I WOULD like, through your letters page, to reply to a letter received today from Ms Karoline Gresham of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing and to apologise to my neighbours in Curzon St, Bradley, if they are offended by the state of my garden, particularly to the rear of the house.
I am sure that it has been a traumatising experience to have to look at grass growing to the height it has.
I would like to explain, again for the benefit of my neighbours, that due to the nature of my work I have just finished a month where I have worked an average of 54 hours per week, which included three weekends for the benefit of young people in Kirklees.
I am sure that my neighbours would not appreciate my mowing the lawn at 6am or 9pm.
However I would like to give notice that I am cutting the grass and had, in fact, done this before I received the letter from Ms Gresham and if she would like to come inspect it she is more than welcome.
To summarise, I am a pensioner who has never claimed sickness or any other benefit and resent being told what to do by a council representative who has no idea of my personal circumstances and hasn’t even had the common courtesy to try and find out.
I feel that working, paying my way and not being a burden on society is more important than getting the lawn mower out.
Plans for park
I AM delighted that Barry Gibson decided to visit Tolson Memorial Museum on a wet Saturday afternoon with his family.
His article on May 22 was a delight to read. In his critical way, he emphasised that it ‘is well worth a visit.’
He might now wish to join the Friends of Tolson Museum and Ravensknowle Park which has just celebrated its first anniversary.
He would learn of the number of activities that are planned in the coming year for all families, including the development of a Memorial Garden dedicated to the service men and women killed in conflicts since the 2nd World War.
The membership fee is modest at £2. The aim of the Friends is to support the staff in the development of this, the Museum for Huddersfield.
Chairman of the Friends Of Tolson Museum and Ravensknowle Park
MONDAY’S Examiner about hospitals spending thousands of pounds on pauper’s graves is a total disgrace on the part of this government.
They spend millions on Margaret Thatcher’s funeral when that money would have been better put to one side for hospitals to use for graves for paupers.
Sad end for St Luke’s
WE are told that the former St Luke’s Hospital at Crosland Moor will be flattened this summer.
This hospital was one of the best in West Yorkshire and was a necessity for the people living in Huddersfield.
Hospital chiefs surely know what will go on the land when it is cleared.
My bet is it will be sold for house building.
I worked at St Luke’s from 1950 to 1963. It had all the facilities that a hospital was in need of and I find it a shame to see it go.
ON Monday, May 20 in the Examiner you mentioned the places where the Dukes had been but no Korea.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 28, will be 60 years since the Battle of the Hook.
National Serviceman and Korean Veteran, Kirkheaton
IN your article regarding the Duke of Wellington’s regiment, you failed to mention one of the major conflicts in which the Dukes were involved, which is the Korean War where many men were killed, injured and taken prisoner, many of them National Service men.
Some of my friends were killed or injured.
MR P B TODD
Too old to work
I THINK if politicians were paid to think their wages would be less than the state pensions. They would hardly be able to afford to pay bills, let alone take three holidays abroad per year.
Their latest trick is to raise retirement age. Wise up. When I look at the amount of young people out of work now, under pressure to take low paid jobs or have their benefits stopped, it makes me think I am glad I’m old.
The longer young people are out of work the longer they won’t want to work at all.
Jobs are filled with people 65-plus under the new proposals who have worked many years, have contributed to retirement while scroungers and the young claim benefits having not work at all.
So is that what they call helping the economy?
What about the real workers who deserve pleasure in later life? Have they not worked hard to earn that?
Young people need work and the scroungers should be made take even low paid jobs if they are found to be abusing the system.
When I was 15 I could go pick out any job I wanted.
I found work quick and worked hard.
These young people can’t now simply because the jobs are filled with people who should be enjoying retirement.
As for stress, I think employed people over 55 get it worse as they can’t take change as much at work as they have more set ways.
Think again politicians and ask this question: What about the young? Are they not the future of our country?
Time for fracking
IT’S been admitted that at one point last March Great Britain, a wealthy, world-leading nation had less than six hours gas supply.
Time to get cracking with ‘fracking’ I'd say.