Letter unfair to Bill

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9:47am Thursday 2nd July 2015

I AM not one to comment on someone’s religion and if Steve Nibbs wants to write in a letter that Sophia Loren is going to hell, that is his belief and none of my business.

Proud to be a nimby

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9:45am Thursday 2nd July 2015

IN STEVE Thompson’s recent letter he accuses me of "name calling" and insults he describes the word nimbys quite correctly as "opposing developments near their home" (not in my back yard).

Good news on Stacie

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9:42am Thursday 2nd July 2015

AT LAST some good and inspiring news in the Adver of late: news on transplant patient Stacie Pridden.

PM's weasel words

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9:41am Thursday 2nd July 2015

FORMER Prime Minister Tony Blair is on record as saying the Iraqi regime change he promulgated in partnership with the Americans was justified on the basis that the end result was a safer world.

Firing blanks on royalty

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9:40am Thursday 2nd July 2015

RE "MONARCH is essential" of June 19 from Mary Ratcliffe. How can one have a serious discussion about the monarchy with Mary Ratcliffe?

Our shabby streets

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9:39am Thursday 2nd July 2015

ON JUNE 23 a report referred to vandalism at the derelict Ivy Hotel in Wroughton.

Thanks for support

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10:12am Wednesday 1st July 2015

AS THE patron of the recently held Old Town Festival, I would like to thank Josie Williams and her committee for their sterling work in making the festival such a massive success.

Carers can Revitalise

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10:11am Wednesday 1st July 2015

CARING for a disabled loved one must be one of the most challenging tasks there is, and there are in excess of half a million carers in the south of England with nearly 150,000 carers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Get TV licence refunds

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10:10am Wednesday 1st July 2015

TV LICENSING is reminding students moving back home to Swindon for the summer that they may be able to claim a refund of a quarter of their TV Licence fee worth £36.

Bad start for Tories

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10:10am Wednesday 1st July 2015

WHAT a start to a new government in only a few weeks. God help the next four years under this bunch of Tories.

Fears for the future

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10:08am Wednesday 1st July 2015

IN ALL honesty, I despair at what goes on around us. The nearest I have been to Tunisia is Gibraltar, but I have a grave concern that the horrors inflicted in Tunisia last week could be Bournemouth tomorrow.

The Bible is to blame

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10:08am Wednesday 1st July 2015

RE ‘LOOK at Jesus’ views’ of June 19 from Pat Norman. I would like Pat Norman to name a church that has actually excluded homosexuals.

Chuffed with road train

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10:07am Wednesday 1st July 2015

THANK you Mrs G Collins for the lovely letter on the Kennet & Avon canal boat Dragonfly.

The wrong travellers

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10:06am Wednesday 1st July 2015

RE ROGER Lack’s letter in the Adver of June 25. He states some gypsies are leaving a mess, then talks about permanent bungalows. He is incorrect as the travellers he talks about are new age travellers and not gypsies.

Don't glamorise war

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10:05am Wednesday 1st July 2015

IN HIS column of June 24, Robert Buckland reminded us that June 27 was Armed Forces Day and he would be opening the festivities at Faringdon Road Park for a day of commemoration.

Muslims also shocked

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10:01am Wednesday 1st July 2015

ON BEHALF of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, I strongly condemn the heinous attacks on innocent people, whether in France or Kuwait or Tunisia.

Church harmed animals

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10:26am Tuesday 30th June 2015

Pope Francis' recent encyclical on the environment is very much to be welcomed.

EU not accountable

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10:10am Tuesday 30th June 2015

Ian Hunt (June 22) is correct that the EU accounts have not been approved by the EU auditors for the last 20 years.

Spend more at home

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10:02am Tuesday 30th June 2015

David Cameron has justified the Government's £12 billion welfare cuts by warning that Britain must stop the "merry-go-round" of benefits dependency. Many people will disagree with his actions based on the fact that any cuts will impact adversely on the poorest in society. The counter argument is that reforming a system which paid money to those who were 'not in need' will allow extra funding to be diverted to those most in need. The system of tax credits made available by the last Labour Government were not always designed to improve the lives of the poor and needy, all too often they were thinly disguised ways of building a client base for political ends. It was also clear that in work tax credits were a tool used by less scrupulous employers to pay low wages, knowing that the taxpayer would be supplementing the incomes of their employees.

