YEP Letters: November 7

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No complaints about e-cigarettes

Richard Shaw, Wakefield

I write in response to Dr Lowry’s email on vaping.

I gave up smoking at the age of 50, after having smoked for nearly 35 years. I have now not had a cigarette for over five years. I could not have done this without my e-cigarette. Apart from the financial benefits I feel much healthier and cleaner.

In the five years I have been using e-cigarettes I have never once had anyone come up to me and complain about my habit offending them. Indeed, some of my friends who were ardent anti-smokers when I did smoke have said that they do not find it offensive to have people doing it around them.

I do agree that some e-cigarette contraptions emit far too much vapour and these should be toned down. However, using a standard run-of-the-mill contraption emits the minimum and is not in any way, to my mind, offensive.

Weekend A&E departments are full up and down the country at night time with people suffering from the ill effects of alcohol from their night out – I’ve yet to hear of anyone in there being treated for using or suffering from the side effects of an e-cigarette whilst out.

Wide support for Yorkshire devolution

Michael McGowan, former Labour MEP for Leeds

The recent words of Sir Gary Verity of Welcome to Yorkshire in support of the need for the Yorkshire region to have a common voice in national and international affairs are more than welcome if long overdue.

Sir Gary is so right to emphasise that our region is especially blessed with the brand name of “Yorkshire” which not only reflects the rich diversity of our people, the mix of urban and rural life, our culture and history but also has the recognisable “Yorkshire” identity as have such regions as Bavaria and Catalonia in Europe.

The demands for Yorkshire devolution and a single voice to speak on behalf of the whole region now commands wide support from business and commerce, trade unions, co-operatives, local authorities, universities, and the voluntary sector.

That Sir Gary and Welcome to Yorkshire are now on board with the increasing demands for devolution to Yorkshire must surely convince the Government to give our region a voice and the same recognition as so many regions across Europe.

Parking: to pay or not to pay?

C Dobson, Leeds 6

As if motorists in our city are not bashed enough with bus lane cameras, parking restrictions, speed limits switching from 40mph to 30mph within minutes etc, all waiting to catch out any poor, unsuspecting driver, we now have a new kid on the block. Parking charges.

Or not. Or maybe. Confused? You should be. On visiting the town centre on Sunday morning and attempting to park on Grafton Street under a sign stating ‘Sunday payment required, please pay at meter’, there was no meter there. Pay by phone notice. Right under a second sign saying payment Monday to Saturday. Confused?

Not wanting to chance it, I rang the number shown, to be greeted with a recording saying account suspended. Not aware we had an account! Not to be beaten, I walked onto next street and lo and behold, the machine jammed.

One person had resorted to leaving a note saying ‘managed to pay but no ticket given’.

I gave up and dashed in and out of city in 10 minutes. Shame, really. Lovely day and I’m sure shopkeepers would have welcomed more footfall.

You can’t blame a man for trying!

Thank you to Leeds Infirmary

Margaret Stead, by email

I have to say a very big thank-you to Leeds General Infirmary for giving me a very good nurse training.

I had a wonderful career in nursing. After 39 years and as assistant director of nursing I am now retired. I nursed not only humans. It was at Christmas time I was on night duty doing a ward round I noticed the goldfish wasn’t in its bowl. I had great difficulty finding it eventually I did, covered in pine needles from the Christmas tree, it was almost lifeless.

I rinsed it gently under the tap put it back in its bowl but it sadly just sank to the bottom. I got the oxygen cylinder and gave oxygen with great results. Next morning giving my report I included goldfish resuscitated at 2am with oxygen. I came from Kentmere in Cumbria to do my training, I could have done my training much nearer but wanted to come to Leeds which was renowned as an excellent hospital for nurse training. My name then was Margaret Gillies.

Where is our M1 welcome to Yorkshire sign?

Mr A Sykes, Dewsbury

THIS letter is regarding a sign on the M1 motorway northbound saying Welcome to Yorkshire.

At the moment we haven’t got one. I have been writing and emailing to try and get a sign but, as yet, I have had no luck.

Firstly I wrote to Highways England, they wrote back saying it was the southernmost council in Yorkshire who I had to contact – Rotherham. I wrote to Rotherham Council regarding the above but they replied saying they were unable to put money into road signs when they can use the money for other things. They put me on to Welcome to Yorkshire, and Sir Gary Verity. I wrote to Sir Gary explaining my problem, but no luck there.

So I write back to Highways England asking them if they could give me an estimate for the cost of erecting a sign. I said I would find the funds to pay for a sign myself, but they have emailed me a lot of reasons why they cannot allow me to get a sign erected. Yorkshire is the biggest county in England, but nobody knows where Yorkshire’s boundary is.

Strictly tickets ‘hassle’

Margaret Scott, Wrenthorpe

AS a fan of Strictly Come Dancing, I decided this year to apply online for tickets for the Blackpool show; that was before I knew the circumstances that those fans who manage to be awarded tickets have to go through to get their tickets verified and allocated a seat. I understand that more tickets are awarded than there are seats, so fans are required to turn up at 9am on the morning of the show to get seat tickets.

But many fans turn up in the early hours to ensure they don’t miss out, often having travelled long distances across the country paying for hotels and travel costs. Apparently the BBC use this method because lots of people apply for tickets but don’t turn up. I’m not surprised if they learn about the system after they have applied. According to BBC statistics, this year’s Strictly has had almost five million applications so surely the present system is not necessary. Fortunately my application wasn’t successful, although I was informed I am on a waiting list.

Having learned of the hassle to watch the show live, I shall be sitting in the comfort of my home instead, enjoying the best Saturday-night entertainment.