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Six points not enough for driving with phone

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

SO, the Government has finally conceded to overwhelming pressure and has allowed six points to be put on a driving licence for using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Should driver have been allowed on road?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Concerning a Wallingford lady, aged 68, killed in a head-on crash (Mail, July 16): this is not unusual about deaths on our roads.

Give the gift of life and become an organ donor

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

WE live in a wonderful age, but every day folk die for want of a transplant while at the same time organs are burnt or buried.

Explain Labour-U-turn over free school meals

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

I WONDER what Sue Such, who complained about the Lib Dems changing their minds about the bedroom tax (Letters, July 21), thinks of Labour’s U-turn on the Lib Dem Free Schools Meals policy?

Councils constrained on fossil fuel dinvestment

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

I HAVE followed with interest the recent correspondence regarding council disinvestment from fossil fuel companies.

Bus lane fine made this visitor stand and deliver

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

WHEN, after our first-time visit, we tried to leave Oxford (around 6.30pm on Saturday – a scorchingly hot day), I found it difficult to do so due to extreme congestion.

Buying homes for social housing meets needs and saves countryside

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014

THE assumption repeated in previous editions of the Mail – that Oxford may be massively extended into the countryside – needs to be examined.

Punishments seem to vary considerably

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

I was very interested in the article Scales of Justice (July 21).

Where is evidence group is not fit for purpose?

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

Your newspaper reports that Oxford City Council is seeking to remove East Oxford Community Association (EOCA) from the East Oxford Community Centre as it has determined that the association is not fit to run such a centre.

We were unaware of changes to bus route

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

I was reading your recent article about Stagecoach’s intentions to introduce a new bus service between Carterton and the JR Hospital. Good news I thought, until I read further down the article and noticed the imminent changes to the timetables and “improved” services in West Oxon. 

This ignores widespread anxiety as levels increase

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

While we are immensely grateful to the teams that look after us during flood events, claims that the damage can be reduced by relying on local defences, such as those here in streets off the Botley Road, rather than investing in the Western Conveyance, ignore the widespread anxiety felt as flood levels rise around us, sleepless nights, the huge investment in manpower needed to deploy and man temporary defences, pumps and sandbags (used once only, then ripped apart to recycle the sand), thoughts of even more insurance blight and the turmoil caused by possible, impending and/or actual evacuation. 

Oxford is beginning to appreciate the need for something proactive

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

On behalf of the South Oxford Flood Action Group (SOFAG) I enjoyed your letter from Prof Edmund Penning-Rowsell on the proposed Oxford and Abingdon flood relief scheme ( July 19).

Be safe and stay out of quarries this summer

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

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

Lots of work needs to be done on this route

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

I am writing concerning reports of the city council’s surplus cash. What are the council doing sitting on all that cash? (‘Only £15,000 spent from £362,000’, Oxford Mail, July 14).

HS2 money could be better spent elsewhere

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

SITTING out early in my garden these beautiful mornings, I can hear the Birmingham to Marylebone trains thundering past and it made me wonder why anyone would want to go faster than that, bearing in mind the HS2. Surely if you order a full English breakfast on the Birmingham to Marylebone train now, you would not have time for the toast and marmalade.

Bringing peace would be a huge step forward

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

WITH all the dreadful loss of life in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and now Palestine, it is difficult to know where to start. But the injustice, stupidity and illegality of Israeli attacks on Gaza spurs me to write.

Infrastructure is under pressure and new measures are needed

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

There is a clear need to provide transport links from the north-west Bicester eco town to the town centre. However, the potential to improve transport for the much larger Bicester of the future must also be seized.

Department must take another look at centre

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

FIRSTLY I must say how pleased I am with Oxford City Council Planning Department for listening to my objections regarding neighbouring developments. Thanks to their efficiency one proposal was amended.

There are also virtues of a time before cars

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE letter by Tony Augarde (July 17) extolling the so-called virtues of the motor car made me look back with nostalgia to a time when there were few cars. A time before front gardens, streets, town and village centres were littered by them, when you could appreciate to the full, the beauty of towns and the countryside without something blocking the view. He says that you can carry four people in a car, but how many cars travel our roads with a full load? With bicycles, each person can have their own, relatively cheap, personal form of transport which takes up little room and provides an excellent form of exercise.

Association made life easier for other parents

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I WAS surprised that your obituary, July 17, for Ann Hunt did not mention that many of us are familiar with Ann through the amazing book Can Any Mother Help Me?

The cast gave it their all and audience loved it

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Saturday morning, I open the paper – murders, wars, food banks, cruelty to old folks. I wonder what is going on in our wonderful planet.

Weekend was spoilt by trespassers on property

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I live in a beautiful spot by the river near Oxford and this weekend it has been lovely to see groups of people enjoying the weather and the amazing resource that runs through our county.

Skydive is to help raise awareness of meningitis

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ON August 25 this year I will be making a skydive (as a first timer) for a very special little girl.

