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York Press: The York Explore Centre in Library SquareYork Library The York Explore Centre in Library SquareYork Library

I WAS thankful to see the reinstatement of a good range of magazines in the York Explore Café/reading room area.

I was pleased to see Country Life was back. Many people would say that this is an elitist magazine for the rich, but it is about the only general interest magazine left and even on subscription (about £2 per week) gives retired serfs and peasants pause for thought before we lash out on it.

Some issues are off my interest scale so I can avoid them by looking at the magazine in the library over a cup of coffee and deciding whether or not to buy.

As far as the new proposals for a Community Benefit Society to run the Library Service, I feel apprehensive. If the council and the Government are so poor where is the money going to come from to pay for the service? Who is rich and where are they getting their money from?

The voter will lose the accountability that the council (with all its faults) still has. Mrs Thatcher’s, “There is no such thing as Society” rings through the proposal.

Britain is a society, not a business. If a business is failing, employers can sack their staff: if a country is failing, they cannot sack their inhabitants (though they do try).

Philip Johnson, Greencliffe Drive, Clifton, York.

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1:43pm Tue 28 Jan 14

George Appleby says...

I am halfway through Feb Dalesman 112 page Edition, sent by my daughter on a year's subscription for Xmas. I have not missed a word so far about those wonderful dales and their people. I spent a long time in the 50s - 60s calling monthly on these lovely people in these beautiful dales as a salesman. I lived there with my parents in Burterset near Hawes in 1930. Dad lost his job on the railway in Northallerton in the slump and was found work there for 6 months, then to rooms in Wellington Street, York and the Goods warehouse. Then Rose St. and Leaman Rd. Finishing up at 280 Fifth Avenue until I was married age 21.
I am halfway through Feb Dalesman 112 page Edition, sent by my daughter on a year's subscription for Xmas. I have not missed a word so far about those wonderful dales and their people. I spent a long time in the 50s - 60s calling monthly on these lovely people in these beautiful dales as a salesman. I lived there with my parents in Burterset near Hawes in 1930. Dad lost his job on the railway in Northallerton in the slump and was found work there for 6 months, then to rooms in Wellington Street, York and the Goods warehouse. Then Rose St. and Leaman Rd. Finishing up at 280 Fifth Avenue until I was married age 21. George Appleby
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