YEP Letters: October 12

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Potholes are growing problem

D S Boyes, Leeds 13

Although potholes due to poorly maintained roads all over Leeds are a growing problem resulting in many claims against Leeds City Council for ‘damages’, what most can’t understand is if money isn’t available for repairs, why is so much being spent on speed humps when the asphalt and labour involved could have filled many potholes in?

The latest example being a full width, ie from kerb to kerb across badly potholed Bagley Lane, Farsley, which must have taken 20 tonnes or more of material to create, with motorists and bus drivers alike wondering what its purpose is.

But my belief is that both potholes and humps are just part of Labour’s anti-motorist dogma which has previously sent many shoppers to other towns due to endless parking restrictions or bus lane cameras etc, with car ownership apparently making you an enemy of the people.

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Public are politically astute

T Maunder, Kirkstall

The BBC is supposed to be objective. Why, then, do they refer to Corbyn as the “left wing” leader of the Labour Party but never refer to Cameron as the “right wing” Prime Minister.

I watched the 1pm news and the commentator referred to the “tie - less” Corbyn at the party conference meeting Andrew Marr. Aren’t his beliefs and values more important than whether or not he is wearing a tie?

This is yet another subtle way of constantly trying to undermine him. Or so they think. They should remember the “ordinary” public are far more politically astute these days than they realise. The tactics of the BBC in this issue encapsulate one of the central concepts of hegemony - the subtle way organisations with power try to reinforce the status quo by manipulating our opinions with often irrelevant comments or arguments: ooh look, Corbyn has no tie, what an awful man he must be, therefore don’t vote for him. Disgusting, really. Newswatch - take note. Take note also that many more people have a grasp of concepts like hegemony than used to be the case.

Monarchy is world’s oldest

A Stubbs, Bridlington

Regarding the subject of royalty, few people seem to be aware that our monarchy is the world’s oldest.

Its roots can be traced back to Bible times. In fact, Queen Victoria was convinced that the royal family descended from King David.

Even today many of our coronation traditions stem from this belief, including the use of Jacob’s Pillar Stone.

It’s amazing how much global attention our royal family still attracts. In 2011 the royal wedding was watched by about two billion people, which is almost a third of humanity.

It is difficult to explain that, except for the fact that like Queen Victoria, some people think that the throne which our Queen occupies is the same one on which King David sat ruling the 12 tributes of ancient Israel whose descendants are now scattered around the globe.

Bang goes a good idea

Olga Twist, Leeds 14

YOUR paper has just reported that some kind people have decided to write letters to the elderly and lonely folk so that they can look out for the postman calling - a very good idea as I write to my friends and relatives instead of the phone.

But now the Post Office has decided to up the price of postage - I think it is a bad move as most folk will find it cheaper to keep on textine and using mobile phones. I think it will take some time for people to understand the new prices and weights and sizes of letters etc.

So evidently the Post Office is in no hurry for the scheme to flourish, so bang goes another good idea.

In praise of the French

R Schofield, Leeds 9

WE don’t want to become like France said a recent letter.

Well, France has had high speed railways for 30 years! They are state-owned like the gas and electric companies. The prices charged by all three companies are much lower than the prices charged by the same privatised companies in Britain.

The French can build their own nuclear power stations. We have to ask them to build our power stations.

Taking moral high ground

Jack Banner, Meanwood

Deplorable though the Russian bombing in Syria may be, I don’t accept the right of Western governments to take the moral high ground.

Various nations have been unable to avoid intervening in something that was not their concern.The involvement of the West was not as a result of wanting to assist our brothers abroad but to ensure oil supplies. Only take the moral high ground if you are blameless, otherwise you look totally ridiculous. Judge not, lest you be judged.

Charity plea to runners

Lara Dobson, Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK is urging people who have got a place in the London Marathon ballot to help the charity raise much-needed funds.

Most places in the London Marathon are offered by ballot, with successful applicants then deciding which of their favourite charities they will run for. We are urging those successful runners who got a place to select Diabetes UK. This will help us to care for, connect, and campaign alongside even more people living with diabetes as we continue our work to prevent and, one day, cure the condition currently affecting 3.9 million people. All runners who join the Diabetes UK team will receive a branded vest complete with personalised lettering, crazy hair, a fundraising toolkit, online support, training tips, and will be invited to our post-event cooldown party, complete with massage therapists. If you applied and didn’t get a ballot place, we have places in the Brighton Marathon, Edinburgh Marathon and even the Berlin Marathon. Or if you want to tackle something shorter, there are 5ks, 10ks and half marathons all over the UK you can enter to support us – or get a place yourself and then fundraise for us. If you would like to run for Diabetes UK, call 0345 123 2399 or email events.fundraising@diabetes.org.uk.

Katya Jones with her celebrity partner Joe McFadden

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