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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.

Residents of all ages could really benefit from more open spaces

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Monday 18th August 2014

Trevor Lea makes a rather tendentious response to the recent article about Alexandra Courts (August 14).

Drivers need to exercise more patience at our roundabouts

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

Suzanne McIvor’s letter (August 1) suggests new roundabouts should be seen to ease the congestion around the city’s main intersection points.

Efforts must be made to end discrimination

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

I am writing concerning the article ‘Patients run risk of being denied hip replacements’, August 1) This scandal deserves to be highlighted and efforts made to overturn the disgraceful and discriminatory denial of replacements by the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) on weight grounds. Unfortunately although the Royal College of Surgeons has condemned the practice, local consultants are happy to fall in line and deny replacements to patients who have worked and contributed all their lives, condemning them to increasing pain, immobility and poor quality of life.

We really need some forwards in our team

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

I do not want to complain before the season has started but I will. Why are we bringing in young players on loan to give them experience when we already have our own? Crocombe should start the season in goal.

Low wages are holding back country’s recovery

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

So now we know from the Bank of England what we suspected all along.

It’s time we changed our diets to plants

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

Looking back on past Olympic records, our future Olympians could do well to follow the example of Sir Roger Bannister and nine times gold medal winner Carl Lewis, who along with many of today’s top athletes, live on a strict plant-based diet.

It wasn’t going to show support for solar power

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

I was interested to see the report (August 11) of a survey showing widespread support for fracking.

Tennis courts issue indicative of the way we think of recreational space

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

AS A regular tennis player who lives in Oxford and uses the Alexandra tennis courts, I would like to respond to city councillor Andrew Gant’s suggestion that the green space should be used in a better way (August 12).

Energy policy destroying our rural heritage

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

OUR wonderful national parks are a vital part of our rural heritage that need to be cherished.

Frustration with train operators’ seat service

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

I'M NOT a frequent traveller on trains, but can appreciate the frustrations outlined in Alex Wynick’s report (‘We should get a better service for the price we pay, August 11).

Have we learned nothing from our bloody history?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

PERHAPS it was the effect of listening to the D-Day anniversary edition of Vera Lynn, songs dreaming of the end of war and hopes of a more sane world, that prompted my reaction.

In at the deep end over prayers for pool

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

I READ with interest the article yesterday, ‘Campaigners turn to prayer to protect community pool’.

It took a long time for crackdown on drinkers

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

IN your article “Police lecture underage foreign students drinking in South Park”, August 7, you report that 47 such teenagers were caught in that zone thus imbibing and officers confiscated – rather than the usually preferred “seized” – 49 cans of beer and cider, two bottles of vodka and one of whisky.

Attention must be given to cycling groups’ advice

2:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

I had a look at the Frideswide Square/Station masterplan. I noted that the plan does not show bicycle racks near the station nor seem to have clearly defined bicycle lanes in Frideswide Square.

I feel sorry for people who are suffering here

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

WITH all the killings going on in Gaza I admire Baroness Warsi for resigning.

Impressed by work that this charity is doing

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

AT this time of great calamities, such as Ebola in Sierra Leone and elsewhere, religious fighting in Palestine and Mesopotamia (Iraq), and the brutal redefinition of the frontiers of former USSR republics, it behoves us all to ensure that what money we can spare for overseas charities be directed as usefully and efficiently as possible.

We will be campaigning for all our schools to provide breakfast

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

Every child needs, and deserves, a hot nourishing meal every day.

Why can’t people wait until there are real plans?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

What is it about Oxford people and their overwhelming negativity towards anything modern or different or new?

Money could be better spent on public services

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

This Saturday, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945, many Oxfordshire people helped in rolling out a continuous line of pink home-knitted scarves that extended the whole seven miles between the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire.

Thanks to all who took part in humanist talks

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

2:00pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

As is usual at this time of year, our city centre was almost overflowing last weekend, with tourists young and old, and from several different continents/countries.






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