DON’T ever save up for your old age! I have tried to be a good person for the best part of 40 years, paying my taxes, stamp duty and so on.

My health has unfortunately taken a downward tilt, so through no fault of my own I have not been able to carry out my job for some time now.

I am self-employed and take great pride in my work so it came as bit of a shock with me not being able to work.

I had to undergo surgery for my injury and now I have been diagnosed with cancer.

It came as an even bigger shock to me when I was told that I don’t qualify for any more sick pay, as I have had 365 days sick pay and I don’t qualify for any more.

Now to me, paying 40 years of stamp and getting one year back doesn’t seem like a fair deal.

There are certain benefits that I can claim but because I’ve been careful with my money all my life and saved, there are certain ones that I can’t claim. If I had nothing then I would be entitled to claim. Where’s the justice in that?

So once again I ask myself, if I’ve never claimed before in 40 years, what’s happened to my contributions?

How is it that anyone who has never paid into the system is better thought of and can receive every benefit going? Those whose hard earned money, which is being used to supply money to keep the system going, are penalised. I see it as discrimination.

It’s not fair, the system is all wrong for the honest people of this country.

Name and address supplied

What a monstrosity

MONSTROSITY the new ATM/phone box in St George’s Square in Huddersfield certainly is!

It is not needed and I can’t see anyone wanting to use a cash machine in such an exposed place.

Bad enough we have to have bus shelters in such a lovely square.

Pat Thorpe


More traffic hold ups

JUST when you thought Kirklees Council cannot get any worse with the bus lane by Wickes that never should be there, they put two crossings down.

One by Shorehead roundabout and one at the top of Manchester Road near the ring road.

Both will cause lots of traffic to build up when people use them. What lunacy is this?

Brian Hinchcliffe

Crosland Hill

Pressing point

THERE is a ‘thin red line’ between a dictatorship and a democracy. It is the press.

Particularly the local press, who in my experience, are significantly more informed and balanced than the national press who have an overt political message.

Any form of state control is abhorrent. Common and statute law is enough for wrong doers. No sinister, veiled, behind-the-scenes regulators please.

Godfrey Bloom

UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire

Strange times

I SEE THAT certain parts of the press are lampooning the Church of England for remaining in the “Dark Ages” because they have women priests but will still not allow their promotion to the bishopric.

It does seem a strange decision to those of us not on the ‘inside’ but if the Anglicans are in the Dark Ages where does that leave others?

Since women are better than men at almost any job you can name more than half the human race is completely wrong headed in its attitude to this issue. I wonder why?

Mark Mercer


Am I missing something?

I HAVE noticed that more and more younger people seem to introduce a questioning note, by voice inflection, at the end of almost every other sentence, whether a question is appropriate to the conversation or not.

Is this simply a lazy alternative to the more vacuous “you know what I mean”; or am I missing something?

I realise that everyone is entitled to speak as they wish but I am just interested in why the inflection is so prevalent. Can anyone enlighten me?

Mr Grumpy


Rebuilding lives

YOUR readers may have read recently about increases in homelessness across the UK.

What they may not know is that women make up over half of those living in temporary accommodation and that, in London alone, one in 10 people who sleep on the streets are women.

Women who end up sleeping rough often have a complex mix of problems.

As a homelessness charity, we at St Mungo’s have learnt from women more about what lead to their homelessness.

For instance, over a third of our women clients who have slept rough tell us they became homeless because of domestic abuse.

Others have a history of being in care, of family relationships that have broken down, of losing contact with their children or of poor mental health, drug or alcohol use.

We are looking to improve our own housing and support services for women but, because the problems are complicated, we want to hear from others as well about what works – not least women who have themselves been homeless and what made a difference to them.

That’s why we’re asking people and organisations in your region to join our new 18 month campaign, Rebuilding Shattered Lives, so we can get the right help to women when they need it to enable them to recover and successfully move on with their lives.

Please do join our campaign at

Esther Sample

St Mungo’s Women’s Strategy Coordinator

Take a deep breath

COLIN Vause wrote an interesting letter ‘The way to breathe’ (Examiner October 26) raising an interesting point that runners use their mouths through which to breathe.

As he points out, the primary functions of the nose is to act as a filter of airborne particulates and as a means warming air before it gets to the lungs.

If I could add two more important functions, something to blow when you have a cold and somewhere to balance your glasses when reading the Examiner.

Speaking as both a cyclist and a runner, I believe I cannot do either without gulping large quantities of air through my mouth, swallowing insects in the process.

So Colin, you must have an enviable nose if you can cycle around Huddersfield’s hilly terrain with your mouth closed.

Uncle Grumpy