IN ANSWER to the letter Castle Hill Opinions (Mailbag, April 15) anybody who cares it about the most prestigious historical side of Huddersfield will be against building a modern pub there as it would be saying goodbye to it, gone for ever.
Regardless of any amount of ratepayers money spent on the road to the top of the hill, heavy modern traffic will cause erosion as the geological structure and is not suitable for it.
The saga of the pub there is going on too long.
The issue should be closed now and new ideas should be looked at how to enhance this historical side safely.
Preservation of this valuable gem should be a priority in any decision taken,.
Holmfirth was special
I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with Mr Billy Richardson’s comments in the Examiner on April 6. Holmfirth was special when it was run by its own council.
As regarding a statue, what about the great late Gilbert Campbell? Local Bobby, keeper of the peace and most respected man. He kept Holmfirth special.
So all those people wanting to keep Holmfirth special I ask: How many of you knew of these people. Wright Sanderson, Joe Collins and Mr Kaye?
If you have been born and bred in Holmfirth and lived hear all your life like me over 70 years you will know who exactly these people were and what they stood for in Holmfirth.
That’s when Holmfirth was special. All local and all special in their own right.
Ofsted and stress
CAN somebody explain to me just what it is about Ofsted inspections which cause teachers so much so-called ‘stress?’
How many other jobs are there where those to be inspected are given a few days notice?
Maybe our teachers would be less stressed if Ofsted just turned up unannounced.
Actually, wouldn’t we get a more accurate picture of the teaching quality in schools?
One way of looking at it
FOR many centuries people believed that the world was flat, but we now conclude this was an illogical and deluded belief.
Another illogical and deluded held by a small minority is that the last labour Government was a great success.
Like every previous Labour Government it ended in financial chaos, so much so that the then chief financial secretary Liam Byrne left a note for then incoming minister saying ‘the money’s all gone.’ What a merry fellow.
To be a socialist requires a large measure of naivety and delusion.
Name and shame them
READING the Examiner on Tuesday, April 3, headlined Lowest Of The Low about the money collected by the Oakes nursery in memory of Pte Anton Frampton it made me think that whoever has done this should be locked away for a very long time.
These ladies raised a lot of money in memory of a soldier who lost his life serving his country and to have someone do this is appalling.
Should they be caught, they need naming and shaming, even if they are under 18.
A show of hands
WITH REGARD to Kirklees/NHS attempting to find out how happy we are (Examiner, April 5). Surely it would be more cost effective to have a public meeting and invite people to join in that well-known infants ditty ‘If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.’
The clappers and non clappers could be counted, thus providing an overview of comparative contentment.
As sending out questionnaires to ‘random’ households does not identify a representative sample my method would be equally as valid.
Happy library memories
WITH all the talk about the closure of local libraries and asking for volunteers to run them I began to think back to when I was a girl in the 20s and 30s growing up in Slaithwaite.
In that period the only library in the village was run by the Co-op.
You went up the stairs to a room over the shoe department and stood by a counter to await your turn.
The assistant would ask what you wanted and you looked at the printed list and said the name of the book and author. This was brought to you, your card was marked and that was it.
Later on the Cop-op opened another shop on Carr Lane which was lined with book shelves and you could go and handle them and look through and make your choice.
Also at school we older children had a library cupboard where, on Friday afternoon, the teacher would hold up a book (no fancy covers then) and say “Who wants this book?”
We kept it until the next Friday. I always remember no-one wanted The Last of the Mohicans and it was always returned to the cupboard.
Perhaps the boys hadn't realised that it was about “Red Indians”!
Good ship Kirklees
I AM somewhat bemused to read that the Navy’s largest ship is being built in the Govan Shipyard in Glasgow.
I thought it was being built up Chapel Hill – to be launched quite soon and named Kirklees College.
WELL here we go again with Michael Hutchinson and R A Vant saying that nice old Labour had a hard time to get the country going and they were the good guys.
Indeed, other than the Conservatives being viewed as the party of the wealthy it was the Labour Party who supported the wealthiest within our nation over their 13 years in power. For the following was what history has recorded.
The last Labour Government through Gordon Brown only increased pensions by 75p in one of his unforgettable Budgets.
Through the 1997 Labour Budget Gordon Brown raided private pension funds.
In doing so he made many private company pensioners relatively poor in retirement and they will never get the true value back that they should have received.
Throughout the whole of the last labour Government’s administration, except for one month, the highest rate of income tax was 40%.
That remained until the 2009 Darling Budget that kicked in on April 6 2010, just a month before the 2010 General Election.
It marked the end of an era begun by Tony Blair in which the Labour government ruled out increasing tax for the wealthiest in successive election manifestos.
Therefore, the Labour Party was the party for the wealthy, keeping the 40% low tax for the rich for 13 years while in power.
That is why during the Blair/Brown years the rich got richer.
Labour axed the 10% tax rate that affected the poorest families.
Pensioners in the latest Budget had the greatest ‘cash’ increase in state pensions ever.
The recent Budget protects key pensioner benefits such as winter fuel payments, free prescriptions, eye tests, bus travel and free TV licences for older pensioners.
Because of warm homes discount in the recent Budget this means more than 600,000 of the most vulnerable pensioners will benefit from a £120 discount to their fuel bills.
Even after the changes in the Budget, half of those over 65 will not pay tax in 2013/14.
That is over five million of the poorest pensioners unaffected and everyone is still better off as a result of the increase in the basic state pension.
Because of the recent Budget nobody will pay more tax 2013/14 than 2012/13 as a result of the new tax measures and there are no cash losers as a result of the changes.
(Dr) David Hill
Conservative Candidate for Colne Valley
Return to Liberal party
RIGHT across the country the collapse of the Lib Dems as a national party in working class communities continues
In South Tyneside there is not a single Lib Dem Candidate and the continuing and progressive Liberal Party is standing some seven candidates.
In the former Lib Dem stronghold of Liverpool the Lib Dems are not even standing candidates in Central , Princes Park , Belle Vale and Everton Wards
In the West Midlands former Lib Dem councillors of long standing are now fielding as Liberal Party candidates
As the Lib Dems abandon their polices to be merely a prop for the Tory Party then both their voters and party workers are deserting in droves.
We appeal to them. If you want a voice for progressive Liberalism come home to The Liberal Party
Clr Steve Radford
President of The Liberal Party