May 22 Letters: The future’s bright – and cycle powered

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From: Edward Grainger, Nunthorpe, North Yorkshire.

THERE has never been a better time to live and breathe in this fabulous county of ours.

We have shown the world that we have so much to offer. David Cameron must now, in a Tory government, press ahead with devolving powers to all parts from the Tees to the Humber. We have the know-how to make all our local economies successful and provide, in the jobs market, a bright future for all our young people.

The aim to make Yorkshire the cycling capital of Europe can indeed become a reality. Who would have thought this dream would be put forward some 40 years ago when to cycle, particularly to and from our places of work, would suggest that few of us could afford to run a motor car! Now the car plays second fiddle to the bike and the pressure is on to extend and improve cycle lanes and cycleways to get more people to appreciate the freedom of the road.

Thanks to a number of cycling stalwarts active over many years through the nation’s Cyclists’ Touring Club (incidentally founded in 1878, needless to say in Yorkshire) events like the York-based Cycle Show (first held on York’s Knavesmire in 1948) and to be given a new lease of life this June after a break for a year or two and the Cyclists’ Rally at the village of Coxwold (first held in 1927). “Coxwold Sunday” this year on May 10 marked the 89th consecutive cyclists’ gathering, making it just one more reason to be proud to be a Yorkshire-born person. Six Archbishops of York have given the service powerful religious meaning.

From: John Duckitt, Goole.

I AM grateful to Edward Grainger (The Yorkshire Post, May 16) explaining what happens to the ballot papers after a general election, i.e. they are despatched to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery for safekeeping. Can the powers that be find out how an individual voted by checking the number on the ballot paper? If this is possible, George Orwell’s “Big Brother” prophecy still holds good!

From: Iain Morris, Caroline Street, Saltaire, Bradford.

I THOUGHT we lived in a democratic country. George Osborne has completely overturned the wishes of the voters of West Yorkshire when it comes to a metro mayor. What on earth is the future for Bradford? Will City Hall become a redundant building under this ogre, this classic school bully?

From: Ian Oglesby, Stamford Bridge, York.

PROTESTS about the uneconomic, unpractical HS2 will be useless because the oppressive bureaucrats in Brussels demand their “Route Deux”. Another example of this oppressive power is the mass of over-regulation which small businesses have to cope with.

Of course, many large businesses, from our utilities to the PO Savings Bank are based in the eurozone, but for example, someone trying to develop a small market garden and retail outlet for the produce in the UK is faced with the unbelievably complex regulations. I give the following examples:

The Lord’s Prayer – 67 words.

Ten Commandments – 179 words.

Gettysburg Address – 286 words.

US Constitution with all 27 amendments – 7,818 words.

EU Regulations on the sale of cabbages – 26,911 words.

We do need the EU referendum.

Deplorable decision

From: Canon Michael Storey, Healey Wood Road, Brighouse.

I WRITE in support of John Alan Ramsden (The Yorkshire Post, May 19) in being disappointed that Huddersfield Town AFC was not awarded the three points from their abandoned match with Blackpool.

The ethics of the decision to award both teams one point are deplorable. As Mr Ramsden indicated,it seems that all a team needs to gain a point, is for its supporters to raid the pitch. Doesn’t Town have the right to appeal? A bonus, as always with regards to Leeds United, would be that Town would be above Leeds as a result of better ethics.

End of a happy era

From: Jean Lorriman, Waterloo, Huddersfield.

IT was sad to see the close of the old Huddersfield Sports Centre on Friday.

Friday was the day that I and many others enjoyed our retirement activities. All this was due to the foresight of Edith Bentley. It was started on a Wednesday during the mid-eighties and developed to every day. I know that many OWLS (Over 50s Weekday Leisure Scheme) will be grateful for the sporting and leisure opportunities. Moreover Huddersfield was the prototype, leading to similar organisations nationwide. Edith was awarded the MBE for her work.

The end of a happy era and I am sure that I am not alone in being glad for the friendship and fun that one woman’s idea brought to so many.

Wake-up call on police vans

From: Trev Bromby, Hull.

FIVE years ago (though the problem is longstanding) I questioned the legality and safety of police van cages with a cuffed occupant and no seat belt.

It seems the same set-up is used in the USA. Result? A prisoner sustaining spinal damage, and ultimately loss of his life; six officers chargedh and then rioting, looting and arson.

It is a wake-up call for British police, and forces worldwide.

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