YEP Letters: January 8

Have your say

In the YEP and the media generally we often read the worst stories about hospitals and the way people are treated.

I would like to share a story that shows the best of the NHS.

Our son Craig William recently spent four weeks in the intensive care unit in the Lincoln Wing at St James’s Hospital.

He was critically ill and needed a major operation that the surgeons did not think he would survive.

Craig came back to the ICU clinging to life and thanks to the skill, professionalism and dedication of the doctors, surgeons, nurses and staff and his team of carers who give him 24/7 care, Craig made a miraculous recovery and is getting stronger every day.

This is the second time in three years that these wonderful people have saved our son’s life.

Craig is a 22-year-old young man who has lots of problems and we thank God for the national health service who we owe such a debt of gratitude.

No wonder other countries envy it.

Denise and Geoff Stagg, Whinmoor

Thank God for health service

SOME MAY say our health service is on its last legs.

Well, I for one thank God for the NHS.

Over Christmas those wonderful people were there for me. My husband died at home on Christmas Eve and I can’t thank the staff enough.

The lady paramedic, ambulance men, the lovely young policeman and also the undertaker.

I praise them all for their kindness, compassion and understanding.

Those people are a credit to the NHS and to the city of Leeds.

L Robinson, New Farnley

Same old lies put off voters

THE START of the 2015 General Election campaign this week reminds me of something from years ago – a film made in Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield called Billy Liar!

All we are hearing are the same old lies about what wonderful things this party or that party might do for us in exchange for votes, when in fact such manifesto pledges are worthless.

It’s time that such promises were made legally binding, with enforced resignation or even prison for those politicians who let the public down after gaining office by breaking them.

If that had been the case in 2010, Messrs Cameron and Clegg might have been sharing a cell for some time, after all the promises they broke between them – immigration, tuition fees, adopting the Boundary Commission report on equalising constituencies and reducing MP numbers to 600, the reform or abolition of the House of Lords and so on.

Not that the Opposition are any better, with wild claims about restricting benefits to EU migrants which everyone knows would be illegal under EU rules and subject to challenge by the Brussels Commission and/or European Courts.

Some people must wonder if it is worth voting at all.

D Boyes, Rodley Lane

Four months is a real turn-off

For all those already tiring of politicians’ outpourings, here is a new year’s resolution that everyone can easily keep.

Each time a politician appears in the media plying their empty promises leading to May’s general election, immediately change channels or switch off.

They might just get the message that we don’t want four months of continuous electioneering.

Alan Smith, Meanwood

Pilgrimages to the battlefields

EACH YEAR the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Battlefield Tours organise pilgrimages to the battle areas of the First World War.

The tours are in August and September, covering France and Belgium.

This year we plan to visit the Somme battlefields, the Ypres Salient, Arras, Vimy Ridge and Loos battlefield areas if requested.

This year is the centenary of the second Battle of Ypres and also the Battle of Loos.

The trips specialise in visiting specific cemeteries or memorials on the above mentioned battlefields as and when they are requested.

An experienced battlefield guide will accompany each trip, to commentate the various battles and the many historic events that occurred in the areas that we visit.

We can also assist people in the tracing of war graves from the First World War.

The KOYLI Battlefield pilgrimages were formed as a charitable hobby in 1990 by ex-servicemen who have many years of practical experience in conducting visits to the First World War battlefield areas of France and Flanders.

We also support a variety of ex-service charities and institutions. These trips are open to anyone who might be interested and we welcome all enquiries. We are a not-for-profit organisation.

Anyone who requires further information should write to: John Battye, 32 Rhodes Street, Hightown, Castleford, WF10 5LL or telephone 01977 734614.

We ask for a medium-sized stamped addressed envelope for all postal replies.

John Battye, Castleford

Where does the booking fee go?

MAY I follow on from the recent letter regarding the extra cost charged on theatre tickets?

I cannot understand this booking fee charge.

It never used to be there, the price of the seat was the price you paid.

Now, in very small print on the ticket, it says ‘plus booking fee’.

This can range from £1 to £1.75 or £2 per ticket.

Who gets this extra money? Even if you go in person to the booking office there is still a charge.

Seats these days are very expensive. I know it’s even more if you book on the internet.

Perhaps one of the managers of the Grand or Playhouse would like to explain to us theatre-goers?

You may even get more patrons.

D Chapman, Meanwood

An own goal

Front page news (YEP, January 3): £571,560 total cost of policing Leeds United last season.

A two-page spread: “An Ell of a lot: cost of policing United revealed”.

Not one mention of the amount Leeds United put into the system with VAT and other such extras.

A negative, one-sided reporting of the issue.

H Maddocks, Haworth

Hole lot of cash

With regard to the £100m budget for road repairs in Leeds (YEP, January 6) that seems a lot for someone to throw a shovel full of tarmac in a hole and then hit it with the back of the shovel.

George Ellis, Leeds

The write stuff

I am looking forward to the new format of the paper (YEP, January 5) and am sure it will be a success.

However, you will not escape from your usual bunch of grumblers, complainers and (sometimes!) complimentary letter writers.

We will all be there in force and we trust you will also give us a posh new look!

Edna Levi, Moortown

Board shock

I see that Andrew Umbers has joined the board at Elland Road. Not so long ago he was quoted in the YEP as saying that the takeover by GFH would create “the right legacy to build on the prudent stewardship of Ken Bates”.

I can only say that the thought of Mr Umbers being an asset to the board will make supporters shudder.

Walt Emsley, Gipton