Animal testing is essential

This Is Wiltshire:

2:52pm Monday 28th July 2014

ANIMAL experimentation in the UK is a deeply divisive issue, but the public discussion is not well served by misleading statements.

Double standards over homosexuality

This Is Wiltshire:

2:06pm Monday 28th July 2014

HG SMITH raises an important point regarding homosexuals and Christianity.

It’s just sheer poppy-cockle

This Is Wiltshire:

2:56pm Monday 28th July 2014

WHAT a silly non-article you printed in the SA, “flowers may be pretty poisonous”.

Wi-Fi rumbles on

This Is Wiltshire:

2:03pm Monday 28th July 2014

IN a moment of casual irony the leader of Swindon Council now seeks to demonstrate a clear difference between the role of UK Broadband and the failed Digital City Wi-Fi Project.

Where’s the cash, Anne?

This Is Wiltshire:

2:49pm Monday 28th July 2014

WE see Anne Snelgrove on your front page marching to save the children’s centres in Swindon, but where is the extra money to come from?

Helping prostitutes

This Is Wiltshire:

2:49pm Monday 28th July 2014

I’M delighted to hear Swindon has now got a sex outreach worker who will try to tackle our problem of prostitution.

Eid this advice

This Is Wiltshire:

6:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

AS the month of Ramadan draws to a close, Muslims in the local area will be preparing to celebrate Eid.

Recovery? What recovery?

This Is Wiltshire:

1:45pm Sunday 27th July 2014

IN one of Steve halden’s recent letters he said it is no good public sector workers striking for more pay – there is no more money.

Time to give up, Buckland

This Is Wiltshire:

1:47pm Sunday 27th July 2014

ROBERT Buckland absolutely should stand down on the back of his recent ‘embarrasment’, shall we say.

It's all about profit

This Is Wiltshire:

1:51pm Sunday 27th July 2014

THERE is indisputable evidence that we do not need GM to feed the world. Taking the main excuse being put for GM, “that there is growing human population”.

Quarry dangers

This Is Wiltshire:

1:49pm Sunday 27th July 2014

LAST year, during a two-month period of unusually warm weather, six people drowned in former quarry lakes across the UK.

Control your dogs

This Is Wiltshire:

1:49pm Sunday 27th July 2014

WHY do some dog owners have to be so selfish and thoughtless?

Barmy use of money

This Is Wiltshire:

12:18pm Friday 25th July 2014

I THINK Councillor Renard is being opaque when he cites the reason for not being able to spend £750k of a Government grant on children's centres or indeed on any other project. The Leader of the Council is well aware that the issue is not about the grant but the £670k of match funding which will come out of council coffers.

Limbo suits Arabs

This Is Wiltshire:

12:21pm Friday 25th July 2014

RE Axmed Bahjad’s letter ‘Genocide in Gaza’ (SA July 22), he writes ‘Palestinians seek peace, but they get war planes and bulldozers.’ Mr Bahjad is being economical with the truth it appears. He conveniently forgets to add that since the beginning of this year Israel has been targeted by Hamas with some 2,000 missiles, killing many. Axmed Bahjad is asking the wrong questions.

Acting like thugs

This Is Wiltshire:

12:20pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE tragic events in the Ukraine have knocked the dire situation in Gaza from the number one news agenda. Axmed Bahjad (Adver 22 July) was exactly right in his strong words against Israel.

Thanks for banding together to help bears

This Is Wiltshire:

12:23pm Friday 25th July 2014

THANKS for banding together to help bears On Sunday July 20 the Swindon Animals Asia Support group held their 4th Walk for Freedom round Peatmoor Lagoon and Shaw Forest.

Hour of reckoning

This Is Wiltshire:

12:19pm Friday 25th July 2014

RESPONSIBLE politicians (if any can be found) should be greatly concerned at the abuse being heaped on the indigenous population by their elected leaders. We are informed that because we are living longer the pension retirement age must be raised.

Buckland best man for job

This Is Wiltshire:

11:17am Thursday 24th July 2014

WHILE I feel sorry for the mother and her son after the hammer attack on him while being a pupil at The Ridgeway School in Swindon, I cannot agree that Robert Buckland, MP for South Swindon, should be made to stand down from his new post as Solicitor General.

New housing too much to cope with

This Is Wiltshire:

11:19am Thursday 24th July 2014

WITH the possibility of 2,600 new homes to be built at Lotmead Farm I have to ask the question, how on Earth will a possible 5,200 cars get in and out of the proposed village? Where will all of these people work? Will it be Oxford, if they are supposed to filter onto the A420?

Polio still has an effect

This Is Wiltshire:

11:21am Thursday 24th July 2014

WHEN I was two years old I was struck down by Polio. I was fortunate: I survived the virus that has killed so many.

Praise for bus driver

This Is Wiltshire:

11:21am Thursday 24th July 2014

HAVING just returned from a holiday in Dawlish Warren, may I pass comment on the old adage regarding women drivers? I decided the family and I would take the bus to Torquay.

Guide Dogs gratitude

This Is Wiltshire:

11:22am Thursday 24th July 2014

THANK you to everyone young and old who visited our Guide Dogs stall at the Stratton Festival on Saturday, July 19.

Well worth the money

This Is Wiltshire:

11:03am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IT is obvious that Ian Hunt, (SA July 14) who I am reliably informed lives in the parish of Stratton St Margaret, and is a former Local Government Officer with Thamesdown/Swindon Borough Council, does not fully understand the workings of the local government sector, especially that concerning parish and town councils.

Baptist church built on faith

This Is Wiltshire:

11:11am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

RE your article (SA July 7) on Page 8. May I pay a tribute to Stratton Green Baptist Church, now sadly closed. Alas, we must now consider it to be yet another redundant church!

