YEP Letters: March 24

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Debate should focus on real moral issues

Mr D Talbot, Gipton.

WHILE IN the lead-up to this election most political parties, newspapers and radio stations are discussing the economy, immigration and the regional devolution of power, I believe we are missing the real important question.

When we were young, I remember the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes.

The majority went along, cheering the emperor’s new clothes. It took the simple honesty of a young boy to state the obvious truth. What I believe we should be discussing is how greed is seriously and slowly damaging our society.

As children, first our parents, then our teachers and finally our employers encouraged us in the saying ‘honesty is the best policy’.

Today we have replaced it with ‘greed is the best policy’. This has encouraged us as a society to lie and be dishonest.

Footballers (being paid great sums) will claim a goal, when it is pushed in the net by their hands.

Taxi drivers, builders, electricians and plumbers are dishonest in their tax claims.

Large companies and businesses find ways to avoid paying their just and fair amount of tax.

Politicians generate ‘facts’ to support their cause and we are all aware of previous claims scandals. Newspapers spying via ‘phone hacking’; with mangers claiming ‘they did not know about it’.

Solicitors finding ways to ‘bend the law’ and accountants ‘completing the books’ of a bank, only to later discover that there is a large hole in their finances.

This is the sad state our society has reached today.

Isn’t it time we returned to the old advice: ‘honesty is the best policy’?

Don’t miss out on allowance

Una Summerson ,Contact a Family

Contact a Family – a national charity that supports UK families with disabled children whatever their disability – is worried that local families could be missing out on a potential £21.55-£138.05 extra each week because they wrongly think they’re not entitled to Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

DLA is the main benefit for disabled children and can transform a family’s income by helping to meet the extra costs of raising a disabled child like transport, heating, special food and clothing.

It also helps families feel less alone by giving disabled children the chance to have fun at local activities. It can cost three times more to raise a disabled child than a non-disabled child and our latest research has found that more than a quarter of families with disabled children have additional expenses of over £300 every month. Despite this, many parents tell us they don’t claim DLA because they believe their child’s disability isn’t severe enough, their child needs a diagnosis first before they can make a claim or they aren’t eligible because their child has a learning disability, autistic spectrum disorder or behaviour problems. These are myths and not true. Contact a Family is here to help. Make sure your family isn’t missing out on this potentially life-saving extra income. Visit www.cafamily.org.uk or call our free helpline on 0808 808 3555 so we can talk you through the rules for getting DLA and send you our DLA guide which includes tips for filling in the claim form.

Move patients to Wharfedale

Pamela Radford, Leeds

You had a major story about the cost of bed blocking in Leeds Teaching Hospitals (YEP, March 18). On page 20 you had an appeal from senior staff at Wharfedale Hospital about the future of the hospital, mentioning that there were two closed wards. Surely it would be cheaper in such an emergency to press these into service with a lower level of nursing care, to take patients no longer requiring urgent attention but unable to go home, than to have them sitting in beds in Leeds needed for urgent admissions?

Thank you for hospital care

Edna Levi, Moortown

HAVING recently been a hospital patient, I just want to put my thanks in print to the staff of Ward 37 in the Clarendon Wing of the LGI.

All the staff from nurses, orderlies, student nurses, domestic and cleaning staff were helpful, kind and cheerful. There is a staff shortage in the hospital generally but this particular department deserves nothing but praise. Thank you all on ward 37!

Rubbing people up wrong way

Mr J Wilkins, Cookridge

I WOULD like to say Nick Keer seems to be a nasty piece of work. He disagrees with people just to rub them up the wrong way. No one is interested in his views, or bringing down of pensioners, free passes etc.

It is time to put your pen down, Mr Keer. No one is listening.

Cut out this irritating habit

R Kimble, Hawksworth

I can barely watch BBC News channel any more – every presenter and every person invited to talk about an issue seem to “erm” constantly throughout.

It’s become a habit as irritating as the omnipresent “like”.

I imagine it’s even worse on the “celebfest” (I believe that’s the trendy word) that is Good Morning Britain. On Monday I watched a programme on Yesterday channel called The Germans Are Coming about 
the potential for invasion in 1940.

Not one of the older people interviewed “ermed” once; on came a much younger author who has written a book about it and, yes, it was “erm erm” every few seconds.

This word is meant as a “pause” word, it is not meant to be used constantly in conversation. Please stop.

Unbecoming behaviour

Mr D Birch, Smithy Lane, Leeds

Conservative Party members and their constituents must be ashamed of their so-called “leader”, the way he is acting on their behalf over the TV debates. David Cameron is like a little boy who wants his way by kicking and screaming.

What a way for the leader of the Conservative Party to behave.