Your Letters – Friday December 22, 2017

My wife’s carers really are ‘visiting angels’

Letter of the Week: D Hirst, Dewsbury

I am in my 90th year and live with my wife, aged 84 years.

She is now in her seventh year of dementia and no longer has the ability to care for her daily needs.

We have ladies visit our home each morning and evening; they work long shifts from early mornings to late evening caring for elderly, infirm and dementia clients.

Known as carers, they should be called ‘Visiting Angels’. They wash, dress and attend to my wife’s toilet needs; are kind, caring and respectful.

I am certain they allow my wife to enjoy a better life in that little world she lives in.

Our grateful thanks ladies for all your help and friendship.

Great, but don’t hold your breath

From: Howard Ross, via email

It was heartening to read in a recent edition of The Press of the formation of a new group hoping to tackle some of the building eyesores in Dewsbury. 

Sounds familiar, as does the threat by Coun Cathy Scott of bringing the full weight of the council down to bear on wayward property owners. 

I seem to recall a similar initiative relating to eyesores on the approach roads to Dewsbury some years back and little happening. 

A testament to this mighty threat of council action still stands at the junction of Wakefield Road and High Road, Earlsheaton, rescued from total destruction by the fire service and gradually deteriorating. 

Then of course there is the derelict mill right across the road from the new college building, and who could miss the scaffold-shrouded building at the juction of Daisy Hill and Westgate. 

Any initiative should be and is welcomed, but with council involvement don’t hold your breath for any results. 

Finally on the initiative strand, it’s great to welcome Costa Coffee to the town, but did it have to be located right next to an existing coffee/food outlet? What sort of planning is that?

Looks like we’ve had our day

From: R Spreadbury, Liversedge

Being a leftie luvvy Guardian reader, I have put up with their constant Remoaning stance since the referendum.

At every opportunity they publish articles belittling Brexit, ranging from billionaire American bankers through to children’s cartoonists.

But, of late, they did published an article by one of their feature writers who had a moment of remarkable insight.

He suggested that perhaps the Remoaners should address the reasons why the northern working class voted for Brexit in the first place, rather than endlessly criticising their stance.

So, a reminder. It wasn’t that old political football, and Labour’s oft-played trump card, the NHS. It was:

1) Immigration forcing down their wages, contributing to our low-productive, low-skilled economy whilst simultaneously increasing pressure on social housing, health, social infrastructure and social cohesion.

2) Being ruled by a remote, seemingly unaccountable centralised elite. London-centric policies have been a disaster for the north, but being dictated to by Brussels Eurocrats has been a step too far.

Lead Remainer Sir Keir Starmer never attempts to address these issues or indeed have any sort of policy on them. 

Instead he just resorts to meaningless platitudes: “We just want what’s best for Britain” etc to justify killing off Brexit by the death of a thousand cuts (amendments). A win for Labour.

It saves them from the tricky task of actually having to develop any meaningful policies on the above.

Northern safe seats will still vote Labour, and they have a chance of hoovering up disgruntled Tory Remoaners in the marginals, basically, political self interest.

I could be completely wrong, but I suspect the Tory rebels who have joined sides with Sir Keir have done so purely out of commercial self interest, as is the wont of many Tory MPs.

So, to all those ordinary working people who thought they at last had a say in the running of their country, you haven’t, and never will have.

It seems we had our day on June 23, 2016. Enjoy!

A night of festive song

From: Tim Wood, The Old Colonial, Mirfield

On Saturday December 23, from 8pm onwards, the Old Colonial Pub on Dunbottle Lane, Mirfield, is hosting a Christmas carol concert on behalf of the Mirfield Rifle Volunteers.

Tickets are £6 each; on arrival each guest will receive a complimentary glass of festive mulled wine and a reet good old Yorkshire singalong to festive carols, as played by the renowned Grange Moor Brass Band.

A raffle will be conducted during the evening with all monies from the ticket sales and the raffle going to MRV’s chosen charities; SAFA (military) and St Andrew’s Alzheimer’s support group on Old Bank Road, Mirfield.

We’ve pushed the boat out this year; every inch of the pub is covered in trimmings, trees and decorations and we’ve even got a festive laser light show outside.

We’ve set the ambience for what promises to be a great evening, and thanks to one of the evening’s sponsors Mirfield Mill Carpets, there will be another bit of festive magic for people to wonder at on the night.

Tickets are available, ring Tim on 01924 496920.

Merry Christmas to one and all, even if you can’t make it.

Reflecting war’s horror

From: John Appleyard, Liversedge

I called at Batley Art Gallery recently to view an exhibition by Bradford-based Peter Robson called ‘Unobtania’.

It’s a mixture of political artwork that commemorates the Battle of the Somme and the major role played by the Bradford Pals battalions along with other soldiers from towns and cities across the UK.

Peter’s work reflects the Somme and the horrors attached to it, but he also paints of a fear to come, particularly the Middle East and developments in Syria and Afghanistan.

‘Unobtania’ reflects the foolishness of conflict, the horror of the human cost, and that what we are still trying to grab is actually unobtainable.

The exhibition runs until January 27, 2018.

Gritty issues facing council

From: P Winfield, Heckmondwike

The other day I called into Batley to do some shopping and I was very impressed by the shops, but the ‘set-up’ let them down.

Parking up in the car park behind the now-defunct Job Centre, there were two driving school cars teaching learner drivers manoeuvres, one of them being very lucky not to have skidded into me.

On the main street people were slipping and falling on the invisible black ice, all over the place.

On going to Batley Town Hall to complain about the lack of gritting, I walked into the foyer but, lo and behold, all the doors inside were locked with key codes on them, obviously for staff use only.

I phoned Kirklees in Huddersfield and was told that if they put grit down, they could be sued if people fell, and then claimed that the council had missed gritting the spot: Fair enough!

But next day we went to Dewsbury, and grit had been laid throughout the town centre!

What’s the difference?

With talk of imminent increases in council tax, the service to the public is just not good enough.

Where will all the increased money go? My opinion is to the top elites’ salaries who run the council.

Treat our staff with respect

From: Rod Barnes, chief executive, Yorkshire Ambulance Service

As we make the final preparations for our busiest period of the year, it is also an appropriate time to reflect on everything we have achieved throughout 2017.

Following our previous success with piloting various initiatives in NHS 111, we now have more clinical advisors than ever before.

It’s a real privilege to lead this organisation whose workforce makes a real difference to the lives of many people across our region every single day.

Do spare a thought for our dedicated staff and volunteers who will be working instead of celebrating over Christmas and only dial 999 in a genuine medical emergency to ensure that our ambulances are available for those who need them most. 

Anyone with a minor illness or injury should use the appropriate services for their needs such as their local pharmacist or GP, attending a walk-in-centre or minor injuries unit or calling NHS 111.

While our staff work hard to keep you safe over the festive period, I would urge everyone to treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve. 

Unfortunately, far too often, they find themselves at the receiving end of verbal and physical abuse, but this is wholly unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Finally, I would like to thank those staff and volunteers working over the festive period for their continued dedication, commitment and professionalism during what will be a busy time. 

It is, as always, very much appreciated by the Trust and, more importantly, our patients.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you and your readers a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

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