YEP Letters: May 7

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On your bike if you can’t fund your own race!

Martin Phillips, Cookridge

It is all very well for Gary Verity to plan more international cycle races in Leeds (YEP, 
May 5), but why does he continue to depend on the taxpayer to foot the bill?

The Tour de France is supposed to have brought £102m into the economy so where has all the money gone?

Why wasn’t some of that money used to finance the 
Tour de Yorkshire and why can’t it be used to finance further races i.e. to cover the cost of policing etc?

Any plonker can organise a sporting event if he knows he can get the finance required from public coffers; the skill comes in organising events without using tax payers’ money.

In this age of austerity there are more important things to spend taxpayers’ money on.

Thank you to Jimmy’s angels

Stephanie Tulej, Lancaster

Recently my 92-year-old father-in-law, Piotr (Peter) Tulej, spent the last week of his life in Ward J28, St James’ Hospital, after having had his latest stroke.

Already suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s, he contracted pneumonia and didn’t respond to treatment, so he didn’t have long to live.

As Peter’s family, we were impressed by the way in which all the staff cared for him, treating him with dignity and ensuring his comfort at all times.

We spent many hours visiting Peter.

The staff, from the cleaners to the nursing staff regularly provided us with tea and toast when we’d rushed there early in the morning as his condition deteriorated and the cafe wasn’t yet open.

The nurses made family members comfortable during overnight stays and – please forgive the cliche – were angels.

We’ll be eternally grateful to them for the care which they showed Piotr and compassion which they extended to us.

I couldn’t do their job and be so patient and polite, sometimes with very demanding elderly people to care for.

Thank goodness for Jimmy’s and for the NHS!

Bloomin’ Rose – bloomin’ close!

Barbara Blakeney, Meanwood

In the recent article about historic pubs, Taverner mentions that the Bloomin’ Rose was in Beeston – wrong!

It was on Hunslet Moor, Burton Row, to be precise. My dad, William, once lived in a house next door to the pub as a young boy.

My grandfather was William Horsman Reynard and grandmother Harriet Handforth Reynard (nee Richardson).

Dad was the third eldest of, eventually, 10 children, some of them attending St Peter’s 
C of E School, Dewsbury Road. I believe my grandmother came from the Hunslet Lake/Woodhouse Hill area.

It’s open season on car drivers

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

At the risk of being overly repetitive, I nevertheless must agree wholeheartedly with the views of Mel Smart (Your Feedback, May 5) about the way we motorists, like grouse in open season, are at the mercy of those who at their whim, continually impose further restrictions upon us.

So much so that what used to be a pleasure is no longer such, but merely to run the gauntlet of those who, metaphorically, are out with the guns to profit from us, should we happen to make the slightest indiscretion.

Where are the motoring bodies such as the AA and RAC and other associations formed supposedly to protect our interests?

Where also are those of our MPs who must also be aware of the problems, and yet fail to do anything about it or even respond to our letters and emails?

Make no mistake about it, the continued vendetta against drivers does not improve driving, rather is it the opposite.

Having become as it were a hunted down species, it only makes drivers nervous and apprehensive and defeats the objective.

May we expect something different after the forthcoming election? I won’t be holding my breath.

Don’t blame Ed for meltdown

Jacqueline Simpson, Leeds

While it was good to see the three main party leaders given a grilling on Question Time in Leeds last week, the frequent ‘liar’ accusations did not reflect well on the Yorkshire audience.

Surely no leader expecting a future in politics would deliberately set out to deceive as they know only too well that it would not be forgotten and would heavily rebound on them at subsequent elections.

Ed Miliband has not made any promises that have been reneged on in Government so how can he possibly be branded a liar?

All three of the party leaders should be recognised for their commitment and resolution to improve the country in whatever way they see fit.

The main thrust of Miliband’s grilling was the economy and the ‘overspend’ of the previous Government.

Anyone would think the ‘overspend’ had gone into Ministers’ pockets and not the infrastructure of the nation!

The economic collapse was not of British making, it started in America with the huge raft of sub-prime mortgages which were then sold off by bankers around the world.

Yes, there should have been stricter regulation but David Cameron signed up to the status quo at the time and in fact would probably have preferred even less regulation.

All three leaders treated the audience with courtesy and humour, but Ed Miliband came over as being the most honest, the most sincere and the most compassionate.

Slur on Scots was shameful

Mick Ruston, Wakefield

HAVING JUST read the letter from Mr F Ward regarding the SNP, when will some people (including the Conservatives) understand the SNP have as much right to elect MPs to stand in Parliament as anyone else?

They lost the referendum, therefore they are British. To say Mr Ward’s fears of Russian sabre-rattling have been taken over by the thought of the SNP propping up a Labour governments is shameful.

If the Russians did try to invade Britain, it would be the very people who vote SNP who would be standing alongside Labour and Tory voters defending the country.

Phyllis Bentley with her novel Inheritance

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