YEP Letters: January 1

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Give blood and change your life in the new year

Jon Latham, Assistant Director, Marketing and Donor Contact Service, NHS Blood and Transplant

Many people in West Yorkshire will be considering giving things up for the New Year, like unhealthy food or alcohol.

But you can change your life by choosing to give.

Giving blood is amazing – you can save or improve the lives of up to three people each time you donate.

We always need new donors to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups among our donors to meet patient needs in future and to replace those people who can no longer donate.

We need more than 6,000 people to donate blood every day to meet the needs of desperately ill hospital patients.

Blood and platelets are not just used after accidents. They are used for patients with cancer, anaemia, childbirth complications, and in a wide variety of life-saving procedures.

Less than three per cent of people aged 17-70 donated blood last year. Thank you to everybody who donated and helped save lives – we look forward to seeing you again in 2016.

If you’ve never given blood before, register to donate blood and book an appointment to donate in West Yorkshire at www.blood.co.uk. Donating only takes an hour of your time.

So please start this year by changing not just your life, but someone else’s life too, by giving blood.

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Economic woes started with joining EU

Derek Barker, Moortown

On reading the contribution by Alain Fissore (YEP December 24) I could not agree more with his assessment of the economic circumstances surrounding the closure of Kellingley Colliery, though I feel that he has missed the crucial point that the start of the economic misfortunes of this country coincide exactly with our joining the EU.

From the late 70s to the late 80s literally thousands of companies in this country whose existence relied on their ability to export their manufactured goods to countries outside the EU, had their export licences withdrawn by the Tory government under Margaret Thatcher to comply with our EU membership. Throwing millions of people out of work on top of the many tens of thousands of miners and steelworkers who had already been thrown to the wall.

No doubt the pro EU lobby in the upcoming referendum will be relying on the younger generation to vote to stay in the EU because they don’t know any better. Unlike those of my generation who can remember being able to walk out of one job one day and walk into another job that paid more money the next day, or for a young married couple to pick up the keys for their council house of flat within six months of putting their names down on the housing list, or for the young marrieds who could afford it getting a mortgage to buy a house with a minimal deposit.

Or being able to send your children to your nearest school knowing that they would receive the same education as any other child at any other school, or being able to walk into your local doctors surgery without an appointment and being seen on the same day, and not having to pay VAT on anything because VAT did not exist, and for voting for a political party that actually did what they said they would do after they were voted into government.

Career politicians in my view are nothing but Civil Service and global capitalist puppets who can’t see beyond their own egos and bank balances.

The signs are obvious

Ernest Lundy, by email

Having read the comments of contributor, Alain Fissore, Co-ordinator of Italy’s Partito Communista in Britain (YEP December 24) I must say I agree with much of what he says.

However, as for his views on socialist-communism being the only hope for the future of Britain, I have to disagree. Communism has had its chance and is not the answer.

But at the other end of the spectrum neither is the unacceptable face of extreme capitalism.

As he said in his letter. therein lie the problems from which we are now suffering, and have been for almost a decade.

The faults lie with the big conglomerates, bankers and other money making institutions who are constantly in the hunt for higher profits and ever more acquisitions of land and properties. They never seem to have enough.

Somewhere in between the two extremes there has to be a norm! Where employers, bankers and the rest of those seeking ever higher returns, settle for less and in so doing distribute some of their wealth and profits among their employees; the source of their wealth.

As things are today the constant drive for more, and still more can only result in a complete collapse of values and the true worth of commodities when higher profits lead to a constant demand for higher wages to keep pace.

If nothing changes, the constant pursuit for the rewards of the god Mammon will lead to a complete meltdown of the financial market in the end. The signs are patently obvious.

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