YEP Letters: June 29

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Don’t park your car on pavements

Billiejo Priestley, Leeds

Cars that are parked irresponsibly on pavements can cause a potentially dangerous obstruction for pedestrians as it can force them onto the road and into the path of vehicles.

Newly-released research by YouGov has shown that three quarters (74 per cent) of people are affected by vehicles parked on the pavement.

Some groups – including people living with sight loss, older people or those with buggies – are at greater risk. 91% of respondents living with sight loss who responded to a Guide Dogs survey said that parked cars on the pavement regularly obstruct them.

You can see how dangerous pavement parking can be in real-life video footage, filmed from a guide dog’s view, of a guide dog and their owner having to go out into the road to get around a car at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMQt-cfEFsg

I am urging the public to ensure they don’t park on the pavement.

For instance I live on a main road with kids the nursery is only approximately 300 yards up the road but I have to at some point most days pull my kids onto the road around cars because drivers do not park in their garden even though there is space.

I fear if drivers keep doing it there will be more accidents because there is no law there to stop them, meaning they will park however whenever they like without consideration to other people.

Struggling to stay awake!

Mrs M Whitehead, Chapel Allerton

I agree wholeheartedly with A Shipman’s letter ( June 11).

I used to have Radio 2 on practically all day on a Sunday. Desmond Carrington, followed by Benny Green, then Alan 
Dell, then Sing Something Simple.

In the evening would be Melodies for You, then Sunday Half Hour, followed by your 100 Best Tunes, introduced by presenters with pleasing voices. Perfect!

We still have Desmond Carrington on Friday at 7pm but it is sometimes difficult to keep awake for Don Black’s programme 11-12 on Sunday night.

He plays easy listening with singers who could put over a song so we could hear the words. Nobody leaping about with the microphone halfway down their throat, shouting as loud as they can.

Even the Organist Entertains and Listen to the Band have been moved from 9-10pm to 11-12pm. Now, I imagine it is the more mature amongst us, who would listen to these but can’t always manage to stay awake until midnight.

Young people have many other channels catering for their kind of music, if that is who Radio 2 are trying to tempt.

Nick Keen please don’t bother to write. I may be an old codger but not usually a grumpy one - just feel invisible at times! Parting shot to a friend on Sunday is “keep awake.”

All four seasons in one day

Olga Twist, Leeds 14

The other day, my grandson had to come and retune my TV (goodness knows what I’d done to it).

It took ages, programme after programme and they still kept coming, on and on.

I said: “Are all these stations transmitting, all day and every day?” Yes - and other countries are transmitting as well.

When one takes into consideration all the mobile phones and laptops that are in use 24/7, surely all that interference into our atmosphere must be responsible for the change of weather around the world?

After all, years ago, not every house had a BT phone and most relied on the wireless (radio).

So are we responsible because of the way we have advanced with all this technology? Not giving a thought to what it would mean to humanity and the unsettling of our planet on its orbit around the solar system.

Have we advanced too soon for everything to readjust itself?

You used to be able to count on the four different seasons in the year - now we can have all four seasons in one day!

I wonder how long it will be, before our planet can come to terms with all this advancement and readjust itself to its proper orbit?

I’m just an old lady, thinking of what the weather used to be like.

Stress not just for modern day

R Kimble, Hawksworth

As a grandparent I find it sad that my young grandchildren have homework at a young age.

I do, however, find it tiresome that there is this myth that only modern school children experience stress and hard work.

I’ve seen an item on BBC Breakfast about teaching “mindfulness” to school children (who seem unable these days to complete a sentence without using the word “like” every third word).

Aside from encouraging self-centredness, of which there is far too much these days, resulting in poor manners and lack of consideration for others, it seems to me that one thing they do not experience, thankfully, these days is bullying teachers and that this is one source of stress that has never been acknowledged for people of my generation. I was once punched in the stomach by a PE teacher after he called me a nihilistic, radical Epicurean.

It was common for one maths teacher to bang lads over the head with a chalkboard rubber so you were covered in chalk dust for the rest of the day. Another carried a cane in his gown and would randomly slash lads across the legs.

Modern day stress at school ? Don’t make me laugh - we were actually terrified of some of those psychopaths.

Help for children in need

Gerri McAndrew, chief executive, Buttle UK

For over 60 years Buttle UK has been helping children and young people in need.

Our Small Grants Programme is designed to help ensure children who are experiencing very difficult circumstances where their safety, health or development is at risk, still have their basic material needs met.

This means we can provide fast relief from a critical situation by providing basic items – usually up to the value of £300 - such as a bed, fridge, or cooker to give them a hot meal.

More information can be found at www.buttleuk.org or through local authority or voluntary sector organisations.

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