YEP Letters: January 14

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AFTER reading about the couple that starved their dog to death (YEP, January 1), I am left wondering how the RSPCA think that justice has been done.

They were banned from keeping dogs but who will police that decision?

There have been so many cases where people who have been banned from keeping animals continue to keep and abuse them.

There are many questions that need answers about this case. Why did they have a banned breed of dog?

A dog left to starve could easily have attacked or killed one of their children out of desperation.

There would have been a public outcry and the dog would have been destroyed without any questions being asked.

As a society we have huge problems with dangerous dogs and animal cruelty, which in many cases are inextricably linked.

There needs to be a much stronger deterrent to stop both of these problems.

A ban on keeping animals is not enough.

S McLoughlin, Thorner

Lock up these drunken louts

When did the problem of drunken behaviour become the problem of the NHS and their A&E departments, instead of the police?

The police have the powers to deal with those who are drunk and incapable or drunk and disorderly in our town centres, especially at weekends.

Why are the hard-pressed ambulance services taking these pests to our already stretched A&E departments, where the doctors and nurses are abused and assaulted?

Why are the police not locking up these pests and getting them before the magistrates the next morning?

Is it because they are frightened of them dying in police cells as a result of their obnoxious behaviour in drinking to such an excess that they do not know what they are doing?

These pests have a duty to society to behave in a reasonable manner so that all members of society can have an enjoyable night out.

Their irresponsible gluttony spoils it for everybody else.

I believe that the police should provide the majority of reasonable members of society with a safe and secure environment in which to enjoy themselves and hammer these pests with a police record – they will soon learn their lesson.

People could then venture out into the city centre at weekends, without witnessing their animal behaviour.

And they cannot plead “cuts” when no fewer than 10 policemen recently turned up to “arrest” a stranded seal in a field.

If they cannot police this problem, they should close 
all licensed premises at 10.30pm, instead of persisting with Labour’s “cafe culture” disaster.

Bernard Duffy, North Yorkshire

Crazy cost of bureaucracy

EVERY DAY commuters face added expenses on bus and rail travel – but staff at NHS England are running up bills of £600,000 per month, on flights, travel and hotel stays as reported in your article (YEP, January 5).

It’s bureaucracy gone mad and the definition of this word is unnecessary officialdom.

It certainly applies when the spending of more than £7m in 12 months is revealed.

Mavis Harrison, Leeds

Miliband’s my pick for No.10

NOT LONG now until General Election day!

We are going to have to endure a lot of rhetoric from all the participants but as I see it, David Cameron and Nigel Farage are clutching at straws if they think the public want them as leaders of our country.

I think it is time for Ed Miliband to take us to happier times. The man has all the credentials to be a great Prime Minister.

Joe McHugh, Otley

Tory pledges look a bit iffy!

So the “if we win the election” season has arrived.

The Tories’ latest pledges are based on plenty of ifs.

If they are re-elected in May they will look into the NHS issue.

If they are re-elected in May they will debate Islamic State.

If they are re-elected in May they will discuss immigration – and these are just for starters.

So if the Conservatives win the election in May we can look forward to their debates and discussions that will keep them busy for the next three years – just enough to clear the “if we win the election” promises.

This in addition to the many ifs we will hear over the coming months.

Carith Archer, Hunslet

Paris killers are a throwback

The savages who murdered journalists and police in Paris last week are from another time, throwbacks from the Middle Ages.

They live by a code centuries out of date. As was expected, our very own Anjem Choudary has been shouting his support for the murderers.

Pretty soon we will hear the hand-wringing liberals telling us that this latest atrocity has nothing to do with Islam. They always trot out that cliche.

This country has reached a point in its history where freedom of speech and different points of view has been eroded by the liberal 
elite and sacrificed in the 
name of multiculturalism and fear of reprisals by Jihadi fanatics.

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

Latest fatwa is snow joke

There has been a rare fall of snow in Saudi Arabia.

The children, of course, are delighted and are enjoying making snowmen.

But guess what? Snowmen have been declared ‘anti-Islamic’ by a senior Saudi cleric who has issued a fatwa forbidding people from building them.

To me this poses the question: does religion induce nuttiness or do you have to be a nutcase to embrace religion in the first place?

Trevor Crawford, Leeds

No progress is no surprise

I read with interest the letter from Michael Meadowcroft (Your Views, January 6) and was surprised by his consternation at losing two crucial months during which, he says, representations could have been made to keep Leeds Visitors’ Centre at the train station.

Welcome to the real world Michael!

A man who has been an MP and been active in the process of getting a snowball to roll should know that as soon as it starts to move a thaw sets in to halt progress.

He can now feel the frustration that the majority of the general public feel when trying to deal with bureaucrats, politicians and their advisers and obtain a response within a reasonable time scale.

His expectation of getting cross-party agreement on how to proceed on something that might impact upon tourism in Yorkshire, when they cannot agree upon any countywide improvements to the transport infrastructure that definitely would impact on tourism, is a little far-fetched.

Time is not of the essence to politicians or their advisers because the longer they take over a proposal or scheme,the longer they are in a job.

Cynical maybe, but experience says otherwise.

Does Michael think that just because he was intrinsic in bringing the TDF to Yorkshire Gary Verity will be able to combine our Yorkshire MPs to work together?

He might be good but miracles are God’s work.

I think you are due for a T-shirt Michael, one of those “Been there, done that” sort.

Dennis Angood, Stanningley

St George's Crypt, Leeds

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