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Focus on mobile speed cameras

York Press: North Yorkshire Police are ramping up their casualty reduction drive with the launch of a six-month mobile safety camera pilot.Motorists across the county are being urged to drive carefully and within the speed limits as a van equipped with a safety camer

9:56am Friday 1st August 2014

I AM pleased to see Julia Mulligan is “absolutely committed to improving road safety in our region” (More mobile speed cameras for roads of North Yorkshire, July 30).

Speeding idiots

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:54am Friday 1st August 2014

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with you on your views expressed in the Comments column of the press (Are speed cameras a necessary evil?, July 30).

Drinking culture

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:53am Friday 1st August 2014

I NOTICE the head of marketing at York Racecourse blames “wider society problems” for the violence in York at the weekend (Drunks put A&E under pressure, July 29).

Risks of fracking

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:52am Friday 1st August 2014

THE British Government has just launched a new bidding round for fracking licences which covers around half of the UK, and has smoothed the legal regulation and reduced the potential for costly legal challenges.

Ugly building

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:51am Friday 1st August 2014

ON Saturday I attended a meeting about Stonebow House at the Central Methodist Church.

Home work

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:51am Friday 1st August 2014

ONCE again Cllr James Alexander bleats on about the luck of people who are home owners.

Housing issue

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:50am Friday 1st August 2014

I DO not know of any political party in York that does not support more house building.

Memories plea

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:50am Friday 1st August 2014

MY uncle, Squadron Leader James (Jimmie) Clark DFC, 460 Sqn RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force), was the pilot of a Lancaster bomber shot down in December 1944 killing all on board.

We must not be fooled again

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:48am Friday 1st August 2014

ARE we going to be fooled into following the USA into the same trouble their lies got us into in Iraq?

Cleaning up

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:48am Friday 1st August 2014

YOUR readers can say what they like about me missing the point about people complaining that York’s streets are in a mess (Derek Reed, Letters, July 25).

Victim of success

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:47am Friday 1st August 2014

I WAS interested to read about Harold Larwood (Sports Log, The Press, July 22). If ever a man was the victim of his own success, that man was Harold Larwood.

Uninformed drivel

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:46am Friday 1st August 2014

IT IS astonishing that anyone could believe that condemning the massacre of civilians in Gaza is excusing the murder of teenagers in Israel (Letters, July 30).

Humanitarian crisis

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:45am Friday 1st August 2014

WHILE the atrocities and war crimes being committed by Israel in Gaza are self-evident from the pictures that we see on our televisions, British condemnation appears somewhat more muted.

York’s a war zone at the weekend

York Press:

11:47am Thursday 31st July 2014

HOW much longer are the authorities in York going to pussy-foot around the hordes of drunken louts who descend on the city every weekend (and particularly race weekends)?

Education pledge

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:38am Thursday 31st July 2014

FURTHER to your article and comment on the gap between the educational achievement of York’s most disadvantaged children and their peers (Education fear over rich and poor gap, July28), I would like to reassure readers that I am absolutely committed to ensuring that all young people in York have the education and support they need to fulfil their aspirations.

Political point

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:37am Thursday 31st July 2014

IN response to Keith Chapman’s remarks about The Press’s political reporter (Letters, July 29).

Just pay it back

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:36am Thursday 31st July 2014

SO the council has decided to refund the many tourists and general public who were fined during the Lendal Bridge fiasco.

Party problems

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:36am Thursday 31st July 2014

I SUSPECT Keith Chapman’s No Party idea (Letters, July 29) will bring him only disappointment.

River perspective

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:35am Thursday 31st July 2014

WHILE it is always terrible when a young person loses their life, I think some perspective is required when considering closing riverside drinking areas and gating off access to the rivers at night (Alexander Ogilvy and Nick Fletcher, Letters, July 29).

Street cleaning plea

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:34am Thursday 31st July 2014

I WOULD like to add my fourpenn’orth to the debate about the cleanliness of the streets in York.

Brilliant display

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:33am Thursday 31st July 2014

IN June, I walked along Holgate Road to have a look at the newly planted/sown wildflower beds behind The Fox Inn I had read about in The Press and was disappointed when I saw just a handful of poppies and weeds.

Part of the union

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:32am Thursday 31st July 2014

WITH the Scottish referendum looming fast, I wonder how many of our current English Members of Parliament who stem from or reside in Scotland are worried about their own future?

Exercising rights

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:32am Thursday 31st July 2014

IS the latest exercise claim, no doubt aimed at couch potatoes, merely another health scam doing the rounds or sound advice?

Naming names

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:31am Thursday 31st July 2014

Naming names JEN WAKE (Letters, July 29) is perfectly correct that Mike is a corruption or abbreviation for Michael.

Difference between damsels and dragons

York Press:

11:30am Thursday 31st July 2014

DRAGONFLY or damselfly, how to tell? When they are in the air it is very difficult to know which is which but, when they settle, all becomes clear. A dragonfly rests with its wings outstretched whereas a damselfly rests with its wings folded above its body.

