YEP Letters: March 11

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Little memorial is not fitting for our VC heroes

Bob Lawrence, Cross Gates

The controversy regarding the location of the statue of Arthur Louis Aaron VC has seen many letters in the YEP, almost since its unveiling on March 24, 2001.

The letter by C Wilkinson (Your Feedback, March 9) correctly states that it should be moved near to the cenotaph in Leeds. This way it could be better honoured as part of the Remembrance Day commemorations in November.

However, Leeds has a total of 19 Victoria Cross recipients – men who were either born in Leeds or who are buried in Leeds – two of whom are not even listed on the insignificant little VC memorial on the corner near the cenotaph.

Arthur Louis Aaron was the only one from the Second World War, which is perhaps why the public voted for him when Leeds Civic Trust organised the public vote to mark the Millennium.

The deeds of the other men, though, were no less selfless, heroic and in some cases sacrificial, and cover several conflicts, from the Indian Mutiny to the First World War.

If the public had been more informed during the Millennium period, then the case could have been put forward for a bigger and more impressive memorial to all the VC holders of Leeds, and included the two who are not listed on the present VC memorial.

These are Samuel Meekosha, who was born in Leeds, and Richard Kirby Ridgeway, who was cremated at Lawnswood.

Other VC recipients were John Pearson, Edward McKenna, Alfred Atkinson, Charles Ward, George Sanders, Frederick McNess, Jack White, David Philip Hirsch, William Boynton Butler, Albert Mountain and Laurence Calvert – all born in Leeds.

Other recipients buried in Leeds include Harry Daniels, John Crawshaw Raynes, Charles Hull, Wilfred Edwards and Arthur Poulter.

Prices up but service worse

Denise Marsden, Cookridge

I SEE the Post Office is putting up the price of stamps at the end of this month. This seems to have become an almost annual event.

Is it deliberately trying to annoy its customers?

Most of the younger generation are not in the habit of sending cards or letters, especially when it’s easier for them to use their phones for keeping in touch.

As for the rest of us, more and more are saying enough is enough, let’s not send them at all, especially when the stamp costs more than the card.

I wonder if by this increase the Post Office aim to fulfil their promise to guarantee delivery of first class mail by tomorrow, second class the day after.

I somehow don’t think so. This latest challenge to our budgets is just so they can pay for arbitrarily moving our local branches.

For instance, Cookridge Post Office is moving so far away from its present location in the centre of the community that it ought to be renamed the Holt Park Post Office.

We were told that the Post Office was only “considering the move”. Even as we protested, we all recognised “fait-accompli-speak”, didn’t we?

It has become quite common from those in power. And though we’ll be getting longer hours, and extra days, for some of the Post Office services we will now have to journey to Ireland Wood or to Horsforth.

Vinnie was a real gentleman

John Hartley, Roundhay

WHILE enjoying his toughness, charisma and commitment to the Leeds United cause during his brief career with them, it was the genuine human side Vinnie Jones showed on his later visits to Elland Road that I admired (YEP, March 6).

When introduced to the crowd at half-time he would go down the line of disabled wheelchair-bound spectators and shake hands with every one of them.

Yes, a true gent.

Hospital mix-up understandable

S Banks, Scarborough

I WRITE in response to your sad story about the Woods family and the message received from the hospital for their recently deceased son (YEP, February 26)

A similar thing happened to me, 22 years ago, just after my husband’s death.

A letter came for him, inviting him to a physiotherapy session – clearly a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand was doing.

Distressing? Yes, very, but hardly surprising from such a busy organisation.

I simply put it down to ‘human error’.

Queen’s easier to see than GP

Ernest Lundy, Beeston

Rarely is it good practice to criticise those upon whom one depends to look after one’s 
well-being. It smacks of biting the hand that feeds.

But the nonsensical procedure of attempting to make an appointment with a doctor these days is almost too much to bear.

Never have I found anything more time-consuming and irritating than being told to phone the following morning after 8am, in the hope of getting through; with age and condition never being considered.

When querying as to why this should be, we are told that the appointment book is full and the only hope, if we happen to phone at the right time, is if another person cancels.

But who are these patients who constantly fill all the slots, with apparent ease, seemingly without ever having to resort to the route of phoning in the morning?

Having tried today, the best they can offer is on Monday next, six days hence. By which time I could either have been miraculously cured or passed on to greater things.

Then the powers-that-be wonder why hospital A&Es are full to overflowing, and walk-in centres cannot cope.

In future I think I would be better advised in trying to get an appointment with the Queen, or resort to Chinese medicine.

Animal welfare is a no-fly zone

Mavis Harrison, Leeds

I CAN empathise with Prince William’s love of animals, but why does he have to fly around the world to express his support? And what about “carbon footprints”, plus the costs incurred by his entourage, security people etc?

Hopefully this will not be one of his main focuses when he is King William, but that said, he is still an admirable young man.

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