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Reshuffles are a sign of weakness

York Press: Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a debate in the House of Commons.

9:13am Friday 25th July 2014

PICTURE the scene. You are MD of a new company and you appoint various people to fill the top jobs, treasurer, foreign sales, personnel manager, etc.

Transparency call

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:11am Friday 25th July 2014

PROBLEMS with council Freedom of Information requests, as featured in The Press, are worrying.

Decision makers

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:11am Friday 25th July 2014

WHERE were the senior executives? Colin Richardson (Letters, July 22) quite rightly suggests that the planning and implementation of the Lendal Bridge fiasco would be the responsibility of the professional senior executives of the council.

Stopping dissent

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:10am Friday 25th July 2014

WITH regard to the letters from Mr Jones and Mr Wardell in The Press of July 22, I agree wholeheartedly that the debating time was squashed so that no time for dissenting voices was available.

Question of faith

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:10am Friday 25th July 2014

THE closure of Lendal Bridge caused me no inconvenience, but I did read the report and made some enquiries of councillors and of the author of the report. The withdrawal of the scheme seemed to make comments superfluous.


York Press: Letters - zxc

9:08am Friday 25th July 2014

IT IS not surprising, given the right-wing bias of the news media, that the less astute among us believe the current allegations of Russian involvement in shooting down the Malaysian passenger plane.

How we fought against the elements

York Press:

9:06am Friday 25th July 2014

TRUE British bulldog spirit was in evidence at Saturday night’s Party At The Palace.

New Zealand voting example

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:04am Friday 25th July 2014

LIKE Jim Begley (Letters, July 23), I am “thankful that we can vote [and] would encourage more electors to do so and participate in the whole process”.

Research into Kure area of Japan

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:03am Friday 25th July 2014

DID you serve in the Kure area of Japan at some time between 1946 and 1956?

Residents do care

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:02am Friday 25th July 2014

WHO wouldn’t sympathise with PR Willey and his small, elite team of hard-working and hard-pressed street-cleaning operatives (Letters, July 22)?

My ‘messy’ ideas

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:01am Friday 25th July 2014

REGARDING the state of the streets of York, in reality we have two issues.

World-class cleanliness for a world-class city

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:01am Friday 25th July 2014

IN HIS letter of July 22, PR Willey asks those who are concerned about the amount of litter in York to spare a thought for the hardworking teams who have to clear it.

MP shows a lack of understanding

York Press: Ed Miliband

10:32am Thursday 24th July 2014

HOW disheartening that Hugh Bayley praises employers paying the living wage rather than expounding on the need for a living income.

Heard it all before

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:24am Thursday 24th July 2014

ED MILIBAND promises there will be no return to the tax-and-spend policies of past Labour governments.

Right procedures

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:23am Thursday 24th July 2014

I WOULD like to inform readers of council procedures, as they have not been accurately portrayed by Mr Jones and Mr Wardell (Letters, July 22).

Poppies praise

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:22am Thursday 24th July 2014

SINCE reading in The Press earlier in the year that poppy seeds were being planted on certain stretches of grass area along Poppleton Road, I have watched the progress with interest.

Left unresolved

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:21am Thursday 24th July 2014

LAST week Labour councillors voted as one to defeat my motion on Lendal Bridge and save the jobs of Cllr Alexander and Cllr Merrett.

Litter problem

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:20am Thursday 24th July 2014

RECENTLY many letters have addressed litter on the streets of York. This is a problem everywhere in our country and a problem that is getting worse.

Blaming Putin

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:19am Thursday 24th July 2014

IS THIS “We hate Putin” month?

Crumbling city

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:18am Thursday 24th July 2014

NOW that the bike race has gone, can I suggest to James Alexander that he has a walk round his own ward, Holgate, and see where the money spent on the bike race should have been spent on long-term benefits and not on a ride-past lasting a few seconds.

Behind the times

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:17am Thursday 24th July 2014

NOW that the Grand Départ has departed, when is some bright spark going to remove the banner from the railings of West Offices advertising “ A Grand Soiree” on July 2?

Where’s the money?

York Press: Letters - zxc

10:16am Thursday 24th July 2014

HERE they go again! I think it’s time that City of York Council started working with its citizens instead of against them.

A significant party in Rowntree Park

York Press: PARK LIFE: Rowntree Park was given to the city 93 years ago by Joseph Rowntree

10:14am Thursday 24th July 2014

SORRY, but the note in the paper on Tuesday, July 22, about the Rowntree Park birthday party is not quite right.

Invalid vehicle

York Press:

10:16am Thursday 24th July 2014

FOLLOWING your Yesterday Once More pictures in The Press of July 21, I believe the small vehicle in the corner of the car park may be a motorised invalid car, which were in use at the time.

