YEP Letters: September 27

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Have your say

With reference to Carole Lee’s ‘Shallowness of iPhone queue’ letter (September 25th), I would like to speak out in defence of those people stood in that queue.

I would like to know why she feels able to pass judgement on all those people without knowing why they were there. I was not there for the iPhone6 but I did get the iPad Air when it came out a year ago. I had never had anything new as I always bought second hand.

I saved up for a year and family members donated money towards it.

I wanted to queue up precisely because I was so looking forward to it but unfortunately came down with a horrific bug the night before so my wonderful partner got himself up in the cold, wee hours of the morning and queued up for me. Since then I have used it every day.

It has become an invaluable asset at work and I use it to enhance every aspect of my social life.

I cannot afford a new phone this year, but I am saving up and will queue up for the new one next year, which I have already started saving for.

Far from having “so low a self-esteem that I have to have this latest gadget to impress my peers”, I got it so that I can fully enjoy the latest that Apple have to offer – which is everything from interactive recipes to integrated news channels.

I would venture that branding everyone who queued up as “shallow” merely shows the shallowness of the writer’s own thoughts and I find it ‘sad’ that she has closed herself off from joining us.

Kirsten Whitehead, LS1

Friendliest bus routes in Leeds

I read M Tebb’s letter about not having being offered a seat on the bus and felt sympathy as I know how hard it can be to get around in old age. Nick Keer has a point too, I suppose, if 
he’s worked all day and has paid his (so expensive) fare.

On the routes I use, 2,3,12 and 13, I must say I have 
never travelled more than about a 100 yards before being offered a seat, indeed with such willingness and kindness that often it turns a practical necessity into a pleasant outing.

I don’t think it should be expected but the older I get the more grateful I am to those fellow passengers.

Are these the friendliest bus routes in Leeds I wonder?

Mrs P Morton, LS7

Stop whingeing about OAPs

What a thoroughly obnoxious and unpleasant man Nick Keer is. He has had a bee in his bonnet for some time now about senior citizens’ travel passes and never misses an opportunity to vent his anger and sneer at elderly passengers.

I can tell him now that at almost 70 years of age, I would still stand and offer my seat to an older person or someone who was less able to stand than myself. I was brought up at a time when children were taught respect and manners for our elders. He must be pitied as he has obviously not had such an upbringing!

So let this man pay for his seat and sit in it. Look after number one – typical of the “I’m all right Jack” attitude prevalent in modern society today.

Incidentally, senior citizens have lived through a world war and/or suffered shortages, rationing, poor housing and overcrowding after the 
war and are still paying taxes.

So Nick, change the record, stop whingeing and get over it.

June Panton, Methley

Good wishes for the year ahead

This weekend sees the start of the Jewish New year 5775 (yes, we are a little ahead!)
and, like all other religions, we like to extend good wishes.

So to all my Christian friends (even those who are always grumbling about holes in the road, trolley bus, standing on buses etc) who write to readers letters, please accept sincere good wishes that the year ahead will bring you good health and happiness and hopefully peace in the world. Keep going!

Shana Tova (best wishes)]

Edna Levi, Leeds

We’re as divided as the Ukraine

Some people thought it would be David Cameron resigning after the Scottish referendum. As it turned out it was Alex Salmond,who has managed to make England and Scotland as divided as the Ukraine.

The truth is, much of the anti-English bile that infected the Yes campaign was really about kicking the Tories. The losers in Scotland are still blaming Margaret Thatcher for all their ills. Next,they’ll hold her responsible for the death of Robert the Bruce.

Needless promises were made on our behalf by Gordon Brown, a failed prime minister, rejected by the voters, who hardly bothers to turn up at the House of Commons even though he still gets paid his salary to do so.

Scottish MPs should not be able to vote on purely English issues while English MPs have no say in Scotland. Ed Miliband and his cronies are so terrified they will block any change until everyone has got bored and forgotten about it.

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

The homeless attract hatred

Malcolm Shedlow (YEP letters 25 Sept) raises an interesting question when he writes on the subject of homelessness.

How do you “punish” a fellow human who has nothing left to lose? Another question occurs to me. How many of us would be prepared to face the armed and desperate for no more reward than the minimum wage, as supermarket security staff have to do? There is something rather sick about that.

When I was much younger we called homeless people “tramps”.

It sounds harsh but I don’t remember those unfortunate people attracting the sort of hatred that they do now. It’s impossible to imagine what it feels like to have only the clothes you are wearing and nothing else. Eating in even the cheapest cafes will soon leave you penniless, when a spell in prison might begin to look more attractive than struggling on.

It’s a twisted world where the better off grudge those with nothing the “lottery win” of a few months in prison, 
all found. We have lost our way.

Dave MacFadyen, LS15

Memories of Shadwell

Regarding ‘Times Past’ (YEP, September 6) I had previously seen the photograph of the Moortown bus at Shadwell terminus which I believe 
ran just once a week on Saturday mornings in the early days.

In the 1930s Mrs Hollins and her daughter June, lived in the shop which is to be 
seen behind the bus but of course I didn’t know that the girl in the picture was to be Mrs Daniel, as pointed out in the following ‘Letters Page’ by David Daniel. Incidentally, in later years, she lived in the farmhouse just below where she is standing, on the same side of the road.

I knew all the Daniel family (though not David) and I would be pleased to pass on any memories I have of Shadwell at that time, some of whom still live in the village, if he cares to contact me at gilgreenwood@yahoo.co.uk.

Gil Greenwood, LS17

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