Public must learn the value of milk

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From: Ray Marshall, Holmdene Drive, Mirfield.

I READ with disgust at the present situation delaying payment to farmers (The Yorkshire Post, January 13).

I worked for over 30 years for a large processing and retail dairy, the days of the milk marketing board, when all farmers got paid. Maybe not enough, but paid.

In those days it was hard to try and stop retailers supplying supermarkets at discounted prices for loss leaders, but it has got even worse when bottled water can be more expensive than milk.

The public needs re-educating on the value of milk and pay more at supermarkets, I notice.

Our daily delivery goes up next week, still excellent value. Give the farmers a better deal – it’s their living.

Disease back from the past

From: Barry Foster, High Stakesby, Whitby.

I WAS not surprised to read that Bradford is now a hot spot for the dreaded disease TB. One has only to wander round some areas of the city to see the filth and rubbish left. It is certainly depressing. As a former resident of this wonderful city, I cannot help but feel over the years this has been left to happen.

The present council have to audacity to suggest poor housing and diet are the causes. If so, then they have a big responsibility for this. I would like to think they would be looking at the problem with a broader view. Years ago TB was almost eradicated. I would wonder why it is suddenly returning?

Iraq legacy looms large

From: Bob Heys, Bar Lane, Sowerby Bridge.

DAVID Davis MP (The Yorkshire Post, January 12) rightly reports that both Tory and Labour MPs voted in favour of the invasion of Iraq, now widely regarded as a disastrous mistake.

He strangely overlooks, however, the fact that the Liberal Democrats strongly opposed such action (I personally at that time supported a large protest march sponsored by the party in London).

From: Trev Bromby, Hull.

MAY I inquire as to how many more millions of pounds of public funds will be blithely spent on the inevitable conclusion that the Iraq invasion was illegal, contrived and manipulated by the Bush/Blair conspiracy?

From: Bob Crowther, High Street, Crigglestone, Wakefield.

IN commenting about the horrendous and murderous attacks upon the citizens of France, I notice that not one letter to The Yorkshire Post condemns the people who are basically responsible for the mayhem and carnage taking place throughout Europe and the Middle East, namely the three Bs – Blair, Bush and Brown.

American influence

From: Brian Sheridan, Redmires Road, Sheffield.

ME Wright, who suffered the tedium of “I said” and “she said” when forced to overhear a mobile conversation on a bus, was fortunate not to get the full force of American influence on English speech (The Yorkshire Post, January 3).

In my experience few people under the age of 30 now use the verb “to say”. One usually gets “I’m like” and “she’s like”.

Fighting back against PC

From: Sheila I Forbes, Market Weighton.

I WOULD like to congratulate your correspondent Mike Maas of Rivelin on his letter suggesting that political correctness be abolished (The Yorkshire Post, January 10). I agree with every word. It has become a stick with which to beat the indigenous population.

I must also congratulate you on having the courage to print the said letter – how very non-PC of you!

The court of public opinion

From: William Dixon Smith, Welland Rise, Acomb, York.

THE Ched Evans case raises a number of moral and legal questions (Letters, The Yorkshire Post, January 12), but the “message” is quite clear: the courts’ prerogative in setting sentences has been challenged, and with no little success.

Pending amendment, the law should be upheld as it is, not as public opinion would have it.

Richard was Catholic king

From: Jean Lorriman, Waterloo, Huddersfield.

FURTHER problems for the Yorkist King unburied from his ghastly hasty interment under a Leicester car park. Not only is he to be denied burial in his beloved Yorkshire, he is to be denied his religion.

Richard was born before that Tudor disaster Henry VIII – and his religion is Roman Catholic because Cuthbert sold out to Constantine at the Synod of Whitby.

After festering in that Leicester car park for over 500 years, he should be brought back to York and given a Roman Catholic burial.