One would think they could sail away in hours

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

I am surprised that First Minister Alex Salmond thinks an independent Scotland would take over five years to get rid of nuclear submarines.

We were promised new shops and restaurants

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Once again the district council has let down the people of Bicester by allowing two of our new Pioneer Square shop units to be taken over by a gym. I have nothing against gyms, but they have their place elsewhere in our town and there are several successful examples of that.

We need to win this campaign against deal

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

David Cameron likes to portray himself as defender of British sovereignty in dealings with the EU. But at the same time, he is pushing for a trade deal between the EU and the US which hands our sovereignty over to multinational companies.

Indoor burning negates point of closing stations

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

it is human to err and politicians are not exempt from making mistakes.

Paper’s new online look is so much easier to read

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

I am writing to say a very brief ‘Thank you’ for the re-designed online edition of the Oxford Mail.

I believe a small fleet of electric buses would help fight pollution

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

There is a constant debate about what to do with Oxford city centre traffic, with recent letters to the Oxford Mail concentrating on buses and bicycles.

Excluding buses would result in a daily inconvenience to thousands

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

I AM writing concerning the article on August 22 about bus routing through the city centre.

Council should decide what happens at show

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

I AM replying to the letter in Tuesday’s newspaper about the Enstone Show.

The public want more streets for pedestrians

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

I AM writing in regard to the article ‘Bus firms ask to be let back into traffic-free Cornmarket’, (August 22). No, no, no Stagecoach Oxfordshire managing director Martin Sutton, we do not want buses back into Cornmarket.

It won’t do any good to tinker with this scheme

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

EVENTUALLY Doric submitted its proposal for the redevelopment of the West Way Shopping Centre at Botley in December 2013.

The UK just won't cope with driverless vehicles

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Although I applaud the developing technology of driverless vehicles for its safer driving and evironment protection I cannot help but wonder about other effects.

Queen Street should be opened up to cyclists

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

You report that bus companies would like their buses to be allowed back into Cornmarket Street thus eliminating the only fully-pedestrianised street in the city of Oxford. This is not acceptable.

Safe walking spaces to shop must be preserved

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Driving the buses out of Cornmarket was, I well remember, the crowning achievement of the last Oxford Transport Strategy back in 1999.

Fears new Westgate will be a missed opportunity

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

It took decades of campaigning to achieve in 1999 the pedestrianisation of Cornmarket and restricted traffic in the High Street, so suggestions to bring back buses to Cornmarket, however limited in number, are distressing (August 22).

Parish council has shown itself to be heartless over use of bear cubs

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Although not an Oxfordshire resident, I do visit the country frequently and have always enjoyed my time there – it is truly a beautiful part of the UK.

Oxford should have a manageable number of buses in all main streets

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 25th August 2014

AT every Connecting Oxfordshire forum, county council leader Ian Hudspeth encouraged everyone to contribute their best ideas for environmentally, economically and socially viable transport.

The amount wasted is estimated to be millions

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 25th August 2014

PERHAPS the rail fares would rise less if there was less reckless spending.

Diversionary route just makes no practical sense

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 25th August 2014

WE now have a confirmed date, September 7, for the start of the rebuilding of the bridge at Challow. We also have the details of the proposed diversionary route.

Please back campaign to help protect wildlife

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 25th August 2014

AUGUST 12 – the so-called ‘Glorious Twelfth’ – was the start of the grouse shooting season, which runs until December 10. During this time, shooters will kill around half a million birds, whose numbers have been boosted to unnatural levels by intensive management of the UK’s moorlands.

Government must wake up to this serious threat

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 25th August 2014

A FEW years ago I wrote a paper on the nascent threat of Islamic radicalisation for my masters degree.

Scheme would create an ‘island community’

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

West Oxfordshire District Council recently distributed a newsletter entitled ‘Creating Futures’ inviting us to comment on housing targets and the draft local plan.

This whole debate can be re-visited in 20 years

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

REGARDING claims that Scotland is being subsidised by England encourage me to vote “No” in the independence referendum. Canny Scots should grab every penny we can. The debate can be re-visited in 20 years or so when the UK is bankrupt or earlier if the English wake up and kick us out of the Union first.

Stay with us as we are better together anyway

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

My friend. We have lived together on the same little island for years now. At first we fought you but then we saw there was more sense in having you as our ally.

Great opportunity to learn about our history

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

Last week saw a celebration of Cowley built cars in Templars Square Shopping Centre with the grand finale on Sunday at Cowley Classic Car Show.

Aircraft might never have entered service if not for British Aerospace

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

For many RAF aircrews and engineers at Brize Norton, the expected arrival there in September of the RAF’s first A400M Atlas, new generation, Airbus-built transport aircraft could not be more welcome.

Christmas cards for sale during height of summer

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

Monday, August 18 – and now summer is officially over. How do I know? The Card Factory in Abingdon precinct have got their Christmas cards up for sale.

We are still trying to balance books today

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

I am writing in response to Mr Tanner’s letter of August 15.

Terrorist organisations need to be defeated

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

Now that the world has witnessed the horror and slaughter of Christians, Yazidis and Shia at the hand of the IS militants, I do hope that people, no matter where they stand politically, will realise that terrorist organisations like IS and all the others that infest the Middle East and Africa need to be confronted and defeated.

A happy atmosphere during house opening

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

I would like to thank the manager Sharon, her team and the residents of Marston Court Residential Home for inviting me to open a new summer house in the grounds of their home.

