Email your letters to SNJ editor Sue Smith at sue.smith@gwent-wales.co.uk

The editor welcomes letters on all topics but please keep to a maximum of 300 words and include a full address and daytime telephone number. The editor reserves the right to shorten or amend letters for legal reasons or due to lack of space.

We must protect our health service

Stroud News and Journal:

9:30am Friday 17th October 2014

MADAM – I was in Cheltenham Hospital most of Monday morning on October 13.

System prevents any real changes

Stroud News and Journal:

9:28am Friday 17th October 2014

MADAM – A few weeks ago 46 per cent of the Scottish electorate voted to leave our country.

Median wage sum is one that counts

Stroud News and Journal:

9:20am Friday 17th October 2014

MADAM –As an NHS health worker, I went on strike on Monday for part of the morning (the official strike times being 7am – 11am).

Reason obvious to all but managers

Stroud News and Journal:

9:18am Friday 17th October 2014

MADAM – Some while ago, I wrote regarding the state and plight of our community nurses, how they have been so unjustly treated.

Credit unions are worth celebating

Stroud News and Journal:

5:29pm Thursday 16th October 2014

MADAM – We need to celebrate the work of credit unions.

It is madness to mess with dog bins

Stroud News and Journal:

5:22pm Thursday 16th October 2014

MADAM – Through the pages of the Stroud News & Journal can I please send a message to the lamebrain(s) who sought entertainment one recent Saturday by ripping off the front of the dog bin in the National Trust Cripplegate car park, tearing the plastic bin inside and throwing bags of dog mess around the car park.

Cyclists need to obey the code too

Stroud News and Journal:

5:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

MADAM – The 20 miles per hour speed limit in Stroud town centre is a positive move to reduce pedestrian casualties and improve road safety.

Did anyone see accident on A38?

Stroud News and Journal:

3:53pm Thursday 16th October 2014

MADAM – My husband was involved in an accident where a car pulled out from a lay-by to do a U-turn and went into the side of my husband’s van.

A ‘Middle East for Dummies’!

Stroud News and Journal:

10:07am Thursday 16th October 2014

MADAM – Are you confused by what is going on in the Middle East? Let me explain.

What you are saying on our website

Stroud News and Journal:

12:30pm Monday 13th October 2014

ON MP Neil Carmichael’s decision to will vote for air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq when Parliament was recalled.

Tracking trails of your night sky

Stroud News and Journal:

12:26pm Monday 13th October 2014

Photographer Tammy Lynn Kwan stayed up until 2am on Thursday to capture this image of star trails over Stroud.

Despair over rail travel in UK

Stroud News and Journal:

12:19pm Monday 13th October 2014

MADAM – Having recently experienced the efficiency and simple pricing of the publicly owned Spanish railway system, I now despair of ever being able to travel regularly in an environmentally sustainable way in most of this country.

Freight container terrorism hazards

Stroud News and Journal:

12:16pm Monday 13th October 2014

MADAM - In Britain in late August there were at least three reported instances of groups of foreign nationals gaining unrestricted access to Britain by hiding in freight containers which passed through British North Sea ports.

Level crossing dangers for deaf

Stroud News and Journal:

12:12pm Monday 13th October 2014

MADAM - I have been reading the tragic news of a local man killed at a local level crossing, my sympathies to the family.

Social club image clarification

Stroud News and Journal:

12:06pm Monday 13th October 2014

MADAM - Reference last week’s issue.

Speed limits must be enforced

Stroud News and Journal:

12:05pm Monday 13th October 2014

Speed limits must be enforced

Resisting new online car tax

Stroud News and Journal:

11:56am Monday 13th October 2014

MADAM - I refer to the reports regarding paper car tax discs.

Minimum wage

Stroud News and Journal:

3:48pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

MADAM - An increase to the National Minimum Wage, which came in to effect this week, is certainly a welcome boost for low income workers who are struggling to make ends meet.

