YEP Letters: July 14

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HS2 is just a ‘nonsensical dream’

Anne Painter, Wakefield.

With reference to HS2, the proposition to build a rail link costing in excess of £80bn is not an indulgence, it is insanity.

It is a ridiculous idea and is akin to building millions and millions of helicopters for hire or just simply digging a giant tunnel which would connect the whole country together in love and harmony.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, there is no money left, no money, all gone. Before we all pour any more borrowed cash in to this nonsensical dream, everyone should stop and think about this for one tiny minute, don’t you think?

Would you consider being an organ donor?

Statistics released this week show that 1,891 people in West Yorkshire are living because of organ 
donations. According to NHS Blood and Transplant’s annual Transplant Activity Report almost 279 thousand people in Leeds alone are now registered to donate organs compared to 229 thousand five years ago. And 103 thousand people are on the NHS Organ Donor Register in Wakefield up from 80 thousand during the same period. 
The UK-wide number of people alive thanks to transplants has reached the milestone figure of 50 thousand the report says. 
Last year 194 people in West Yorkshire had transplants in comparison to 144 five years ago. 
Health chiefs are now calling on others to sign up to a list which means their organs can be donated after death. 
We asked YEP readers if they would consider being organ donors. 
Here’s what some of them said on social media...

Elizabeth Pickard

Absolutely – that way fewer families would have to go through the trauma of waiting for an organ – and none being available – and the family member dies.

Christopher Scott

How I see it is, you don’t need them any more and can potentially save someone’s life.

Lynn Mooney

Give if you wish to receive. It’s that simple. The choice should be to opt out not to opt in. If you choose not to give then you automatically choose not to receive.

Lindsey Bell

I think we should go to a national opt out system. It’s proven to work in other countries and from other surveys many people are supportive of this.

Sarah Wilson

I agree if you’d take one you should be willing to give one if you’re not opt out but if you’re in a state where you need an organ you’re bottom of the pile.

Lewis Nolan

People shouldn’t have a choice really, it’s just nonsense if you don’t.

Audrey Marshall-Smith

I agree, I have known the relatives of a person with a donor card refuse to let their wish be carried out ! Very sad.

Marianne Jowett

No, I carry a donor card and am on the register but that’s my choice, taking without consent is theft and why should people have to opt out of giving something they own.

Fay Wheldon

No-registers do not work. The countries that have tried opt-out methods have not had better donor rates. When the Netherlands introduced an opt-out register many citizens registered in protest. These types of registers raise the ethical questions about ownership and rights overs one’s own organs. The countries with some of the best donor rates are in fact the countries with no register at all. The most important thing a person can do is discuss their wishes with their next of kin so if the worst happens relatives can consent to organ donation.

Denise Vause

Sorry but I believe organ donor should be as it is, voluntary not automatic.

To improve more organ donors coming forward perhaps whilst having a GP consultation this could be put forward to the patient and medical notes noted. Both my children are blood/ organ donors, organ donor by way of driving licence application. There must be many more donors volunteering this way and I’m sure many many more by way of practices. It is not anyone’s automatic right to obtain and use organs of others.

Rose Hutson

Without this service our 14-year-old grandson would be dead. Two years ago on the 13th of this month he had to have a liver transplant due to cancer. A young woman in her 40s died and our grandson recieved a lobe of her liver, without this lady being a donor our granson’s life would have ended. As a large family we have all registered on the donor list.

Tracey Flynn

Have always said it should be an opt out system. My grandson needed a liver transplant at six months of age. Thankfully he received one thanks to a donor and her family.

Janine Hope

If there is an option to opt-out then it is still a voluntary scheme, I cannot see what the argument against this system is. I was privileged to watch an organ harvest as a student nurse, the respect and care shown to the lady whose organs were donated by the surgeons and nurses has stayed with me for 25 years. I am on the register and would not hesitate to offer the organs of my family if they were suitable.

Ami Duggleby

An opt out scheme is something we should try because hopefully it will make people really think about organ donation and decide if it’s something they want to do. We donated our beautiful baby girl’s organs because had the time come that she may have needed a heart transplant we would have accepted an organ so it felt right to gift someone else the same chance, and I’m sure other donor families will agree it doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye but there’s a special kind of comfort only organ donation can bring.

Samantha Hendry

I have my card and I am on the register. I do think that we should all be on the register unless we opt out. Too many people would be willing, but just don’t take the time to do it. If they feel passionately against it then they will take the time.

