YEP Letters: November 13

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Has Valerie Corrick (YEP, November 12) actually listened to medical reports about Ann Maguire’s killer Will Cornick?

Further, what qualifications does she have to state that he needs medical attention?

He has been diagnosed, by experts, as having personality disorder, which is not classed as a mental illness and not considered to be responsive to treatment.

People with PD are often notable for having no remorse about the way they manipulate or harm people.

This person planned this murder in a calculated way, with no sign of irrationality, such as responding to what are called “command auditory hallucinations” (which are typically a symptom of schizophrenia).

He chose to commit this act and should pay the consequences.

The fact that drink drivers get low sentences is not relevant in the sense that it is a sign of discrepancies in the law that she can write to her MP to complain about.

One of the reasons for this is that you cannot prove intention on the part of a drink driver to kill (which I actually disagree with, but that is another issue).

Cornick rationally intended to murder her – which is why he is in prison and not hospital.

Terry Maunder, Kirkstall

I find it unbelievable that the “do gooders “in this world can attempt to justify why a person takes the life of another by saying they are young and and don’t possess a mature brain.

The family of Ann Maguire will never stop grieving for a wife and mother who did a fantastic job for 40 years. Will Cornick dispassionately murdered this lady and showed no remorse.

While one has to show sympathy to his parents who will also be suffering, he should never be allowed back into a civilised community.

Unfortunately in this world of ours there exist people who are just plain bad and no amount of counselling, hand-holding or expensive resources being thrown at it will make a difference.

Life has to mean life.

Phil Cook, Leeds

Cash spent on trolleybus

Your recent article on trolleybus (YEP, October 29) contained no reference to the earlier release of £20m by Leeds City Council to pay for preliminary work on the NGT scheme.

Could your newspaper obtain up to date detail of expenditure from this enormous amount said to be from budget reserves?

The release was authorised solely by Leeds councillors before any full agreement to commit to a trolleybus scheme.

This move is potentially a complete replication of the loss of £20m by Leeds councillors jumping the gun and authorising ‘preliminary work’ on the later to be cancelled Supertram project. Your closing paragraph refers to £75m being ‘pumped in by the promoters’ should the scheme go ahead.

Leeds City Council are clearly ‘the promoters’ but it will be an amount to be paid by West Yorkshire taxpayers for a partial solution to a long-standing absence of an appropriate transport network for the local conurbations.

John Slater, Otley

‘Members only’ in abuse inquiry

MY theory is that the national inquiry into child abuse cannot be stopped as this would be suspicious.

So the powers that be just keep appointing unsuitable chairmen to allow time for the people involved to cover their tracks.

Why don’t they just convert Parliament into a masonic lodge and put up a “Members Only” sign?

Could they also stop calling each other “honourable gentlemen?”

There’s no honour among thieves.

Walter Weatherill, Middleton

Roads are like a testing ground

MAY I, by way of your newspaper, make comment on the state of our roads?

At present they are fast approaching a testing ground for suspension systems on motor vehicles.

Our councils really ought to receive funding from motor manufacturers for providing testing facilities.

What I don’t understand is where the money comes from to provide multi-coloured tarmac strips put in front of pedestrian crossings?

Where does the money come from for line painting, again approaching crossings?

I am fully aware of the need to make road crossings safer but surely making road conditions safer is of paramount importance.

Thank you for your letters page, which I read every day.

G Simpson, Leeds

No help for war’s gas victims

I WATCHED a recent programme about the thousands of men who lost limbs in the First World War and how they were helped by the developing work done on false limbs.

But not one word about the many men who were gassed – no new lungs for them to help them breathe, many ending up with tuberculosis as well.

Some did get a rest in an open air environment once a year and were issued with two spittoons, a square one to fold and fit into its accompanying cardboard box for indoor use and a flask to fit into a pocket for outdoor use.Many died in the early 1920s, others lingered on in agony until the thirties.

The only other help was the occasional very large jar of malt and cod liver oil.

By the way, as I was the only one at home I took the malt and cold liver oil and liked it – maybe that is why at 92 I am still going strong!

Olga Twist, Whinmoor

Back to reality at Elland Road

LIFE CERTAINLY knows how to bring us back to earth with a bump.

Having spent the summer watching Yorkshire win the County Championship, it’s back to reality at Elland Road.

I wonder how much longer the turmoil can continue both on and off the field.

Does anyone know how Massimo Cellino’s mind works?

Does he think that the Manager of the Month award means you must appoint a new manager every month?

I certainly wish Neil Redfearn well, but fear Santa’s sack may contain a letter saying “arriverderci”. I hope I am wrong.

I have supported Leeds for well over 50 years but it still amazes me how the Leeds supporters turn up in good numbers week after week.

They keep their high level of humour (sometimes gallows) and display loyalty second to none, when one takes into account all that they have endured in recent times.

It is still a mystery how Leeds managed to find Arabian businessmen with no apparent financial backing.

Leeds should consider themselves fortunate to have what I consider to be the best supporters in the country.

Howard Ray, Bramley

Vital project for at-risk children

A PROJECT to keep at-risk youths off the streets claims it’s a disaster for council bosses to axe its £18,000 annual funding (YEP, October 16).

Chapeltown Youth Development Centre, which offers football training, sports and work to combat gang culture says its service is vital to young people who are often out of work and not in education or training.

Those running the scheme say it only costs three pence per child on average each year and that the alternatives on offer by the council lack the skills needed.

When we keep reading of millions being spent on things like state-of-the-art facilities for rowing at Leeds University, how can we deny these children their chance to stay off the streets?

A Hague, Harehills

YEP Letters: October 19