YEP Letters: January 29

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Time to name and shame dog mess idiots

Geoff Timson, Garforth

I’VE LIVED in Garforth all my life and I have to say I have never seen it so adulterated with dog mess.

Who are these people who never clear the mess left by their dogs? Why can’t the council catch them?

And wouldn’t it be nice if someone was caught and given a mandatory fine? The council say they have dog wardens out looking for offenders. I have never seen them.

It is early morning when people take their dogs out to defecate when not many people are up and about. The other week I went to see a football match played at Garforth recreation ground on Barley Hill Road.

Keeping a watchful eye open for dog mess as I walked around the perimeter of the pitch, thinking that it was clear, I finished up with my foot in some dog mess hidden in some long grass.

Had I been a footballer and been asked to play on the rec field I would have refused.

Approaching Barley Hill Road from Wakefield Road on the footpath at the side of the football field I counted eight piles of dog mess.

The council have just spent a fortune on the rec pitch, putting drains in, and treating the ground. It is now a lovely football pitch and yes, you have guessed it, a lovely dog midden.

These people who allow their dogs to mess in public places where families visit so that children can play should be caught. They obviously have no thought for anybody.

The council dog wardens (if there are any) will never catch anyone if they don’t patrol either early in the morning or in the evenings.

Give the jobs to a private detective agency and see the results. Message to the Government: bring back dog licences!

Hero staff who chased a thief

P Haigh, Shipley

I WOULD like to thank the four people who came to my aid when an opportunist thief tried to steal my bag in Morrisons supermarket in the Merrion Centre in Leeds on Thursday January 22.

It was only due to the courage and prompt action of Colin Cox in chasing the young woman that the security man was able to return my bag intact.

Thanks also to the lady who was with Colin, and the young man who alerted security. Both of them offered to pay my fare to get home.

Fortunately this was not necessary. I think the woman panicked when Colin caught up with her and dropped the bag outside.

When the security man checked their CCTV he must have seen her drop the bag and was able to return it intact.

I would also like to remind other people to be aware of who is next to them when out shopping.

This young woman was well dressed and blended in with other shoppers.

Keep your valuables out of sight and don’t make the mistake I did of leaving your bag at the far end of the trolley making it easy to snatch.

Mr Patterson, my inspiration

R Bates, Shadwell

ON THE subject of inspirational school teachers (YEP, January 20), at Allerton Grange Comprehensive in 1961 a certain Harry Patterson was both our form master and our English teacher.

In both capacities a caring, capable, and subtly entertaining teacher. But, looking back, I am sorry to say that any inspirational element was quite frankly lost on me. Not, I hasten to add, any reflection on Mr Patterson’s tutorial abilities. No, in light of future events, with me it was more a case of being a late developer. Let me explain.

Some 12 years after leaving school with not one single GCE to my name, I learned that Harry Patterson was also Jack Higgins, author of the top-selling The Eagle Has Landed. Yes, now he inspired me; and within two years at night school I had six O-levels. On top of which, thanks to articles published in American magazines, by 1986 my work was to be found in the US Library of Congress.

The moral of this story: nothing beats inspiration by example.

Switch on, we can’t see you!

C Booth, Leeds

WILL someone inform the idiots who don’t use their car lights, when everyone else is, that they should be on, so that they can be seen as well as able to see.

A few evenings ago I was in a lay-by in the A64 waiting to pull out; it was very busy and I waited for a break in the traffic. I was just about to move when a black car went past with no lights, it could have caused a bad accident.

I’ve notice many drivers do the same and only a few respond to a friendly flash.

River safety not council’s job

R Kimble, Kirkstall

May I point out to Karsten Weston (Your Feedback, January 27) that people are responsible for their own behaviour? If you’re drunk 
and fall in a river, it’s your 
fault, not that of the council, local tax payers or your local MP.

I find this attitude 
bemusing, that we should mop up after these people 
and spend money rescuing them.

Driver danger for cyclists

A Hague, Harehills

WHILST fully backing Denise Maguire’s letter (Your Feedback, January 20) I wish to include the poor cyclist’s dilemma. When a car is parked in a cycle lane a cyclist has to move out in case the door opens but if it is half on the pavement it is far safer for cyclists.

I guess this can be called a “Catch 22” situation where no one is the winner but the motorist.

Time to give Cellino a break

Jim Grimes, Leeds

I AM so angry at the Football League over the treatment of Massimo Cellino.

I am not a huge soccer fan, but I do like to see fair play. This man has been hounded since before he even took over at Leeds. Given a chance he could be the best thing that has happened to us since the Don Revie days. The League would be better off putting all there energy into getting to the bottom of the Fifa scandal and alleged corruption rather than crucifying this man continually.