YEP Letters: January 21

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Coalition has done nothing to improve NHS

R Chester, Rothwell

Brian Johnston (Your Feedback, January 15) states that the NHS is in deep crisis, putting the blame solely on the Labour Party.

Yet the NHS is in a worse state now than it has ever been and Labour are now in opposition.

The Tories and Liberal Democrats have done nothing to improve the NHS; their sole aim is privatisation.

As for every service being free, does he not realise there are millions of people who, in the past decades, have paid for their treatment by way of the deduction from earnings?

I agree with him that treatment should not be free for all and sundry. A case in point is people on benefits who boast of being better off on the dole than working, receiving more than those in employment who have to pay for prescriptions.

And yes, it was Labour who introduced prescription charges but the nasty Tories (his words) have had plenty of chances to amend this by abolishing the charges.

In fact under the coalition the cost per prescription is at a record high of over £8 per item. But why only in England?

The population growth is down to immigration and this puts a strain on the NHS and other services.

Cinema rowdies spoiling films

Merle Spinneymuir, Roundhay

THE REASON for the decline in the number of cinemagoers in this country is not difficult to fathom.

For one, it’s far too expensive nowadays to visit venues such as Vue, albeit my main beef is that almost every time I have tried to enjoy a film at their city centre cinema there have been a plague of noisy youths, usually up at the back seats, aggravating me to the point of despair.

Each time I’ve had to go and seek a member of staff, usually a timid youngster, to ask the youths to be quiet – not always successfully.

The film is usually ruined by them anyway as I am nervous that the noise will crank up again.

As a last resort I tried the Kirkstall venue instead after my morning shop but was advised by the member of staff at the snack kiosk who sold me my ticket that I couldn’t take my shopping in with me, so I opted for a refund.

I now have settled for the ‘windowsill bay cinema’ in the solace of my own home.

Leave firearms in expert hands

Ray Manuel, Whinmoor

In response to the call by Aled Jones of the Libertarian Party for the right to bear arms (Your Feedback, January 15), when are people (especially prospective local officials) ever going to realise that having a lethal weapon in the household, especially a firearm, to be used as a so-called means of self-defence, can never justify the killing of a fellow human being?

Okay, it might give people self-confidence to address what they see as a life threatening situation, but what will the same people say to a jury when they have killed an intruder or, God forbid, a member of their own family in a panic situation?

The only place in our society for firearms is with the people who are trained in using them. We should be spending more time talking about disarming than arming.

Just think about this scenario – your neighbour is having target practice in their back garden on a Sunday morning. Are you going to ask him to be quiet? Because I wouldn’t.

Our roads are not always safe

Rob Brooks, Leeds

LAST Saturday evening I witnessed a familiar sight in cold weather conditions – a gritter on my outward journey salting the very road I was to return on later in the evening.

You would expect the road to be okay and take comfort in that observation.

But, being astute, I knew what was going on. Sleety wet showers were already diluting the salt and making conditions ripe for what was to follow – ice.

I had people driving up my behind because I was driving slow, I could detect ice of course, but could everyone else? Everyone relies on the roads being gritted in winter conditions, but there are certain scenarios where you can’t and Saturday night was one of them. Motorists, take some responsibility and don’t drive like maniacs thinking that our roads are always safe!

Be especially careful this week as the winter tightens its grip. If you like snow, this looks like being the week for you.

Fight against the insurers!

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

At the risk of being boring by bringing up the same old subject, car insurance, I nevertheless feel that I must comment on the views of reader Lynne Pullein (Your Feedback, January 15).

She is 100 per cent correct in her views. The surprising thing is that it has taken so long for others to complain over the same the subject which has long been a bone of contention for me. The whole business is riddled with anomalies and what I regard to be definite discrimination against certain groups.

Yet these companies continue to go unchecked or investigated for the way they do business. I pose the question, why?

Could it be these institutions are thought to be too large and powerful to take on?

You may have started a mini-revolution Lynne! Let’s hope so!