Don’t be a chicken - help farm animals, says RSPCA

Stroud News and Journal:

3:43pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

MADAM - You may be surprised to know that more than 900 million animals are farmed for food each year in the UK – that’s about 56 times the number of pet dogs and cats in this country.

'No longer required'

Stroud News and Journal:

4:16pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

MADAM - I am sure that many of your readers will be interested in stories about animals and many no doubt share their home with one or more cat, dog or rabbit.

What you are saying on our website

Stroud News and Journal:

11:55am Thursday 2nd October 2014

ON the climate change march in Stroud held as part of a global day of action ahead of the UN summit in New York on the environment.

Can you help us solve our picture puzzle?

Stroud News and Journal:

11:50am Thursday 2nd October 2014

MADAM – We came across this photo which we are fairly sure was taken in The Stirrup Cup, Bisley, then called The New Inn. We can identify the following (l to r), lady, front row Esme Restall, other lady Bessie Restall.

Action now on climate crisis

Stroud News and Journal:

11:46am Thursday 2nd October 2014

MADAM - GlosCAN would like to thank everyone who took part in the Gloucestershire Climate March last Sunday, September 21 – the banner-makers, choir, musicians, artists, readers, helpers, speakers and the estimated 500 marchers themselves; and, of course, the police too for their assistance with traffic.

£658 raised by street collections

Stroud News and Journal:

11:42am Thursday 2nd October 2014

MADAM – From March to September, roughly once a month on a Saturday morning, Amnesty mid-Glos group held street collections in Nailsworth, Stonehouse, Stroud, Minchinhampton, Wotton-under-Edge, Dursley and Painswick, raising £658.70.

Trapped by the bedroom tax

Stroud News and Journal:

11:36am Thursday 2nd October 2014

MADAM – I write to you in response to last week’s article on the ‘bedroom tax’ (September 24).

Lots being done to help tenants

Stroud News and Journal:

11:27am Thursday 2nd October 2014

MADAM – I do not usually feel compelled to write to the letters page, preferring the good work that the Labour-led council undertakes with our tenants to be reflected in the pages of our local press.

Give England a say in its own affairs

Stroud News and Journal:

11:17am Thursday 2nd October 2014

MADAM – I’m personally disappointed that Scotland didn’t vote for independence.

Regarding the death of a race horse

Stroud News and Journal:

2:51pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

MADAM - There has been an outraged response from the racing industry over the front-page Daily Mirror article (September 20) about the death of race horse Wigmore Hall.

Wear dots and raise lots

Stroud News and Journal:

2:08pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

MADAM - Can you imagine what life would be like if you couldn't get lost in a good novel, or your children were unable to join in with their friends and classmates at school?

Pink Fridays

Stroud News and Journal:

2:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

MADAM - Breast cancer is a cruel disease which will affect one in eight women during our lifetime – so this October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Care wants everyone across the UK to show their support by turning their Fridays pink!

What you are saying on our website

Stroud News and Journal:

11:54am Monday 29th September 2014

ON the decision by secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles to delay a decision on the Javelin Park incinerator application until November 30. A decision was due on Wednesday.

Pothole punctures cyclist’s fun and steals his stage win

Stroud News and Journal:

11:52am Monday 29th September 2014

MADAM – What an honour it was to welcome the Tour of Britain.

The mystery circle

Stroud News and Journal:

11:49am Monday 29th September 2014

MADAM – We recently came across the attached photograph.

Cyclists need to be more considerate

Stroud News and Journal:

11:46am Monday 29th September 2014

MADAM — May I, through your letters page, extend a request to those who cycle the canal paths.

Please stop the selling off of NHS

Stroud News and Journal:

11:42am Monday 29th September 2014

MADAM — Through your columns, I would like to ask our MP, Neil Carmichael to speak out against TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, agreement currently being negotiated between the US and Europe.

The only ones who benefit are the rich

Stroud News and Journal:

11:39am Monday 29th September 2014

MADAM — Back in 2008, we had the ