YEP Letters: November 14

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Burberry move is causing concern

Michael Richard Kale, Leeds 26

I read with interest your comments in your front page column in the YEP on the 4th November and also the one on the 5th championing Leeds column. It seems that it will bring a lot of business to Leeds, and that George Osborne has praised the move that creates business in the “Northern Powerhouse”.

Are Castleford not part of the “Northern Powerhouse” or just a small town in West Yorkshire?

Nothing is said by the comments in the columns the effect it will have in Castleford when the Burberry move takes place.

The town in recent years has lost all its collieries, Hickson and Welch chemical works, various confectionery factories and now the Burberry clothing factory.

The town will be affected in due course by the loss of revenue from the 700 workers who frequented the shops and pubs, and will certainly lead to more business closures.

Is this what Burberry really wants, as I am sure that a suitable location could have being found in the Castleford area, and this would have kept the experienced workforce together.

I realise that the current factory is not suitable due to various problems. Currently all this is causing concern amongst the local people.

I live in Leeds but I had worked at various collieries in the Castleford area and I visit the town regularly.

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Experience can’t be taught

D Angood, by email

As a member of the category whose abilities have been questioned I feel the need to reply to the gentleman who has raised a petition to have drivers of 70 years of age and over retested.

I have been driving for well over 40 years and my only blameworthy accidents have numbered two and resulted in only slight damage to the vehicles.

I have had to claim on my insurance for three amounts of damage to my vehicle when the guilty driver has hit my stationary vehicle and left without any notification. I would not think to class those in the older age bracket as the majority have learned the responsible side of driving.

Experience is something you cannot teach, it is something you gain over time and this equates in the number of accidents that involve older drivers. According to 2011 figures approximately 11,000 drivers over the age of 70 were involved in an accident, that figure does not account blameworthiness, approx 36,000 within the age group 17-24 were involved in an accident again no blameworthiness.

This shows that accidents are not all related to an age group but lean towards inexperience and carelessness.

If any group are in need of a retest then those who are involved in multiple blameworthy accidents must be the priority so let the gentleman raise a petition to that effect and not try to persecute a whole group because of one or two individuals.

A lot of the older generation because of recent trends have to rely on themselves for everything and so having a car is more or less a necessity in order for them to live in this world of today. Would that gentleman then deprive them of that means and more to the point would he himself be prepared to help take and fetch those whose licence he has helped to revoke? I rest my case.

Don’t blame ageing population

Chris Graham, Morley

I’ve just been watching a Calendar report on the crisis of carers who look after their relatives.

A so called ‘expert’ said that one of the reasons for the crisis was the ‘ageing population’, which is draining resources.

Every time there is a problem which requires money to fix it, it seems that the ‘ageing population’ is to blame. I’m sick and fed up with this pathetic cop out.

The ‘ageing population’ has pumped money into this country since the baby boom of the late 1940s and now they are entitled to reap some of the benefits.

Rather than point the finger of blame to those who have contributed so much, for so many years, look at the money which is thrown away in overseas aid, the EU and countless spongers.

Irresponsible cycling

Mike Obst, Leeds

This morning I witnessed the collision of two cyclists brought about by one of the cyclists disregarding red traffic lights.

This is sadly yet another example of irresponsible cycling which we see all too often and something which damages the reputation of what is otherwise a healthy and sustainable form of transport.

It is time that those cyclist who think they are above the law came down to earth and started acting more responsibly and obeyed the Highway Code.

Otherwise more will come down to earth with a bang.

It is also time for more effective enforcement of the Highway Code.

Wound up by words

T Maunder, Kirkstall

I smiled at the letter earlier in the week about the disappearance of the word “yes”. My biggest bugbears at the moment are the constant “erming” people seem to do these days, almost as a habit, like the word, well, “like”.

I watched Hammond MP the other morning interviewed on BBC and he did it every three or four words - I thought these people were well educated?

Far more annoying, though, is the current habit of putting the words “and”, “so” and “well” in front of the “yeah” mentioned in said letter.

Sports people do it constantly, I once heard a footballer say something like “we scored three goals to their none so, yeah, we won the game”.

It even features in an advert where a driver is visiting the scene of her accident: “so, yeah, I’m alright”.

At this moment in time, at the end of the day, it winds me up, know what I mean?