YEP Letters: June 27

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From northern power house to pauper house

Coun Peter Gruen, Leeds

So, the eagerly promised and hugely needed Trans Pennine rail improvements are ‘on pause.’

In other words will not be happening, probably not in the whole life of this Parliament.

In two short months we have gone from Northern Powerhouse to pauper house because any devolution deal must have transport infrastructure at its heart.

In the meantime the south and south east can continue to flourish and the northern cities can now be forgotten again.

And of course the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and the Transport Secretary knew that this decision would follow on once the general election was out of the way.

And that’s why the general public hold politics and politicians in poor esteem.

Sadly this saga continues to give everyone a bad name.

Safety risks of trolleybus

S Sleeman, Leeds 6

I, too, was impressed by the young reporter Harry Sugden’s, reporting on the problems faced by mothers with children on buses.

D Angood’s description of what could befall a child if the bus driver is forced to apply his brakes suddenly is frightening.

Should the Leeds trolleybus scheme be allowed to go ahead, I would advise neither parents with small children nor the elderly or infirm to travel on it during the rush hour.

The trolleybus is designed to accommodate 160 passengers but there would be only 60 seats. In a situation where a trolleybus was forced to make a sudden stop, the 100 passengers who would be standing at peak times would likely be thrust forward on to each other and small children would be the most at risk should this happen.

At the public inquiry last year evidence was presented to show that, when full, the trolleybus passengers would be in very crowded conditions with up to seven people standing per square metre.

Thanks to hospital staff

Natalie McCarthy, by email

Heartfelt thanks to all staff on ward 81 HDU at St James’ Hospital in Leeds.

An exceptional team who showed fantastic dedication and compassion whilst caring for our loved one Colin.

As a nurse myself I understand the pressures you face , but these didn’t stop you for one minute, caring and understanding all our needs.

Well done to you all, keep up your fantastic work , a credit to the NHS .

Sincere thanks from the whole family (our angels).

Salon ‘managed miracles’

Susan Dodd, Leeds

I felt I had to reply to Ernest Lundy’s letter of June 25 concerning the salons shortlisted for Salon of the Year.

I do agree with him about the Barbie doll look that young girls aim for and I support his opinion that many prefer the natural look but I was one who nominated my local salon but for other reasons.

Mine are purely personal for how all the staff in my salon have supported me over the past year during my treatment for cancer.

They have all been there every step of the way through surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, skin problems and hair loss ,helping me to feel feminine and normal, and they didn’t have a lot to work with but they managed miracles, and I am not their only client going through this.

They supported me, empathised with me and made me laugh and I will never forget and I wish them well in the voting - my vote is already in for Wildest Dreams.

Naive Waterloo reports

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

Reports that the French ignored the Battle of Waterloo commemorations are a little naive.

Every country tries to forget its defeats - and Britain is certainly no exception.

I wonder how many English people have heard of the battle of Patay which,like Waterloo, took place on June 18th,but 386 years earlier, in the closing stages of the Hundred Years War in 1429.

By employing new scouting tactics in this battle,the French cavalry took the English archers by surprise,and literally,cut them to pieces.

It was the French revenge for Crecy and Agincourt,and is celebrated as a great victory by the French.

Child tax credit implications

T Maunder, Kirkstall

Yet again Cameron was evasive at Prime Minister’s Questions and refused to answer properly questions about changes to child tax credit. These are going to have negative implications for vulnerable children.

He PROMISED that no such changes would take place during the election campaign. He is a liar.

These implications could include not only physical health but mental health: another lie of his is that he cares about the mentally ill or those with mental health problems.

Nobody ever has, politically. Now we hear child poverty has increased for the first time to 1: 4 and what does he do ? Discusses how to measure it differently so the number is reduced. And he calls IS evil?

What makes people happy?

A Hague, Leeds 9

I read that our university academics are tackling a big question - what makes people happy?

I can save them the trouble and costs, by telling them, it’s our emotions. I lost mine 26 years ago after a breakdown, caused by having my epilepsy medication changed. It took three years to come to terms with the fact that I had become a different person - I am never happy or unhappy. I fill my time helping people through voluntary work and hobbies. I have learned you can live without emotions.

I read books and have learned that you use over 40 face muscles when you smile but only 18 without emotion. On TV Prof Greenfield told us she thought our emotions were our driving force. I realised this years earlier, as without emotions you are not rewarded for success and have to force yourself to get out of bed and get involved in life.