Protect minority sports

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9:57am Tuesday 30th June 2015

Your Labour councillors were very disappointed to hear of the plans submitted to remove the climbing wall from the Link Centre and change the use of the multi-sport halls to be exclusively used for a trampolining centre. As the council's Tory administration signed over the management of all the borough's leisure centres to GLL, a not for profit company, the council has no say over this decision. We have been contacted by a huge number of unhappy residents and we are really concerned that GLL aren't entering into any meaningful consultation on this decision. Whilst we understand the need for the council to reduce costs in the current funding climate for local government and agreed with some of the ideas behind the transfer to GLL, we warned of the potential consequences of the deal. These consequences included the possibility of GLL stopping providing some of the minority sports such as the climbing wall, whilst they continue to offer more lucrative activities such as gyms and pools. The clear downside to this is that there are plenty of private providers of gyms and swimming pools in the town and we could easily see a situation where Swindon has an abundance of gyms but no specialist facilities for more minority sports. Swindon taxpayers have invested in these more minority sports for generations, but at the stroke of a pen, the council's Tory administration risked it all as they were to incompetent to put in provisos for the minority sports to be protected.

Creation of wealth

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11:10am Monday 29th June 2015

MARTIN Webb (June 24) believes government spending creates wealth but the truth is that government spending only creates debts. He has copied the old views of Margaret Thatcher that Britain could have a paper economy and that nobody need get their hands dirty making things.

Responsible recycling

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11:09am Monday 29th June 2015

AS PART of this year’s Recycle Week, I would like to encourage readers to think about not just this year’s theme of recycling around the home, but for businesses to think about who they use for their recycling.

Message from Bible

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11:08am Monday 29th June 2015

RE "STOP preaching to me" of June 16 from Chris Gleed. I am confused by his "I don’t believe in the scriptures or what they say because I haven’t read them".

Extremist views

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11:06am Monday 29th June 2015

I KEEP hearing people on the news representing the Muslim community blaming society and the Government for being alienated and marginalised in Britain. They claim this is the reason many young Muslims think it’s OK to be a terrorist.

Tory cuts are lethal

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11:05am Monday 29th June 2015

IAIN Duncan Smith said of himself: “Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man” – and he was absolutely right. For while we were watching the coalition government cut, cut, cut, he was planning with stealth and cunning really big cuts to the support of the UK’s vulnerable citizens – the old, the young. For the hard-working taxpayer the HM Courts and Tribunal Service has been asked by a working taxpayer to disclose the number of deaths of vulnerable members of the UK, who have died waiting for Iain Duncan Smith’s new benefit to be paid.

Fair play for dads

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11:04am Monday 29th June 2015

THE Government risks severing the bond between vulnerable young dads and their children with benefits changes that leave many struggling to spend a night alone together.

Bells will save birds

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10:58am Monday 29th June 2015

I WISH more cat owners would fit their pets with a collar and bell for the sake of local bird life.

Teaching attitudes

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10:57am Monday 29th June 2015

IN YOUR Swindon Advertiser comment of June 22, where you were (rightly) praising the head and deputy of Moredon Primary school for their caring professionalism, you began by talking of ‘teachers who treat the job as just that: a means to a salary and generous holiday entitlement.’ I retired 15 years ago after 35 years as a primary school teacher and finally head, and I can honestly say I never met any who fitted your description.

Risks to patients

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10:56am Monday 29th June 2015

THE number of people being murdered by fellow patients while in hospital is a dreadful indictment of the NHS.

Tough job for team

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10:55am Monday 29th June 2015

THE head of food safety chooses her words very carefully when commenting on the prosecution of cousins Golam Choudary and Shamsuddoa Chowdury for ten offences which breached health laws.

Poles of grave concern

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10:52am Monday 29th June 2015

WHO made the decision to place miniature scaffolding on the gravestones at Whitworth Road Cemetery?