My solution to fixing problems with the NHS

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

I have a way out to fix the problem of lack of money in the NHS that we have got. I think if we were to register the NHS under a foreign country we could then get some of the billions of pounds that they give away in foreign aid. What do you think?

Sadly not all notices are so easily translatable

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

While sheltering in the Covered Market from inclement weather I noticed a sign containing the expression ‘alarm of fire’.

County urgently needs to change design to include safe cycle lanes

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

Two years ago, Oxfordshire County Council agreed to improve the provision for cyclists in the design of the Frideswide Square roundabouts. Last week the county finally came up with a design – two vague areas where you will be permitted to cycle on the pavement, but no way of avoiding the roundabouts.

If we are not proactive we’ll lose our resources

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

The letters page on Tuesday, August 12, reflected an obvious dilemma and touched on several connected issues. One correspondent asked ‘why can’t Oxford people wait until there are some real plans to examine before leaping into negative mode?’ If we did that the powers-that-be (in our one party parish) would have done half their job. In this part of the parish Stansfeld Education Centre is an urgent issue. The Friends of Quarry are seeking partners to keep it in the same use ie primarily educational or recreational. Some of us may be more creative but if we’re not proactive we’ll lose another vital (public) resource and the environment will deteriorate further.

Where are all these extra cars going to park?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

It’s all very well for Cherwell District Council to announce another 720 houses for the Kingsmere estate in Bicester and plans for another 6,000 at the north west of Bicester. I have just one question. Where are all the influx of cars going to park in town? Just when I thought the car parks had been sorted out, along comes Cherwell approving more housing.

What a lovely surprise to visit swimming pool

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

As a boy I used to swim in Hinksey swimming pool but have not done so as an adult. Having passed the pool many times on my cycling trips to Oxford I often thought what a pity it was that the pool had been left to deteriorate.

Bees need somewhere to forage properly

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

It’s good that Oxfordshire County Council are trying to help bees, but they are going about it the wrong way. It’s no good having a hive in every other garden if the bees have nowhere to forage.

Care I received was excellent and I cannot praise the staff too highly

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

As a regular reader of the Oxford Mail I am aware of your extensive coverage of the NHS. You also (rightly) draw attention to some of the pressures in the system, as well as good stories.

Don’t miss out on our cancer support morning

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

1:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

Just a reminder to let readers know that we are having a coffee morning on September 26 from 10am till noon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

I don’t feel safe while these cyclists are about

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

A question was raised by Dr Jan-Georg Deutsch, as to how many drivers have been killed by cyclists.

I can’t see how this would work out at all

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

I think Jonathan Saunders’ letter of Friday, August 8, sums up nicely the recent history of Palestine. However, I can’t see how a Jewish state could police the Arab world because its creation has antagonised the Arab and Islamic world to the point where the US, and its allies, are now considered their enemy number one.

We were all with you in spirit during the service

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

I never thought that the First World War would become so personal. My husband Daniel from Abingdon – now of New York – lost his uncle Daniel Goddard, age 19, in the battle of the Somme in July 1916.

Training for anyone interested in beekeeping

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

We were pleased to see your article last week outlining initiatives by Oxfordshire councillors to promote beekeeping in our area.

I thoroughly enjoyed this Stagecoach show

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

I have watched many of the Stagecoach performances in the past and they have always been very polished, professional and an absolute pleasure to be part of. On Friday, August 1, I had the privilege to watch the Stagecoach Oxford Advanced Workshop of Fame and I wasn’t disappointed.

There are various factors behind decisions made over sentencing

Oxford Mail: oxford magistrates court

11:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

I have noticed that your very popular ‘Scales of Justice’ column, which does much to inform the public and maybe even deter some potential criminals, has generated a certain amount of negative comment in your Readers’ Letters section.

Easier for cyclists than a lot of our pedestrians

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

11:00am Monday 18th August 2014

There has been much discussion, with suggestions invited, for making cycling safer in the city, but none for how cyclists can contribute with safer cycling. Some of the unspent money available for the purpose could be used to distribute copies of the Highway Code to unsafe cyclists.

Constructive talks are needed to find solution

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

11:00am Monday 18th August 2014

Les Marshall (July 19) is to be congratulated for raising the issue of whether our antiquated sewage system will be able to cope with the massive housing growth in the area.

Traffic cameras are doing nothing to control chaos

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

11:00am Monday 18th August 2014

Rob Perkins (‘Everything is grinding to a halt at roundabout’, August 4) makes an excellent observation of the chaos and anarchy at Hinksey Hill roundabout. Firstly, one has to ask ‘where are the traffic police?’ Secondly, if the ‘traffic control’ cameras were actually controlled by people who record the registration numbers of every driver using a mobile, and breaking other laws like speeding, with fines imposed as a result, the government could pay off the national debt within a week.

My mother has always been well taken care of

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

11:00am Monday 18th August 2014

I write in response to the article about Heathfield House nursing home ‘Care home told to be safer over medicines policy’, August 8.

Drivers are using this as a rat run to Bampton

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

11:00am Monday 18th August 2014

I was appalled to read recently that 70 from a total of 532 vehicles travelling through Brize Norton on Station Road and Carterton Road, were caught speeding.

We are proud of young athletes’ Games success

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 18th August 2014

May I congratulate Dan Rivers and Ben Wilson on their wonderful success at the Commonwealth Games.






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