October 26: Tax credits and good to see decency put above politics

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From: CG Boddy, Springfield Lane, Kirkbymoorside, York.

I WOULD like to congratulate your newspaper’s Letters to the Editor page (The Yorkshire Post, October 20). To see a full page of readers opposing George Osborne’s proposed tax credit cuts and putting decency above politics was nice.

Dr Kate Granger’s open letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, published on the opposite page, should also give the Government food for thought. We don’t want to see the NHS as she describes her experiences in the USA where the credit card and insurance documents were the only access to patient care.

From: Terry Palmer, South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley.

WONDERFUL maiden speech from Tory MP Heidi Allen regarding the tax credit cuts, telling us all how she disagreed with them. Hang on, though! She then went and voted for them. That’s a ‘true blue’ for you, grab the headlines and then do the opposite, a true hypocrite.

From: David T Craggs, Shafton Gate, Rotherham.

CAN we please have some honesty about the coming tax credit cuts and the accompanying changes in the living wage? Either many already poor people will be made even poorer by the changes or they will not. It isn’t a question of yes or no, according to one’s political allegiance.

The answer to the question is clear cut, one way or the other. And if the answer is yes then George Osborne and his supporters need to be exposed for the liars they are. On the other hand if the answer is no, then the Labour opposition needs to be exposed for the liars they are. As I commenced my letter, let’s have some honesty from our politicians...for a change.

Doctor’s plea heartstopping

From: Bob Swallow, Townhead Avenue, Settle, North Yorkshire.

I REFER to the heartstopping article you published (The Yorkshire Post, October 20) from the truly amazing Dr Kate Granger. Here is a lady doctor with a terminal illness who, putting her own problems behind her, is begging our smug Health Secretary to reconsider imposing new terms and conditions upon junior doctors.

I am not able to comment on the rights and wrongs of the proposals. What I do think is that Dr Granger’s letter to Jeremy Hunt should be obligatory reading for each and every MP.

From: Hilary Andrews, Nursery Lane, Leeds.

THE inability to discharge patients from hospital because they have nowhere to go for the minimal care they need has recently been highlighted in a review of the NHS.

My brother in Arizona has dementia and has recently been admitted to one of the new care homes springing up all over the United States. A large house has 10 rooms for older persons, with or without dementia. Each patient has his/her own room which is lockable to ensure no possessions go missing (often the case in larger establishments).

There is a need for minimal staff, usually a family or group of friends, who live on the premises. The homes are as close as possible to the client’s former home so visiting is easier. The cost to my sister-in-law is half the price per month that she paid for his initial care in a larger home where he was kept mainly in a wheelchair, was dirty and unshaved and most of his personal property went missing.

Perhaps an idea the Minister of Health might consider here in the UK. .

Collapsed cave theory holed

From: Mr G Lawrence, Stumperlowe View, Sheffield.

THE awesome photo of Gordale Scar taken by Bruce Rollinson (The Yorkshire Post, October 19) was embellished by the usual graphic and enlightening description from Chris 
Bond. It’s rare Mr Bond gets his facts wrong but I believe he’s fallen into a common error 
when he articulates that 
Gordale was formed by a collapsed cave.

Since the late 60s the theory has been quietly discredited.

Last month, I visited Creswell Crags Gorge in North East Derbyshire, renowned for its remarkable pre-historic cave drawings. The guide there also got it wrong with the collapsed cave theory. The more recent theory goes like this: melt waters, during the latter stages of the last Ice Age would carve valleys, usually along fault lines, over the frozen permafrost. Normally, under temperate climatic conditions, rainwater permeates joints in the limestone forming underground aquatic systems but near the end of the Ice Age the frozen surface inhibits this and extreme river erosion is activated.

The enormous energy released by the melting glaciers, with its discharge of rock debris and torrents of water create the limestone gorges but, as warmer, conditions return, the river sinks into the underground system.

It is then that the joints, characteristic of the carboniferous limestone and prevalent in large areas of the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District, are enlarged by acid water solution and create 
caves, sink holes, abysses, stalactites, stalagmites and cataracts with dry valleys, gorges, waterfalls, crags such as Malham Cove, and pavements on the surface.

The White Peak of Derbyshire is particularly rich in gorges of this type but Gordale is the most stunning and stands out as the classic example, well worthy of Bruce Rollinson’s powerful photography.