YEP Letters: March 17

Have your say

I would like to make a few comments in reply to Mr Hague whose letter was about a children’s playground.

Our local playground was demolished years ago when my children were young.

They are now in their forties so that should give you some idea of the timescale.

In other words – don’t hold your breath.

Locally we used to have a pub, a post office, a butcher’s, and a decent bus service.

Now we have none of those and have to go into either Leeds or Morley to get to a post office.

The buses either go into Leeds via Elland Road or to Morley.

A lot of people living here have GPs and dentists down Dewsbury Road or Beeston Road which we used to be able to get to by bus and it took about 10 minutes.

Those buses were then stopped so to get there by bus, the easiest way is to go into town and back out again in the direction we’d just come from but on another route. BUT after 6pm.

We can get buses down the two aforementioned roads but of course everything is closed by then.

Everyone agrees that this is completely insane but we have had to put up with it for years.

I hope you have more luck Mr Hague.

Susan Whittaker, by email

Signs of Hollins Hill farm

Interesting article on the Hollins Hill farm which I have lived behind for 30 years.

It is Hollins, you will see the signs are different top and bottom as Leeds cover the top and Bradford the bottom.

It got messed up after the signs were smashed up and taken by some travellers.

Mr King (Geoff) still runs the farm although they have put in to build on the field behind him.

The Hawk Stone is on the top of the hill at the other side of the road, you would need to ask the farmer opposite to gain access as I’ve never been up there.

Brian Broughton, Hawkstone Ave

Clown gang at Downing Street

I read in the YEP on Tuesday (March 11) that cops are probing a spate of crimes carried out by a gang of clowns.

Look no further: they all hang around 10 Downing Street.

F Brown, Leeds 11

Cyclists are out of line

There have been a number of letters about cyclists in recent days.

The other day I went for a walk to Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds.

I crossed the road opposite the museum, taking care as I always do to cross only when the “green man” is showing. Reaching the other side I had to quickly dodge a woman in spectacles (I mention this so she will recognise herself if she reads the Letters page) on a bike as she zoomed round the corner from Spen Lane.

Reaching the top of Spen Lane I saw three male cyclists, in all the gear, spread across the main road and not in a line as they should do.

They moan about pedestrians and car drivers as if cyclists are some special case with special rights then behave like this?

T Maunder, by email

Let’s see writers behind the pens

For years they have kept us entertained by their letters.

I am fascinated by the likes of Malcolm Nicholson, Edna Levi, LE Slack just to name a few.

I would love it if you could do an interview with them and let us see the people behind the pens.

Through the years we have got to know their characters, their political beliefs and what winds them up.

I imagine Malcolm is an Arthur Scargill type, but I could be so wrong.

Amanda Lilliu, South Milford

Labelling people with no evidence

I wonder, does Mr M Nicholson (who obviously thinks his contribution to society has been exceptional and presumably considers himself to be intelligent) have any grasp of how insulting it is to the majority of unemployed people, many of whom will have been made redundant or their job simply ceased to exist, to be constantly equated by him with the minority of unemployed who are the “feckless oafs” he likes to refer to?

If he is intelligent, why does he allow himself to be manipulated by politicians trying to stigmatise the unemployed with their “Hard Working People” slogan?

If I lived next door to him and told him I was currently unemployed (as a significant number of Registered Nurses are, despite Cameron and Hunt’s protestations to the contrary: fact – and check with the RCN if you want reliable proof), would he even bother to ask what I normally did (one of the aforesaid RNs) or simply go inside his house and write to his MP to complain about a benefit scrounger living next door to him?

This is labelling people without evidence but with complete bigotry as offensive, actually, as racism and sexism.

I note he never discloses what he did for a living?

R Kimble, by email

Under 25s have responsible jobs

So B Duffy (YEP, March 13) doesn’t want the voting age lowering to 16!

Often the under 25 are most affected by Government policy.

If they are to be encouraged to form their own opinions, as many of them are demonstrably capable of doing, a ban on voting would appear counter-productive. Did B Duffy wait until the age of 25 before voting?

How would s/he like their voting rights restricted now on grounds of age? Where would our Armed Forces be without so many under-25s?

Would B Duffy decline the help of a paramedic coming to their assistance if that person was under 25?

If people in this age group can be employed to do responsible jobs, why should they not be allowed to vote?

I know equal numbers of people of all ages who are conscientious, intelligent – and in some cases still have much to learn... not unlike certain correspondents to this newspaper!

Pauline Brearley, Chapel Allerton

Miners sealed their own fate

Why can’t the miners accept that the battle is over, they ought to be asking themselves, were they right to strike as they did, it split families, put brother against brother, father against son, and why, because some of them used common sense, and could see it would be a mistake to strike.

For many years, people of my generation will remember how the miners used to strike over practically nothing, and hold the country to ransom because they knew they held the upper hand, and we needed them.

I have to also say that I didn’t agree with Thatcher, she may have been known as the Iron Lady, but she wasn’t really good for this country, though I know there are those who will disagree.

I do believe the miners sealed their own fate, but cannot accept it, of course the chance of compensation now wouldn’t have anything to do with them not letting go, would it?

By the way I feel I can say this because I was a miner’s wife then.


Kirkgate Market, Leeds

YEP Letters: February 9