YEP Letters: August 17

Picture: Robert Viglasky/BBC/PA Wire
Picture: Robert Viglasky/BBC/PA Wire

Check out today’s YEP letters

Poldark fans left waiting for last show

Harry Brooke, Meanwood

I see our ‘Brilliant Broadcasting Company’ excelled itself again last week.

Poldark fans were waiting, with baited breath, for the final episode of the current series, and what did they do? They delayed the start of Poldark to run coverage of the World Championship Athletics. In doing so, they ensured that everyone watching a terrestrial BBC channel had no option but to watch the athletics as they were broadcasting it on both BBC1 and BBC2, at peak viewing time - 9pm on a Sunday.

What truly inspirational thinking - no doubt a number of ungrateful and misguided souls will claim it was an abuse of the licence fee.

No one needs to sleep rough in city of Leeds

Debbie Coupar, Councillor for Temple Newsam, Executive Board Member for Communities

I am writing in response to your front page article of Thursday 10 August ‘Jobs to Tackle Begging: New fund to help the homeless’.

Whilst some people who beg in Leeds are homeless, the regular street sweeps carried out by our dedicated outreach service find that many people who beg on our streets do in fact have accommodation.

The issues that these people have are often linked to substance abuse and mental health and it is tackling these problems that will lead to a decrease in begging on Leeds’ streets.

Your article also claims that funding from the DCLG is as a result of an “increase in homelessness and begging in Leeds”, however this is not the case.

The funding has been awarded due to the proactive work already undertaken by Leeds City Council and partners to prevent homelessness in our city.

Whilst we do have people who sleep rough in Leeds, the numbers are far lower than in many other major UK cities.

We are determined to do what we can to make sure that those who are sleeping rough get the help and support they need to end their time on our streets.

The beds made available by organisations such as St George’s Crypt mean that no one needs to sleep rough in Leeds.

Stop the swell of fascism

Terry Maunder, Kirkstall

I agree with your Opinion comment about the price paid by many of our populace in World War Two fighting fascism and Nazism.

I am appalled by those scenes in Charlottesville of primarily white, male Americans carrying flags with the swastika on them.

Have they forgotten the price paid by many of their own servicemen and women? Even worse when you think of black servicemen like the Wereth 11, tortured brutally and then shot by Nazi soldiers. I grew up in the late 50s and remember reading all those war comics at the time which, in retrospect, carried hugely stereotypical images of German and Japanese people.

I have often reflected over time how the old USSR was vilified for “brainwashing” its people but in many ways so were us children back then.

No recognition in school assembly that any religions other then Christianity existed, having to stand to attention for the national anthem, even in the cinema at the end of the film. History books in America completely wrote Soviet Russia out of accounts, even though World War Two would not have been won in Europe without them. I also noted how the KKK hid behind hoods when I saw the occasional news item on them and thought how brave black people were to face them down.

I am horrified that some of the values and ideas that underpinned fascism and Nazism are becoming more and more prevalent, against all the principles of what Orwell called “common human decency” and what those people fought against.

We should be fearful yet fight as our parents did to stop this toxic swell of white supremacy.

Which car next?

Jim Stockwell, by email

My B Class Mercedes diesel car is due for changing in May 2018.

I bought this car with a diesel engine because we were told that petrol engines which I have always had before were bad for the environment and not as efficient. The government at this time were promoting diesel engines.

Now both petrol and diesel engines appear to be bad and are to be banned. So what now?

Electric cars are much more expensive, charging points limited, travel is limited between charges and I worry about the batteries that are used. Battery life, cost, old battery disposal and material supplies for battery manufacturing all a worry.

Not sure what to get next, a petrol, a hybrid or an electric car. I think people need some guidance from car manufacturers and the government specialists.

Electric and hybrid car costs need to be affordable, battery life, cost, charging made easier and battery reliability needs to be looked at and assured.

Thanks for fun day support

Sarah Hey, Supporter Relations Officer, Dogs Trust Leeds

On behalf of Dogs Trust Leeds I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our Summer Fun Day on Sunday August 6 at the centre.

Thousands of people came along and we raised over £26,000. We were overwhelmed with kind donations of gifts for our auction, raffle and tombola too and the dogs and staff alike are very grateful for everyone’s support and generosity.

We rely on the dog-loving public to raise the funds we need to give our dogs the best possible care whilst they are with us, so everyone’s support means the world to us.

If you think you can give a dog a loving home, or would like to visit the rehoming centre, please pop in to the centre on York Road, LS15 4NL. For more information please visit

Help shape the future of diabetes

Stephen Ryan, Head of the North, Diabetes UK

Diabetes affects millions of people across the UK. It can have devastating health consequences and impact all areas of life. And at Diabetes UK, we’re taking it seriously.

About 4.5 million people in the UK have diabetes and a further 11.9 million are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Today, 65 people will die early and hundreds more will face life-changing complications that could have been avoided or delayed if they’d had the right knowledge and support to manage their diabetes.

To change this we need to know more about diabetes, and the impact it has on the lives of those affected by it.

From healthcare services and medication, to how living with the condition can affect relationships, and life at work or school, we want you to tell us what it’s like to live with the condition now, and how you hope this will change in the future.

If you are living with diabetes, if you’re a parent of a child with diabetes, or if you’re a carer for someone with diabetes, take part in our Future of Diabetes survey.

Together, we can fight the challenges that diabetes presents, we can fight for a cure and we can fight on behalf of those who can’t.

We can make sure the government and NHS are giving people the care they need, now and in the future.

Share your knowledge with us, and help fight for a better future for people with diabetes.

Please complete our Future of Diabetes online survey by 31st August

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