It’s impossible to find a pool open for general swimming in Oxford

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I HAVE tried to go swimming with the aim to teach my grandson how to swim. However, I cannot get into a swimming pool when I want, like in the old days, and when I say when I want, I mean when I want.

A Queen or republic for solo Scotland?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IN the event of a yes vote for Scottish Independence, is it known if Scotland will become a republic or a monarchy?

Blessed is he who embraces equality

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

DOES the Prime Minister seriously believe that many women will be silly enough to alter their voting intentions regarding the forthcoming general or any other election as a result of his elevating more of their gender into ministerial positions?

Dredging essential to help stop county’s flooding

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

READING the letter from Nick Mills (Oxford Flood Alliance Steering Group) about the western relief channel (or whatever they call it), I noticed no mention was made about maintaining this channel.

Israel should never be supported by Cameron

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THERE can be few who do not condemn the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teenagers and the burning alive of a Palestinian youth.

Evolve as humans and stop bloodlust of hunting

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THERE must have been be countless people who were appalled, as I was, at receiving leaflets included in the Oxford Mail, advertising the CLA Game Fair.

With all the other Botley plans do we actually need a skatepark?

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

SO, Botley needs a skatepark as a panacea for the leisure needs of our young people (Judi Bolder, et al, July 8).

Great entertainment during Grease show

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to the Wantage Junior Showstoppers for their show – Grease – at King Alfred’s Centre Site.

Not an argument for voting with the Tories

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

COUNCILLOR John Tanner says the Labour-run city council has written to the county council asking it to disinvest its money from fossil fuel companies. That’s odd, I can’t recall the issue coming to the city council and a motion being passed about fossil fuels disinvestment.

I have got some really great Royal Navy stories

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

I RECENTLY wrote to this and other local newspapers across the country, explaining that an internet radio station would soon be running a programme broadcasting stories of those who served in the Royal Navy, and would love to meet up again with their old shipmates. ‘Let’s have your stories and who you are looking for’ I asked. You printed my plea and wow have I got some stories. Ships which will be mentioned will be HMS Ocean, the Shore Base HMS Collingwood, HMS Relentless and many more, with some lovely stories.

Policy changes more to do with general election

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

I note with interest today Nick Clegg is distancing himself and the Lib Dems from the bedroom tax.

Pavements for people and must stay as such

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

I have lived in Corn Street for 35 years. I am also a wheelchair user. I use Corn Street most days going to town in my power chair.

Not everyone works in Oxford so this is not a solution to problems

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

I read Ian Hudspeth’s comments (July 9) of encouraging the use of Hanborough station.

Air your views over car parking problems

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 18th July 2014

I am writing this letter to bring a matter to the attention of residents of Old Marston.

I don’t see the point in any senseless suffering

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 18th July 2014

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY endorse former Archbishop George Carey’s courageous and compassionate support for medically assisted dying for the terminally ill.

Irony seems to be lost on coalition government

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 18th July 2014

I AGREE with the headline ‘NHS cuts an utter disaster’, July 8.

Mini plant should have been allowed to expand

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 18th July 2014

IT’S great to see how successful the Mini has been, but what a pity that this success has been down to a German company, something that emphasises how bad British management was.

Conveyance design and route yet to be finalised

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 18th July 2014

It was gratifying to see that the £26m funding for the Western Conveyance, just announced by the government, was front-page news (July 7).

Channel would erase character of city’s western fringe for good

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

10:00am Friday 18th July 2014

I was horrified to read recently that what I thought to be a fantasy proposal, ie the so-called Western Drainage Channel, has metamorphosed into a distinct possibility.

Parish council looking out for your interests

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

RECENTLY I was one of 345 out of over 2,700 of the electorate of Old Marston who voted in the parish council elections.

I think I have a solution to population explosion

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

HAS anyone ever thought that if Family Allowance was restricted to two children only, this might have an effect on a reduction in the population explosion?

Rail freight investment is actually good value

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

Rail is Britain’s safest, most efficient and lowest-carbon mode of nationwide inland freight transport.

Campaigners often ignore reasons why we use cars

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

“WHY are there too many cars, daddy?” asks cycling campaigner James Styring’s sweet child (July 8).

Plain scheme seems to endanger cyclists at a cost of nearly a million

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

Your report of the petition, asking for changes at The Plain, presented to the County Council (July 4) includes Cllr Nimmo Smith’s revealing response.

Tossed aside without any regard for service

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

I AM writing to say how disappointed I am with the NHS’ decision not to retain the ancillary staff at the Chipping Norton Intermediate Care facility. Although I applaud that nursing and administration staff are being kept on a NHS contract under the remit that clinical control is being retained by the NHS; how is that the case when the NHS is not in charge of cleanliness or dietary requirements?

Councillor needs an apology over bench

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

I am writing regarding Stuart Cooper’s letter (July 9). I also think the council should contact Mick Haines and explain why the plaque on the bench he donated to the people of Marston was removed covertly.

Not sure why 10cc were overlooked in article

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

HAVING read the feature in the paper I am very disappointed that no mention has been made of 10cc’s appearance at the Cornbury Festival.






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