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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.

Wonder what Tony Blair thinks of it now

York Press: SPEAKING OUT: Tony Blair, who gave a briefing to journalists yesterday

9:33am Monday 28th July 2014

IN 1994, I went to film a young Labour politician for the BBC in Acomb.

No remorse

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:31am Monday 28th July 2014

MOST of us are watching daily with disbelief as, due to the excellent investigative skills of The Press, more details of this incompetent York administration are revealed.

Meadows boost

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:29am Monday 28th July 2014

IN RESPONSE to the letter of July 24 from Dorothy who wrote to ask about the poppy and wildflower meadows along Poppleton Road.

Cashing in

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:28am Monday 28th July 2014

RECENTLY I saw Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit at York’s Theatre Royal. It was an excellent production and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Noisy nights

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:28am Monday 28th July 2014

LIKE other readers, I enjoyed the official fly-pasts recently, including another exciting glimpse of the historic Battle of Britain Memorial flight.

Shed affection

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:27am Monday 28th July 2014

REFERRING to the practice of fixing padlocks to bridges and other structures (The Press, July 23), this seems harmless enough.

Swimming pool’s future

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:26am Monday 28th July 2014

THE report in The Press of July 24 about the grant awarded to Stamford Bridge Swimming Pool contained a number of inaccuracies.

Harking back to the days of town crier

York Press:

9:25am Monday 28th July 2014

WITH reference to Keith Chapman’s recent query regarding why we don’t have a town crier for York. Well Keith, I have known since you were a young boy, and I am still in touch with the family.

Wonderful sound

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:25am Monday 28th July 2014

I WOULD like to say how much I enjoyed the concert by the Shepherd Construction Band when they played for us in Peasholm Park, Scarborough on Sunday, July 20.

Taxing problem

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:24am Monday 28th July 2014

WE USED to joke that “they’ll tax the air we breathe next”.

Absorbing view

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:23am Monday 28th July 2014

SOMETIMES waiting for a bus, two come along together. York waited centuries for a university and now we have two. Surely one is enough?

Housing hope

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:23am Monday 28th July 2014

COUNCILLOR John Galvin of Bishopthorpe ward’s letter of July 19 in support of his so-called “golden opportunity” of building more social/affordable housing in the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe ward around the Tesco roundabout is a classic example of “not in my ward”.

Traffic mantras

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:22am Monday 28th July 2014

WHILE watching the webcast of City of York Council’s recent full meeting, I noted a hackneyed phrase used by Councillor Joe Watt, that “traffic was flowing” recently at a city road junction, because its traffic lights were blacked out by a fault.



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