YEP Letters: February 28

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Struggles of both the past and the present

Margaret Anderson, Bramley

AS SOMEONE who is in the age group described by Nick Palin I have to agree on some points, that compared with parents and grandparents who had their struggles we did have it good in the sixties and seventies as teenagers.

Or did we? Yes, we could leave an employer at the end of the working week and start a new job immediately.

Yes, long term prospects were good but comparing like for like we faced saving up for deposits and struggling to pay mortgages while bringing up families so I do not think those problems have changed.

Those on low wages as is today there was little chance of saving for retirement.

For many women of that generation it was accepted that you stayed at home and brought up your family and, for some, then looked after elder members of the family.

Until 1973/4 there was no family allowance for the first child, no child credit.

For that you now get a pension that is not even close to the basic state pension. So please do not knock my generation without comparing wages and cost of living of yesterday and today.

Today pensioners who claim pension credit may I remind you, especially the two Nicks, that a pension rise means a reduction in credit so that takes away the rise in income and you are left with the same amount as last year with today’s cost of living.

To those who enjoy knocking the bus pass system can we please put an end to the pettiness that some letter writers enjoy? Perhaps Nick Keer and Nick Palin would like to get on a bus and count the empty seats and even with experienced citizens like my age group, buses are not full so we are taking nothing from you.

The bus companies get grants from the Government to pay for the bus pass system, this is helping to keep some services on the road. To the two Nicks: why not go into the bus station in Leeds any morning and note where the bus pass holders are travelling to?

They are going on a day out to one of the many little towns around, there they will shop, or call and have a meal. In that way they are helping the local economy. See the groups of pensioners in walking boots and suitably attired for the weather ready for a day walking.

That is healthy and good for your general well being and it keeps you out of the doctors’ surgery thus saving our health service time and money for as long as possible.

Please remember that the people you wish to deny are those on limited incomes, some on their own and a day out makes them feel good when they arrive home.

Terry Dunwell, Whinmoor

I SEE that, as someone previously addressed them as “that silly pair”, K & D Ingle are yet again banging on about being willing to pay full fare on buses. Well, what’s stopping them doing so?

They obviously have too much spare money, unlike the rest of us who appreciate our bus passes which enable us to “escape” from our homes to spend our meagre pensions. I am sure that shopkeepers, pubs, supermarkets etc are more than thankful for our custom. I wonder if the Ingles and Nick Keer have ever considered the effect on the economy of this country if we pensioners were unable to travel to spend our money? I suppose being the selfish people they are it would never cross their minds. And don’t let them mentions us walking. Even now at 80 and with a full knee replacement I will almost certainly walk more in a week than the three of them do in a month.

Stay in the EU to make changes

D Birch, Cookridge

AS A 92-year-old who spent four years of my life in the Infantry in World War Two and the huge loss of life of many of my comrades alongside me, I feel very strongly that we should stop this idiocy of leaving the EU.

After that war we thought in the main we had kept further European wars at bay. In fact we should be proud of the fact that our forces, despite successive Governments only thinking of themselves when sending our troops out to fight.

The EU will still be there long term, as a very huge state and with a great population, capable of looking after all our extended families down to my own great grandchildren, who may well live for a 100 years or more.

If we leave the EU and, looking to the future, we will really be just a dot on the map. Is that what our current population want? Having an ‘in or out’ referendum is the most stupid thing imaginable. We all know that the current EU is nothing like we wanted and expected so many years ago. It definitely needs to change, but that may even take 10 years or more and we have to be there to help make the change.

I’ll miss Oliver Cross column

M Whitehead, Chapel Allerton

SO SORRY to read that Oliver Cross is leaving the YEP. I always went first to his article on a Thursday and enjoyed his quirky style and sense of humour. Oh well, perhaps Malcolm Nicholson will display some more of his sense of humour. I chuckled over his letters on the warning about travelling in icy conditions.

So, Oliver Cross, I know I won’t be the only one to miss you but I wish you a long and happy retirement – but be warned – you’ll never have a spare minute and wonder how on earth you found the time to go to work.

Ordeal of living in housing complex

Colin Bell Proctor, Ireland Crescent, Leeds LS16.

I was born here in the 1930s and signed on for 22 years in the REME.

I was discharged disabled through service. I then worked for the rest of my life and qualified for full state pension. I worked down the pit, in engineering, in the building trade and finished up as a self-employed market trader. I have paid thousands of pounds in tax, insurance and VAT throughout my life - about three years ago I moved into a sheltered housing complex and have had nothing but trouble. The place is full of undesirables and criminals.

I didn’t expect this treatment at my age. Both me and my partner dress smart and go out every day which seems to upset a lot of people. I have not been out since mid-December due to severe illness. It seems that most inhabitants in this complex have no loyalty to this country and treat me like a criminal. What is happening to this once great country?

The grounds of Temple Newsam House, Leeds.

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