In very bad taste

This Is Wiltshire:

11:10am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IN his letter (SA July 15) Mr Nibbs, referred to his previous letter, Drowning In Refugees, saying it was all tongue in cheek.

Half baked bias

This Is Wiltshire:

11:09am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

WHY is it that members of the gay community have no respect or feelings for the persons of a strong Christian faith when they are knocked back and do not get their own way?

Like it or ‘lump’ it

This Is Wiltshire:

11:07am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

LAST week government business secretary Vince Cable held a face to face meeting in London at the request of members of an organisation known as 38 degrees, who wanted answers concerning the latest government tinkering with zero hours contracts.

Read up on metaphor

This Is Wiltshire:

11:06am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I RESPOND to Martin Webb’s letter, July 16, Smirch Of Rosa Parks.

Centres much valued

This Is Wiltshire:

11:05am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IN your article (SA July 19) you refer to the fact that additional health visitors to be appointed next April will mitigate the impact of the closure of the seven centres.

Tobacco blind spot

This Is Wiltshire:

11:04am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE relentless instigation of tactics by the Anti-Tobacco Campaign has become ever more ludicrous since huge financial penalties were awarded to groups of ex-smokers in the courts of America.

Taxes reach a tipping point

This Is Wiltshire:

11:02am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AS I go on my daily walk along the lane from my house to the shops to buy your paper, I am faced with a vast increase in fly-tipping, usually garden waste, over the past few months.

Picking up nostalgia

This Is Wiltshire:

11:01am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I SHOULD like to thank you for your article in your On This Day column dated July 12 1947, by which you instantly energised a terrific wave of nostalgia by referring to the Fruit Pickers of Headlands Grammar School.

The hurt carries on

This Is Wiltshire:

10:45am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

QUADRENNIAL football tournaments rarely yield much joy for England. By Euro 2016 it will be 50 years of hurt. Ironically it is World Cup glory for Germany in the centenary of World War One.

We are all at risk

This Is Wiltshire:

10:43am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

WITH sadness in my heart I write these words .The public has been inundated with details in the newspapers and on television about the civilian aircraft shot down in Ukraine .

Genocide in Gaza

This Is Wiltshire:

10:42am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE Roman historian Tacitus wrote “The worst crimes were dared by a few, willed by more, and tolerated by all.”

Golf partial victory

This Is Wiltshire:

10:41am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I ENTIRLEY endorse the position taken by Councillor Grant to the Full Council meeting on 17 July as outlined in his letter (SA July 16), on the outsourcing of golf courses in Highworth and Broome Manor to a private contractor.

Rail history truth

This Is Wiltshire:

10:40am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ROAD resurfacing! Money for Swindon! There must be an election coming. I think recent letters, columns and articles in the SA contained some inaccuracies and differing aspects confirm this view.

Priorities are real concern

This Is Wiltshire:

11:05am Monday 21st July 2014

I WAS so concerned to hear of the proposed 40 per cent cut to Swindon Children’s Centres (£770,000) with the result that more than half of them are to close.

Crossing fears

This Is Wiltshire:

11:02am Monday 21st July 2014

THANK you for reporting on the dangerous situation facing pedestrians attempting to cross the road at the Regent Circus development.

Control influx

This Is Wiltshire:

10:59am Monday 21st July 2014

IMMIGRATION is good for Britain and all immigrants contribute to the economy of this country, but it still needs to be controlled.

Failing children

This Is Wiltshire:

10:58am Monday 21st July 2014

TORIES are very good at reaching “difficult decisions” – especially if it doesn’t affect them!

Beware of quarries

This Is Wiltshire:

10:55am Monday 21st July 2014

LAST year, during a two month period of unusually warm weather, six people drowned in former quarry lakes across the UK.

Golf course worry

This Is Wiltshire:

10:54am Monday 21st July 2014

THE decision to hand over the town’s leisure facilities – including the poorly thought out decision to allow an unproven operator take over the ‘jewel in the crown’, Broome Manor Golf complex – was made many weeks ago and no amount of lobbying was going to change the mindset of the administration.

Recycling woes

This Is Wiltshire:

10:53am Monday 21st July 2014

TODAY was waste collection day in my area. As I had received a great deal of strong cardboard packaging lately I asked my son to break it up and fold it so I could put it out for collection. This was done, but ALL of it was left at my front gate.

Euro-sceptics on rise

This Is Wiltshire:

10:50am Monday 21st July 2014

MAY I congratulate the Swindon MP Robert Buckland on his promotion from the back benches into the ranks of the Government?

Help save the bus pass

This Is Wiltshire:

10:49am Monday 21st July 2014

I’M writing to invite all readers, old and young, to sign the Love the Bus Pass petition, and help the campaign reach 100,000 signatures by the end of August (currently we’re on 44,950).

Candles for the fallen

This Is Wiltshire:

10:49am Monday 21st July 2014

“THE lamps are going out all over Europe, and we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Tributes to dead stars

This Is Wiltshire:

10:48am Monday 21st July 2014

THE Beeb has launched the BBC Music Awards. A request has been made to include special posthumous awards to pop stars killed in car crashes while on tour of the UK.

Young citizens praised

This Is Wiltshire:

10:47am Monday 21st July 2014

LAST Friday, I once again had the opportunity of attending the final day of the Junior Good Citizen project, which is held in Potterne every year for two weeks.

Political hot potato

This Is Wiltshire:

10:46am Monday 21st July 2014

THE issue of whether or not Wiltshire and Dorset fire services should merge seems to be getting ever more politicised. As the Independent member of the Wiltshire authority I have two observations to make.

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