YEP Letters: September 11

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How will country cope with migrants?

F and A Ward, Leeds 8

If we need proof of the power of the press, we only need to look at the front page of Tuesday’s YEP.

One photo of a poor drowned child and the world goes wild, ignoring the fact that other children have died by drowning or, even more horrifically, by suffocation in a sealed truck.

The many people who are rushing to donate goods to send to the migrants/refugees are responding to emotive reporting. I wonder how many of these generous people have complained in the past about “immigrants”. How is it membership of Ukip has increased over the past few months, but now people seem to be willing to let everyone come here. If all these migrants/refugees are accepted into Europe, how will they live? Most will have difficulties with language so won’t be able to work.

Your correspondent, Jinny Lazenby, says that the people from Syria are, generally speaking, educated, resourceful individuals. How does she know? Has she spoken to them all? In the UK there are long lists of people who are unable to get onto the property ladder, let alone find a job, so how will the country cope with an influx of 20,000 people?

The more people that are accepted by the EU, will only encourage the people-traffickers to demand more, more people will die and the traffickers will be getting richer. By the way, how do the migrants find the thousands of pounds needed to pay these criminals in the first place?

Surely it has to be better to improve the lives of the people in the countries they’ve fled. When, sometime in the future, things improve in Syria, the young, enthusiastic, fit young men will be needed to reconstruct the ruined infrastructure and to work for peace back home.

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Time for council to ‘get real’

Kim Backhouse, by email

Is the council seriously having a laugh? They are arranging to make car parks larger at various stations around the county so that more people can travel around the area.

Where does the council keep its brain when it is more trains that are needed to accommodate the already overcrowded trains.

The Goole and Sheffield via Castleford lines are like the poor relations of the county as it is, they are nothing better than cattle trucks. Folks crammed in so tight it borders on sexual molestation then the conductor yelling over the tannoy to “move further down the train” so that more people can be crammed on, whilst at the same time apologising for being a carriage short like it is some kind of novelty to be a carriage short! This is a daily/weekly occurrence on this line. Countless times have we been promised more rolling stock and updated trains, but as ever nothing materialises.

But hey, at least there’ll be plenty of room to park empty cars all day so that’s got to be worth it hasn’t it? It’s a joke, well actually it isn’t, it’s beyond a joke and about time the council got real.

No doubt the nuggets that make these ridiculous decisions don’t travel on the trains and therefore have no idea what the peasants of the county have to endure on a daily basis.

Plea for blood donors

Denise Marsden, Cookridge

It was encouraging to see that 13,000 plus people are signing up to the organ donor registry, so that their organs may be used to save someone’s life, and I hope the number keeps increasing.

I wonder, however, if I might put in a plea for donations that have to be given while you’re still alive, that of donations of blood? In many cases a blood transfusion has to go hand-in-hand with a donated organ anyway. It takes only a small amount of time a few times a year, and aids a lot of people, who are in desperate need now of something extra to help them to recover their strength, to enable them to fight their way back to full health.

Plenty on offer at show

Frances Jones, East Ardsley

The Friends of Middleton Park would like to invite all your readers to our annual Craft, Flower and Produce Show this Sunday, September 13.

The show opens officially at 1pm but the cafe will be open in the morning as usual. There is no entry charge – everyone is welcome!

This is our biggest event of the year and showcases local talent. The centrepiece is the marquee where there is a stunning array of veg, fruit, flowers, home produce, arts, crafts and photography, all produced by local people.

Other attractions include a sheepdog demonstration, falconry, drumming workshops, silver band, face painting, inflatables, refreshments.

This year we have a focus on cycling, with have-a-go bike tracks (bikes provided), cycling smoothies, and Dr Bike in attendance to fix your bike for free.

Needless to say, we are hoping for sunshine on Sunday, but the show goes on whatever the weather, so please don’t be put off by a bit of cloud or rain!

No comment from MPs

D S Boyes, Leeds 13

One important group who so far have made no comment on the policy to allow prostitutes to solicit openly on the streets of Holbeck, supposedly in a carefully designated and restricted red light area during the hours of darkness – 7pm to 7am – are the eight Leeds area MPs of Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative parties.

In particular, you have to wonder what Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn makes of, for example, the complaint to the YEP of one of his respectable middle-aged female constituents being mistakenly accosted by a kerb crawler in broad daylight? Especially when this practice has been said by parliament itself to be against the law.

Just what does it take for this issue to be properly debated, some Holbeck female resident or business to successfully sue Leeds City Council for damages in response to this bizarre adverse situation being imposed on them?

Cyclists do pay

A Hague, Leeds 9

I agree with all B Leonard’s letter says about the cycle 
track not being value for money (YEP, August 27) except for one thing.

He says people who use the cycle track don’t pay road tax. Last year a survey said 67 per cent of cyclists own a car, so that kills the well worn theory that cyclists pay nothing.

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