Jobs hope from fracking schemes

York Press:

10:45am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE Government has given the green light to let firms submit contracts for the widespread exploration for underground shale oil and gas reserves.

Shifting views

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:44am Wednesday 30th July 2014

CITY of York has done it again. Why does it make things so difficult for small businesses that comprise the core of the city?

Time for a rethink

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:42am Wednesday 30th July 2014

HERE is the result of a good night out beside the river near Scarborough Bridge.

Lenient attitude

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:41am Wednesday 30th July 2014

RECENT revelations of criminals found guilty by a court of law and deemed recidivists, some of whom pose a threat to a law-abiding public, having been sentenced to what can only be described as a soft alternative must weigh heavily on the victims and families of those affected.

Helping humanity

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:41am Wednesday 30th July 2014

TAKING my dog out for her late night constitutional at 11pm, I came across a youth laid on the pavement.

Pit closure shame

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:40am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE TUC should hang its head in shame.

Sounding out music at the races

York Press:

10:21am Wednesday 30th July 2014

I WOULD like to congratulate James Brennan on the excellent new sound system installed at the racecourse.

Wage claims

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:39am Wednesday 30th July 2014

MATTHEW Laverack continues his ideological crusade against the Living Wage, saying “Richard Bridge should know that statistics from various sources can be interpreted to support opposing views on the Minimum Wage” (Letters, July 26).

Some home truths

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:17am Wednesday 30th July 2014

I READ with interest the letter from Geoffrey Searstone (Home truths, July 2). He asserts “many working-class people in York own their own homes – not because they’re privileged, but because they are being rewarded for doing two things: working hard and saving hard”.

Disastrous policies

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:10am Wednesday 30th July 2014

I HEARTILY agree with Nick Love’s sentiments about the Lendal Bridge fiasco and Councillors Alexander and Merrett’s part in it (No Remorse, Letters, July 28).

Desperate measures

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:09am Wednesday 30th July 2014

TRACEY Simpson-Laing says the council was forced to receive the anti-fracking petition at the last council meeting (Right Procedures, Letters, July 24).

Middle East chaos

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:09am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE current advice to Westerners in Libya following the latest attack on a car carrying Westerners is to leave the country.

Destroying people

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:08am Wednesday 30th July 2014

“THERE are none as blind as those who don’t want to see.”

Hidden dangers of a beautiful river

York Press:

11:59am Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE report highlighting the tragic deaths at York’s River Ouse, made for very sad reading (Report reveals drowning risk, July 26).

Ouse warnings

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:56am Tuesday 29th July 2014

ALTHOUGH it may not be possible to stop every mindless idiot from jumping off a bridge, it is obviously important to continue to warn people of the dangers of rivers and alcohol and in trying to prevent more tragic accidents.

Clean up York

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:52am Tuesday 29th July 2014

D M DEAMER’S letter (My messy ideas, Letters, July 25) and others regarding the messy state of York’s streets prompts me to voice support for his idea of community wardens.

Rubbish changes

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:51am Tuesday 29th July 2014

LAST week two York-born teacher friends of mine visited York for the first time in seven years. Below is an extract from a letter I received from them.

Short shrift

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:50am Tuesday 29th July 2014

I REFER to the letter from Mike Usherwood (Language barrier, July 26) in which he requests people stop calling Bishopthorpe “Bishy” and Doncaster “Donny”.

Minding manors

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:49am Tuesday 29th July 2014

REGARDING the article which mentions that the Knavesmire Manor Hotel was a former Georgian manor house (Hotel checks out to become private home, July 26). I would be very interested to know more about how it gained the title of “manor house”.

Inconvenient

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:48am Tuesday 29th July 2014

MIDDLE of summer, you decide to have a bus or car trip to York, you arrive at your destination and park in St George’s.

Congestion problem

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:42am Tuesday 29th July 2014

IN response to J Metcalfe (Letters, July 23), as ward councillor and local resident I am well aware of pollution and congestion problems in Fulford Road.

Protecting children

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:42am Tuesday 29th July 2014

I READ again recently about the tragic case of Baby P and the large sum received by Sharon Shoesmith to compensate for her unfair dismissal. Unfortunately, someone always had to bear the blame for the tragic consequences of that little boy’s death at the hands of his vile mother.

Wonderful sight

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:41am Tuesday 29th July 2014

IT WAS such a wonderful sight to see the 42 nations of the Commonwealth coming together in a chance to showcase the best of their sporting talent.

Silly season

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:24am Tuesday 29th July 2014

AH, the “silly season” raises its head again to try to stare down the city’s newsmen.

Taking a simplified approach to voting

York Press: BREAKING: Tories retain control of Hillingdon despite losing five seats to Labour

11:23am Tuesday 29th July 2014

I KNOW local election time is still quite a long way off, but I would like to make a suggestion in good time in case anyone should be interested in acting on it.



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