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Trams not as expensive as they seem

York Press:

12:19pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

CHRISTIAN VASSIE’S film about modern tram systems and costings for different options (The Press, August 27) certainly need to be considered by the proposed Congestion Commission, although perhaps York 2030 would convey a more positive message about looking for bold transport solutions for a sustainable future.

Will trams fit?

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:17pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

CHRISTIAN Vassie advocates returning trams – with all their required track and power cable infrastructure – to York, of all places (The Press, August 27)?

We need change

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:16pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

SURELY it’s time for a change to our voting system.

The solar stadium

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:15pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

I AM delighted that plans are again progressing for the city stadium (The Press, August 27).

Bridge refunds

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:10pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

TO THOSE members of our council who voted against the immediate and automatic refund of all fines illegally imposed on innocent members of the public who crossed Lendal Bridge, I say: “hang your heads in shame”.

A lack of humility

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:09pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

WHEN I was (much) younger, I was taught that if we made a mistake or did something wrong, the best and only thing to do was admit it, apologise and, if possible, rectify the matter.

Blood cancer group

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:08pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE next meeting of the York Haematology Support Group for patients, families, friends and carers dealing with blood cancers will be held at 7pm at Huntington Working Men’s Club on Thursday.

Water mystery

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:07pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

 NOT sure how the owners of Waterworld have won the bid for the new pool. Let us hope they take better care of the stadium than they have of Waterworld.

Treatment lottery

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:05pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

I WAS very interested in your article on August 21 about Dr Mark Hayes and his concerns about postcode lotteries for certain treatments.

Honouring Harper

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:05pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

SOME time ago I wrote to express my horror at the idea of John Harper’s magnificent St Leonard’s crescent being converted into a “boutique” hotel. This could not possibly have been done without a complete subversion of Harper’s original intentions. I received no support whatsoever.

Electoral fines

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:04pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ON AUGUST 22, my wife received a letter from the electoral registration officer, telling her that she needed to provide some information to register to vote by September 1, and that if she didn’t provide it she could be fined £80.

Exams not the end

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:02pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

HAVING witnessed the nauseating adolescent Brain of Britain contest on TV, I feel sorry for the contestants who for most part are traumatised by the experience, and are supported by their pushy parents.

Bicycle vandals

York Press: Letters - zxc

12:01pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THAT poor bike! Residing outside York Station it has been slowly kicked to death by vandals. Perhaps once it was someone’s pride and joy.

Peace ‘in hands of the oppressor’

York Press:

12:00pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ISRAEL’S announcement yesterday that it had annexed another 1,000 acres of the West Bank to supplement the 125 state sanctioned settlements currently breaching international laws (that can never be enforced against this bastion of brutality) must put an end to the ridiculous notion that a lasting peace has ever been dependent on the actions of Hamas or Fatah.

Organ donation decisions should be left to the individual not the law

York Press:

10:08am Monday 1st September 2014

WHILE I have every sympathy with anyone in need of an organ transplant, I must question Tom Mitchell’s suggestion that organ donation be made compulsory (Letters, August 27).

Selfie shame

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:55am Monday 1st September 2014

THIS behaviour among firefighters, police and paramedics should be a disciplinary offence (Police officer apologises after crash scene selfies, The Press, August 29). It should be stamped out at the earliest opportunity.

Long lost friend

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:55am Monday 1st September 2014

I AM trying to find a close friend from York. I would appreciate it if you could help me to trace him.

Missing Henry Moore sculpture

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:53am Monday 1st September 2014

I WAS wondering what has happened to the Henry Moore reclining bronze sculpture that preceded that of Constantine at the side of the Minster.

West Bank Park

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:52am Monday 1st September 2014

WE WOULD like to thank Jane Cullen, founder and chair of West Bank Park Heritage Project, and her team for organising the public meeting we attended. There were more than 100 attendees from the community and it was great to see Holgate people galvanised in community action.

Refund fines

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:50am Monday 1st September 2014

THE Fairness Commission should look into the actions of City of York Council in refusing to automatically refund all fines relating to Lendal Bridge.

Scotland is not just a Scottish problem

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:49am Monday 1st September 2014

I AM saddened that I have been denied my birth-right and do not have a vote in the Scottish Referendum.

Political football

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:48am Monday 1st September 2014

COUNCILLOR James Alexander’s letter of August 30 was his usual concoction of distorted quotes from years ago as he showed the only football he cares about on the Community Stadium is a political one.

Airport horror

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:47am Monday 1st September 2014

ON reading Sue Nelson’s report in The Press (Monday, August 26), it brought back memories of our holidays flying via Manchester airport.

Fashion faux pas

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:47am Monday 1st September 2014

WITH reference to Helen Mead’s column about PJs (The Press, August 26).

Gaza conflict

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:46am Monday 1st September 2014

IN RESPONSE to Mrs Summerfield’s letter of August 28, Gaza’s Hamas is a political party and social welfare organisation. It was democratically elected as the government of Palestine, and apart from running the government, it also runs schools, hospitals, etc.

Stunning views

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:45am Monday 1st September 2014

LAST Saturday we travelled to the end of Spurn Point. What a great experience.

Safe to stand

York Press: Letters - zxc

9:45am Monday 1st September 2014

PLEASE whatever you do leave, the areas behind the goals standing terraces.

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.

Revulsion

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.


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