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Time to think about helping Syrians

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11:26am Monday 21st April 2014

DEATH, destruction, starvation. Total civil war is being engaged in Syria.

Anglers aware

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11:25am Monday 21st April 2014

THE item on ‘killer shrimp’ and other invasive species (The Press, April 14) made for interesting reading, again presuming the angler is allegedly responsible for the extensive spread of these ‘aliens’ around the country.

Lives ruined

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11:24am Monday 21st April 2014

NIGEL EVANS, the MP and former deputy speaker, is right in asking that the Crown Prosecution Service pays all his defence costs after being found not guilty of nine serious accusations.

Care for birds

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11:23am Monday 21st April 2014

NOW it is that time of year again when blackbirds swoop across the road to distract from their nesting sites, often getting killed, as one can see when driving around.

Horrible history

11:23am Monday 21st April 2014

SO Coun James Alexander has played musical chairs with members of his cabinet in an attempt to hoodwink York’s electorate next May and I quote (The Press, April 17) “we will focus on York’s local elections standing on our record to stop a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition taking control of the council”.

Smoky bridge

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11:22am Monday 21st April 2014

HOLY smoke. The pollution has returned to Lendal Bridge.

Treasure the photo of those brave men

York Press: Normandy Veterans. From the left are Gordon Collinson, Ken Cooke, Ken Smith,  Roy Rowbotham, Bert Barritt, George Meredith and Douglas Haw. Picture David Harrison. (5489669)

11:19am Monday 21st April 2014

THE splendid photograph (The Press, April 17) of seven of this country’s bravest men was both a delight and timely reminder in one.

Voting counts

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11:15am Monday 21st April 2014

IT IS no secret that young people are increasingly alienated from mainstream politics, reflected by lower turnout in recent elections.

Missing cycle link

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11:11am Monday 21st April 2014

PAUL ANDERSON suggested (Letters, April 12) that expenditure on a cycle lane alongside the A1237 has been a waste of money, as he has not seen one cyclist on it.

Real transparency

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11:10am Monday 21st April 2014

I FIND it interesting that, based on your front-page article of April 16, it would appear that the Labour group, usually so closely controlled by their masters, broke free during their private meeting and voted to open Lendal Bridge.

Generosity is key

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11:10am Monday 21st April 2014

ONE always rejoices over lost sheep found (Letters, April 15 ). Earlier this month, my neighbour David showed me a bunch of keys he had found lying in the gutter in Carr Lane, Acomb.

Lendal trial principles were sound

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11:46am Saturday 19th April 2014

WITH all the overblown rhetoric about Lendal Bridge from Conservative and Lib Dem councillors, it’s easy to forget that the principles behind the trial are still sound.

Officers to blame

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11:45am Saturday 19th April 2014

SO COMMON sense has finally prevailed in the Lendal Bridge saga; now for the recriminations, calls for resignations, etc.

Parking charges

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11:45am Saturday 19th April 2014

FIASCO is such an inadequate word to use when describing the Labour council’s handling of the Lendal Bridge debacle.

Too many cars

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11:44am Saturday 19th April 2014

DURING my childhood only one or two cars would be found parked in any street and children owned residential streets for play.

What about us?

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11:44am Saturday 19th April 2014

Oh Cllr James Alexander, how can you pontificate about housing? You have let the university grow and grow and all those students now rent the “affordable” housing.

Late night buses

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11:43am Saturday 19th April 2014

I WAS surprised to see the Conservative MP for Outer York and ward councillor for Strensall celebrating the return of late-night buses to Stockton-on-the-Forest from May as a Conservative success.

Head of waste

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11:43am Saturday 19th April 2014

IN The Press (Monday 14 April) among other titles Andy Binner is described as “head of waste at City of York Council”.

Silly cyclists give rest of us a bad name

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11:41am Saturday 19th April 2014

MIKE Usherwood again makes assumptions about cyclists (Letters, April 16).

Negative figures

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11:39am Saturday 19th April 2014

WOE betide us Northerners. According to official reports people in the north are 20 per cent more likely to die prematurely than people in the south.

Supermarket waste

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11:39am Saturday 19th April 2014

SUPERMARKETS tell us we waste too much food. Not guilty: I can think of a hundred ways to use up leftover potatoes/slices of stale bread.

Pension dangers

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11:38am Saturday 19th April 2014

WITH reference to the announcement in the Budget that those entitled to a state pension will be able to release part or whole of their lifetime contributions, this has its merits. However, there are hidden dangers.

March of progress

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11:38am Saturday 19th April 2014

GIVEN time, the likes of Tom Scaife (Letters March, 31) will join the rest of us in living in the 21st century; manufacturing techniques have considerably developed since the invention of the wheel.

Divers are praised

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11:37am Saturday 19th April 2014

WITH regards to the feature in The Press of April 10 about police divers who search for missing people in the rivers of York, these officers do a fantastic job going into cold water.

It’s back to the future in Gillygate

York Press: Motorists stuck in heavy traffic in Gillygate during roadworks last September

10:56am Friday 18th April 2014

ONCE again, Gillygate traffic is backing up from Bootham Bar to Union Terrace car park by mid morning. Yet The Press of April 15 proclaimed free city-centre parking, while bemoaning the rising costs of a new cycle route.

