YEP Letters: September 23

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‘Good people living together side by side’

Rachel Reeves MP for Leeds West, Coun Alison Lowe, Coun Jim McKenna, Coun Alice Smart, by email

In response to your article on Friday ‘Refugees Welcome? Not in this corner of Leeds, apparently’ we would like to tell you about the Armley we know and love.

Armley has a proud history of welcoming people from all over the world to its neighbourhoods, making Armley one of the most diverse areas of Leeds with a BME population at the last census of 23 per cent.

The people of Armley are tolerant and accepting of difference. But local people are concerned that any increase of people to the area is well managed and is not allowed to destabilise settled neighbourhoods and undermine the unity which Armley people believe currently exists.

As the YEP has reported recently there is a strong sense of community in Armley, with a packed out meeting on Friday night to discuss how to improve Armley Town Street and make it the great place to shop, live and work that it could and should be.

Your article was one sided and portrayed our constituents in a way they found distressing and unfair. They asked us to tell you and all the people of Leeds that Armley is a good place to live, with good people living together, side by side.

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Cash for elderly..in Sheffield

Alex Gillies, Leeds 14

Leeds City Council plan to close three care homes and four day centres for the elderly and disabled to save £2 million, Sheffield City Council secure £6 million from the Lottery Fund towards the care of 16,000 elderly Sheffield residents.

Ernest Wiseman (Ernie Wise) has a blue plaque and statue in Morley having been born in this fine city of Leeds and remembered as a very funny comedian. They want to put a blue plaque on Leeds Town Hall as it already has the statues inside, but alas nobody’s laughing.

Refugees or migrants?

M Meeson, Leeds

In reply to Jim Kirk (Yorkshire Evening Post 21 September), if you are a genuine refugee your aim would be to settle in the first peaceful, safe country you arrive in. But as we can see thousands of these so called refugees, the majority aged between 18 and 45, are heading through several peaceful countries and are intent on settling in the most prosperous, Germany, and if allowed would flood into the United Kingdom for the generous welfare system that encourages them with free NHS treatment, housing and financial rewards.

They are not refugees but economic migrants. This then creates extreme housing, medical and social problems.

If the UK can deny cancer patients the drugs they need, if we cannot supply homes to our own people then to continually accept migrants of this number is not acceptable.

Refugees not ‘scroungers’

L Goodwill, by email

In response to J Kirk’s letter, I never implied refugees were “scroungers,” I merely stated that this country and Europe as a whole does not have the infrastructure to deal with such mass immigration, and is J Kirk so naive to believe that immigrants will return to the country of their birth once the crisis is over?

In case he hasn’t noticed “we are an island”. And also maybe he should look up the definition of “refugee”.

Send migrants to Spain

Martin J Phillips, Cookridge

With the deepening migrant crisis in Europe, the biggest problem seems to be where to locate the migrants.

One place that has loads of empty housing is Spain - there are literally dozens of empty towns.

If the migrants were sent there it would at least solve the immediate housing issue. The E.U. countries could then use some of the overseas aid budget to help Spain provide the other needs of these people.

Greg is bowling ‘sensation’

Ernest Lundy, by email

In the midst of the hullabaloo and fuss over the Rugby Union World Cup and other prominent events, the media often miss reporting other equally worthy events, failing to appreciate their importance.

While the majority of the public at large love and enjoy sport of all kinds, it is sad when others are almost completely ignored. But over the past week, a young crown green bowler from the Midlands has won two events which could be named ‘grand slam’ titles, the Waterloo and Talbot handicaps, on par with anything achieved in any other sport.

Were the game better known his feats would have been lauded to the sky, and his name and image would be in print on a national basis. As it is apart from amongst his own kind, his name will hardly be mentioned except in places where the crown green game is prominent.

This likeable young man of 22 years is proving to be a sensation in a most difficult game, opposed to far more experienced players, and goes about the business of winning premier competitions with a calm assurance way beyond his years.

The name of the young man is Greg Smith. The kind of young person we would want our sons to emulate; or our daughters to meet. This in spite of the fact that he has already captured more titles than most players do in a lifetime.

Readers and followers of sport should sit up and take notice, the crown green bowling game has far more to offer than OAPs playing what used to be known as old man’s rugby.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Whereas in the distant past when ladies were frowned upon, today they are an integral and welcome part of the game.

As for the lack of interest by the media, if they cared to investigate they would find a health and character building game beyond all expectation. If they care to take a look at new star Greg Smith, perhaps the lad himself will have done more for the game than just the mere winning of a couple ‘Grand Slams’ and some thousands of pounds? And to put the icing on the cake, he had already won the junior Waterloo title earlier in the year.

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