YEP Letters: January 6

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I read in the YEP (December 23) that this government had wasted another £344,000 on a marketing push for an energy saving green deal makeover, with only 500 homes taking up the offer.

Some time ago Leeds City Council asked for people to apply for solar panels to be fitted to their homes. Being a disabled pensioner crippled by energy bills I applied as my home gets sunshine on the roof from early morning until very late afternoon. All I received was a curt letter turning me down, with no reason given.

If this council was genuine (or so they say) would this not be a good way of helping our pensioners to keep warm while helping them with their money problems? I am given to understand the council would make money out of it by selling the surplus power generated back to the energy companies. This is a win, win situation for everyone.

The council can come up with ideas to recover the initial installation cost – perhaps out of the £6m parking fees they have raked in.

L E Slack, Lingfield View, Leeds

National debt is on the rise

On New Year’s Day (Happy New Year everyone by the way) I nearly threw a shoe through the television screen as our smug, self-satisfied, supremely ignorant Prime Minister boasted how his government had reduced the national deficit.

The national debt has risen 10 per cent every year since he took office. That means in 2015 when he is rightly booted out of office the debt will be 50 per cent higher than he inherited.

An apology for failure would be more fitting.

Godfrey Bloom, MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, Wressle, Selby

UK Christians feel ‘squeezed’

AT THIS great season of Christmas, many thoughts will be with our Christian brothers and sisters persecuted for their faith in many parts of the world. What is now called The Greatest Story Never Told, is that Christians face persecution and sometimes murder in a staggering 139 countries worldwide. None of this torment is ever mentioned in the media.

So, is there any kind of persecution of Christians in Britain today? Not yet, but what there is can be called ‘creeping’ discrimination in some public bodies. There is a drip-drip of high profile cases – from banning wearing cross or crucifix (whereas non-Christian faiths can evince their religious insignia) to the dismissal or suspension for medics refusing to take part in terminations, or registrars not wanting to conduct civil marriages against their beliefs.

Many such cases of discrimination against Christians are lost in courts, who are becoming more unsympathetic to Christian values, ignoring fact and fairness in the name of political correctness. Holding on to Christian values in the face of some aggressive secularism, is to feel ‘squeezed’, the latter’s aim is to drive religion out of the public forum.

Persecution always begins with discrimination. This is the slippery slope we are on, and if not countered, we will join those other countries eliminating Christians from their culture and society.

Brian Johnston, Burmantofts, Leeds

Put rotten MPs in the stocks

HANDING OUT sentences in courts to MPs, and usually ones which they will never fully serve, they should be sent to the salt mines or, perhaps, the stocks to let them know what rotten apples they are.

Mavis Harrison, Saxton Gardens, Leeds

Staggered by violent attacks

WHEN WE go to work each day all of us expect to return home safely.

We don’t expect to be assaulted or murdered in our line of duty. The YEP (December 26) reminds us that it is 10 years since the murder of PC Ian Broadhurst in Leeds. This October is the 30th anniversary of the death of PC Sergeant John Speed who was gunned down near Leeds Parish Church. This is a cruel loss of life and heartbreaking for loved ones.

I have lost count of the number of times I was threatened with assault whilst working in local government. I was also staggered to read that the number of violent attacks on NHS staff is more than 173 every day.

No employee, whether they are in the police force or any other profession, should be subjected to this level of abuse or violence.

Mr J Appleyard, Firthcliffe Parade, Liversedge

No chance for immigrants

IT IS OK Vince Cable talking about public panic regarding the immigration situation but neither Clegg nor Cable are having to rely on jobseeker’s allowance to survive like thousands of young people who incidentally were born and raised in the UK.

What chance have the immigrants to find work if local young people are having problems? The UK cannot afford to support a large number of immigrants in these times of austerity. The 75,000 cap on immigration numbers has not been proved as illegal, as Mr Cable suggests. Even if it was the case, I think 75,000 cap is excessive. If and when we are allowed a referendum on Europe it will give the British people the chance to air their views and we all know how that vote will go, don’t we?

T Valentine, Leeds

Go to Europe for transport plans

GIVEN THE impasse over our transport proposals, we should research the funding and financing of other continental cities which have fit, modern, reliable and fast systems.

We should by-pass Westminster by borrowing from the EU.

If not now, then depending on our possible exit from the EU, it could be never.

It seems that from either pride or perversity, we always act alone and independent of the examples and experiences of others. This ends with us talking to ourselves and being an easy target for Westminster.

We must engage with best practice elsewhere. In the pecking order we are being pecked!

Paul Kilroy, Spennithorne Avenue, Leeds

My Christmas ‘angels’

I HAVE met my Christmas angels – not with wings but angels all the same.

On Christmas Eve I was at Killingbeck Cemetery. I had to attend seven graves and with all the rushing around I had left my handbag containing everything personal on one of the graves. I didn’t realise until I was home. I was so upset. I am in my seventies and forget things sometimes.

As I was leaving the house, a car pulled out containing the lovely angels who had found my handbag.

I didn’t know how to thank them enough. I am so grateful and it was the best Christmas present I have ever had.

I wish these kind ladies all the best for 2014 and thank them once again.

Mrs Ferguson, Leeds

Nightmare at the arena

AS A Christmas treat my daughter booked two seats for a concert at the new First Direct Arena.

I cannot understand how this building passed Health and Safety regulations as the stairs are very steep with no handrails and the seating is too narrow.

An absolute nightmare for the elderly and infirm.

I noticed that all the attendants were young.

I will never go there again.

Mr D Hudson, Brisnall Garth, Leeds

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