Letters: February 17

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Food furore only highlights our city’s failings

Paul Kilroy, Lawnswood

THE RECENT furore over food critic Giles Coren’s questioning of local culinary standards reflects hurt pride and punctured pretensions.

But how solidly founded are these self-proclaimed truths?

The council’s PR and publications seethe with self-congratulation, as we carry all before us and leave them gasping in our jet stream.

My own reality check sheet sells one copy per month and carries a more nuanced view.

That Leeds came only eighth in the league of cities creating most private jobs; that property prices have increased more in Sheffield lately; that we figure poorly in the ‘What’s On’ guides; that we can’t compete for stadiums with Wigan, Hull and Huddersfield; that we don’t have a business/conference centre, ice rink, concert venue or athletics stadium; that we have a makeshift bus station, museum and basketball area; a failing Kirkgate market; a permanently unfinished Tropical World and of course, no modern transport system.

Our 99 gold digger councillors should occasionally break surface, if only to smell the stagnant ambitions, overheated claims, highly spiced narratives and humbug.

Questioning the UK’s foreign aid

Malcolm Meeson, Leeds

With the cuts to council funding, rise of food banks and NHS patients being transported to hospital in taxis, I find it amazing that this Government can give financial aid totalling £873m to foreign countries.

One of them, Egypt, is sending rockets into space. Pakistan has 13 billionaires 
and Kenya has a £30bn economy.

Ghana made £300m from reserves of oil, South Africa was wealthy enough to host the 2010 World Cup and Indonesia is raking in cash from coal and palm oil reserves.

Before the United Kingdom dishes out financial aid abroad they need to sort out the disgusting situation in this country.

Charity begins at home.

What’s the point of our PMQs?

Phil Ferry, Hawksworth

Can somebody please tell me the point of Prime Minister’s Questions?

Not a single question is answered unless it’s from a fellow Tory.

It’s really cringeworthy to watch a man leading our country sidestep every question and blaming Labour when he has had five years to sort out “the mess they left him with”.

Pensioners as target is unfair

Richard Wade, Horsforth

I FEEL I must respond to the letter (Your Feedback, February 14), in which Nick Keer states that he is glad to see a certain section of the community ‘living on fear’ of losing there bus passes.

Yes, pensioners.

So this nasty piece of work likes to see frightened pensioners, just as he also likes to see people in wheelchairs sitting on the roadside, waiting until a bus arrives without a pushchair on board.

He also seems to think that giving bus passes to pensioners is the reason why the country is in such a state, and removal of these passes would solve the problem.

What an ill-informed fool he is.

I also notice the pensioners he has spoken to, (those who wouldn’t mind paying a fare) also own a car.

The pensioners I have spoken to would object to paying as they don’t own a car.

He says his parents and in-laws get their exercise climbing up Scafell.

I have a feeling that they just want to get as much distance as possible between them and this nasty, foolish, bigot.

Ignore him and he’ll go away

Terry Maunder, Kirkstall

I DO hope there isn’t going to be a rash of angry letters about Nick Keer’s latest missive from the gloom.

Like an angler, he’s dangling the bait and, like all anglers, if nothing rises to said bait, he will go away.

Bigger threats than climate

Paul Thompson, Scarcroft

Yet again we are informed by the Government that further all-party investigation is to be carried out into climate change – “the biggest threat to mankind”.

These changes have being going on since time began with no human assistance.

By far the greater threat comes from the unsustainable explosion of the population worldwide and not least of all in our own small country.

We are in debt, infrastructure just hanging on, town and cities, motorways, congested, the National Health Service struggling to cope with a rising population and birth rate, crime and drugs.

Nobody wishing to pay any more and the continuous cry for yet more wages in a country that still retains a reasonable standard of living.

The politicians’ answer to all this is to build yet more thousands of houses, concreting forever over thousands of food producing acres of green land.

This produces more 
cars and increasing burden 
on the already frail infrastructure.

Secondly is the increasing resistance of human diseases, pests, fungi bacteria to the ever increasing types of treatments and antibiotics, already mentioned by doctors.

Over the last 50 years, the spraying of agricultural crops and animal treatments have become a full-time occupation with the pests, diseases and fungi continually mutating and becoming resistant to the previous years chemicals and treatments.

Sooner rather than later we will not be able to keep in front, with catastrophic results.

Ebola is just a warning. Climate change will then carry on without us, just as it always has.

Gallery ballet art excellent

Hilary Andrews, Adel

I WENT to see Tino Sehgal’s The Kiss at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, expecting to sneer at what is now called “art”.

Instead I was entranced by the couple I saw re-enacting the works of as such as Rodin and Klimt.

The couple are ballet dancers from the Northern School of Ballet and were first class. Their stamina is unbelievable.

I would advise everyone to see this. It truly marks out Leeds as a potential City of Culture.