John Hocker

I’m all for this as soon as the NHS is fully returned to public ownership and out of the hands of profiteers who would see organ donation as just another commodity.

Thanks to the kind people of Castleford

Brian Alderson, Tadcaster

I am a pensioner in my 79th year and from Tadcaster.

I had occasion to visit my dentist in Castleford on Tuesday, July 4. Crossing the road from the Carlton Centre, near to the library, I noticed major roadworks had been started, although no one was working at that time. The road had been left in a terrible state. At this point I tripped, fell and hit my forehead on the tarmac. Within a second I was surrounded by people trying to help. With blood pouring from my head wound, paper towels, bottles of water and a chair were quickly produced. People, armed only with a description and a name, successfully searched for my wife who was shopping. Some kind person called for an ambulance and no one would leave me until one arrived. To say ‘the people from Castleford are the salt of the earth’ is an understatement. Thank you, Castleford.

£29m cycle way is a luxury

Mrs J Green, Leeds

I refer to the letter ‘In defence of cyclists’ (Letters, July 12).

It appears that Paul Annis missed the point of my letter entirely. I refer to all road vehicles not just cars, HGV, buses, taxis, work vehicles and emergency vehicles, they all pay taxes to use the roads.

The tax used to be called vehicle excise duty but still a tax to cover vehicle emissions.

I also pointed out that insurance and maintenance of these vehicles and the vehicles themselves is also costly and legally enforceable. Unlike the cyclist who has no restrictions.

I am appalled that the cyclist has been afford the luxury of a £29m cycle way considering the lengthy disruptions to motorists, shopkeepers and householders alike, to hear that there is no legal requirement for cyclists to use them especially if they contain litter.

Leaving aside Mr Annis’s ludicrous anomaly that pedestrians, skate boarders and horse riders (who incidentally do make use of their bridle ways) should be taxed as well, it still remains that the emergency vehicles, taxis, cars with several passengers, heavy lorries and other heavy transport do take preference over the lone cyclist.

Sorry but there it is, considering the amount of traffic the new cycle way has taken to date I’m rather relieved they didn’t dig up the B roads as well for Paul Annis, who now seems peeved that he has to stick to the main roads.

Don’t cutback traffic wardens

Steve Roberts, Wakefield

‘Cuts, cuts, cuts’, everywhere cries.

Our council, libraries, school services, sports in the park etc, etc. ‘We must save money’ they lament. Yet what is this I spy on Sunday, July 2? Two, yes two, council traffic wardens patrolling Newmillerdam car park. I witnessed one photographing a vehicle while the other made out the ticket.

Is this what our council means when it states on all its literature, ‘Wakefield Council, working for you’?

Battle with bureaucrats is biggest problem

Dr John P Whiteley, Pool-in-Wharfedale.

EVER since we, as a nation, voted to leave the EU, I have felt that the big problem with the negotiations was going to be the bureaucrats in Brussels rather than the individual nations.

The announcement regarding the rights of EU citizens seems to bear this out. The package of rights and benefits to which they will be entitled seems very generous, including free NHS healthcare, pensions and various other benefits.

Try getting such generosity if as a UK citizen you were to move to most of the other 27 nations. This offer was deemed insufficient, not good enough, by Donald Tusk and the unelected faceless ones in Brussels. A Spanish MP speaking on the radio however thought it was excellent.

One must remember that the three million or so EU nationals in the UK came here mostly to find work, mostly penniless, certainly to find a better life.

The million or so Brits living in the EU are mostly retired folk seeking the sun and of independent means.

What blunders lie ahead?

Don Burslam, Dewsbury.

CYNICISM about the failures of our politicians and government has risen to record levels.

The Grenfell disaster has added anger to the existing disillusionment. The latest failure is the delay and shocking increase in the projected cost of tram-train in South Yorkshire from £15m to £75m.

We have one of the largest Parliaments in the world supported by a huge civil service and swollen local government, yet waste and incompetence abound. What further blunders and scandals lie ahead?

Our decision to leave the EU could hardly be more ill-timed. If we cannot run our own country properly, there must be a growing fear that we will be unable to manage our exit from the EU properly and be left isolated and without influence on the fringe of the continent.

If our universities are so good, why can’t they produce people to run things properly?

One thing we should do now is drop HS2 which would relieve pressure on our finances.

It’s called living within our means!

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