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Handovers at hospital are a sign of state our NHS is in

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9:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

FOR any machine to work, all parts need to be operational, with every one performing its function efficiently.

Time for others to follow UK on Ebola

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

6:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

MANY readers will share the concerns of Oxfam chief executive Mark Goldring, who said of the Ebola crisis: “Countries that have failed to commit troops, doctors and enough funding are in danger of costing lives.”

Campaigner will be sadly missed

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

5:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

IT’S astonishing to think that Jean Davies, a well-known pensioners’ campaigner, starved herself to death.

Measure will not make any difference to West Way bid

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5:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Campaigners looking to protect Botley have, quite rightly, welcomed the change to the Vale of White Horse District Council’s Local Plan, meaning that future student housing could be blocked.

Vital research is driving this big trip to the Arctic Ocean

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

10:07am Monday 20th October 2014

YOU would have thought that, in this day and age, there was nowhere new left to explore.

Let’s continue to fill air with technology

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9:00am Monday 20th October 2014

TECHNOLOGY is a marvellous thing. The digital switchover may have caused a few headaches but most people now enjoy a range of channels in digital quality.

Flooded families deserve a much better deal from water company

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

FORCED out of their homes through no fault of their own, the lives of Normandy Crescent residents are turbulent to say the least right now.

Teenager’s legacy is inspiration to us all

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8:30am Saturday 18th October 2014

THE number of people who said goodbye to Felix Byam-Shaw yesterday demonstrated just how much he was held in high-esteem.

COMMENT: Generosity of Duke let charities thrive

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9:00am Friday 17th October 2014

THE passing of the Duke of Marlborough is sad, not only for his family, but the community in general.

COMMENT: Police must do their job but long bail times cause suffering

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Friday 17th October 2014

THE push towards curbing the growing police tendency to arrest someone and then kick the case into the long grass in the hope of some magic evidence popping up is to be welcomed.

COMMENT: Tunnel vision won’t put an end to traffic misery now

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9:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

WE have attempted to be open-minded and supportive about Ian’s Innovations – those radical transport schemes the leader of Oxfordshire County Council has floated this year.

COMMENT: Be brave enough to ask for right help

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9:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

THAT one in five people in Oxfordshire drink more than the recommended alcohol levels is not really a surprise.

COMMENT: Not all young people are the hooligans that some expect

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

8:30am Wednesday 15th October 2014

YOUNGSTERS can often be tarred with the same brush as a few antisocial peers.

COMMENT: Cone collecting adds to the spice of life

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014

WE reckon naming David Morgan as one of the dullest men in Britain is a little rough.

COMMENT: The restorative justice system has to retain our confidence

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014

TH E police’s youth restorative justice system has its place in the armoury of sanctions against criminals, but there will always be some suspicion about its use.

Families’ heartache behind the statistics

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9:00am Monday 13th October 2014

Oxford’s housing shortage really is becoming a “dire situation.” It is something we hear time and time again.

Half Marathon has established itself as a firm sporting fixture

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9:00am Monday 13th October 2014

POUNDING the pavements for fun, charity, or just to keep fit, thousands laced up their running shoes for this year’s Oxford Half Marathon.

Road and rail users deserve better

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10:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

IT’S hard to imagine a worse week for commuters. Drivers on Oxfordshire’s roads were stuck in traffic queues for hours on Monday because of roadworks around the city.

Right to recognise hero of motorway pile-up

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10:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

ROBERT Weaving never intended to be a hero when he set off on holiday with his family three years ago.

Comment: A wise move to build on literacy campaign success

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

10:00am Friday 10th October 2014

IT’S excellent news that Oxfordshire County Council is continuing with its effort to boost literacy levels among pupils across the county.

Comment: Proud town marks its MG links

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10:00am Friday 10th October 2014

THE MG car factory in Abingdon has long since gone, but the marque remains strong, and this year its 90th anniversary is being celebrated.

Don't hold your breath for a speedy answer

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

10:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

IT’S understandable that a bidder for Oxford Stadium wants to know if he has been successful or not.

Great to turn dreams into a career

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

10:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

IT’S always great when someone is able to take their hobby and turn it into a career.

Squat needs to spark a wider debate about city housing

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

10:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

IIT IS beyond question that there is an issue about a lack of homes and logical to draw the conclusion that empty houses and buildings could go a little way towards addressing that.

COMMENT: Roadworks are just a journey to a better city transport future

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Tuesday 7th October 2014

HOW often have we written about the fragility of Oxford’s road system, with even the seemingly smallest of incidents causing widespread chaos?

COMMENT: Jenni’s space hop is a marathon bounce

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

8:30am Tuesday 7th October 2014

AS thousands of you nervously count down the days until the Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday, imagine the nervousness Jenni Davies feels.

