YEP Letters: July 4

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Concern over rubbish at beauty spot

Diana Davis, Rawdon

I was inspired to anticipate the YEP clean up campaign by being a dog owner and noticing the number of dog poo bags adorning trees at our local beauty spot and favourite dog walking area.

On my walks, I noticed specific areas where bags were regularly being dumped under trees and bushes. So - I set off with a bin bag which, as it became half full, became too heavy to carry!

My husband rescued me by bringing the car and another two bin bags. Another dog poo bin bag later and a bin bag full of half bottles of vodka, rum and the odd brandy bottles, I gave up!

The reaction of fellow dog walkers was encouraging. They quite happily gave up their ‘donations’ and chatted to this dotty woman collecting poo!

I have every intention of doing another ‘clean-up’ when the grass has died back and the deposits can be found without being nettled, brambled and decorated with robin’s pincushion.

Perhaps there will not be any? A concern for me, is the number of alcohol bottles which were dumped in a specific area. What are the ramifications on finding such a hoard?

Migrant crisis is ‘violation’

Paul Kilroy, Leeds 16

Blaise Tapp in his opinion column (YEP June 30) exemplifies the dangerous stupidity, warped judgement and self-indulgent compassion that has virtually destroyed our country.

His ‘heartbreaking migrant crisis’ is an understandable but illegal and aggressive infiltration of Europe’s constitutional territories, a violation of foreign soil.

It is encouraged by the presumption that there will be enough irresponsible, liberal-minded media types, treacherous politicians and shangri-la Christians to peddle their self-serving pieties.

Along the way they will disown natural and normal affinities with homeland and hearth, disregard the interests of their fellow citizens and do their habitual guilt massage thing.

Brother Blaise admits the 20 million world refugee figure, then insults those who cry ‘we don’t want them here’ as ‘half-brained’ and ‘without an ounce of compassion.’

What proportion of this number does he propose we accept? Will this not encourage the rest to try their luck? What of their effect on our people and their rightful needs? How does this help their own countries?

As a committed and practising half-brained seeker of my first ounce of compassion, I can only marvel at the transcendent state beyond all human reason and understanding inhabited by brother Blaise.

But as he says in his final address: ‘ I care about my fellow man.’

We can only wonder.

Bombs do not discriminate

D S Boyes, Leeds 13

I was very pleased to learn that the tragedy of 7/7/2005 suicide bombings in London had not been forgotten and that a group of young people of this area would be joining with others in a multi-faith act of remembrance.

Of course, when exploded, bombs do not discriminate over whom they destroy, with many different faith groups affected on that terrible day ten years ago.

However, I was not pleased to see reports that the memorial to the 7/7 victims is now being defiled by a group of eastern European unemployed migrants sleeping rough who have made that site their home.

Of course it is impossible to deport such people as EU law prevents it, but isn’t this kind of problem just another reason for the UK to get out of the EU while we still have a country left to call our own?

It really is good to talk

Ernest Lundy, by email

As one who loves to converse even at times with strangers, I find that around 90per cent of those I casually address are pleased to be noticed and reciprocate.

While so doing opening up and revealing surprising things about their lives; often unburdening recent problems they have had to cope with.

They say it is good to talk, yet older people for a variety of reasons, have less opportunity to do so and therefore welcome the opportunity. It’s good to remember this!

On a slight varying subject, how many of us, especially in old age, hate the procedures when phoning an institution, commercial or otherwise, when one has to go through the method of choosing from a variety of choices, using the phone buttons?.

So many in fact that by the time the full list has been offered one has almost forgotten which to use. Plus the fact that more often than not, instructions are spoken so fast it is hard to make out what has been said.

Having decided to hold on for any other business, we are then subjected to ‘Green Sleeves’ or some other ditty while we wait to be consulted.

But after going through these procedures the other day, when phoning Adult Home Services’, the lady with whom I spoke was like an oasis in a desert of confusion, rendering me totally at ease when requesting information about a certain household accessory, for use in old age.

The lady in question was like a breath of fresh air. She brightened my day and we passed a very pleasant few minutes as she extracted the necessary information in response to my request. If this sounds like a bit of a rant as they say, perhaps I should apologise over something which, for many, may seem a pretty mundane subject.

But when all is said and done it really is good to talk.

Trolleybus is unwanted

M McGlashan, Headingley

It has recently come to light that Leeds City Council has been continuing to spend large sums of money on the very unpopular NGT Trolleybus Scheme, this despite the Inspector not having made his decision regarding the future of the scheme.

Over £160,000 has recently been spent on a number of road surveys in anticipation of the scheme going ahead.

Surely the council shouldn’t be spending this level of public money (especially in these times of austerity) before the result of the public enquiry is known. If the project is not approved then the council will have wasted even more money on this unloved and unwanted scheme.

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