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Congratulations to all at college

York Press:

9:59am Thursday 28th August 2014

CONGRATS for your supplement on the outstanding achievements obtained by the York College and students in 2014.

Menu for success

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:57am Thursday 28th August 2014

FROM September, every child in the first three years of school will be able to enjoy a free healthy school lunch and we applaud the Government for their support of universal infant free school meals and the School Food Plan.

Terror group

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:56am Thursday 28th August 2014

IN reply to Roger Westmoreland’s letter of August 12, Hamas is a terrorist organisation.

No harm done

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:56am Thursday 28th August 2014

WHETHER the NHS is being privatised depends on what you mean by privatisation.

Room is available

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:55am Thursday 28th August 2014

WITH regard to Keith Isaac’s letter of August 25, I was not referring to the Guildhall but to the council chamber, which is a separate and smaller room. The chamber was completed in July 1891.

Listening party

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:51am Thursday 28th August 2014

I READ with interest the request by Cllr Keith Aspden for York citizens’ thoughts in the lead-up to the General Election (Letters, August 25).

Security blues

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:48am Thursday 28th August 2014

READING Sue Nelson’s column of August 25 reminded me of the airport departure we had a few years ago from St Petersburg.

A costly fiasco

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:46am Thursday 28th August 2014

FURTHER to the Lendal Bridge fiasco, it has now been decided to pay back all the fines received.

Anyone surprised?

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:44am Thursday 28th August 2014

THANKS to the very informed Keith Isaac (Letters, August 25) we now know that the excuse by Cllr Tracy Simpson-Laing regarding a fire certificate preventing people observing the last council meeting was wrong all along.

Hospital thanks

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:43am Thursday 28th August 2014

IT is good to be reminded by Patrick Crowley, chief executive of York Hospital (The Press, August 19) that it is the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group commissioners who decided which medical services are to be paid for and provided in the Vale of York via the hospital trust.

Touring Flanders

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:42am Thursday 28th August 2014

BETWEEN Sunday, November 8, and Thursday, November 13, I will be leading a group from the North of England to the Cenotaph ceremony in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday.

Cowardice facts

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:41am Thursday 28th August 2014

I READ K F Durkin’s letter of August 23 with interest and I rather think it is necessary to give the full facts on executions for cowardice and desertion in the First World War.

All knowledge useful

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:40am Thursday 28th August 2014

IT is fast approaching time for the kids to go back to school. Many 11-year-olds will be taking the big step from junior schools to “The Big School”. This was something I was quite nervous about 55 years ago.

Delight at warrior king Richard III

York Press:

9:38am Thursday 28th August 2014

AS A member of the Society of Friends of King Richard III, I was pleased to learn that experts have finally proved beyond doubt that England’s last Plantagenet ruler was not the physically “weak” monarch with a hunchback and withered arm as vilely perpetuated by Tudor propagandists and Shakespeare.

‘Special treatment’ creates problems

York Press:

10:10am Wednesday 27th August 2014

THE issue of letting agents, landlords and students being allowed to dispose of waste free of charge is one that gets to the crux of austerity.

A sad loss for city

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:09am Wednesday 27th August 2014

WHAT a sad loss is the passing of Lynn Jeffries. If only all councillors had her honesty, integrity and values. RIP.

Commuter’s woe

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:08am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A COUPLE of months ago, I started using the trains between Malton and York on a daily basis to commute to and from work.

Change for better

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:07am Wednesday 27th August 2014

WHILE it is understandable that people like what they are used to, I must write to disagree with correspondents begging for the return of Barry Parker on BBC Radio York.

Lesson to learn

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:06am Wednesday 27th August 2014

AT City of York Council, we are frequently taken on virtual country tours to find tenuous links to councils doing better or worse than York, so we can all be in awe of the brilliance of York’s Labour administration.

Labour lunacy

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:04am Wednesday 27th August 2014

TEN years on, I successfully claimed a £10 wager from my friend and one-time election running-mate, Phill Thomas.

Law should encourage organ donation

York Press: Jayne Jackson, of Linley Avenue, Haxby, who needs a kidney transplant. Pic: Mike Tipping (9585095)

10:03am Wednesday 27th August 2014

JAYNE JACKSON has been waiting two years for a kidney transplant (The Press, August 26).

Off his trolley

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:02am Wednesday 27th August 2014

HAVING just read Barry Joyce’s letter about leaving his trolley at the bus stop, I was dumbfounded.

Less costs more

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:01am Wednesday 27th August 2014

I RECEIVED a reply from the council recently about their having to make difficult financial decisions to balance the council’s budget.

Futile fasting

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

INSTEAD of spending a week in York Minster on a fasting and peace vigil, perhaps Archbishop of York, John Sentamu’s time would be better spent talking to the moderate Muslims in York and elsewhere, to persuade the Muslim jihadists in the Middle East that they don’t agree with the form of Islam being carried out by ISIS.

Wrong terminology

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

“Please join me in praying, especially for those places in our global village devastated by militarism, idolatry (the worship of God wrongly conceived), dictatorships and abject poverty,” says Archbishop Sentamu.

