YEP Letters: November 19

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Economy losing money as people wait for trains

Lucy Woodhead, by email

This is a response to your recent article on daily commutes to Leeds.

I am writing in because I want to express how frustrating it can be for people using public transport. I started a new job in Leeds city centre and chose to buy a one year season ticket from Garforth to Leeds.

Including walking and train time it takes me just under and hour to reach my office. However, I can confirm that over half of my trains both in and out of Leeds are delayed most days. This in turn means I lose time at work and have to stay longer, so I agree that indeed long commutes reduces our quality of life.

Whilst I understand that there are natural causes to trains being delayed, the service remains poor in several other ways. For example, often only two carriages turn up for a whole town of people trying to get to work and the train often has to leave people behind.

After tweeting many a times to Northern Rail and Transpennine Express and receiving nothing more than an apology, I lose confidence that this will ever improve.

The knock on effect is our economy is losing money because the people supposed to be boosting it are still waiting for their train.

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‘Disgrace’ over city drains

Roger Cliff, Bramley

How I agree with A Hague, ‘Flooding chaos no surprise’ (Your Feedback, November 16).

We had five lovely days in Swaledale in October. Driving towards Gunnerside, we were held up at the small village of Low Row, by a drain cleaning waggon. His mate had the drain cover off and he was sucking all the muck out, with the trunk type tube.

When I lived on the Fairfield estate 45 years ago they were a regular sight. As A Hague said, it’s always the same places that get flooded. As usual there was a small lake at the road entrance to Bramley Park on Sunday morning.What does not help is the modern idea of digging up the front garden, and block paving them. The rain water just runs off into the street. It’s a disgrace that a tiny village in North Yorkshire can clean its drains, but the city of Leeds can not clean theirs.

United against terror

James Kirk, by email

I struggled to find the appropriate words to express my sadness at the horrifyingly wicked and cowardly attacks on the people of Paris.

Grieving husband Antoine Leiris rendered my efforts insignificant with a remarkable eulogy to his wife Helene, a victim of the Bataclan atrocity.

I sincerely pray that not one member of Isis is ever blessed with the opportunity to read it. Such expressions of love are beyond the understanding of the predacious cowards that join Islamic state. They will never find themselves honoured in such a way and will forever be unworthy of such eloquent words.

They sneer at life, such is the disappointment of their own, and brainwash the weak-minded into believing acts of evil will somehow be rewarded in heaven.

Do not hate them, pity them, for they have united humanity against their terror and now they must reap what they sow.

Careless language

Rev Robin Paterson, Leeds 15

John Downing of Morley (YEP Letters November 17) exercises freedom of speech to denigrate those I share the Christian faith with and worse, those of other faiths usually in a minority.

I care not what Mr Downing calls me but I will leap to the defence others who are targets of his careless language and thought.

He labels my vocation as evil and its practice as faith mongering.

He accuses us ministers of failing to appease fanatics - a very unBritish trait. He demonstrates his ignorance of those who, throughout history and up to the present day, fight for justice and peace, relief of suffering and offering prophetic words against remorseless material greed.

Is it coincidence that his letter is placed against that of a ten year old reporting on the work of a famous Leeds institution of faith and service, St George’s Crypt?

My experience of religion is enhanced by the hundreds of men and women I have met who unnoticed work tirelessly for their communities and beyond.

A great deal of work is being done right now by leaders of all faiths to further reconciliation and understanding between religions - all have much in common.

All religions have people within them whose conduct is a disgrace as they quibble over liturgical trivia, gender and sexuality issues, believing that somehow they are serving God - such folk abound, but whatever they are, they are not evil!

Mr Downing’s words contribute nothing to the cohesion of society and peace in the world.

Grants to help disadvantaged

Gerri McAndrew, Chief Executive, Buttle UK

It is unlikely that any changes to the proposed tax credit cuts made by Chancellor George Osborne will help many of the families already struggling to put food on the table.

The steady erosion of services has already had a deep effect.

As Christmas approaches, we would like to make your readers aware of the help that is available to disadvantaged families in your area who may be hit the hardest by these cuts.

For over 60 years we have been helping children and young people in need.

Our Small Grants Programme is designed to help ensure that children who are experiencing very difficult circumstances where their safety, health or development is at risk, still have their basic material needs met.

This means we can provide fast relief from a critical situation by providing basic items – usually up to the value of £300 - such as a bed, fridge, or cooker to give them a hot meal.

Families that are in crisis in your area or experiencing abuse, neglect, domestic violence, homelessness, drug or alcohol dependency – and where the situation has become acute – could be eligible for this vital funding.

Anyone working with families affected by these issues and could benefit from our support, please visit the Buttle UK website www.buttleuk.org/ or go through your local authority or voluntary sector organisations.

Private Hire Driver Protest through Leeds City Centre...11th December 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

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