YEP Letters: April 20

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Royal family is a good thing for this country

Denis Angood, Stanningley

I WISH to compliment Jayne Dawson on her article about the Queen (YEP, April 15). I also think there is a lot more that can be said about the lady – and all of it appreciative.

Some decry the fact that we still have a regal head of state, but that nobility and its history is what made Britain great, and we should be very proud of it.

The standing of the royals has been diminished by people power over and above necessity and that has led to today’s lack of trust in the politicians.

In a like for like scenario I don’t think the politicians would have won over the public as much as Her Majesty would have, had she had the same equivalent playing field as the politicians.

It is the cost of maintaining the Royal family that seems to alienate some people, but do those people take into account the benefits to the country just by them being here?

Their presence accrues more on the credit side of the economy than the debit side.

Her Majesty is fast approaching the grand age of 90. Yes, she has had a protected lifestyle, but she has still had to deal with her own family tribulations, as well as undertaking her duties as sovereign.

These she has fulfilled in her own inimitable style to the satisfaction and pride of the majority.

Nowhere else in the world can do the pomp and ceremony in the manner and custom of the British and she is our figurehead. I rest my fingers and my case. God Save The Queen.

HS3 plan is one that I support

Mel Smart, Farsley

I HAVE been considering the merits of the high speed rail links – HS2 and HS3.

HS2 is a Tory gimmick which, if it were built, would not reach Leeds until 2032. The silly thing is that it is planned to start in London and finish in Leeds. Why not start at both ends and meet in the middle at Birmingham?

HS3, linking Liverpool with Hull, makes sense. It will be easy to construct a high speed line between Hull and Leeds and between Manchester and Liverpool.

The difficulty will be the middle section between Leeds and Manchester over the Pennines.

The present line, built in Victorian times, will need extensive civil engineering work as it follows the contours of river valleys and is quite bendy, not to mention hilly.
This will of course restrict really high speeds.

Another problem would be that if it were to be built as a separate railway adjacent to the existing line then a major building of tunnels,bridges and viaducts would have to be undertaken at huge cost.

Of course, the rolling stock would have to built abroad as Britain no longer builds trains, so no jobs there then.

But it is still a good idea and one that I support.

‘Living wage’ is next logical step

John Appleyard, Liversedge

Andrew Carter, leader of the Conservative group on Leeds City Council, claims he has supported the introduction of a ‘living wage’ for the past two years (Your Feedback, April 15).
Yet his Government and the CBI opposed Labour’s introduction of the minimum wage in 1998 predicting wrongly that a minimum wage would kill a million jobs.

Having taken office in 2010, the coalition government then abolished Labour’s £1bn future jobs fund which would have guaranteed a minimum wage job for every young person.

Labour’s initiative has ensured that no government dare abolish the minimum wage and the next logical step is the implementation of Labour’s policy for a ‘living wage’.

Begging bugs some people

Mike Harwood, Kirkstall

How does Lauren Baker (Your Feedback, April 15) know that the people asking for money on our streets are ‘professional beggars making a very good living’?

If a beggar sits there on the cold ground (and I have observed them) for eight hours a day come cold, wind and rain, inadequately clothed, they would have to make £62.80 in the day to be receiving a ‘living wage’ (and that is hardly ‘a very good living’).

Has Lauren Baker tried it for a day, a week, or a month in winter?

Does she get no more than a living wage from her ‘charity/outreach’ work?

Does she work inadequately clothed out on a street, on the pavement, not even a chair, in winter?

Can she not get money out of a cash machine when she needs it, for a necessity, for a treat, an extravagance?

What is it about begging that bugs some people?

It seems that for them poverty must hide itself away, off the street, line up in a neat queue, come only when called and show repeated and obsequious gratitude.

Good and bad in all age groups

John Appleyard, Liversedge

Once again we read (Your Feedback, April 14) people giving advice to drivers on how to park, drive and do various other things such as being re-tested after ten or more years.

One driving instructor suggests this is necessary because road systems, traffic signs etc have altered over the years.

Particular emphasis is placed on drivers over the age of 70 becoming the subject of such tests. Which is rubbish, as many older drivers have greater experience than most.

There are good and bad drivers in all age groups, men or women.

But as with insurers 
when calculating premiums, why do they not estimate charges, or instigate re-testing, if they must, for 
those who keep having accidents rather than those who do not?

Stream needs to be cleaned up

Terry Maunder, Kirkstall

THE other day I walked down to Kirkstall Boots via Savins Mill Way.

I walked over the small bridge and looked down at the stream to see it gorged with empty bottles and cans, discarded pushchairs and so forth.

What is wrong with you people? You live in a beautiful county and you treat the environment like this?

And Leeds City Council, please do something. If you can afford to produce expensive tenant brochures then you 
can afford to get this mess cleared up.