Gaza is ignored while WWI stories abound

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Apart from a one-sentence letter, ‘Cameron threatens Putin but not a word on Netanyahu’ (29 July), there have been no letters published or comments made in the Oxford Mail about Gaza where 1,865 people or one per cent of the Arab population was slaughtered in less than four weeks.

Gathering memories of Rolling Stones city gig

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

It’s 50 years since the Rolling Stones played a show at Oxford’s Town Hall as part of their rise to become perhaps Britain’s most well known group after The Beatles and certainly its most long lasting.

Well-fed school children will be ready to learn

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

I was pleased to see the letter in the Oxford Mail from doctors and public health professionals last Friday about the health benefits of the Government's free school meals initiative for infant school children.

New rules to aid pupils with medical conditions

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

I would like to make your readers aware of new rules introduced by the Government to help improve support in school for children with medical conditions, including Type 1 diabetes, epilepsy and asthma.

There is no law against flying our nation’s flag

Oxford Mail: OM letters resized icon 2 new Oxford Mail

11:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

I find it beyond belief that Christopher Bishop has been told to remove his country’s flag.

Rifleman should be free to show patriotism by proudly flying flag

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

I read with interest your report of a fellow Rifleman in Kidlington being told by his housing authority to stop flying the Union Flag because it was causing offence.

Dial-a-ride just one answer to people’s transport requirements

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 1st September 2014

WE WELCOME your report of August 21 announcing that “more cash could be put on the table for dial-a-ride”.

Trade deal with US will threaten NHS

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 1st September 2014

PEOPLE in this country are rightly proud of the NHS, and many are angry at the creeping privatisation now being introduced.

Buggins’ turn to learn about their family roots

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 1st September 2014

I RECENTLY put a request in this column to ask if any potential relatives of mine were interested in learning about their ancestors.

Roundabout method of avoiding road confusion

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Monday 1st September 2014

I was wondering why the majority of local roundabouts have got new names (i.e. Green Road is now Headington, Abingdon Road is now Kennington, Banbury Road is Cutteslowe and Woodstock Road is, I think, Wolvercote).

Giving a healthy lunch can help improve diets

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 29th August 2014

From September, every child in the first three years of school will be able to enjoy a free healthy school lunch and we applaud the Government for their support of universal infant free school meals and the School Food Plan. With one in five children leaving primary school overweight and obese ensuring a healthy, nutritionally balanced school lunch has never been so important.

Is it acceptable that our comments are watched?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 29th August 2014

The news is full of people who are being refused jobs/ losing positions/being suspended because of ‘inappropriate’ comments they have made in emails or on social media.

This question could help to influence some votes

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Friday 29th August 2014

A question which seems neither to have been asked of nor answered by Alistair Darling and which may greatly influence voting intentions: If Scotland does vote for independence, would you stand for the new Scottish parliament or would you find an English, Welsh or Northern Ireland seat and seek to continue your Westminster career?

Housing estate’s name should be reconsidered

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 29th August 2014

In this centenary year of the First World War, the Oxford Mail brings to life the heroism of those who fought in that catastrophe.

I don’t think we want to go back to the old days of buses on street

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Friday 29th August 2014

I have been reading with interest, and horror, the suggestions from the bus companies that Cornmarket should be opened up to buses going from the south to the north of the city.

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.






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