YEP Letters: November 10

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I read with interest Edna Levi’s letter concerning nuisance telephone calls.

Having recently retired I am absolutely amazed by the number of unsolicited telephone calls we receive on a daily basis and some of these people are really persistent. Now when answering the telephone if someone asks if they are “speaking to the home owner” I simply put the phone down as it is clearly someone who doesn’t know me or my husband.

What really fired my interest was Edna’s comments concerning charities sending out “free samples” etc. Today I received a bulky envelope from the Mouth & Foot Painting Artists, who are based in London, which enclosed no fewer than six Christmas cards with envelopes, a selection of gift tags and a 2015 pocket calendar, all of which you could buy (if you wished) for £7.50. The cost for posting these items must have been at least £1 – surely funds could be better spent than sending out these items, which they don’t know whether people are going to send the money for them, plus if they return all the items – without paying the postage – that incurs a further cost to this organisation.

There are other ways of getting your work noticed without throwing good money away on what I consider an expensive marketing ploy.

Think you need to employ a new marketing/PR person to save you money and put your money where it will have the best chance to earn you the much needed resources to enable you to support yourselves.

Christine Waterland, Woodlesford

Avoiding issue of bad cyclists

All week the BBC Breakfast programme has focused on the challenges faced by cyclists, using footage gathered by someone called Dave Sherry.

There has been a bias in their reporting against car drivers with no commentary about bad cyclist behaviour. They showed footage of a man hitting a cyclist: not one person has commented on the fact that, though the driving was bad, the cyclist should not have banged on the top of the van, thus causing potential danger himself.

Several pieces of footage have shown stationary cyclists at traffic lights, spread right across the road in front of car drivers.

They are supposed to stay kerb side. No mention of pavement cyclists; of cyclists jumping traffic lights; when I lived in Dalston, London, pavement cyclists used to ride along Kingsland High Steet, which is only a few feet wide in places. The abuse you got if you asked them to get on the road was appalling. Yesterday I watched a young man on Lea Farm Drive, Kirkstall, Leeds cycle up the wrong side of the road, wobbling as he cycled one-handed, because his other hand held a mobile ‘phone to his face.

The corner with Lea Farm Road is a somewhat blind one and any car driver turning left into L.F. Drive would certainly have hit him. Someone could have been killed.

What penalty would the cyclist have faced (even with me as a witness) ? This constant bias in favour of cyclists is not objective and how come Sherry avoids the issue of bad cyclists who are everywhere these days ?

T Maunder, Kirkstall

Life in this case should mean life

SO NOW we finally know who the low life was that murdered Ann Maguire, the do-gooders have got on the case.

He was merely a 15-year-old boy at the time the offence was committed, and so his “life” sentence of 20 years is “disproportionate” they claim.

He planned his attack methodically and unfortunately he was successful, he knew exactly what he was doing.

I totally agree his sentence was disproportionate, disproportionately low. Life should mean exactly that LIFE, 20 years is not life, nowhere near, and if we have to pussyfoot around to suit the human rights brigade as well, then at least make it reflect the crime to some degree and be a lesson to others, and give him a minimum of 60 years.

The only real LIFE sentence given out was by Cornick to the Maguire family.

As usual in our soft society the victims come last and preference is given to the criminal.

Howard Bentham, Morley

Live and let live over holidays

Reading the somewhat uncharitable views of I Kovacks and I Smith, (YEP, November 4) on the subject of holidays and issues involved, while some are acceptable, it impossible not to take issue with others.

In the first place Mr Kovacks states he has never had children and therefore probably has little idea of the costs involved in raising them or the low wages some of the families have to live on.

And his views on imposing fines equating to the money parents may have saved by taking children out of school for holdays in term times is ludicrous. I Smith has similar views. Some laudible others not so. Like their own, my own, opinion of course. But one of his/her analogies has to be entirely out of place. While many pupils will undoubtedly be taught some French, wish I had had the opportunity, my lack of knowledge on this magical, romantic language has never held me back in life or thousands of others. What does it matter if one or another has no idea how to express past tense verbs in French ?

As to missed lessons, surely interested parents, with the help of teachers and a bit of extra homework, would surely be able to catch up with the rest. But in the final analysis not all children are capable of going on to higher education and the higher salaries gained from such learning. For the rank and file as they say, a fair knowledge of English and Maths, with some History and Geography thrown in for good measure, coupled with awareness of the world around them and hopefully developing common sense is enough to see most people through. So live and let live!

Ernest Lundy, by email;

Pigs destined for abbatoir

I suspect that many people will have been distressed to read of the lorry crash in which transport carrying 200 pigs hit a bread van.

A total of 35 pigs died, including some which had to be euthanased because their injuries were so bad.

But how many people 
would have given a second thought to the intended destination of this lorry and its “passengers”?

If it was not an abattoir on this occasion, the pigs would most certainly make such a journey at some time in their lives.

Those animals which were cared for so gently by the rescuers will ultimately be killed for their meat.

How many of those who read The Yorkshire Post 
report, and were saddened by it, did so as they tucked 
into their bacon and egg breakfast?


Agreement on street rubbish

I WOULD like to say that I agree with Margaret Thompson’s letter on the state of our streets and enforcement (YEP, November 4).

The problem is how can they put enforcement 
policies into practice when 
they don’t know where the owners of student houses 
are, with mail being addressed to “The Occupier” which means nothing to the students living in over 90 
per cent of Headingley houses.

I feel it must be soul destroying for the refuse department who do a perfect job on Monday, and within hours burst black bags are being put out on the paths 
with the wind blowing the contents all over the beautiful avenues!

Many thanks for your efforts at the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Robert Holman, Headingley

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