YEP Letters: November 11

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I WAS pleased to read Dale Senior’s letter with regard to the parade held in Mirfield on Remembrance Sunday.

I would, however, like to remind the good folk of Mirfield that for many years the Seacroft and Killingbeck Branch men and women’s section always held a very moving Sunday Remembrance service consisting of old soldiers, regulars and the cadets of all the different services with accompanying bands. However, we had no cenotaph to lay the wreaths on so they were laid in the churchyard.

Thanks to the generosity of the traders in Seacroft, and others, we were able to have a stone erected in King George’s Garden. Now, because both men and women’s branches had to eventually close because of old age, the wardens of the church have taken over the role and take the wreaths and poppies over the road to the garden.

At first the attendance was small but now it is very good and the vicar holds a very nice service. Many people bring their own wreath and poppies to remember all those who died in all the different wars and conflicts since World War I.

The sale of so many poppies and wreaths helps the Royal British Legion to keep on helping all service personnel and their families whenever their help is needed.

Mrs Olga Twist, Whinmoor

Business rates hurting trade

RECENTLY YOU reported that Leeds City Council is considering reducing business rates in the city.

These changes need to be implemented as soon as possible before Leeds town centre becomes a clone of every other city. The proposed reductions have already come too late for at least one independent arcade retailer, whose owner told me that he was having to close because of the constant increase in rates.

The top part of Briggate already has some empty buildings and, despite the beautiful renovations to the Grand Arcade, businesses are already closing. All the attention seems to be concentrated on the Trinity Centre which is filled with multi-national shops. Once inside a person could be in any city in the country.

The same thing is happening to the market.

We need variety and only small independent traders can provide something different. The fact they are smaller means that exorbitant rates must be very demoralising to the owners.

A Ward, Oakwood

Buses on the wrong road

I’M NOT sure First Bus in Leeds have really thought things through by bringing in their Routemaster buses. I suspect there are more disadvantages than advantages.

For example, if these buses have three doors there will be less room for seats downstairs and less room for buggies and wheelchairs.

Consequently the elderly and disabled passengers with these chairs may end up having to wait for ensuing services, thus making their journeys take longer.

The heaters on the buses will also be a bit pointless in winter if three doors are opened at every stop.

What is to stop passengers getting on these buses without paying? First Bus may have to re-employ inspectors which could lead to a fare increase to pay for them. The buses may look attractive but I can’t help thinking they are impractical.

Martin J Phillips, Cookridge

Fireworks are bang out of line

Its over at last. Any owner of a timid dog or cat will be breathing a sigh of relief that we have seen the last of the bonfires and the accompanying fireworks for this year.

When I was young I remember it being just one night when the cat or dog sat shivering and shaking under the table. Now it’s every night for the first nine days in November.

Nine consecutive evenings when either my son or I have been unable to go out and leave the dog. It is not only our pets that suffer. Fireworks cause birds to flee their nests and in some cases are so panicked that they fly into buildings and die.

There are also reports that migration has been disturbed by fireworks.

When is this nonsense going to stop? I mean, don’t ban it altogether but just confine it to the 5th of November. Please.

Carol Lee, Cookridge

Miliband now laughing stock

CAN ANYONE imagine Ed Miliband on the world stage alongside Barack Obama or Angela Merkel, He’s becoming a laughing stock, with even some Labour MPs calling for him to quit.

How Labour must be regretting allowing the unions to lumber it with the hapless Miliband. After the fiasco of James Callaghan, Michael Foot and two-time loser Neil Kinnock, the party must have hoped those awful days were behind them, but no.

Sealed away in his metropolitan bubble, Miliband rarely comes into contact 
with reality.

So, it beggars belief he can be so naive to not only be seen giving a beggar a few pence, he’s also aiding and abetting a criminal offence.

Surely the question 
must be asked, has there ever been such an inept Labour Party leader?

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

We should leave wild birds alone

I wholeheartedly agree with the comments made with reference to birds of prey.

We love to feed the small wild birds which visit our garden, but now often find a sparrowhawk sat waiting in our neighbour’s tree.

We never used to see these birds and maybe if we left nature alone we still wouldn’t. Red Kites have been reintroduced to the area we visit in Scotland and are now causing havoc with other native species. We know these things happen but not ‘Picture of The Day’ thank you.

K Elliott Dewsbury

Where’s the thinking gone?

A MESSAGE to Leeds City Council: once again it’s November and the leaves are falling off the trees.

Once again it’s November and it rains , and once again our roads are flooded due to blocked drains. Any joined up thinkers in power at the moment? Oh, and thanks to the lorry driver who deliberately soaked me as I was trying to unblock a drain on Otley Road – you know who you are – sleep well dear friend.

Margaret Thompson, Far Headingley

It’s the worst Beat in country

I WOULD say the most dangerous place to live in this country is Aidensfield.

There’s not a week goes by without a murder, burglary or assault and much, much more.

David Daniel, Leeds

Project is key youth lifeline

A CENTRE that works to keep at-risk youths off the streets claims it’s a disaster for council bosses to axe its £18,000 annual funding (October 16). Chapeltown Youth Development Centre, which offers football training, sports and work to combat gang culture says its service is vital to help young people who are often out of work and not in education or training. Alternatives to the project, which costs only three pence per child on average annually, lack the skills needed, it is claimed. When we keep reading of millions being spent on things like state-of-the-art facilities for rowing at Leeds University, how can we deny these children their chance to stay off the streets?

AE Hague, Harehills

Kirkgate Market, Leeds

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