YEP Letters: June 6

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Have your say

I was interested in Paul Drysdale’s letter (YEP, June 3) regarding Yorkshire county boundary signage, or lack of it.

The truth is that as far as the powers-that-be are concerned Yorkshire does not exist, an unacceptable state of affairs as far as I am concerned.

Ever since the local government changes that took place in 1974 we have been fed the notion that there are ‘counties’ called North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and, of course, the East Riding of Yorkshire, which returned to replace the ludicrous North Humberside, although not with its full historical boundary.

All have their own signage, but the actual County of Yorkshire, easily England’s largest, does not.

Anyone under the age of 45 is likely to believe this rubbish. But the truth is that North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and so on are nothing more than administrative areas.

No one ever gave the politicians a mandate to create their extra layers of jobs for the boys at the expense of our historic county.

Much would need to be done to reverse this. How about starting with persuading Middlesbrough-born folks that they are Yorkshire born and bred?

Then there will be many from Sheffield, Rotherham and so on who are unaware that they have any real Yorkshire connection.

And, as Paul Drysdale requests, get the proper signage in place on a permanent basis.

In terms of population, we compare to Scotland – and they’re being given the chance to vote for independence.

Alan Freeman, Bramley

Favouritism for new projects

FURTHER TO Michael Booth’s letter about the closure of Gott’s Park Golf Club (YEP, May 31), it’s interesting to note that Leeds City Council’s intention to close the course was revealed by the YEP just before Christmas 2012.

In response to a recent letter criticising Roundhay Park, Councillor Mark Dobson lists for Roundhay “a new shop area and crocodile enclosure created in 2013. A new conservatory and toilet facilities scheduled to start in September this year and a new aquarium will be developed in January next year” (YEP, May 30).

Note the dates. The proposal to close Gott’s Park Golf Club was was first aired in December 2012.

The completed and proposed projects listed for Roundhay are all after 2012.

Why are existing facilities under threat because of financial restrictions, yet new projects are being proposed and going ahead?

Alan Blumner, Armley

Show kindness

So, June Green (YEP, June 4) thinks that Dave MacFadyen is talking rubbish about immigration?

Perhaps she has been very fortunate throughout life, hasn’t experienced extreme hardship, had no need to try and escape horrendous living conditions by travelling thousands of miles to do so.

We need a kind society, one where wealth and privilege are not the main factor to a successful life and happy life.

Pauline Brearley, Chapel Allerton

Same views

I would like to compliment June Green for succinctly expressing her opinion on the subject of immigration and its impact on this country.

Her views completely accord with mine and no doubt with those of many more people concerned with this escalating problem.

Brian Nickson, Wakefield

Lifetime patent for lifesavers

WE have recently seen the chaos that was caused between two giant worldwide companies that we rely on to develop cures for illness all over the world as a result of Pfizer’s failed bid to takeover AstraZeneca.

This, in turn, caused problems in the City, as well as issues for the country as a whole in terms of safeguarding development and manufacturing, along with the jobs of workers of both these companies.

For what it’s worth, I think that the people who spend billions of pounds on research and development should have the sole manufacturing rights and a lifetime patent on their lifesaving drugs.

No one anywhere else in the world should be able to cash in on these limited patents.

Today I have had from my local chemist a heart tablet, a prostate tablet and a tablet for Type 2 diabetes.

All three were from companies who were licensed to sell these drugs to chemists, whether they had bought them in from a low-cost manufacturer or manufactured them themselves.

In other words, they made profit on the back of a company that is spending hundreds of millions of pounds developing them, but the patent is out and if made overseas (which is more than likely), they don’t help our balance of payments either.

Lifetime patents could and would bring the costs down and, as the researcher develops better drugs, there would be more money for them too, enabling them to continue saving lives.

I appreciate some people who fund the research and development of other, non-medical products would say, ‘Why can’t we have the same?’

The difference is the lifesaving bit, which is surely the most important.

D Birch, Cookridge

Tesco store no trouble magnet

In your report on the proposed 24-hour opening at the new Tesco store at Stonebridge Mills in Farnley (YEP, June 3), it was stated that there were claims it could be ‘a magnet for trouble, in an already plagued by drug dealers and prostitutes’.

I have lived in Farnley for over 20 years and, like all areas, it has its issues, including drugs.

However, I dispute the idea that it is plagued by them and also that street prostitution exists on any scale.

Secondly, surely having an active store and car park monitored by CCTV cameras would actually deter this activity (if it was ever likely to take place)?

While having my own views on the proposed store, I would not blacken the name of my neighbourhood and fly in the face of logic to make my case, one way or the other.

Stephen Clark, Farnley

Where was light entertainment?

While appreciating that television is entitled to deal with important subjects (in addition to cookery, antiques and selling houses), it is also there to provide light entertainment.

Looking at what was available one evening, there was a programme about five terminally ill people discussing how they would spend the remainder of their lives.

On another channel you could opt to watch a 20st lady working out her funeral ceremony and a gent adjusting to life after losing a leg.

These were all courageous people but needless to say, just before going to bed, I did not watch the programmes in question.

By the way, earlier in the evening we had another programme charting 24 hours in A&E.

Edna Levi, Meanwood

Royal obscenity

I note that the residents of Benefits Street are claiming further handouts.

Yes, the people who reside at the end of The Mall in London have taken delivery of a new royal carriage costing £7m.

I can’t help but regard it as obscene that such an amount is spent on a mode of transport that probably won’t travel more than 30 miles in a year.

Meanwhile, people surviving on food parcels cannot even afford shoes for their children.

Martin Phillips, Cookridge

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