Focus on the present not battles of past

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From: Jeremy John Whittington, Roundhay, Leeds.

IN response to the Labour Party wanting a new inquiry into the coal miners’ battle at Orgreave 30 years ago, instead of the Shadow Home Secretary and MP for Pontefract and Castleford Yvette Cooper should use her top position to care about the affairs of 2014 instead of what happened in 1984 (The Yorkshire Post, June 18).

It is said in June 2014 that the country is short of taxpayers’ money to pay for carers for old people, there is insufficient funds for road repairs, the NHS etc. All the politicians can do is waste hundreds of millions of pounds on inquiries. We have the very expensive inquiry over Hillsborough football disaster and also Bloody Sunday 40 years ago in Northern Ireland. Instead of these extremely long-winded reports, the politicians should use the taxpayers’ money in far better ways. The money should be diverted to care for the elderly, the NHS etc.

Grow up politicians and do your jobs properly. Look after the people who are suffering now instead of having all these crazy inquiries.

There must be someone in the Government who can do their jobs properly.

Is this asking too much?

From: Bob Watson, Springfield Road, Baildon.

YVETTE Cooper, an MP from an old mining community, makes calls for an investigation into the events at Orgreave some 30 years ago. In particular she wants a probe into the actions of the police, and especially about tactics and officers’ statements.

Now while this may indeed be necessary, let’s not forget that this was a two-way street, and that the extensive violence perpetrated by the demonstrators also needs to be properly considered and dealt with at the same time.

We have seen too many somewhat one-sided inquiries in recent times, and cannot afford yet another.

We don’t have a computer

From: Mrs A Holdsworth, West Garth, Sherburn, Malton.

WITH regard to Mr Clary’s letter (The Yorkshire Post, June 18). I agree with every word. When will companies and the Government realise a lot of us do not have nor want computers?

I am fed up of being told “you will get more information at www...” Yes, I would like a computer to be able to look things up.

However, I prefer to be doing craft work, such as crochet, knitting or cross stitch rather than staring at a screen.

Why can’t telephone numbers be given in advertisements and articles rather than just a computer reference?

I wonder how our politicians would like to live on the state pension?

One does have to watch every penny to make them go round. It is possible to live without a computer and food on the table is more important.

This also applies to mobile phones. We managed to live a long time without them.

Memories of mill workers

From: Chris Binns, Bingley.

A FRIEND of mine told me the other day that his aunt who 
lived in Saltaire during the late 1950s would sometimes say to him as a small boy upon his arrival at her house: “Come on, you are just in time to see the 
Mill loosing.”

They would then walk down to Salts Mill and stand on the railway bridge to see the spectacle of hundreds of mill workers pouring out of the mill 
at finishing time, like a scene from a Lowry painting.

The nearest one gets to 
seeing anything quite like it these days is a crowd at a football match.

Name and shame them

From: Jeremy Banyard, Long Meadows, Ripon.

WITH reference to your 
front page story about the knitted bunting in Masham, 
it is health and safety gone 
mad (The Yorkshire Post, June 20).

The residents of Masham must be hopping mad at North Yorkshire County Council.

The idiot who that decided that the knitted bunting, 
if wet, could bend the steel 
street lights should be named, his (or her) picture featured 
on the front page of The 
Yorkshire Post and then be 
given a severe rap over the knuckles.

There are thousands of 
people who are working 
hard around Le Tour 
Yorkshire and this is the 
thanks they get.

Steam power on main line

From: Richard Babington, Greenshaw Lane, Patrington, East Yorkshire.

I WISH to correct one point in the otherwise excellent article 
on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway by Andrew Vine (The Yorkshire Post, June 21).

The only private railway to operate steam hauled trains on a section of main line in the UK is the Great Central Railway operating between Loughborough and Leicester North on the former Great Central main line between London Marylebone and Sheffield.

This is also the only 
private line with twin tracks throughout.