We do have some great people round here!
Letter of the Week: Ms A Rawat, Batley
A happy feel-good letter from me this week, if it is printed.
I felt so happy reading the story last week of the young men who apprehended a thief and how they looked after the elderly victim.
In the picture of some of the young men involved, they looked so pleased, but I am sure were also a little embarrassed and amused by it all.
I love people who live at a higher level of mind and self, and wish these young people to strive to do that always.
Thank you to M Hartley who wrote in appreciating my letter from the previous week.
Please enlighten me on what your ‘Community Rights Group’ is all about, what it does and your contact details.
I would also like to show appreciation for the letter written a few weeks ago, by Brian Johnson of Dewsbury (I am catching up with The Press as I was away at the time).
His letter was full of such care, concern and advice regarding the suffering in Syria, and the aid collectors.
His letter was so gentle that I am choked up by it even now.
What a lovely man he must be.
In amongst others, we do have some lovely people round here, don’t we?
No official help
From: Karen Pickard, via email
For the last 10 years I have worked for the prison service. The last seven years spent at HMP Wakefield as an instructional officer.
It was at times a challenging job and the environment oppressive and Dickensian. However I loved my job, colleagues and other professionals.
In March last year I was forced to leave the prison service due to Government cutbacks which resulted in my place of work being moved to a new location within the prison.
Due to a long-standing underlying medical condition I was unable to physically get to my new place of work.
After working for over 38 years, paying my tax and NI I believed I would be able to claim job seekers allowance until I was able to obtain another job.
How wrong and stupidly gullible could I have been.
After visiting my local job centre I was given a telephone number to call and they would advise me of my claim status.
I was told by a lady over the phone that I could not make a claim for any benefits as my husband worked.
So a person who has worked since the age of 16, has never claimed any benefits for 38 years, but has paid NI and income tax for those 38 years can, when needed, claim NOTHING.
Yet if I leave school at 16 pregnant and am on my own, I can claim mega benefits and housing.
If I come into the country from the EU with nothing, I can claim mega pounds and housing.
These are people who have paid nothing into the pot. Yet I who have paid dearly and worked hard all my life can claim nothing.
I want someone who is in Government to explain how that is right and just.
I have now been out of work for six months with no sign of a job.
I continue to apply for 25/30 jobs a week with no sign of success and no help from the government.
Not devolution – revolution
From: Derek Cartwright, Soothill, Batley
Are politicians revolting?
No, they are out there congratulating each other (that’s including UKIP) and planning to expand their empires by creating more jobs for the boys – and girls.
From my little perspective, I looked at the local election result to see if voters had reacted to Labour’s Local Plan and all the areas where houses could be planned.
No, don’t be daft, people voted as always and the politicians held their seats ... toilet seats as we go down the pan and we build more houses for immigrants who look as if they are taking your jobs. It is as if the politicians don’t care about society, just about playing their own little games with each other.
Our council, our national government has a problem – the banks that paid all the taxes in the past won’t be paying it in the foreseeable future, if ever.
What does that mean? It means that the income from taxes does not cover current spending – that’s the deficit you keep hearing about.
Because they don’t have enough money they are having to borrow to pay the household bills and day-in, day-out the money they owe is going up.
What that means for the council is that the government, whoever it is, will give them less money over the next six years.
That means cuts; the council will have to do less.
So councillors want to spend more money on administration, so they can show you they cannot do everything you want locally.
They are playing a game, rather than sitting in cold, dark rooms working out what they can do and what they cannot afford to do, not what they would like to do, but what they can afford to do.
What they would like to do is to get you to have less to spend, so they can spend more.
Milliband’s got words for that – it is the Cost of Living Crisis.
So keep voting Labour so they can increase the crisis ... our council tax went up, yes, they can squeeze blood out of a stone!
Devolution – more managers and administrators ... more jobs for the boys!
So easy to vote again
From: Tim Arrowsmith, Mirfield
I have read about voting fraud, but couldn’t believe how easy it could be. You arrive at the polling station and don’t even have to bring your voting card.
You could be talking to a friend who may say they can’t vote because they’ll be working away for the week.
You could have 10 siblings, or other relatives in different wards, and just give their name and address.
It seems obvious to me which factor of society this has benefited most in the past.
From: Mr C Appleton, Birstall
Many great writers, economists and social reformers of the past had many ideas for utopian societies.
Human beings, in general, are naturally good if they are allowed their requirements and desires.
Workers should be assured of an adequate income, with any surplus shared on a fair basis.
Necessary work should command the highest pay, useful work, the next, pleasant work the least.
Parasitic occupations, such as stockbroker, banker, middle-men and politicians; only the crumbs.
The gap between rich and poor has widened enormously in the last 15 years, even under a so-called socialist government of Blair and Brown.
All the rules of a utopian society have been reversed.
Does anyone wonder why there is such disillusionment, when necessary workers are on minimum wages, and unproductive people are amassing fortunes?
Typical examples are some TV news readers on £12,000+ a week, a job which hundreds of unemployed university graduates would be happy to do, and Simon Cowell who has a fortune of about £180 million.
Who would have thought it
From: Betty Goodwin, Earlsheaton
Our politicians are squabbling over the alleged ‘Trojan Horse’ events in Birmingham schools, where pupils are predominantly followers of the Muslim faith.
Successive Governments encouraged unfettered immigration, condemning as racist those who anticipated problems should the demographics of an area change too radically.
Local and national governments and funding bodies have showered vast sums of money on minority ethnic communities in a bid to ‘empower’ them. That goal having been achieved, there are those who doubt the merits of the outcome.
Naturally, folk who share a race and culture want to protect and promote their own interests and beliefs.
Who but an idiot would have expected otherwise? The genie is out of the bottle and attempts to put it back are bound to fail.
Honoured to have known you
From: Heather, David and Jody Wood, Heckmondwike
I recently attended the funeral of a very special person, with the minister providing a lovely service and granddaughter Kelly a very moving and emotional poem, for a lady who meant so much to so many.
As but a friend how do you console a family who has lost their number one, to help them appreciate how much their loved one meant to you and so many others?
As mum to Angie and Hillary, their mum was simply the best and the wonderful thing about the Quinn family is they told each other that daily, from daughter to mum barely a day passed without those lovely words being spoken – ‘we love you mum’.
We loved Mrs Bessie Quinn too as she in turn loved her family and friends, so it was very much a unique lady we were saying goodbye to.
Perhaps we all could take a lead from the Quinn family and tell our special ones, our friends today how much they mean to us so we don’t leave it until it is too late!
Mrs Quinn gave out so much love and received so much back it makes her passing even more painful, so when we say to her family we offer you our deepest sympathies it is indeed offered deeply and with feeling.
Mrs Quinn, you will be sadly missed, but your smile and unique loving personality will forever remain with all of us honoured to have known and loved you.