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From: David H Rhodes, Bishopthorpe, York.

SO, inflation may rise to five per cent in the coming months. A possible reason could be the price increases from companies who supply to each and every one of us, which include gas, electricity, petrol/diesel and insurance.

We can change suppliers as often as we wish, but the price increases will still remain in time with the next new company.

Regrettably we cannot say we will do without as we need their services and they know it.

Most of us were brought up to believe competition is healthy and will keep costs down but reality suggests a “cabal” type operation over which we, the public, have no control or influence. If they refuse to play ball, for example, when oil prices drop without a small fraction of a penny reduction of pump prices, then nationalisation of these industries might be the only solution. Come on Government, show a bit of muscle.

Out of touch with grassroots

From: Bob Watson, Springfield Road, Baildon, Shipley.

THOMAS Jefferson (Yorkshire Post, August 16) asks: “Is it only me or am I getting old and cynical” on various matters concerning our country? Well, I suspect that if there were a poll on such issues, he would find overwhelming support.

He is right that politicians are not willing to give the people what they want to see, and neither do they understand grassroots thoughts. Discipline should indeed be reinstated and supported at home and in schools.

The unjustified and obscene salary levels of Premier League footballers are abhorrent and should be properly addressed. Like Mr Jefferson, most would agree that prison sentences are far too light, that all sentences should be served in full, and that life inside is too comfortable.

I suspect that many of us could go on adding to that list for a long time, listing all the ills with our society. Indeed, there has been no mention here of human rights, which would probably produce a lengthy list on its own!

Much has to change, but will it? Just what do we have to do to make our political masters, of whatever persuasion, give the people what they want to see, at either local or national level, instead of them always thinking that they know best? It would certainly appear that they do not!

From: Lou Dawson, Church Street, Burton Pidsea, East Yorkshire.

NO Mr Jefferson, it is not only you who feels the way you do (Yorkshire Post, August 16). There are millions of us.

It is not too much to expect our MPs to do much better for us and to remember that they as our servants should be more truthful and attentive to our wishes.

We have had an improvement in the standards of our MPs and they are faced with a very difficult task but they must try harder to fulfil their promises to us. I refer to the EU referendum.

From: David J Mitchell, Thornton le Dale, Pickering.

THOMAS Jefferson (Yorkshire Post, August 16) is not alone in his thoughts. I am with him and like to think cynicism is knowledge born of experience.

Minster losing its heritage

From: T Watson, Lime Tree Avenue, Goole.

THE church I attend, Howden Minster, until recently had for over 50 years a strong Anglo-Catholic tradition.

But due to a series of events over the last three to four years it is of my opinion that its status is being downgraded.

One of the first things to happen was the virtual dismantling of three chapels, namely t he Chapel of the Resurrection, which had all its red donated chairs removed; secondly the chapel of St William which also had its chairs removed; and thirdly the chapel of Our Lady which was a chapel second to none.

Furnished entirely in English oak and crafted by Thompson of Kilburn, it consisted of an English oak altar complete with four riddel posts and curtains, along with matching communion rail prayer desk and chair, complete with pews and an oak door porch.

This chapel has been completely dismantled with the furnishings scattered. But the thing that saddens me the most is the ruining of an English oak altar by the giving away of its four riddel posts, in my opinion insulting the memory of its benefactors.

I would like to conclude by adding all these things, along with the scaling down of services plus how the new notice board is worded, giving the Alleluia family-friendly service priority over the Sunday Mass is downgrading the church from its Anglo-Catholic tradition.

Finally, that for a church which is in financial difficulties, how can the appeal for legacies of the future be justified when the legacies of the past are not being respected?

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