The EU is not to blame

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10:51am Monday 29th June 2015

I WOULD like to respond to the claim made in Terry Hayward’s letter of June 20 that our membership of the EU has created 42 years of high unemployment in the UK.

One rule for all needed

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10:26am Monday 29th June 2015

CAN anyone please explain why some gypsies can wreck and ruin any piece of land they can find yet I would be prosecuted for doing the same? And why do they settle on a piece of land then build permanent bungalows, then still demand to be treated as travellers?

An eye for an eye

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10:26am Monday 29th June 2015

REGARDING Steve Thompson’s response to my letter about squatters, I only wish I could be led up the garden path more often, maybe by someone female, attractive, honest, caring. Actually my wife Carole fits the bill nicely!

Dad's true life stories

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10:22am Monday 29th June 2015

OUR father would tell us true life stories, mixed with a little humour. It never ceases to put a smile on my face whenever I see a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera HMS Pinafore advertised.

Airing dirty laundry

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10:22am Monday 29th June 2015

I AGREE with the letter from Cllr Steve Harcourt, Wroughton Parish Council chairman, June 18, “Council here to serve”.

Grass soup for tea

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9:47am Thursday 25th June 2015

NOW that our council has imposed a charge for collecting garden waste, I expect that thousands of green wheelie bins will lie unused.

Worries on fracking

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9:46am Thursday 25th June 2015

I DON’T know enough about fracking to say if it’s safe or not, I have my doubts if it is and it’s not something that I would want on my doorstep, even if it did reduce my fuel bill.

A well deserved award

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9:45am Thursday 25th June 2015

I WAS so pleased to read in your paper that community matron Michelle Grange has won an award.

Only station was closed

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9:44am Thursday 25th June 2015

YOUR article on page 13 of last Friday’s paper gives the impression that the railway junction at Royal Wootton Bassett was removed and services between Swindon and Chippenham withdrawn. This is not the case.

Not chuffed over prices

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9:44am Thursday 25th June 2015

I’VE read a couple of articles about the mini railway at Coate Water and noticed they now charge £1.20 per person.

Bleak future for young

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9:43am Thursday 25th June 2015

STEVE Thompson (Adver letters, June 20) is right to draw our attention to the plight of the homeless in Britain.

We're going backwards

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9:37am Thursday 25th June 2015

WHY on earth are we ‘celebrating’ Wellington and the battle of Waterloo which took place 200 years ago?

Balancing the books

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9:36am Thursday 25th June 2015

DES Morgan’s comments last Friday on the GWH, prompt me to add a couple of points which I am sure he would have made had he been in possession of the latest news from the Foundation Trust.

Hypothetical support

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10:37am Wednesday 24th June 2015

CONSIDER this situation, entirely hypothetical of course. Parish councillor A makes accusations about fellow parish councillor B in a letter to a newspaper covering a wider area than the parish.

Top canal experience

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10:36am Wednesday 24th June 2015

THE week before last we booked a trip on the Dragonfly canal boat at Kingshill. I have lived in Swindon since 1963 and have never seen the canal, although it has been extended.

Workers create wealth

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10:35am Wednesday 24th June 2015

IN HIS letter of June 13, ‘Manufacturing is key’, Stephen Halden said it is Jeff Adams’ left-wing views that lead him to believe that wealth will only be created if the Government would spend more money.

Respect Magna Carta

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10:34am Wednesday 24th June 2015

RE MY letter of May 5 saying we must do all we can to protect this most sacred of all the great writings to come from our past, this paper correctly headed it “Once it’s gone, it’s gone”.

Sticks and stones....

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10:23am Wednesday 24th June 2015

TIME has changed my perception of what is our destination and purpose in life.

US causes world's ills

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10:22am Wednesday 24th June 2015

THE number of European migrants, many who are refugees fleeing from US-inspired NATO-led campaigns, continues to rise daily, thus swelling the numbers wishing to claim asylum in Italy and Spain, at the same time adding to those in Calais who see their future as being in the UK.








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