YEP Letters: November 21

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Have your say

This morning I received a phone call that told me I was in debt to the tune of £70,000 which was “crippling my lifestyle” (news to me) and they would like to help me clear it.

The female voice said if I wasn’t interested I should press number nine on the phone.

If I was interested I had to press five and one of their staff would discuss it with me.

I pressed five, thinking about the mouthful I was going to give them after they had wasted time and money.

Instead the line went dead. It’s just another form of nuisance call, like the ones you answer or leave the answering machine to do so. The call is stopped by the caller.

I have received the same sort of call telling me about my medical problems and so on.

I can handle this, but what about the OAP at the end of the phone, who does have some problems that are then made larger by these people.

Surely the Government should be able to protect people and clear these people away?

Where are the morals we used to have in this country?

D Birch, Cookridge

Remedy for unwanted calls

SO FAR this evening I have been informed that my computer is faulty – but I don’t have one – and that I can have the fault remedied on my Dyson vacuum cleaner – I don’t have one of those either.

And then another call told me that I can have help to make my hearing more acute.

My response to this was: “Can you speak up? I can’t hear what you’re saying.” Job done.

Mavis Harrison, Leeds

Ofgem needs a power boost

Can somebody tell me what Ofgem are supposed to do?

I was under the impression they had the responsibility of regulating energy companies, yet consumers cannot complain to Ofgem if they have a problem with their supplier.

The only advice Ofgem give is to wait eight weeks and then complain to the ombudsman.

In other words we have to suffer eight weeks of threatening communications from our energy supplier before we can even make a complaint and then wait still further for the ombudsman to decide whether or not to act on the complaint.

No wonder energy suppliers are laughing all the way to the bank.

Ofgem are about as much use as a chocolare fireguard!

While we’re on the subject of energy, Terry Watson says that David Cameron should “defy European directives” and support “our own coal industry with subsidies” (Your Views, November 17) .

He goes on to say the Government are “refusing to support our our own miners and (are) closing down existing pits”.

Sadly Mr Watson is 30 years too late with his advice and should have sent it to Margaret Thatcher before she destroyed our coal industry.

We could still have cheap North Sea gas and oil – like Norway – had Mrs T not exported it all to ‘balance the books’.

Martin Phillips, Cookridge

Look how neat the streets were

Please allow me to correct Val Smith’s letter (Your Views, November 19), regarding the Sainsbury’s Christmas advertisement.

The person mentioned in the letter, Fr Nicholas Clews, is not registered as a priest in the Leeds Catholic Diocese clergy list. Therefore he must be a Church of England vicar.

The photograph of Briggate in the same paper illustrates just how slovenly dressed today’s youngsters are compared with these smartly dressed ordinary people.

The photograph of Harehills Lane (Memory Lane, November 20) must have the people pictured turning in their graves if they could see how Leeds City Council have allowed all the inner city, good working class areas to deteriorate.

How neat and tidy the streets and pavements are. Compare this with today’s Harehills Lane.

When was the local by-law rescinded which prevented shopkeepers from encroaching onto the pavements with their goods, to the endangerment of blind people, mothers with prams and disabled people?

Bernard Duffy, North Yorkshire

Store plan for war memorial

Apropos the letters published so far, I would like to point out an additional element of the Sainsburys Christmas 2014 advert that I have read about: the plan to knock down a First World War memorial in Bristol to build a new store there. Breathtaking hypocrisy.

Terry Maunder, Kirkstall

Cutural life of city is poorer

I am writing in response to your recent article regarding the recent Classical Fantasia concert (YEP, November 14).

It is excellent news that the Classical Fantasia concert is beginning to attract more local people to what is an amazing cultural attraction.

Unfortunately, the 4,000 people who attended this year’s event is still less than half the 9,000 people who attended when it was free.

The council’s current ruling administration diminished the council’s cultural offer by its decision earlier this year to cancel Opera in the Park, and its sister event Party in the Park.

These hugely popular events, which attracted 90,000 revellers at their peak, could have been retained, remaining free for the people of Leeds, if commercial partners had been sought.

At last week’s full council meeting, council leader Keith Wakefield made great play of Leeds’s status as a cultural city.

While the Tour de France was undoubtedly a real coup for the region it was only a one-off event.

Unfortunately, his administration abolished the free events that attracted tens of thousands of people.

The cultural life of Leeds, year-in, year-out, is poorer thanks to the current administration.

Councillor Dan Cohen, Alwoodley Ward

UK a soft touch for immigrants

THE BUSINESS of other EU countries being against Prime Minister Cameron’s declared intention to cut down on immigration rumbles on, with the promise of the UK being expelled from this august body should his promise come to fruition.

Most of us think it should, as for far too long we have been a soft touch for all and sundry, particularly those with criminal records who are no longer wanted in their place of origin.

Perhaps a publicity campaign to deter freeloaders and others without qualifications, pre-arranged employment and funds enough to be independent of state hand-outs, should be published and distributed throughout Europe.

This could state that any with criminal records will also be emphatically denied entry under any circumstances.

If other EU countries are prepared to accept them and the problems produced by many over the past decade, all they need to do is offer the same privileges and benefits.

But would they?

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

Space for improvement

I must say that I thought that the Luddites belonged to times past, but it seems that your contributor Edna Levi (Your Views, November 19) is a fully paid-up, present-day member.

The Your Views section isn’t the place to re-produce a list of space-related inventions, but here are just a few – CAT Scanners, computer microchips, solar panels, reflective home insulation, smoke detectors, lightweight ceramic tooth braces, memory foam and even shoe inner soles!

Need I say more?

Graham Waite, Leeds

Buses on Vicar Lane in Leeds City Centre.  Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

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