YEP Letters: February 26

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Parents could help nip littering in the bud

Denise Marsden, Cookridge

Jane Taylor’s comments about litter reminded me of a summer day, some decades ago, when I lived in a terraced street in Hunslet. I was coming home from work, and passed a parked car a few doors away from where I lived. Just as I was approaching it, a hand came out of the passenger’s side window and casually dropped a cigarette packet onto the ground beside the car.

Now, ever since I’d been a teenager, Mum and I had gone rambling on Sundays, winter and summer, getting a bus to town, another out to the countryside and then walking to some other bus to come back, and she had always insisted that we “take our litter home”, which included vacuum flasks; empty papers, etc. Everything was repacked into our knapsacks and brought back with us.

I really took umbrage at this person, who was comfortably sitting in a car, and any litter produced could obviously be conveyed back home without any hassle. So I paused alongside it, and without looking at the passenger, I said politely into the open window, “I think you dropped something”.

A few paces along, I looked back. I couldn’t see the passenger, but the door had opened and I could see an arm reaching out to retrieve the object.

Mum laughed when I told her.

Of course you couldn’t do something like this today, not without expecting some verbal abuse, and even perhaps some sort of physical reprisal.

But it did feel good!

Perhaps today’s parents might try this, nip potential littering in advance. It wouldn’t cost anything, and we do all have to live on the same planet!

Double take on Rhinos tweet

Graham Waite, Rawdon

I DON’T ‘tweet’ myself, mainly because I have a life, but in Wednesday’s Rugby League ‘Twitter Reaction’ section, I had to do a ‘double take’ when reading @TMD_Wallis’ contribution was finished off with... we’re marching on together(!) Wrong sport, mate!

Review care recruitment

R Kimble, Hawksworth

If Hunt, Lamb and Burnham want to review standards in nursing homes they should evaluate the way recruitment agencies approach people for jobs.

I’ve had text messages saying my CV has been sent to such-and-such-a-home and I have an interview tomorrow.

No information about the home, the role or even checking that I am a Registered Nurse. They are not supposed to send your CV anywhere without permission anyway.

They never read your CV properly either: my CV states exactly where I am looking for roles (West Yorkshire) and yet I get phone calls about roles that are in the South of England. Once about a role in Dubai! It hardly conveys professionalism, does it? It also suggests that unsuitable people could access jobs they have no experience in or right attitude about.

We’ve all heard about people who have been found guilty of abuse but how the hell did they get such a job as a care assistant or, indeed, get access to the NVQ training required ?

Time for Labour to show its hand

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

It’s a bit rich for Chris Leslie, the shadow Treasury chief secretary, to say that “people are used to promises from David Cameron that never actually materialise.”

If my memory serves me correctly, the last Labour government had more than 100 manifesto pledges that were not acted upon during the 13 years it was in power.

Even now we have Labour leader Ed Miliband either not giving us any idea as to what he will do, if elected, or he is making vague promises that nobody ever imagines will see the light of day if Labour can hoodwink enough voters to actually vote for it.

Clobbering anybody with money and borrowing hundreds of billions of pounds to spend on increasing benefits and on expanding, yet again, the public sector are what ‘Red Ed’ has in mind, even though it ruined the economy only a few years ago.

Looking for easy scapegoats

Dave MacFadyen, Cross Gates

You have many letter writers who begin with “It’s obvious” and “I’m sure I speak for the majority” and they go on to spout bigoted beliefs that are 
so ridiculous that thinking people wouldn’t hold them.

It’s usually perfectly clear, 
to those with a functioning mind, where their beliefs originate.

History proves that during economic crises (during which the poor get poorer and are conned into allowing the rich to become extremely rich) the public become vulnerable to cynical scapegoating of minorities and foreign influences.

Many cynical politicians will eventually claim the glory for eradicating a problem that didn’t exist in the first place.

Again and again we have been told, by our elected government: “Patients were so thirsty they were having to drink dirty water out of dirty flower vases.”

After you have finished shouting “It’s outrageous – something must be done”, have a think. What would drive you to this action?

If you found yourself in the Sahara you’d turn your nose up at a vase full of dirty water. David Cameron and another One Man Party have repeatedly told this fiction.

There is an important election coming and the turkeys are already lining up to vote for Christmas.

Stop moaning about bus passes

Peter Dawson, West Park

WHEN will people stop moaning about free bus passes?

In reply to K and D Ingle, how many times have they seen someone travel one stop?

Not many, I presume. Many people reply on the bus passes to get out and about.

Start charging for bus journeys and this will eat into their pensions.

What next K and D Ingle (also N Keer): are you going to target bus passes for the disabled etc?

Why don’t the people in question transfer their affections to the super 
cycleway which is costing millions to alter roads and canal towpaths at no cost to cyclists?