YEP Letters: August 8

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The importance of compassion

Barbara Taylor, Halifax

I HAVE followed with interest (and not a little sadness) the journey of Dr Kate Granger and her ‘Hello my name is...’ campaign.

Admirable as of course it is, what a sad indictment of the medical profession that a campaign has to be started by a terminally ill young doctor to promote and encourage what should be there as a matter of course. Some are obviously in the wrong profession. I am talking, of course, of compassion, kindness and understanding.

Both myself and my late partner have had a long history of depression – it ran through our families. My partner died of cancer almost nine years ago and, as a patient, she was quite clear which of the two illnesses were worst. There is a vast anomaly in care.

If people with cancer were treated the way people with mental illness are treated, there would be an immediate outcry – no question.


Return to coal to generate our power

Dr Glyn Powell, Kellington

THERESA May’s Government delays giving the go ahead for the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

In using this delay to consider all the pros and cons of this project, the Government must consider three key facts:

The astronomical cost of the project and, also, the cost of future electricity prices to the consumer.

The national security implications of being beholden financially to China.

Finally, is there a better, cheaper and safer alternative method of power generation than nuclear?

Given the parlous state of the economy, it would be lunacy to spend many billions of pounds on Hinkley Point.

Similarly, the high cost of electricity would not only impoverish people but also render British industry increasingly uncompetitive.

We have millions of tonnes of coal beneath our feet. This should be used to generate cheap electricity at a fraction of the cost of nuclear power and, with new technology, with few or no environmentally damaging carbon emissions.

Concern over air quality

Greg Mulholland, Leeds North West MP.

UP to 50,000 people a year die across the UK because of air pollution and the research published shows nearly three-quarters of the public in Leeds is strongly concerned about the poor quality of air.

We need to discourage the use of polluting diesel vehicles and instead encourage the uptake of less polluting alternatives.

Ministers must take vital action to reduce pollution in places like Leeds and deliver cleaner air for everyone.

What about indicating?

Andrew Mercer, Guiseley

HAVE bus drivers been told to stop using their indicators?

I’m fed up of buses pulling out without warning – or a care for any other road user. What can be done about this?

Give medals to all Olympians

Anthony Hopkins, Guiseley

THE time comes around again for the charade known as the Olympic Games.

In view of the ongoing controversies relating to drugs and who should/should not be partaking, will the simple answer be to let them all come and on arrival competitors be presented with a medal, papier-mache of course in mixed gold, silver and bronze colours, letting them compete with the placings having becoming irrelevant. Think of the cost effectiveness and an end to the so tiresome jingoistic medal presentation ceremonies.

Savers are losing out

Ernest Lundy, by email

The FSA, government and banks should hang their heads in shame for what they are doing to older people in the way they callously ignore the situation for savers.

The way they continue to make the older generation the ‘whipping horse’ in a worsening financial situation is scandalous. After dithering about for months on the premise of raising the interest rate (what interest) they have now decided to reduce the base rate even further, by another quarter of one percent. Bet your sweet life they will blame the necessity on Brexit.

At the same time, away from the housing market, the cause of most of the problems in the recent past, and the reduced value of the pound today, the base rate of tax on earnings’ at 20 per cent doesn’t sit with ease in comparison. Perhaps we can expect nothing less from a government and other institutions who put profit for themselves before the well-being of those they are supposed to represent and serve.

Community spirit is thriving

Coun Robert Finnigan, Morley Borough Independents

I was privileged to attend the Springfield Park community event and had the pleasure of judging the dog show.

It was an excellent event which brought the community together and all credit and my thanks goes to the Friends of Springfield Park for their work in putting on the gala. The weather stayed fine and everyone was clearly having a great time.

My thanks also goes out to Coun Janet Harrison, the Deputy Mayor of Morley, Siobhan Finnigan and Dan Hardy for their help with the judging.

There are those that say community spirit is not what it was but residents around Springfield Park show that community spirit is very much alive and thriving in the Morley area.

Thanks for your support

The 3Ts Team, Gildersome Baptist Church

We would like to thank all who supported the 3Ts (Tea,Talk and Togs) at Gildersome Baptist Church over the last six and a half years and helped us raise approximately £10,000 for the work of St George’s Crypt.

We have loved organising the monthly event but sadly because of unprecedented circumstances we were unable to run the July’s event and after careful thought have now decided not to reopen in the future. God Bless from the 3Ts Team.

Take steps to save NHS

Richard Muncaster, Director, Living Streets

Figures released this week (August 4) show the NHS in England is spending nearly £1billion a year prescribing drugs for diabetes, almost double of that a decade ago.

Preventing diabetes is essential and one of the simplest ways is for people to walk more.

Walking helps maintain a healthy weight, increases fitness levels and uses large muscles which help control blood sugar, making developing Type 2 diabetes less likely.

We want to create a walking nation. Just a 20 minute walk every day can reduce the risk of diabetes and other chronic conditions, including heart disease, certain cancers, stroke and depression. What’s more, it’s easy to fit into our daily lives.

Hopping off the bus one stop earlier on the way to work, choosing to walk on the school run or walking to the local shops can have a very positive long-term impact on our health and can protect the future of our National Health Service.

Get working to collect for hospital

Mrs B Riach, Batley

REGARDING Dewsbury District Hospital needing funds.

If every person put their hands in their pockets as was done years ago to buy Dewsbury Infirmary by the people for people always we would not be without a hospital.

Jo Cox, MP for Batley & Spen said we all need a hospital. She was born in the maternity unit, it could be named after her.

Why not the Jo Cox Centre? Betty Boothroyd got it named after her, she was not as active as Jo Cox was who deserves to be honoured all over the world. Why not her place of birth?

When I was young we had six hospitals, three maternity units. That was during the war when money was short.

Now we do not have one local hospital. Why? Does no-one want one? Or do they prefer Pinderfields?

Everyone get working to collect for our hospital. Now.