YEP Letters: March 5

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Have your say

IN A follow-up to a previous letter regarding lack of security in high rise blocks, there is also a matter of certain tenants who selfishly ‘abandon’ their vehicles anywhere they like within the grounds of Parkway Grange and Court.

They park halfway on the footpaths, sometimes completely on the footpaths, on gridlines that are there to say NO PARKING!

What these selfish people ignore is that they are parking in areas that should be left open for emergency vehicles in the event of fire, and access for ambulances etc. What is wrong with these people? Is there nothing between their ears?

What if it was their relative that needed an emergency vehicle and that vehicle could not get through as all the cars were parked illegally. I guess they would complain then. There are also vehicles parked whose owners don’t even live in the blocks that are for tenants’ parking only.

Time after time after time I have asked the management here to do something positive about parking, but the reply is always the same, “we can’t enforce people to park responsibly”. Will someone in the council management please take note of this and do something for goodness sake? Tenants are fed up with all the excuses.

Peter Thorpe, chairman, Parkway Grange & Court Tenants Association, Parkway Grange, Leeds

Growing up as a Denise

It was interesting to read the piece by Oliver Cross about how names have their times of popularity, and you were right, today you rarely, if ever, hear ones like Marjorie or Ernest, Walter or Ethel.

But what about a name that is neither in fashion nor out of it, simply because it’s not used much? I don’t mean like some of the bizarre names that pop stars give their progeny nowadays, but like mine. Denise.

Seems quite normal to me; I was born in 1937, and was named after a cousin. During my growing up, when I had to give my name, the reaction was usually a “what?”, and then I had to repeat it – and sometimes spell it out!

Over the whole of my life I have known only three others called Denise. When I was at High School, it was only when I entered the 5th Form that a new girl arrived in the 1st Form who was also called Denise, (although we never met).

In the years since, I think only twice have I heard it even being used as a character name in fiction.

One time, someone asked me if it was foreign! Back in the 40s or 50s I think they imagined it was French or something. Later, I discovered that it probably stems from the Greek God of Wine and Revelry – Dionysus (or Bacchus, if you prefer the Roman myths). Eventually I learned to like my name, and I very definitely approve of its origin (in fact I used to make my own wine!)

When I see the weird names people very selfishly give their children, I worry about when the kids go to school, and I hope that their classmates don’t treat them as though they come from outer space! Most kids want to fit in.

As Simon Cowell is famous, we must hope that “Eric” is now back in fashion. I’m sure the late Mr Morecambe would be proud!

Denise Marsden, by email

Wading in to help the South

ONCE THE floods hit the south east of England – particularly the Tory supporting area of the Thames valley – out of the blue David Cameron suddenly showed some interest and stated that: “Money is no object in this relief effort”.

I note that a similar pledge was never given when places like Hebden Bridge and other parts of the NORTH were hit by flooding in recent years. Yet another example of the North-South divide. It is also worth noting that this money is only available to residents in England and none of this money is available to Wales (where there are few Conservative voters).

Just to prove how ‘out of touch’ he is, this is the same David Cameron who only a few months ago announced plans for several hundred redundancies at the Environment Agency, a government department who were already unable to cope with the floods even before the staffing cuts.

If money is available why is he cutting staff?

As yet I have not heard David Cameron rescind his plans to cut Environment Agency staff so the problems with flooding are likely to get worse in the future.

Martin J Phillips, Tinshill Lane, Cookridge

US challenge to Russia ironic

IN VIEW of their belief in their right to “promote” their values abroad (ie, wage illegal wars), I am sure I am not the only one who finds Obama and the USA challenging Russia’s breach of international law in Ukraine hugely ironic.

Kettle – pot – black?

T Maunder, by email

‘Non’ sentences for criminals

THE JUSTICE system in this country needs a drastic overhaul.

This last year hundreds of criminals who have committed serious and some heinous crimes only received a suspended sentence which means go home, you are free.

Who are these so-called Justices of the Peace who hand out these ludicrous “non” sentences?

J Shedlow, Fir Tree Vale, Moortown

Unique goods at charity shop

I AM writing to tell you about my enjoyment of frequent visits to the most charming charity shop I have found in Leeds.

I am talking about the Sue Ryder shop in Headingley. It is in fact a retro and vintage outlet for this worthy charity which I have been supporting for many years.

This shop is delightful and full of remarkable things, especially the handmade goods turned out by the staff, all of whom I find friendly and helpful.

These handmade goods deserve some special mention in the YEP as I have never before come across such a wonderful and enterprising wealth of ideas.

From altered clothes, jewellery made from recycled objects, records used for clocks and cake stands, cushion covers, purses, make up bags and more – all recycled.

It goes without saying that I have bought several items as gifts as they are unique and much as I want to keep this place a secret, I feel the hardworking staff are deserving of some praise and the public let into the secret of such enterprise.

Mrs Pauline Burrows, Stone Villas, Headingley

Living in a shameful age

I HAVE just returned from a funeral. There were flowers, hymns, a hearse and a few black cars, but it wasn’t a funeral. It was a “celebration of life” we were told.

When it came to it, this turned out to be little more than an excuse to ”come as you are” and “do as you please”. One mourner turned up unshaven in a dirty string vest, grubby jeans and trainers.

For the deceased in particular, I don’t think it was a “celebration” more of a relief to pass away, having “existed” for 85 years in this so-called ”democracy”. He probably had to fight for king and country or had to serve two years National Service.

He had managed to buy a house and had children but no child benefit. Perhaps he saved a little, but was given only derisory interest on his savings while Gordon Brown plundered his pension.

He retired after 50 years on a pittance of a pension, the lowest in Europe, only to be told he was living too long.

What a shameful age we are living in.

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

YEP Letters: June 21