Planning protocols

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:59am Wednesday 27th August 2014

I AM responding to Mr Price’s letter “Hardly a victory” August 22.

Policy defence

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:58am Wednesday 27th August 2014

CONSERVATIVES and Liberal Democrats introduced the ‘bedroom tax’ to encourage those in social housing to downsize.

Great respect for tireless work to improve services for the disabled

York Press: Lynn Jeffries, who has now joined the Liberal Democrats on City of York Council

11:45am Tuesday 26th August 2014

I WAS extremely shocked and upset to hear of the passing of Westfield Councillor Lynn Jeffries.

Racetrack bikers

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:43am Tuesday 26th August 2014

WOULD motorcyclists taking the A166 York and Fridaythorpe road please note that this is a public highway with a speed limit of 60mph and not a race track.

A great example

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:41am Tuesday 26th August 2014

 HOW good it was to read about the six young teenagers who raised money and went out to Romania to support children with AIDS and their families (York pupils dive in to help Romanian AIDS children, August 23). All power to their elbow as the saying goes.

Bus is a let-down

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:39am Tuesday 26th August 2014

I DON’T know why the monks got cross, but I’ll tell you why I did.

Bring back Barry

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:33am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Barry FURTHER to the recent letters regarding the dropping of Barry Parker and Sharon Shortle, can I add my name to the list of dissatisfied listeners regarding Radio York’s coverage of York City’s matches.

Gull yobs anger

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:29am Tuesday 26th August 2014

I WAS sickened and disgusted to read the sad story of the gull who was painted by “yobs” (Yobs paint seagull bright red, August 23).

High price of rail

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:21am Tuesday 26th August 2014

I ALREADY have to pay the considerable sum of £15,000 for a season ticket from York to London. I am now informed I must find more money to meet the average rail fare rise of 3.5 per cent.

Short-changed

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:20am Tuesday 26th August 2014

IN September 2013, in good faith, along with many other council taxpayers in our city, I subscribed to the additional green bin scheme for one year and paid a fee of £35.

Swamped by homes

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:19am Tuesday 26th August 2014

YORK Council’s credentials over pollution and congestion and its eco-friendly policies are unchallengeable, aren’t they? Leastways, that’s how the leadership seeks to justify to council taxpayers its bus-friendly, cycle-supportive, anti-car initiatives, like the closure of Lendal Bridge.

Pride in homeland

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:17am Tuesday 26th August 2014

AMONG my friends in the RAF in 1941-42 were a Jew, an Arab and an Armenian Christian.

All walks of life march to save the NHS

York Press:

11:10am Tuesday 26th August 2014

ON FRIDAY August 22 I joined the People’s March for the NHS for the 17-mile Harrogate to Leeds leg. The march is following in the historic footsteps of the original 1936 Jarrow Crusade to Westminster, this time to draw attention to the threats posed by privatisation to our precious National Health Service.

Walking back into holiday history

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:58am Monday 25th August 2014

MANY years ago when few families had a motor car, the West Riding Ramblers Association (Leeds and Bradford) ran rambles by train on Whit Monday and August Bank Holiday Monday.

Don’t blame cuts

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:57am Monday 25th August 2014

I FIND it beyond belief that councillor Sandy Fraser (Letters, August 20) should blame government cuts for dirty streets and gullies in York.

Pensions merited

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:56am Monday 25th August 2014

IT would appear that letter writer Keith Chapman thinks that our police, fire brigade and ambulance service should have the same pension provision as our armed forces.

One rule for them

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:56am Monday 25th August 2014

WHY does James Alexander always have to have the last word (Letters, August 20) when an opposition councillor says something he doesn’t agree with?

Fire guidance

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:55am Monday 25th August 2014

RECENTLY Cllr Simpson Laing informed those complaining about not being allowed into the public gallery at the Guildhall that it was due to a condition of the fire certificate, restricting access.

Tell us your ideas

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:55am Monday 25th August 2014

ONE OF the most common things residents tell me is that the Labour-run City of York Council does not listen to them.

Finding an affordable Place to live

York Press: (9531056)

12:49pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

YOUR editorial of August 20 says the conversion of former council offices in St.Leonard’s Place will do nothing to address York’s needs for affordable homes, but James Alexander claims the developers are keen to meet affordable housing commitments.

Rare visit spoilt

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:48pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

AS A York born resident, may I add my thoughts about what is happening to the beautiful, historic city of York.

Misinformed

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:47pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

YOUR correspondent Mr. Paul (Letters, August 21) is woefully misinformed about history.

Rooted in history

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:46pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

I FIND it amazing how Israel sympathisers like Mr Paul (Letters, August 21) go back 2000 years to justify current atrocities. All I can say is “Please grow up: otherwise we will have Native Americans throwing out the Pilgrim Fathers and all their descendants, and they’ll all come to England.”

Give money back

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:46pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

THIS is getting past a joke over the fines refunds on Lendal Bridge.

Yorkatt’s cream of the cartoon crop

York Press:

12:45pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

MANY thanks, as always, to all of you who entered the ‘Yorkatt & Eric’ competition on the ‘Lendal Bridge Fines’ saga. Lots of entries and (nearly!) every one really good!



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