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Views differ on IVF policy in York

York Press:

9:34am Tuesday 19th August 2014

I WISH to clarify comments made by readers in recent letters to The Press (“NHS should be fair and open to all”, August 15 , and “Couples need aid”, August 13).

Hobson’s choice

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:32am Tuesday 19th August 2014

In response to Donald Monro’s letter of August 16, although in principle the NICE recommendations are guidelines, NHS England and clinical commissioning groups must “provide clear reasons for any general policy that does not follow NICE guidance”.

IVF dilemma

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:32am Tuesday 19th August 2014

WHILE I agree that people with problems concerning drugs and alcohol need help (Letters, August 15), I do not agree that IVF treatment should be made available on the NHS.

Radio favourites

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:29am Tuesday 19th August 2014

LIKE Chris Wilks (Letters, August 15) I too was initially surprised and then baffled at not hearing Barry and Sharon presenting the York City match on BBC Radio York.

Mystery man

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:29am Tuesday 19th August 2014

IN A letter titled “A proper Yorker” (The Press, August 9), Gordon Cheapcastle gushes praise on the Labour administration and its Local Plan.

Ludicrous idea

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:28am Tuesday 19th August 2014

HOW I agree with Cllr Brian W J E Watson (Letters, August 15). I cannot believe that York Council are reducing the amount of public conveniences in both Exhibition Square and have already done so in Union Terrace. Particularly in Union Terrace, where coaches and cars park to visit our city.

Revival of market

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:26am Tuesday 19th August 2014

WHAT a wonderful buzz in Parliament Street at the moment. Anyone in town can hardly avoid the market now, whereas tucked away in Newgate it is out of sight and out of mind.

Waste of energy

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:25am Tuesday 19th August 2014

PROOF of how out of touch the UK is with contemporary energy technology is found in the news that we are paying to export three million tonnes of rubbish this year, to be incinerated elsewhere. Our waste is heating half a million homes across Europe, at our expense.

Home truths

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:23am Tuesday 19th August 2014

 IN REPLY to Cllr James Alexander’s letter of August 15, firstly I did not argue that couples should marry before having children; I stated what did happen.

Time to rise above

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:23am Tuesday 19th August 2014

IT IS to be hoped that the Scottish people can rise above the passionate nationalism that Geoff Robb calls for (Letters, August 16).

Worried over lock

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:22am Tuesday 19th August 2014

IN APRIL the National River Basin management (NRBM) chained the lock gates at Elvington. There are 20 boats moored on the River Derwent at Elvington which meant that they were locked in.

Not my job...

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:21am Tuesday 19th August 2014

IN REPLY to D M Deamer’s letter of August 16, I must be under the wrong impression. I thought my council tax went towards keeping our streets clean, our roads repaired and our footpaths repaired and passable.

Where does it end?

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:20am Tuesday 19th August 2014

So DM Deamer thinks AP Cox should be more public-spirited (Letters, August 16). Furthermore, he states that Mr Cox should tidy up Holgate’s footpaths and gutters himself. Well, he already has if he has paid his council tax.

Support our small retailers

York Press:

9:18am Tuesday 19th August 2014

IN RESPONSE to Keith Chapman’s letter of August 5 regarding Front Street in Acomb, I can assure him that Acomb Alive! is actively bringing together retailers and residents in the area.

Failure to address issues at hand

York Press: Julia Unwin, chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

9:20am Monday 18th August 2014

MATTHEW Laverack’s response to our debate on the Living Wage once again fails to address the issues at hand, and in particular: Despite protracted requests, he has not provided any supporting evidence or research that the introduction of a minimum wage (and thereby a living wage) is linked to increases in youth or other unemployment– and similarly fails to acknowledge the established benefits to employers of a happier and more settled workforce.

Speed limit

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:18am Monday 18th August 2014

I READ with disbelief the article of August 13 stating that since its introduction the police have not stopped a single motorist for exceeding the 20mph speed limits around York’s streets.

Housing evidence

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:18am Monday 18th August 2014

I HAVE challenged Cllr James Alexander numerous times on social media to provide evidence for his claims that the planning inspector ever stated that 800 new homes a year was too low.

Rail correction

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:17am Monday 18th August 2014

I WAS naturally pleased to see the photographs I took of the last official freight train on the Ryedale lines on August 7, 1964 included in the August 12 edition of The Press.

Police retirement

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:10am Monday 18th August 2014

HEARING reports about North Yorkshire Police being under the spotlight on fitness levels within the service, it made me think that we need to ensure our police officers have early retirement as a requirement within the service.

Bus firm on move

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:09am Monday 18th August 2014

THE comments made by Keith Chapman (Letters, August 14) are supported by me. When commenting to First Group on their services, I originally had replies from James Street, York.

Earning your vote

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:08am Monday 18th August 2014

WHY IS it that York councillors feel it necessary to write so many letters to The Press on the issue of internal council procedure?

Where will all the extra traffic go?

York Press:

10:09am Saturday 16th August 2014

THE letter headlined “A proper Yorker” (Letters, August 9) appears to be a comment from someone unaffected by the Local Plan.

Rest in peace

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:07am Saturday 16th August 2014

A NUMBER of our family members and grandchildren of one of the ten Calpin brothers, who served in the great war of 1914-18 were invited to attend the commemoration service in the York cemetery chapel on Monday, August 4.

Cut and dried

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:06am Saturday 16th August 2014

IN RESPONSE to the letter of August 11 by AP Cox regarding the overgrown gutters and the encroachment of brambles and hedges on to the footpaths of Holgate.

