I HAVE some sympathy where parents have to walk their children out into the road when is it busy because of the cars coming through and some of those parked are done so because of parents driving their kids to school.
Every school morning and evening, outside most schools you will see parents, almost at the gates and all parked up on the kerbs so people cannot walk on the pavements.
Please forbid little Johnny or Jeanie has to walk more than 10 yards to the school’s entrance and forget everybody else, be they people walking to the shops or work or workers driving to their place of work along these roads.
These thoughtless parents contribute just as much to possible accidents in school areas.
In 30 years of driving I have seen how considerate the drivers are with their 4x4’s which they do not know how to drive properly and which has never been anywhere but the school or a supermarket, and those MPVs with one child in it.
They park on the slant and someone does the same almost opposite and then some innocent driver has to try and negotiate their way through without hitting either.
Just for the record I drive a C4 Grande – I can reverse it into a parking in space, park by the kerb straight and reverse it into a space in the malls and supermarket car parks, so that when I try and get out I can go straight out.
I have this vehicle not for show, like most of these others, but because I have an electric hoist in the boot for a wheelchair. Most of these people who complain all front their cars in and then struggle to get out without making six turns or hitting something.
My advice is buy a car you are capable of driving properly and parking.
M B Fletcher
Back to the 80s
WE should be grateful to Bill Armer (National spending that doesn’t add up, Mailbag, April 27) for showing us the emptiness of the Tories response to our economic problems.
The Tories don’t understand what’s happened and are certainly not to be trusted with running our economy.
The level of Government borrowing is a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself.
The problem was the international banking crisis.
The International Monetary Fund has said the world economy is recovering “...thanks in large part to unprecedented interventions by governments.”
Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling led the world in doing something about the effects of the credit crunch.
They persuaded other governments to work together to stop banks collapsing.
The Tories voted against everything the government did to act before it all got even worse.
Now the Tories want to pull the plug before the patient has recovered.
There is a real danger that their cuts agenda will push Britain back into recession again.
No-one wants to go back to the pain of the 1980s under Margaret Thatcher.
A part time MP
AS a potential Liberal Democrat voter in the coming General Election, I was astonished to learn through the Examiner that Nicola Turner intends to carry on in business and also continue as a Kirklees councillor if she wins both the national and local polls.
This would effectively make her a part-time MP, of limited benefit to the Colne Valley constituency.
I could not possibly vote Lib Dem in such circumstances.
I will be switching my vote to another candidate and I suspect many others will do the same.
Mr P M Brown
Hunting ban should stay
I READ Sue Berry’s letter with interest (No place for cruelty, Mailbag, April 24) where she outlined the fact should the Tories win the election they will bring back hunting.
I think if they did then they would not be worthy to represent the public in any sense.
I speak for a large majority, I think, when I ask who takes any joy in watching a pack of hounds chase a fox and tear the defenseless animal to bits?
I don’t know, this is hardly sport, it’s more sadistic insanity.
Hunting of foxes should never return. If it does then those who brought it back should hang their heads in shame.
A volcanic thanks from us
I WENT with my husband to Las Vegas to celebrate our pearl wedding anniversary and we got caught up in the chaos of the volcanic ash.
But we would just like to say a big thank you to Thomas Cook Airlines for the fast and efficient way they handled the situation.
They put us up in a top class hotel and provided us with meal and drink vouchers, kept us informed at all times and we only had two days to wait for our next flight back to Manchester.
You hear so many bad reports about travel companies. But we only have praise for Thomas Cook. Well done.
ann and david greig
Heard the one about...
I THOUGHT I’d join the in-depth and meaningful election debated by asking: “Do you think insomniacs will vote for UKIP?”
Don’t give them ideas
M62 go slow – is it giving the government ideas to restrict to 30mph?
Better fuel economy, fewer deaths and increase fuel duty.
Go for it.
He’s out of touch
I HAVE watched with interest the leaders’ debates and one thing that has been coming back all the time is David Cameron’s attacks on what he calls the jobs’ tax, which he is entitled to do.
But he has been coming out with misleading statements by saying this tax will hit most of the working people in the country based on the fact that most people are on £20,000 a year.
Plus does he not know about the minimum wage and how many people are having to manage on it once again?
It seems like Mr Cameron is out of touch with the real world – with his background and that of his pal and shadow chancellor George Osbourne they will have never had to worry about paying bills or about unemployment.
A marathon effort
HAVING been given the opportunity to run in the world’s number one marathon, the London Marathon, last Sunday, April 25, I must sincerely thank Holmfirth Harriers’ committee for selecting me for a club place.
Secondly, family, friends, neighbours and colleagues for the very generous donations and well wishes for my chosen charities – the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
It was a day I will treasure forever.
mrs m j sykes