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From: John Dodd, Belton, North Lincolnshire.

regarding the letter from Brian Hanwell referring to caring for children and families (Yorkshire Post, January 1), I believe he would make an ideal candidate for the position of a Government Minister responsible for the health and welfare of same or at least in an advisory post, as experience counts for almost everything.

Could I take this opportunity to thank all your letter page contributors for providing another entertaining year’s reading of both serious and light-hearted subjects.

Seat of learning over chair’s role

From: Elisabeth Baker, chairman, West Yorkshire Committee, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Broomhill Crescent, Leeds.

martin Stern (Yorkshire 
Post, December 31) and Bob Watson (Yorkshire Post, December 12) concede too much by accepting the use of the word chairlady.

A recent (2010) edition of Chambers Dictionary defines chairman as “a person (male or female) who takes the chair, or presides at an assembly or meeting” and chair as “a seat”.

Sometimes committees lose sight of their purpose by insisting on mangling the English language. I am proud to sign myself as above.

Real comedy

From: John Gordon, Whitcliffe Lane, Ripon.

THE most entertaining programme on TV at Christmas was the Morecambe and Wise retrospective – the late Morecambe and Wise. No further comment required.