YEP Letters: April 22

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Indicators of road rules being broken

Martin McFadden, Drighlington

WITH REGARD to the debate about cars being left in gear when parked, the Highway Code states: “Always leave unattended vehicles in gear.”

It’s strange then that when you walk past a line of cars, the large majority – even on hills – can be seen to be in neutral.

Could the reason be that most instructors don’t emphasise this important safety issue to all pupils?

The Highway Code also states that flashed headlights mean “stay there”, when for 100 years it has meant “come on”. The twit who instigated this change should be named and shamed.

Joan Kaye (Your Feedback, April 14) suggest older drivers having more tuition “to keep up with modern methods” – grannies sucking eggs spring to mind.

Have you noticed the amount of young drivers doing three point turns on main roads?

If you dare give them the horn, they give you the finger because they genuinely believe they are not doing anything wrong!

Another blood boiler for me is when queueing in a “left turn only” lane, some of the stationary cars have their left-hand indicator on. Why? In case we think they might be turning right?

My firm belief is that people who over indicate display a lack of common sense and are poor drivers – and always will be.

These same people, when turning right, don’t get over far enough to allow the car behind to pass on their left. They don’t look in the mirror and don’t think, or care, about the driver having a purple fit.

My three key words to good driving are: anticipation, consideration and experience.

Spikes to stop the unhealthy

P Whitelaw, Yeadon

REGARDING the spikes outside McDonald’s on Briggate (YEP, April 11), why does Isabella De Martino presume they are there to deter homeless people?

She doesn’t know for certain and has no real proof. So why is she berating McDonald’s online?

I think the spikes are there to stop the hefty unhealthy lot who eat there from resting their behinds on the building!

I would say to Ms De Martino get the facts 100 per cent right before you start an online petition.

As for homeless people on the street, and not smiling at them or giving them charity (money I presume) a lot of them are professional beggars, not homeless.

Beware of the career beggars

Lauren Baker, Armley

Mike Harwood (Your Feedback, April 20) demonstrates perfectly the problem with homeless people versus career beggars.

In case it wasn’t clear from my previous letter, yes I have been homeless, yes it was winter, yes I had help from charities and no I was never pushed to the point of having to beg on the streets.

My lowest point was counting my possessions on the fingers of one hand but thanks to the help I received I now live in safe accommodation, have a job I get huge satisfaction from and whilst I’m only just scraping by I’m positive about the future.

It’s a very broad scale. At one end you have those in real need who are yet to realise there is help available, and at the other those whose sole aim is to abuse public generosity.

The latter are rarely genuinely homeless and usually fall into one of two categories; outright con artists, or drug addicts or alcoholics.

I’ve seen beggars sitting on multiple layers of cardboard wearing expensive Icebreaker thermals underneath who are far from cold despite doing their best to present that impression.

Again, I really hate to generalise but chances are that more often than not that you’re being taken for a ride.

The local homeless charities are acutely aware of this issue and experienced in addressing it.

Give your money to a worthy charity such as St George’s Crypt or Simon on the Streets and it will be well spent, or don’t and it probably won’t.

Memories of pub games in the 70s

Jack Banner, Meanwood

I READ with great interest the article by Simon Jenkins (YEP, March 16) regarding the possible closure of The Chemic and the wonderful response of local people – very heartwarming.

In the 1970s I played darts and dominoes for The Bay Horse in Meanwood and we regularly had away matches in the pubs of Woodhouse.

We are very fortunate in Meanwood to retain two wonderful, traditional “old fashioned” pubs in the Myrtle Tavern and The Bay Horse.

One small point over which I must take issue with Simon is regarding the name of one of the long gone Woodhouse hostelries.

It was The Swan With Two Nicks and not The Swan With Two Necks!

The nicks referred to cuts made in the plumage of the swan for the purpose of identification.

Plants left to wither away

John Sutcliffe, Leeds

Can our beloved council explain why the tubs in front of Leeds Town Hall have not been watered?

The plants contained within the aforesaid tubs have withered away from lack of water, an abysmal sight for visitors and locals alike.

Irony of Labour ‘Mansion Tax’

D Boyes, Rodley

THE MAIN plank for Labour’s post-election plan seems to be an annual ‘Mansion Tax’ to be levied on ownership of residential property believed to be worth over £2m.

But unless any house has been sold recently, who knows what they are worth without a professional re-valuation, which would take time and far more importantly money?

But what of ‘buy to let’ empires, could they be taxed on their collective value?

One Labour MP has declared in the register of members’ interests ownership no fewer than eight houses – five rented out in London, one he lives in there, plus a constituency home in Oldham and a country retreat in the Cotswolds.

Ironically, that very same Labour MP once published a book in which he condemned those owning two homes as ‘immoral’.

Once again, Labour needs to look at what its own people are doing first.

Katya Jones with her celebrity partner Joe McFadden

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