YEP Letters: November 19

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GIVEN THE demise in sales of the big supermarkets due to shops such as Lidl and Aldi and also the pound shops offering excellent value for money, it is unbelievable just how many pensioners have turned their backs on the big stores in favour of making their pensions go further.

For many, this is an absolute necessity. At 94, I have problems with my legs and the other day, as it was raining, I used a taxi to visit my wife in hospital.

I could not believe the fare and it got me thinking about taxi companies offering a lower price per mile for pensioners.

I think that it would encourage pensioners to use taxis more often and that in itself could boost taxi firms’ business.

On a plus side, pensioners don’t usually need a taxi in the early hours, don’t get drunk and don’t go nightclubbing!

There are many pensioners who have to visit patients in hospital regularly, like myself at the moment.

It would be quite easy for pensioners to show their bus passes when getting into the taxi and the meter could be set at a lower amount per mile.

How about it, taxi companies?

Steven Cocker, Seacroft

Advert shows a real Christmas

IN RESPONSE to the criticism of the new Sainsbury’s advert by Leeds Catholic priest Father Nicholas Clews (YEP, November 15), I respect his view but firmly disagree.

This advertisement is so powerful that to me it will be the best Christmas ad of the decade.

Aldi and Lidl advertise for Christmas every year, showing the same old thing – large groups of friends and family sitting around an unrealistically large table, groaning under huge amounts of the most wonderful food.

These sort of advertisements say nothing at all about real life Christmases for thousands of families in the UK and the world.

It can be the most stressful time of the year, financially with children and teens thinking it is their right to have the best techno item or fashion latest.

Has the priest forgotten food banks, families without jobs and homes or does he have a parish that has none of these problems?

Sainsbury’s advert reminds us of a small time in a war a century ago when soldiers on the Western Front stopped being soldiers on Christmas Day 1914 for a few hours and became boys again.

This war was horrific and the boys hugged, shook hands, gave cigarettes to each other and then played the ‘beautiful game’ – football. Then they had to go back to being soldiers again.

This story was not something from a Spielberg film but true life and death.

This is what Sainsbury is trying to remind us of – that Christmas is not about receiving, it is about giving, giving peace and love to friends.

God knows we need more peace in the world now more than ever.

Others and myself have spoken about this and all applaud Sainsbury’s for giving us this most powerful ad.

May I wish all YEP readers and staff a happy Christmas and peaceful and healthy New Year.

Val Smith, Moortown

I agree totally with Father Clews. The new Sainsbury’s advert trivialises the event that took place in 1914.

My father, his two brothers and his father were all fighting at this time and luckily they all survived.

I am deeply upset by the use of their terror and horror to advertise chocolate.

E Walker, Leeds

Cyclists in York could teach us

In the past I have penned the odd letter criticising cyclists in Leeds for arrogant anti-social riding on pavements and going through red lights.

However, it’s only fair that if one complains about something one must equally be prepared to pass praise where due.

Last week I went to York and saw a large number of cyclists all over the city and only one riding on a pavement, so well done to all the York cyclists.

Mind you, when I got back to Leeds most of the cyclists I saw were riding on the pavement and generally causing a hindrance to pedestrians.

What we should do is work out what York does for its cyclists that Leeds does not.

Perhaps Leeds councillors should go over to York and see if they can pick up any ideas to implement here.

Ivan Kovacks, Leeds

The ‘freedom’ to struggle in debt

James Bovington (Your Views, November 14) paints a picture of us living in some sort of European utopia in which we all have freedom and prosperity under the capitalist dogma of survival of the fittest and to hell with those who aren’t able to compete.

For many of us, it’s more a case of having the freedom to struggle on subsistence wages, the freedom to be up to our eyes in spiralling debt, the freedom to rely on food banks and the freedom to work until we die.

Meanwhile others have the freedom to exploit the workers, how many hours they have to graft to end up still having to claim benefits and the freedom to and the freedom to make them unemployed in favour of Eastern Europeans who don’t mind working for even lower wages.

As for our government having a voice on the world stage through our membership of the EU, that’s nonsense.

Westminster is little more than a Parish Council in the Eurostate that only has the power to implement what is in reality its own bylaws

By definition capitalism is non-democratic because only the minority of wealthy people have any influence.

It isn’t rocket science, the majority of British people want to work but can’t because of the influx of foreign workers taking much of the work that is available.

Derek Barker, Moortown

No knowledge of disabled life

Most of us have heard of Screaming Lord Sutch, well in Yorkshire we have Ranting Nick Keer.

Surprise, surprise here he is again. Usually it is the elderly, but this time he is ranting about the disabled (Your Views, November 17) and why they should not feel entitled to space on a bus.

My husband and I are senior citizens and unfortunately our elder son is disabled.

We cannot wait for Nick to become elderly and/or disabled.

When this happens he will have first-hand knowledge of what life is like for the elderly and disabled.

Sandra Goldberg, Harrogate

Get real and ban the fireworks

YET ANOTHER weekend of noise pollution’s greatest nerve-shredder, namely fireworks!

We residents in the Cross Bentley Lane area are more than sick and tired of these senseless things startling our usually peaceful evenings.

Some of the elderly here (let alone those of us with tormented pets) are very upset with this intolerable situation and believe fireworks should be banned. We can’t keep putting up with this intrusive behaviour year after year.

Calling Meanwood MP, Greg Mulholland, please get real about this. We need mass petitions to start with.

Mary Beth Jolarky, Meanwood

Is £109 ‘slightly expensive’?

I SEE that “Oliver” and co visited Brasserie Forty4 recently (YEP, November 13).

He stated that the bill of £109 was slightly on the expensive side.

I sometimes wonder if “Oliver” lives in the real world.

Jennifer Bookbinder, Cottingley

YEP Letters: February 19