YEP Letters: September 14

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Policy on migrants is not sustainable

P Hill, Lancaster

The present outpouring of sympathy regarding the exodus of migrants from the Middle East that is bordering on mania won’t prevail.

This great movement of people can’t be sustained, yes, we all sympathise with these people, yet I feel that some European countries such as Germany and Austria are wrong. What is needed is solutions for the Middle East in the Middle East, not in Europe. I note that some of the oil rich gulf states are not taking refugees from Syria, I feel they should be persuaded they can well afford it.

I also note that there are only five per cent of the migrants from Syria the other 95 per cent are economic migrants, in other words people jumping on the band wagon. Germany will definitely be flooded along with other European countries. It may sound alarmist, however for every million migrants that are welcomed in Germany and Austria there could be a further four following them. The welcoming of these migrants seen throughout the world will entice a tidal wave that just can’t be stopped.

However welcome the migrants are made now and the flood becomes greater there will come a time when even Germany can’t take any more. Then I believe they will see the folly and try and put pressure on other European countries to take more who after witnessing Germany’s folly will say no. No, the present policy is not sustainable, and I’m afraid we will all feel the consequences.

Sceptical over crisis

Daniel McGann, by email

I AM not a racist or xenophobic bigot, however, I am very sceptical of this present so called refugee crisis.

This seems like the inevitable results of a failed coup or Arab Spring, which is a friendly euphemism for violent revolution. Like in Libya, Syria was attacked by an international western backed force of revolutionaries, that seems to have backfired big time. Now, all those people who chose to support the invaders are disillusioned with their failed western promise of freedom and democracy and are desperately fleeing, ironically to the west.

Respond with charity

Scott Johnson, by email

I AM amongst many who are concerned about the negative impact of mass migrations into the UK on our society and culture, including environmental and social impacts. I certainly do not support the classic economic case for imported cheap labour and sustaining the young population. Sustainable economies are not based on exploitation, nor population growth. However, this refugee situation is very different, and the UK government has decided to act - we have to ensure we do so in the best way possible, and do not treat refugees in a manner which marginalises or segregates them. As our guests, they deserve options to distribute throughout the UK, and in doing so, we can not only give them an easier time of this disaster, but we can make it easier on ourselves. I have asked my council, Harrogate Borough Council, to do all they can to ensure that Harrogate does its part to give immediate sanctuary to the refugees arriving in Europe. I hope many people elsewhere will do the same. Putting the long-term solution aside for one moment, we can all welcome these people into our communities, and we can respond with the great British spirit of volunteer-ism and charity.

Memories of Leeds bombing

David Bird, Leeds 16

THIS is Leeds (YEP, September 7), the bombing of Leeds on March 14 and 15,1941. I was a month away from my third birthday, and your note evoked my earliest memory.

I recall the noise, the flashing lights and being carried in a blanket down a street by a man in a steel helmet.

The only other thing I can recall is that the man had hair up his nose. Over the years since then the full story has emerged, mainly as a result of the memory of my sister Joyce.

We lived just off Hunslet Hall Road at the time. Sister Joyce had been taken into hospital seriously ill, and I was taken to live with an auntie who lived in Woodside Terrace on Kirkstall Road. The street had two air raid shelters which stood for years afterwards. On later visits to aunties I would play in them.

On the night in question it appears the top shelter was full, and I was carried to the bottom one. It seems a few short yards away a house wad demolished by a direct hit, and the people inside perished. My mum, somehow, had heard all about this, but had no idea if I had survived. The following morning, Joyce tells me, Auntie turned up at Hunslet Hall Road with me in her arms. Imagine Mum’s relief. All this appears to be true. Kirkstall Power Station was a short distance away, and would of course be a target for the Luftwaffe.

Today if one drives past the bottom of Woodside Terrace on the way into the city centre, they will see a small area of grass, where a house once stood, and was never rebuilt.

The bottom air raid shelter at about 50 to 60 yards up the street on the left.For me it was a very near miss.

Fears for swimmers

A Hague, Leeds 9

I read that next year our Olympic swimmers will be in water so contaminated with human faeces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete, an investigation has found.

Extreme water pollution is common in Brazil where the majority of sewage is not treated.

Raw sewage runs through open air ditches to streams and rivers that feed the Olympic water sites.

Why was Brazil even put in the top 100, let alone picked for the job? We can’t allow the swimming events there and even boating will be a big risk there also.

The United Nations and the USA should use all their force to countries like this to have a proper sewage system.

Any nation who allows their swimmers to go ahead in these conditions are selfish idiots.

Get your hair cut!

Terry Spence, Leeds 17

I too was at the Leeds Town Hall in 1962/63 when the Rolling Stones played there. When one of my friends shouted: “Get your hair cut,” Brian Jones replied: “What, and look like you?”

True story, happy memories.

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