Mixed message

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10:54am Friday 18th April 2014

 BE AWARE that the new free three-hour car parking, coming into effect in May, does not apply to all council-owned car parks.

Double standards

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10:53am Friday 18th April 2014

HOW can the council back free parking in the city car parks?

Get traffic flowing

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10:53am Friday 18th April 2014

I AGREE with Matthew Laverack on congestion (The Press, April 16).

Use the local bus

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10:52am Friday 18th April 2014

I AM surprised that Mr Casperson needs to use Park & Ride (The Press, April 14) when there is a bus stop 200 yards from his house served during the day by a half- hourly bus service (no.10) which goes through the city centre, calling at York Railway Station, Rougier Street and Piccadilly, before leaving York on the Hull Road.

Pointless change

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10:51am Friday 18th April 2014

THERE have been letters written in before, but please can someone give me just one benefit from the alterations where the A166 Stamford Bridge Road meets Grimston Bar roundabout?

Move is too late

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10:51am Friday 18th April 2014

DAVE MERRETT’S move (Bridge saga boss moved on in council shape up, The Press, April 17) is much too little, far too late.

Building deserves new lease of life

York Press: Stonebow House which is claimed by many to be a blot on York’s cityscape

9:42am Thursday 17th April 2014

YORK Alternative History and York Civic Trust should be commended on their York: Living With History Project which has opened up discussion about how decisions are made on our local urban heritage (The Press, April 7).

Bridge reopening

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9:41am Thursday 17th April 2014

I AM disappointed that the Lendal Bridge closure has now been reversed.

Air pollution

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9:40am Thursday 17th April 2014

I WATCHED the Lendal Bridge closure trial with interest and being a cyclist, occasional pedestrian, taxi customer and bus user, I benefited from this thoroughfare being safer, quicker to pass across and generally nicer without the cars and lorries clogging it up during the day.

Pothole fiasco

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9:39am Thursday 17th April 2014

IN THE Press of April 8, Cllr James Alexander informs us that he is going to reinvest income raised from fines during the Lendal Bridge fiasco to fill in potholes.

Leprechaun king

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9:38am Thursday 17th April 2014

IT FELL that during a recent holiday in Galway, in southern Ireland, that the Irish President Michael D Higgins made the first state visit to England.

Fundraiser thanks

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9:37am Thursday 17th April 2014

I WOULD like to thank the people of Acomb for their support during our month of fundraising activities including tombola, a “Name the Dinosaur” competition and a physics evening held at York Spiritualist centre.

Best medicine

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9:37am Thursday 17th April 2014

THIS senior female retired here to Bridlington from York, but must still have her fix of The Press. I became ill and had no interest in reading the paper.

Consensus vital

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9:34am Thursday 17th April 2014

THE petty point-scoring by opposition politicians, locally and nationally, who claim an overriding wisdom which they did not exhibit when in office, shows how fortunate it is that this country is a member of the European Union.

Debts must be paid

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9:33am Thursday 17th April 2014

UKRAINE will not go away and continues to be a trouble spot.

‘Carbon capture’: a win-win solution?

York Press: As part of an extensive formal consultation programme taking place, local residents are being invited to attend public exhibitions next week to view plans for the new White Rose Carbon Capture & Storage Project proposal on land next to Drax Power Stat

9:32am Thursday 17th April 2014

DRAX power station is in the middle of converting from burning coal to wood chips imported from America. Just down the road is Eggborough power station which wants to convert from coal to wood chips, but with no help from the Government it faces closure because burning coal is not seen to be good for the environment.

Spotlight on drivers

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9:32am Thursday 17th April 2014

REGARDING your report of April 9 about the cyclist who made a video to show how many bad cyclists there were on the road, would it be possible to make one for motorists too?

A waste of money

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9:32am Thursday 17th April 2014

I WAS concerned to read in the report in The Press of April 7 the suggestion that “major improvements around York’s historic Bars” were included in the council’s strategy as part of its Reinvigorate York facelift programme. It seems they must be dramatically improved.

This Labour chaos is hurting York

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12:29pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

LABOUR has brought disaster to this city with its conflicting policies on retail and transport.

Bad parking time

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12:28pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

CITY of York Council closed Lendal Bridge for seven months and now Coun Dave Merrett tells us that the council has been working closely with businesses for the past six months looking at improving car access to the city centre – priceless!

Green buses idea

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12:28pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE three-hours free parking scheme is to be welcomed, as the council is giving a bit back to the hard-pressed motorist, but has it been thought through?

Get rid of council

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12:27pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

CAN someone tell me how we get rid of our council?

Damned any way

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12:25pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

I DON’T think I have ever seen such tactics used by a government before (The Press, April 11). The energy minister has said to the miners that if they do not sign up to the closure of their pits they will close next week instead of in 18 months time.

Thanks by studio

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12:24pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

I SHOULD like to pass on to all who organised, publicised or in any way helped in the Open Studios weekends this past fortnight a very grateful thank you!

All say negative

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12:23pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

In The Press of April 14, a report on the Lendal Bridge traffic ban revealed considerable opposition by businesses as “ negative or very negative “ impact on businesses.



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