No room here for so many houses

York Press:

9:56am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I AM delighted that Mr Bryan (Letters, July 21) enjoyed laughing at the “Stop Urban Sprawl” message in Earswick.

On democracy

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:54am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

KEITH MASSEY (“Three dropped” – July 16) goes some way to answering his own interesting questions.

James Robson

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:54am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

LAST Saturday, I bought a writing bureau at the auction at the Murton Livestock Centre.

Hats off to school

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:53am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

WELCOME To The Sixties, the cabaret at All Saint’s School last week, was put together in only two weeks.

Alarm system

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:52am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

FOR less than £300 per 200 metres, an early-warning infra-red alarm beam can be set up which phones five separate numbers immediately the beam is broken by someone crossing through it.

Clean our streets

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:52am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

LETTERS in The Press of July 21 join others published earlier to bemoan quite rightly the state of York streets and open areas.

Walls in a state

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:51am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

YESTERDAY my husband decided to walk the city walls. We started at Exhibition Square and the rubbish up the stairs and on the walls in unacceptable.

Romance locked out...

York Press:

9:48am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

SO ROMANCE is dead in York! The “lovelocks” have been removed from the Millennium Bridge (The Press, July 21).

Clean up after you

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:46am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I WELCOME criticism, but why does Mr/Ms Rawcliffe think I advocate getting the unemployed to clean York’s streets for nothing?

Traffic jam problems

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:45am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I WOULD thank the three guys who helped me push my little yellow Audi out of a traffic jam in Fulford Road.

An uncivil war

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:44am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

JANET ROWNTREE needs to put her reference to 1667 in context. (Letters, July 21). England was recovering from the Civil War and, post-Cromwell, had made the grievous error of readmitting the Stuarts to the throne.

No offence taken

York Press: Coun John Galvin, who believes the topic of knowing your councillor needs serious consideration

9:43am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I HAVE a lot of time for Councillor John Galvin, who many do not consider a proper Tory. He has also not taken to personal attacks on opponents or council staff as his party in York has chosen to under its current leadership.

60,000 offenders

York Press: Crunch vote on Lendal Bridge trial tonight

9:42am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

WITH regard to the recent correspondence about the Lendal Bridge closure, there are two points I would like to mention.

Full Kelly inquest is only answer

York Press:

3:06pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

GIVEN Hillsborough and hacking, and the shocking allegations of corruption in areas of government and the police, it is so important to be vigilant about the concealment of the truth.

Thankless job

York Press: Letters - zxc

3:04pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WITH reference to letters regarding the state of York’s streets, I have four staff who work from 5am till 9am on Saturday and Sunday morning clearing the mess from the night-time revellers, a task made difficult due to many pubs closing at 4am and us having to deal with people hampering our efforts as they stagger around at 5am.

All time low

York Press: Letters - zxc

3:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

YOU couldn’t even get into the council meeting where Dave Merrett and James Alexander faced calls to resign without a ticket, yet the public benches were half-empty while people were being turned away.

It’s not funny

York Press: Letters - zxc

3:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

I ATTENDED the Council ‘pantomime’ last Thursday. It was neither funny nor entertaining.

Who’s to blame?

York Press: Letters - zxc

3:02pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ARE councillors James Alexander and Dave Merrett the correct people to blame for the Lendal Bridge fiasco?

Taken to account

York Press: Letters - zxc

3:01pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

SURELY there can be no doubt in the mind of any right-thinking person that Russia was somehow involved in shooting down the Malaysian airliner.

Back to committee

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:50pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ANOTHER day, another story about the erosion of local democracy in York. Too much power in too few hands, unnecessary secrecy, spin and self-publicity, poorly thought-through decision making, political tribalism and a two-tier system where some councillors seem to exist just to toe the party line.

No crystal ball

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:50pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MANY words have been written about the Lendal Bridge closure, and no doubt there will be many more. What puzzles me is the often quoted reason (excuse) for this and other costly traffic management schemes, i.e. the forecast of more congestion and even gridlock.

Buskers unplugged

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:49pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

FOLLOWING letters from Mr V King and D M Deamer, I too think amplified music in the city should be banned.

Return of the market

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:48pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AS A York resident who remembers the original site of York market, it was a breath of fresh air to see it back home. This is only temporary, according to the traders I spoke to.

Nazi controversy

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:47pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE surrender of the German armed forces on Luneburg Heath in 1945 was an impressive affair. How splendid the German generals looked in their smart uniforms emblazoned with Nazi medals and insignia.

A dirty business

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:46pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

CHRISTIAN VASSIE (Letters, July 19) must surely realise that in party politics you are always only one step in front of a “friendly” stab in the back.

Bring back the Crier

York Press: Letters - zxc

2:45pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WHEN John Redpath retired as Town Crier about five years ago (Letters, July 16), I wrote to City of York Council to offer my services if I could be of any help; no reply!

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