Rescuers' efforts deserve our praise

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9:00am Monday 6th October 2014

ALMOST a year since he went missing, Canadian mountain rescue volunteers have continued to search for missing Oxford backpacker Scott Billings.

Sewers review welcome but company must shoulder costs

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Monday 6th October 2014

USUALLY, announcements by bodies that provide essential public services that they are to carry out a long, complex project are met by a chorus of groans.

Comment: Mor(s)e to come?

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

SOME Morse/Lewis fans might be downhearted by Kevin Whately’s apparent reluctance to carry on in the role.

Comment: Breaking down barriers is key to solving bed blocking crisis

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

THERE’S an old saying: if you want something done properly, do it yourself. That is what appears to have happened with the county hospital authority stepping in to tackle Oxfordshire’s chronic bed blocking crisis.

Hotels must meet tourism demands

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

THE report by Experience Oxfordshire shows just how crucial tourism is to our economy.

Dangling cash will not solve crisis of a lack of doctors

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

MAKING a £400m promise in front of a friendly crowd and the TV cameras is an easy political trick.

A location must be found for International Brigades volunteers' memorial

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

10:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

IT would be wrong to suggest that planning officers at the Town Hall should be court-martialled for suggesting the proposal for a Spanish Civil War memorial in Bonn Square should be shelved.

Housing crisis means more heartache for these refugees

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

8:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

FOR years Oxford has done its best to provide support for refugees and asylum seekers who find themselves hounded out of their homelands by war, famine and other natural disasters.

Thames Water must start to show residents it actually cares

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

THERE is an old saying – perhaps a little ironic in this case – that when you’re in a hole you should stop digging.

Ultimate betrayal

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8:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

THERE has been a rise in ‘revenge porn’ crimes, where disgruntled ex-partners post indecent images or video online.

A tribute for refusing to accept status quo

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

5:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

WHEN Pip Hoyer Millar found there was nothing in the UK to help her daughter Minty with her cerebral palsy she started on a road that led to the foundtion of the Footsteps Centre.

The city council needs to clean up its act over flood aftermath

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

6:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

LAST winter’s flooding, as we all well remember, was a serious and widespread problem that affected, in the main, large parts of the south and west of the city.

Bid to keep floods at bay need an effort by everyone

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Monday 29th September 2014

We’d all like an endless pot of cash to help protect the county against flooding, but we have to be realistic.

Joined-up approach is the real solution

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

8:00am Monday 29th September 2014

The row over Witney ending up “like Abingdon” sounds slightly trivial, but there’s a serious issue behind it.

Author’s gift will give children better future

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

6:30am Saturday 27th September 2014

AS reports highlight the difficulty of problem children in the classroom, making sure the environment outside school is conducive to learning has never been so important.

Justice must not be put in jeopardy over catering deal

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

6:30am Saturday 27th September 2014

IF anyone has sat in court, they know it is often beset by delays. From probation reports to prison transport, the criminal justice system seems to creak along more often than not.

COMMENT: Skye’s smiley legacy inspiring hundreds

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Friday 26th September 2014

BRAVE Skye Hall has touched so many people with his bucket list. The five-year-old lost his fight against his brain tumour but his legacy is inspiring hundreds of others.

COMMENT: Spiralling cost of housing can only impact badly on NHS

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Friday 26th September 2014

MANY owe hospital staff a debt of gratitude for their work. But those who choose to work for the NHS should not find themselves in the red due to the cost of living.

Case for more cash to protect children

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

IT’S a concern that more young people in the county are being taken into care, placing pressure on social services staff.

Val Smith has backing of all as she focuses on her illness

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

7:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

BLACKBIRD Leys city and county councillor Val Smith has been ill for some time, so her resignation from both local authorities will perhaps not have surprised her family and friends.

Now you see them - now you still see them

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

POLICE and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld and Chief Constable Sara Thornton find themselves in the middle of a controversy over the potential culling of hundreds of frontline officers.

Make sure this is the last time they're flooded

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

THOSE living in Normandy Crescent face an agonising wait to find out when they will be allowed back home.

COMMENT:Final warning letter may be fairest answer

Oxford Mail: COMMENT: Villagers are still not any better off

9:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Cast your mind back to your school days and you’ll probably recall being one of those children who tried to push the boundaries when it came to uniform.

COMMENT:Mission to succeed

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7:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Of course they won’t have the roar of the unforgettable Rolls Royce Merlin engines, but plans for a ‘County of Oxford’ squadron of 12 replica Spitfires taking to the skies to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain next year will send plenty of pulses racing.






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