YEP Letters: August 18

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Track down red light zone litter bugs

D Angood, By email

Recent articles about the designated controlled area for prostitutes and their clients have been about the discarded items that are left in the area. This is something that must be eliminated as there is a danger to those people who have to work in that area.

Litter droppers, if caught, are fined £75 and dog owners who fail to pick up their dog’s mess are similarly treated, so what is different for the people who discard used condoms? They can use the same bags as dog owners to clean their mess and take it away with them.

A swift deterent to them would be for officers to collect these items and extract the DNA profile and record the identity of the persons, both servicer and client.

If they persist then a personal visit to their abode by officers to enforce a fine would soon see the area cleared of such debris.

The people who wish to use this area for that purpose must be made aware of the problems they are causing and act accordingly or suffer the consequences of their actions.

That is , of course , if the authorities are willing to enforce those measures.

Hear Asia’s cries for help

John Appleyard, Liversedge

I have just finished reading a book on the true heart-breaking story of the life of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani wife and mother living under the sentence of death.

Since 2009 she has been in a prison in Sheikhupura, in the province of the Punjab, where she is held in appalling conditions.

Her crime? She’s a Christian who drank a cup of water from a well used by her Muslim friends.

For this Asia was arrested, tried and sentenced to hang for the crime of blasphemy.

Asia has not stopped proclaiming her innocence. Following death threats her family and five children have had to flee their village.

The two public figures who came to Asia’s defence, the Muslim Governor of the Punjab and Pakistan’s Christian minister for minorities, both have since been brutally murdered.

Asia’s health is deteriorating after six years living in a dungeon.

it is important that her cries for help don’t go unheard and that as many people as possible are aware of her case in the hope that she may be freed from her chains and be re-united with her family and start living a normal life.

Why I’m backing Jeremy Corbyn

Rev Andy Myers, Vicar of Middleton

As a faith leader in Middleton, south Leeds, and Labour Party member, I am excited by the emergence of Jeremy Corbyn as candidate for the party leadership.

As a Christian socialist and former trade union activist, I have remained loyal to the Labour Party but saddened by its departure from the founding principles upon which it was based. My faith is in Jesus Christ as a teacher of the equality of human beings and with a bias to the poor and oppressed. And many Christians have felt effectively disenfranchised by every party’s occupancy of the centre ground in recent years.

Jeremy Corbyn gives us hope and is a man of principle. He is a man who clearly understands the importance of the brotherhood and sisterhood of human beings internationally as demonstrated in his leadership roles in CND and Stop the War Coalition.

At a time when all the parties seem united in their support of the cruel welfare reform act which is filling our churches with ordinary people who can’t feed their families seeking to access foodbanks and when migrants and refugees are demonised he provides hope.

I’m backing Jeremy and am filled with hope for all the people on the margins of our society – an ever increasing margin – about which people of all faith communities have concern. It’s no wonder the capitalists of all parties are worried sufficiently to be filling our newspapers with scare articles about the impending catastrophe (for them) should Jeremy get into power: a man of peace, principle and the same radicalism many of us find in the life and teachings of Jesus.

Remembering all who served

RAF Veteran Squadron Leader Tony G Pickering AE, London

I had the honour of flying Hurricanes for the RAF as one of Churchill’s ‘Few’ during the Battle of Britain, which took place 75 years ago this summer.

This week I’ll be marking the anniversary of what is known as ‘the Hardest Day’ in that Battle against German invasion – Tuesday 18th August 1940 – the day on which the Luftwaffe made an all-out assault on RAF Fighter Command, resulting in both sides losing more aircraft than on any other day during the campaign.

As we recall those fateful days and celebrate the bravery of all those involved – many of them my friends and colleagues – we must also remember our enduring debt of gratitude to all who have served, and who serve now.

The RAF Benevolent Fund believes it is important for the country to share in the memory of the Battle of Britain and the sacrifices that were made, but it needn’t all be a solemn affair.

That’s why I’m supporting their inaugural Great British Sunday Lunch – a chance for families, friends, and communities to gather together on Sunday, September 13 to host their own meal at home, in the local community centre, at the pub or in the park, to raise vital funds to support RAF veterans and their families.

You can find more information or sign up to hold a lunch event at www.rafbf.org/gbsl.

The stark choice before us

Aled Jones, Bridlington

I am increasingly of the opinion that there is no left and right in politics, just freedom and tyranny. To me, as a Euro-sceptic, there is a stark choice before us; the ruthless 
ideology of a European super-state or a British society that holds on to its unique 
traditions and sovereign independence.

At the end of the day, no freedom-loving citizen of this country wants to be taxed by the faceless European parliament, be subject to hare-brained European laws, be defended by an interfering European army and be obedient to a common EU currency whose value is determined by Frankfurt.

In the profound words of GK Chesterton, “We must go back to freedom or forward to slavery”.

Private Hire Driver Protest through Leeds City Centre...11th December 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

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