YEP Letters: October 15

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Thank you to Laura Bowyer for her article on the asbestos present in 190 Leeds schools (YEP, October 13).

I can’t believe that education chiefs say that the figures are ‘not a cause for alarm’.

They should talk to the Joint Union Asbestos Committee, a national committee of all the school unions.

They would then learn the true facts and take appropriate action to safeguard the lives of children.

Mesothelioma is a terminal cancer caused by asbestos and as the widow of a victim, I can’t bear to think of children needlessly suffering from this horrendous disease.

Pauline Brearley, Chapel Allerton

Well done to the YEP in its exposure of the dangers of asbestos in Leeds schools.

As Kimberley Stubbs says in your report, there is no such thing as safe asbestos.

Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK have just won a High Court victory against the Government’s decision to take up to 25 per cent of their awarded damages.

This was to pay for legal insurance premium costs on behalf of those cancer sufferers who have been inflicted by this terrible disease following their contact with asbestos.

John Appleyard, Liversedge

Get behind Yorkshire

YOUR article about the success of the Grand Depart (YEP, October 11), said the Government ‘could not have been more complimentary about what was achieved’.

The question remains whether they have really buried the hatchet given that they had been backing Edinburgh’s bid to host the Tour.

Will they now support Welcome to Yorkshire and the Yorkshire brand?

Will they allow Visit England to back Welcome to Yorkshire?

Will they back Gary Verity and set him new investment challenges in Yorkshire?

If I were in their shoes, I hope I would recognise that Verity won the Tour for Yorkshire with all the odds stacked against him.

Not only that, he judged his French clients’ needs, outfaced the Government, galvanized the local authorities and delivered his vision.

Tourism and investment can be made to work together.

What to do is obvious – back Verity and Welcome to Yorkshire and extend their remit!

Charles Forgan, Whitby

Safety on buses must come first

I am a regular user of the buses in Leeds, using the numbers 6 and 1 to get from home to work and back.

In the last month this has become an extremely busy route. This morning we got to Headingley and at the Original Oak pub there were quite a few getting on.

The driver squeezed them all on – some standing in front of the line telling passengers not to.

Surely this is a safety issue. If he were to brake suddenly I dread to think what would happen.

This is not a one-off, it is happening all the time.

Would it be possible for First to look at this problem and maybe put on extra buses just from Headingley to Leeds?

They should think of the passengers’ safety over anything else.

Sue Hillarby, Cookridge

Ludicrous view on Leeds crime

In Paul Kilroy’s ludicrous letter on crime, corruption and so on in Leeds (YEP, October 13), the writer himself suggests his observations may be down to his own imagination or hyper-sensitivity.

May I make a more realistic suggestion that it is merely because he lives in Leeds that he is aware of all the dreadful things that happen in our great city.

If he lived in any other major conurbation in the UK, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, the same would apply.

Alan Baines, Leeds

OAPs deserve free passes

Once again that silly couple K and D Ingle are banging on about giving up senior citizens bus passes (YEP, October 3).

Well let them give up theirs if they can afford to and leave others who can’t to enjoy theirs.

Meanwhile until all officials, MPs, MEPs and all the other bureaucrats here and abroad who enjoy first class travel and other exorbitant allowances give theirs up, pensioners’ travel passes should be the least of their worries.

At the end of the day, pensioners have worked damned hard all their lives, paying thousands in taxes and the concessionary travel scheme is peanuts compared to the costs of the Westminster and European gravy trains.

June Panton, Methley

Cut taxes for our nurses

I note with great sadness that the amazing nurses we have in our health service feel the need to take industrial action over pay (YEP, October 13).

Why must public servants – I include the police, fire service and all members of the emergency services who risk their lives to aid us, the public – have to pay taxes on their wages?

I for one would run away from most of the situations they have to run towards.

If their salaries were paid with a lower tax deduction or no deduction at all surely that would give them the reward they deserve?

Howard Barry, Shadwell

Energy policy is irresponsible

Owen Paterson is a voice of reason when pointing to the madness of the Climate Change Act which Ed Miliband signed us up to in 2008, clearly without any grasp of the implications for Britain.

Gradually moving away from fossil-fuelled generation of power is one thing, but dashing headlong into a draconian shutting down of reliable plant before securing viable affordable alternatives is plain irresponsible, bordering on stupid.

If we could be convinced that our industrial competitors were on the same track it would be bad enough, but when we see new coal-fired power stations still under construction in Germany and elsewhere producing reliable power at a fraction of our intermittent and unreliable alternative sources we need to wake up before we reach the edge of the cliff with the few remaining hapless lemmings.

Dr Bev Wilkinson, Roundhay

Germans are on the right track

ON A recent visit to Germany our party visited a tourist attraction. The cost by train was approximately £4.50 for 44 miles. The trains were spotless, on time and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

Compare that with our rail companies and you see why regular commuters have plenty to complain about.

Bob Stone, Armley

Welfare cuts hit a fairer society

I HAVE just watched the TV news where a party conference leader was given a standing ovation for his speech on a fairer society.

During the same programme there was a damning report on the awful care and conditions in a care home in Sussex, which is the richest county in England.

How can they talk about a fairer society with all their unjustifiable, stringent cutbacks in our near perfect welfare state, which we spent our working lives trying to achieve with a feeling of goodness with a care for all?

A big thank you, by the way, to the YEP.

My wife Peggy and I look forward to reading it, especially the letters page.

Robert Holman, Headingley

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