Recycling, low interest rates, Torypolicy, our great NHS and the wonderful world of libraries are among the topics from our readers today.
Recycling would benefit us all
Coun Jonathan Bentley, Weetwood ward
I am writing in response to your article, 21st September, regarding glass collection in Leeds.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon professes that Leeds is unable to afford household glass collections when really it’s a question of priorities. When it comes to helping out the council’s favoured organisations and pet projects, money is always available. We are told that it’s too expensive to collect glass recycling from people’s homes, even though almost every other council in the country does this, and at £1.5 million is less than half the cost of the council’s gift Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
Meanwhile, the East Leeds incinerator finally opened its doors earlier this year, and will save the council £7m every single year.
We have a huge resource of waste glass and food in the city that does not get recycled. It used to end up in landfill and now goes up in smoke.
But as well as helping the environment, boosting recycling can actually help enterprising councils to make money. If Leeds City Council were to build a plant to process food waste, we will generate our own supply of methane gas, which can be used instead of diesel as fuel for heavy vehicles (including the council’s own bin wagons), or even be sold into the gas grid to make money for the city.
We’ll pay for your mortgages, no problem!
Ernest Lundy, by email
The certain Building Society, with whom I have long been a customer, promises to put young people on the housing ladder; in effect singing its own praises.
If you should ask how this is possible in these troubled times, the answer is: as a result of the ridiculously low interest paid to investors, of 1.4% (before tax at 20%) Therefore the young people of today should not be so quick to blame older people for voting to leave the EU.
Were it not for those their chances of owning their own house would indeed be slim. A famous person once said “It’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow somebody some good” How right he was! Banks could not exists without money from investors, who are being caned so that others can get a mortgage. We of the older generation must continue to suffer the lowest bank rate in history. My own bank has just reduced interest on my current account from, 005% down to .0025%! Hardly enough to make a down payment on a villa in Spain. But ‘chin up’ I say, there could just about be enough left to pay for a month or so in a nursing home, should I arrive in one.
But based on the prices I’ve heard, heaven forbid I should live to be 100.
We must have full control
Terry Watson, Adel
The Prime Minister should listen to one of the world’s most successful businessmen,Sir James Dyson. His exports of vacuum cleaners worldwide has earned him an estimated fortune of £ 3.2 billion. He said we should not remain in the single market. If the EU still want to trade with us, all well and good but we are certainly not dependant on them.
Only six per cent of our manufacturers export to the EU, but the other 94 per cent are strangled by red tape from Brussels which we must be rid of so that Britain can blossom.Theresa May must make it clear that seventeen million plus people voted to leave the EU and go back to what we voted for in the first place, a common market for trade only.
EU bosses are issuing all kinds of threats because they know they can’t afford to lose the £275 million extorted from Britain every week. .
Mrs May must now prove she is “Heir to Thatcher”(her words) and make it clear we are not paying to be in the single market when we leave. We will still trade with EU countries who want us to but we are having full control of our borders and fishing grounds.
We’re all in this together
R Kimble, Hawksworth
Apropos recent letters about Cameron, Brexit and so forth I thought it would be interesting to note this “Toryism for all” Prime Minister before he took the money and ran, like his hero Blair.
So : Brexit and its hidden racist agenda; Jeremy Hunt and junior doctor’s strikes ; bedroom tax; filthy rich Tory MPs who claim millions on collective expenses voting to cut disability benefits; Stephen Crabb; food banks; Panama Papers; reduction in winter fuel allowance; increase retirement age for women and a 10 per cent pay rise for those MPs mentioned above who voted to cut disability benefits. Thus, we have him to thank for the politics of psychopathy.
Speak out on the right issues
John Appleyard, Firthcliffe Parade, Liversedge
It has now been acknowledged that a British drone was involved in the ‘accidental killing’ of 62 Syrian soldiers, accusations are being made that once again Britain is at risk of fighting an illegal war in the Middle East. At the same time former Prime minster David Cameron has been slammed by the Foreign office select committee for carrying out ‘ an opportunistic policy of regime change in Libya’ which has made matters worse not better.
Cameron should be held to account. The likes of former Labour MPs David Miliband and Neil Kinnock who have made such a good standard of living out of being members of the Labour Party should be speaking out too instead of perpetually making criticism of Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters.
Marvellous medical staff
Philip Sykes, Fearnville Terrace, Leeds
I READ the letter from Marie Nelson, regarding St James’, with interest and I have to agree completely with her.
We are lucky, living in Leeds, to have such brilliant medical facilities.
In January the year I collapsed in the city centre. An ambulance was summoned and I was being treated by paramedics within five minutes.
They correctly diagnosed the problem, thus giving the A&E staff at Jimmy’s a head start, despite which I was in “resuss” for eight hours until I was stable enough to be moved to a ward. I was in hospital for a week and all the staff, medical, nursing and support were absolutely superb. I cannot fault any aspect of my care.
Since my discharge I have had a great many visits to several Leeds hospitals for a battery of tests and am currently waiting for a (relatively minor) operation. Again, everyone I have had dealings with has been superb.
As a footnote, several consultants have told me that I shouldn’t have survived; that I did I attribute to the high standards of our paramedics and A&E medics.
Shortly after my discharge from Jimmy’s I read in the YEP the report on the inquest of a gentleman who suffered the same illness as me but didn’t survive.
Knowledge could be power
S Sleeman, Trenic Crescent, Leeds
I see Nick Keer has a new bee in his bonnet: libraries - and it is obvious that, as he says, he hasn’t been in one for over 20 years as he clearly doesn’t know their modern purpose, which involves far more than borrowing books.
First he should use his computer to learn a little history.
This would show him that public libraries came about in the 1850s to enable working class people to read books, (this upset some MPs who were worried about the social transformation possible as a result:)
Today libraries still enable people who can’t buy books, computers, printers and photocopiers to have access to them free of charge, together with audio books, ebooks, online magazines, story-telling for children and various groups and clubs. Their library membership number will also give them access to many online resources, such as reference works, national newspapers, dictionaries, either on a library computer or a home computer.
Come on Mr Keer. Stop being so self-satisfied with what you can afford and think of other people for a change - or perhaps you agree with that nineteenth century MP who didn’t want the poor to have access to knowledge.
I hate to hear of libraries closing
Bryan Ibbotson, Toronto
Regarding the letter “No tragedy if libraries close”.
I live in Toronto and the libraries are offering more to keep people interested . They offer two online sites where I can download books for two weeks at no charge on your I pad and you can even borrow an e book so you can take advantage
I hate to hear of libraries closing, once they close its very hard to reverse the decision.