All things NICE?

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:05am Saturday 16th August 2014

CAN it be explained to me why successive governments accept NICE, National Institute for Clinical Excellence, advices on how our NHS should spend our money on drugs and operations, being told on most occasions that we can’t afford them?

Help the Ear Trust

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:03am Saturday 16th August 2014

AUTUMN is nearly here so clubs and societies will be meeting again. If you are considering a charity to support, please will you phone me on 01347 810325 and I’ll explain about the Ear Trust.

Precious beetles

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:02am Saturday 16th August 2014

I CAN empathise with Andrew Vevers (Letters, August 12).


York Press: Letters - zxc

9:58am Saturday 16th August 2014

I REFER to the letter from H F Perry of August 14. While not always agreeing with Sue Galloway when she was a councillor, I feel she did not deserve such a letter in response.

Robin Williams

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:57am Saturday 16th August 2014

Fox News suggested Robin Williams had been a “coward” for his apparent suicide..

Group give professional performance

York Press:

9:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

I’VE heard of the Joseph Rowntree Theatre productions often and last night I had the pleasure – and, yes, I confess shock – of watching an incredibly professional amateur cast present the musical Ghost.

Life beyond cancer

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

CANCER, we have all heard of it and most of us will know someone that’s faced it. It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of something as big as cancer.

The ins and outs

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

THE Scottish people have disappointed me in their independence debates.

NHS should be fair and open to all

York Press: NHS logo

10:08am Friday 15th August 2014

IN RESPONSE to the letter by ‘Ann’ printed on August 13, while I agree that it is unfair that York Teaching Trust NHS foundation continue not to fund IVF, I must raise an issue with other points made in the letter.

House and home

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:07am Friday 15th August 2014

 HAZEL WARD (Letters, August 1) said I continue to ‘bleat’ about housing in York. I would like to apologise if this is the perceived case, but it is an issue very important to York families that Labour and myself are addressing.

Get Shortle!

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:06am Friday 15th August 2014

WHAT a pleasure it used to be to listen to BBC Radio York on a football Saturday afternoon and hear the unique presenting style of Barry Parker, alongside former York City striker Chris Jones, backed up in the studio by Sharon Shortle.

Read your history

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:05am Friday 15th August 2014

THE only defence is in offence, which means that you have to kill more women and children more quickly than the enemy if you want to save yourself.

The Middle East

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:57am Friday 15th August 2014

IN REPLY to Mr Knapton, York’s Palestine Solidarity stand is outside M&S nearly every Saturday. It was more active than usual last weekend due to Israel’s bombing of Gaza and the terrible casualties.

Shrinking books

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:45am Friday 15th August 2014

THEY say it’s a shrinking world but unfortunately not everything shrinks to our advantage.

Tracks of memories

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:43am Friday 15th August 2014

IN RESPONSE to your article of August 12, I offer the following memories of my train travel in Ryedale.

Answers are needed

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:43am Friday 15th August 2014

RECENT letters alongside one from Councillor Brian Watson of July 25 wrongly suggest that Labour somehow “squashed” debating time on the call for resignations over the Lendal Bridge trial.

We should decide

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:41am Friday 15th August 2014

REGARDING Colin Hall’s letter of August 13, proclaiming York to be a “City of Sanctuary” and a “City Of Faiths”, I would like to enquire, did the indigenous population of York get any say in this decision, or was it bestowed on us with some hidden and quiet agenda by the Labour administration of City of York Council, and therefore putting more pressure on our schools, housing, NHS, doctors , roads, etc?

Toilets disappoint

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:39am Friday 15th August 2014

I BELIEVE residents have been delivered a blow on the issue of refurbishing toilet facilities. The deal was to have the toilets put out to tender for someone to refurbish the toilets and impose a charge to allow them to run them, not as a loss, but to cover costs and provide income.

Scotland must choose hope over fear

York Press:

9:36am Friday 15th August 2014

MAXINE GORDON (The Press, August 8) says time is running out for Alex Salmond to reassure Scotland about independence giving this as the reason why he will lose in September.

Realise cause of the troubles

York Press:

11:26am Thursday 14th August 2014

SUPPORTERS of the Palestinians identify totally with the narrative that for half a century the Palestinians have been marginalised and mistreated by a ruthless Israel.

Think on Gadaffi

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:22am Thursday 14th August 2014

PHILIP ROE rightly condemned the actions of George Bush and Tony Blair in the Middle East (Letters, August 6), but failed to comment on the foreign policy of the present Government.

Rail not scrapped

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:21am Thursday 14th August 2014

WITH regards to the report in The Press of August 12 – “When the railway tracks fell silent” – your readers may be interested to know that steam engine class J27 65894, which hauled the last official freight train from Malton to Kirbymoorside, has survived the scrap man, unlike the railways of Ryedale.

Sense from home

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:20am Thursday 14th August 2014

ALL THOSE British nationals who are fighting with the “Islamic State” should be prosecuted for war crimes if they return home.

Serve sentence

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:17am Thursday 14th August 2014

I WAS pleased to see that the child abuser James McLean received 11 years, but he won’t do the full 11 years (The Press, August 12).

Drain on us all

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:16am Thursday 14th August 2014

SO THE council is planning a meeting in September to discuss the subject of clearing the gullies and drains (The Press, August 8).

Read the problems

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:06am Thursday 14th August 2014

WITH regards to the letter of August 13 from Brian Webster complaining on the Tesco run, we need to find out if any of the bus management actually reads The Press.

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