YEP Letters: October 7

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So, yet another horrific and cowardly murder by the so called “Islamic State”, the beheading of volunteer aid worker/taxi driver Alan Henning.

Anyone with a modicum of religion and feeling would have understood what Alan Henning was in Syria for – helping those who were suffering.

He was not paid to do his charity work, he wanted to help those poor refugees.

We should be hugely thankful to all aid workers risking their lives to give a little of themselves in the cause.

This so-called Islamic State have absolutely no religious convictions.

Muslims are people of peace, not violence. We should call them “Non-Islamic State” – in other words, a bunch of cowardly murderers, who by these dastardly acts are in fact trying to draw the west into full warfare.

Let us not be fooled by what they are attempting to achieve here, they are trying to achieve propaganda.

This was clear by the fact that Alan Henning was found not guilty in a Sharia court, their own justice system I might add.

Many appeals were made from his family and even extreme Muslim clerics but all fell on deaf ears and what did they do ultimately?

Not one ISIL member saw the truth about Alan Henning. Moreover, they did not want to know the truth. Clearly the obvious revenge to ISIL is to get involved in a full ground war. However, that is exactly what they want to happen.

So what is the alternative? I don’t have the answer, but going into a full-on war is very dangerous, especially as the coalition forces are involved in air strikes already. Sadly though, the three previous victims including David Haines never had a chance of being released, and Alan Henning proved that point ultimately, the remaining hostages I am afraid are living a “living death” unless something very drastic can happen.

Make no mistake - this “war” could well last for many years to come. In the meantime, let us think of the locals in this war ridden continent, as well as every single victim, especially our UK victims.

Peter Keighley, Headingley

Why are they not on streets?

I have been very impressed by the number of Muslims who have spoken with great sincerity against the Islamic State.

One thing that puzzles me is why they are not on the streets of Leeds, Bradford and Dewsbury making their actions back their words.

It would be too late to save the life of poor Alan Henning, who only went to help the Syrians amongst whom there may well be Isis members, but it is not too late for the other hostages being held.

We know that the Muslim community are able to demonstrate against ideals they don’t believe in such as the BNP and Israel’s actions in Gaza, so come on the Muslim communities of Leeds, Bradford and Dewsbury, let those Isis Muslims know how a true Muslim feels about them.

Francine Levin, Leeds

Ignorance is shocking

I spend my time in a wheelchair. It’s not been long since I find myself in this whole new world. I find the ignorance of people shocking.

A lot of people smile at me, which is lovely. A lot stare, which just demonstrates their idiocy.

The most frustrating events are being excluded from shops because of steps and the insidious actions of the patrons of the shops on the small retail park on Kirkstall Road inhabited by Asda, Iceland, Greggs and Poundworld.

Cars are dumped in the disabled parking spaces by so-called humans because of sheer laziness.

Asda were far from interested. Greggs blamed the council, even though the land is not owned by the council.

I boycotted Iceland after they ignored my communications pointing out that the younger cashiers sit there yawning whilst my carer and ill husband struggles to open bags.

They could easily have bags opened and ready between yawns. I don’t have a working left arm so self-propelling is hard work.

The retail park has bays marked out and someone even put yellow lines down!

If disabled bays are not policed why would yellow lines be?

Between the stores and the sheer ignorance of the customers, I often find a hopeful wave of karma washes over me.

Judith Bond, Rawdon

Red bus memories

Like a lot of your correspondents, from an early age I too was brought up to give up my bus seat to others.

This was the norm, but even back then there were exceptions.

My mum told me that one time, in the forties, when I was about five or six, she, dad and I were coming back home on a red bus.

Remember those? They operated out of the “Red Bus Station” at the junction of Vicar Lane and Templar Street, for those trips out into the “country”!

It was late in the year and getting dark and the bus was full, several passengers having to stand in the aisle – which included my parents.

Mum told me that there was no way they could have picked me up, so she held on to me as I stood next to her clutching her skirt in my hand.

I must have been very tired, and apparently I was fast asleep on my feet, swaying with the motion of the bus.

For some time afterwards mum was still cross that no one had given up their seat for her, so that I could then have sat on her knee, and slept in comfort.

I often wonder if my experience on that red bus shaped my life, as I’ve always found it very easy to nod off if I am in a comfortable place!

On the other side of the debate, a couple of decades later a very pleasant young man gave up his seat to me when I was coming home to Hunslet.

I thanked him and when I got off at Beza Street, I smilingly “returned” his gift to him.

Denise Marsden, Cookridge

Giving up seats on buses

Elizabeth Bellhouse (YEP, October 2 ) writes about giving up a seat for elderly passengers, but does not say whether she would give up a seat for someone infirm or elderly, assuming she is able bodied.

It’s not a case of nobody having the right to a seat, this is not the argument.

The argument is that hopefully an able bodied person would have the decency to give their seat up for someone who is infirm, or elderly.

Is this asking too much?

If so, then what a lousy attitude to have, but I guess this is what the state of society is today.

Peter Thorpe, Seacroft

Don’t touch them at all

It is with great joy that I write in response to the item on page eight (YEP, October 3) about Wonga writing off the debts of 330,000 people.

What I find staggering is that so many people have actually borrowed money from them.

Do they not realise the interest rates they charge are extortionate and then some?

And what about late payments? Is it any wonder debts spiral out of control this way?If it was down to me, Wonga and all the others would be put out of business tomorrow. Don’t touch them with a bargepole – simples!

Nick Keer, Cottingley

Cameron’s flying pigs

David Cameron has promised to help the poor, the disabled and the workers.

I hope he also sorts out the problem of flying pigs.

Walter Weatherill, Middleton

YEP Letters: February 19