YEP Letters: December 16

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Man-made climate change ‘garbage’

Terry Watson, Adel

How long are we the taxpayers going to put up with this man-made climate change garbage?

The word’s so-called leaders meeting in Paris have decided to limit the global warming to 1.5per cent. How are they going to do that? By turning down the thermostat?

The so-called biggest threat to humanity “man-made climate change” has been rubbished by a team of prominent scientists at a climate summit in Texas.

They declared that fears of man-made global warming were “irrational” and “based on nonsense” that had nothing to do with science. They warned that ”we are being led down a false path.”

The governments are not going to admit that they have lied for years about it, indeed they can’t afford to.

The green taxes are bringing in billions every year, thousands of jobs are dependant on it, and government scientists know that if they require funding for any project, they only have to add the magic words “and it’s effect on man-made climate change” and the funding is there!

In 2014, NASA launched a satellite to measure CO2 levels around the globe. They assumed that most of the CO2 would be coming from the industrialised Northern hemisphere, but much to their surprise, it came from the rainforests in South America, Africa and China.

The heaviest emissions ever recorded were from factories at the end of the Second World War, but global temperatures fell for four decades. Green taxes are nothing more than theft and we should be able to sue the government.

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Hairspray was superb show

Jean Carter, Leeds 10

On Friday night my husband and myself had the great pleasure of attending Cockburn High School’s production of “Hairspray the Musical.”

We’d like - through your newspaper - to thank all the staff and students involved, for a most enjoyable evening.The standard of acting, singing and dancing was superb. All the hard work and dedication that went in the staging of the show resulted in a most professional presentation. Thanks again to you all.

Fury: a cause célèbre

V Sheparde, Aberford

Genuine free speech means having the right to cause offence, as well as to take offence.

That’s what the self-appointed Twitter trolls, the ‘hate crime’ industry and the ‘safe space’ wimps of academia fail to understand. In hounding world heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury for expressing his quaint, outmoded world view, they’ve turned him into a cause célèbre.

It would serve them right if he was voted BBC Sports Personality Of The Year.

And if Fury ever comes face to face with any of his self-righteous tormentors, he’d probably send them halfway to paradise.

Concert was festive highlight

Coun Simon Kimberley, Mayor of Morley

It was an absolute joy to attend the Mayor’s Charity Christmas Carol concert organised by the Salvation Army on Sunday December 6.

I have been privileged to attend a number of events in my capacity as the Mayor of Morley. To date the carol concert was the festive highlight.

I was especially impressed by the Fountain Street Primary School choir and band. They are a credit to their parents and teachers.

I would like to thank the Salvation Army for yet again putting on a tremendous show and reminding us all about the true meaning of Christmas.

The monies raised from the evening will be used purely for green space projects and organisations in the Morley area, and following a discussion with Captain Colin Stevens, I hope we may be able to work together in the future to improve green spaces around Morley.

Keep cool at Christmas

John Hannett, General Secretary, Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw)

I would like to wish your readers a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

For many this is always an exciting time, but in the last few shopping days it can be frantic trying to get everything ready for the big day.

I want to gently remind your readers to remember that shopworkers are people as well. They will be working really hard to make your shopping experience as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

A recent survey showed that every minute of the working day a shopworker is verbally abused, threatened with violence or physically attacked.

Shopworkers report that incidents are more frequent throughout the Christmas and new year period when shops are busier, customers can be stressed and are more likely to take out their frustration on staff.

Talking to our members who work in retail, I know that verbal abuse cuts deep. Many will go home after a shift upset about an unpleasant incident that took place at work that day and worried that it will happen to them again.

That is why Usdaw, the shopworkers’ union, is running a Respect for Shopworkers campaign, asking customers to ‘Keep your Cool at Christmas’.

It’s a simple message, but remembering that shopworkers are working extra hard at this time and treating them with respect will mean that everyone can have a happier Christmas.

An independent England?

L Harding, Pontefract

DO the people of England not know that devolving power to the counties is an act of divide and conquer by the British government to defeat the growing number of calls for England to have equal democratic rights with the rest of Britain?

The only place for the great county of Yorkshire is at the heart of a devolved and independent England.

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