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Electorate should be given greater powers to vote out failing officials

York Press:

11:10am Saturday 30th August 2014

THERE must be a law initiated (if it doesn’t already exist) to hold accountable those in public office who fail to fulfil their remit. The electorate must have the authority to dismiss any individual lacking in skill, will, or ability to do their job.


York Press: Letters - zxc

11:08am Saturday 30th August 2014

HOPEFULLY, the revulsion felt by the public over the exposure of the child sex abuse and attempted cover-up in Rotherham and elsewhere, will force the authorities to act quickly and decisively using all the legal powers at their disposal.

Job losses

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:07am Saturday 30th August 2014

WHILE I understand the city’s delight in the new stadium finally getting under way, I have not seen any mention of the people who appear to have lost their jobs.

Lendal Bridge

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:06am Saturday 30th August 2014

WHAT a sad indictment of local politics that the Labour councillors who make the majority on the Corporate Scrutiny Committee did not ask their Cabinet colleagues to think again over their unfair decision not to refund all over the Lendal Bridge debacle.

Wasted play

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:06am Saturday 30th August 2014

I AM lucky enough to have a playing field opposite my house.

Project delays

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:01am Saturday 30th August 2014

 TOWARDS the end of June, I used the letters page to ask when the roadworks at the A1237/A59 roundabout would be completed.

My grandfather

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:01am Saturday 30th August 2014

REGARDING Mr Usherwood’s letter of August 28 in reply to my earlier letter and poem, tell all this to the mothers of the two boys my grandfather talked about.

No party pressure

York Press: Letters - zxc

11:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

THE local UkipKIP spokesperson (Letters, August 28) suggests that the political parties in the council chamber are only interested in carrying out the policies of their party hierarchy.

Photo triggers memories of grandpa

York Press: York Cattle Market, 16/11/67 - deserted on market day because of foot and mouth restrictions

10:59am Saturday 30th August 2014

RECENT archive photographs showing Paragon Street and the cattle market in times past (The Press, August 21) triggered a story our mum told us of our grandpa Taylor who worked for the farmers there.

What about trams on the railway?

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:12am Friday 29th August 2014

THE double-page feature about Christian Vassie’s views on trams in York was quite interesting (The Press, August 27).

On the right lines

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:11am Friday 29th August 2014

THE bold suggestion by Christian Vassie about bringing trams back to York is praiseworthy.

Risky manoeuvre

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:10am Friday 29th August 2014

CAN I take this opportunity through The Press to thank the kind gentleman in the green Range Rover who stopped in the traffic in Monkgate and motioned to me to cross in front of him and into the flow of traffic “on his near side “.

Tram system would be wonderful

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:09am Friday 29th August 2014

I AGREE with Christian Vassie’s excellent suggestion for a tram system in York; it would be wonderful.

Refund shambles

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:07am Friday 29th August 2014

AS A Labour member, it is disappointing how the saga of Lendal Bridge trial drags on. While I maintain that the policy direction was correct, its shambolic implementation resulted in its abandonment.

Bijou parking

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:07am Friday 29th August 2014

I AM delighted to give my old election running mate Nick Blitz the ten pounds for the bet regarding York’s old council offices. (Letters, August 27) But sorry, Nick, I only have that kind of cash in francs.

Lib Dems could not, Tories would not

York Press: Community Stadium - new

10:05am Friday 29th August 2014

LABOUR’S support for York’s new Community Stadium has always been based on securing facilities for community use. The Conservatives oppose the plans and the Liberal Democrats failed to deliver during their eight years in council control.

Lotto explained

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:03am Friday 29th August 2014

KEN HOLMES (Letters, August 22) questioned why matching four numbers paid less than matching three numbers in the Lotto draw on August 13.

City too scruffy

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:02am Friday 29th August 2014

WITH reference to a letter in The Press of August 23, a resident of our beautiful city paid a rare visit to the centre. She said this was spoilt by the sights she saw.

Write constitution

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:01am Friday 29th August 2014

I AM sorry that Keith Massey finds the idea of London schools where pupils speak 42 languages threatening.

Planning decisions

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:01am Friday 29th August 2014

IT IS very pleasing to note that the beautiful terrace of former town houses cum council offices cum derelict buildings is not going to be turned into yet another unnecessary hotel in the city.

Peace work?

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:00am Friday 29th August 2014

AS THE Middle East goes up in flames, where is the Middle East peace envoy? What is Tony Blair doing? I, for one, would like to know.

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.

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