Despair at inhumanity

From: Heather Causnett, Escrick Park Gardens, Escrick, York.

I UNDERSTAND the judge’s despair at “man’s inhumanity to man” but am not at all surprised that the despicable treatment of Craig Kinsella by a couple and their nasty son remained unreported in today’s society (Yorkshire Post, January 8).

It is not that long ago that two brutish mothers abused and starved their baby sons to death over a much longer period without anyone reporting it to the proper authorities. And of course, how many other babies are being abused that we never hear about and how many unfortunates are being misused by cruel people.

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Nowadays people either do not want to report on others or perhaps are too wrapped up in their own affairs to even notice what is going on. My sympathies are all with the police and the Social Services, being kept unaware of tragedies being played out under their noses but not reported.

Common sense
to scrap HS2

From: Mr G Senior, West Cowick, Goole, East Yorkshire.

SCRAP HS2 and instead dredge all the rivers and drains. It makes much more sense to save houses rather than a few extra minutes riding on a train through water. Disband the Environment Agency who cut maintenance to save wildlife and put maintenance and management back under the authority of the local Rivers’ Boards who knew their areas inside out. Can anyone remember when common sense was in charge?

Nothing covert
about coal piles

From: Jeff McDermott, Larkspur Close, Edenthorpe, Doncaster.

in your front page article about the release of some of Mrs Thatcher’s government papers (Yorkshire Post, January 3) you say that Mrs Thatcher ordered the covert stockpiling of coal at the power stations before the strike.

I worked at Thorpe Marsh Lower Station before and during the miners’ strike.

The stockpiling began at least six months before the strike started. We had wagons bringing in coal, at least one every 10 minutes. The coal stockpile grew every day. Even Mr Scargill must have seen it. So much for covert stockpiling.

Radio killed
by digital star

From: Gerald Hodgson, Spennithorne, Leyburn.

KARL Sheridan’s experience with DAB radio (Yorkshire Post, January 2) struck a chord with me. At least he can get programmes on DAB. We bought a DAB/FM radio several years ago but still cannot access a single programme on DAB.

Situated as we are 10 miles from the A1, we are certainly not in an isolated location.

The proprietor of our local radio shop says that a large percentage of the population are still unable to access DAB and he forecasts that the FM switch-off will never happen.