YEP Letters: November 12

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THE 20-year sentence to the young boy Will Cornick is terrible and to say he won’t get further education although he’s a clever boy is outrageous.

It’s pretty obvious that this boy needs medical attention.

Teachers are not educated to tell when children have problems nor, I am afraid, are the junior mental health teams.

I am very unhappy about this. You can be over the legal limit from alcohol, speed at 70 mph in a 30 mph area and get a short sentence in an open prison after killing a cyclist.

I am terribly sorry for Mrs Maguire’s family, but this boy needs medical attention.

Valerie Corrick, Headingley

Spend our aid money in UK

I HEAR and read again of this country’s hard earned taxes going to corrupt governments and the money not being used to help the people it is intended for to help make their lives better.

Our aid money should be used in this country, making the goods and producing 
what is needed to help those nations.

The items should then be sent on the instruction of the Foreign office to the ambassador of that country so that the products are distributed to those it is intended for.

It means real work for our people and companies who can make a profit which in turn attracts more tax payments.

That’s real help, not lining the pockets of those who don’t need the money.

D Birch, Cookridge

Detached from humanity

MAY I, through the YEP, say a big thank you to the so and so who, on Remembrance Sunday, backed my belief that there is a section of this generation that have no scruples, do not see anything wrong in seeing something they want, and just taking it.

They are so detached from humanity they will never know true friends, or achieve anything, never have good feelings of having done something helpful for nothing, nor ever feel any remorse for things they should not have done.

Why am I so angry? Because on Remembrance Sunday of all days, when we remembered so many young men and women who gave their lives for something they truly believed in, someone stole items from my car boot stall which I run to raise money for charities.

I hope it was worth it to them, and live in hope (I won’t hold my breath) that eventually this attitude to life will someday revert back like the days when everybody trusted and helped each other.

I would like to point out it is most likely not the majority, it just seems like it.

S Wright, Bramley

Beautiful image of life and death

Reading the comment from M Murphy that he found Steve Riding’s picture of the sparrowhawk with its kill “revolting” (YEP, November 3), I thought, he can’t be serious!

It was a wonderful picture of a beautiful bird of prey doing what it was designed to do... catch its prey.

The fact that birds of prey numbers are on the rise is surely something to be celebrated.

As a pigeon fancier he should know that losing a pigeon is part and parcel of the sport.

I find it thrilling to see kestrels hovering in the sky.

We have had sparrowhawks in our garden and it’s a real privilege to see them, they are absolutely beautiful.

Nothing that happens in nature is “revolting”, it’s not for humans to judge.

My husband used to race pigeons quite successfully and never lost a bird, he suggests M Murphy should get faster pigeons!

Denise Best, Halton

It all adds up to missed lessons

I’m sorry if I upset Ernest Lundy by talking about French verbs (YEP, November 10)!

I was simply trying to illustrate the point that missed lessons have a negative impact on a child’s progress at school.

I agree that a knowledge of maths, for instance, would prove more useful in life than French, for most people – so let’s use maths as an example.

If a child is on holiday while others in the class are learning how to do long division, that child will immediately be at a disadvantage on returning to school. The principle is the same whichever subject is involved, n’est-ce pas?

Irene Smith, Alwoodley

Protect jobs for British workers

In his speech to the CBI, Ed Miliband stated categorically that he would never do anything to endanger British jobs.

Clearly he either fell asleep during his geography lessons at school or he thinks everyone else did.

I know where the borders of this country finish and the borders of Europe start.

Or is he so out of touch with the non-public school educated British people that he is confusing the many eastern European accents that he hears on the streets with local British dialects?

Ukip are all about protecting British jobs as well which is why people are voting for them in ever increasing numbers.

Derek Barker, Moortown

Dogs’ treatment is unacceptable

I recently watched a TV programme about dog racing which disturbed me so much that I have investigated it further.

It seems that the programme showed only the tip of the iceberg.

Not only are many races fixed by drugging the dogs but the way the greyhounds are treated is unacceptable in this day and age.

They live in cramped conditions 23 hours a day and transported in cages so small they have to crouch over.

When their racing days are over as many as 2,500 a year go missing – in other words are illegally killed. Why is this massive problem left to charities struggling for money?

The Government department DEFRA should be doing something about this and it seems to me that the only solution is to put an end to dog racing.

Surely we can live without this exploitation of man’s best friend?

Carol Lee, Cookridge

No excuse for space expense

The biggest crime of the past 70 years is the invention of the V rockets by German scientists who in turn went to Russia and America to build manned rockets into space, at a cost too enormous to quantify.

When your house is in order you can think of these luxuries, but as I write this millions of people are dying from disease and starvation.

There is no excuse for this expense and we should all make attempts to cut these costs until our own house is in order.

Bernard Cohen, 

With regard to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s home rule offer (YEP, November 6), why is the question of money never mentioned?

At the very least we should have per capita the same central government funding as Greater Manchester, if not a bit more!

Look at the map – Manchester and Lancashire are riddled with motorways, while we are relatively sparsely served.

So there is ground to be made up.

The council leader says this needs to be the start (of righting a wrong), but I don’t agree.

The grubby question of money should come first!

Terry Allinson, Bardsey

YEP Letters: February 19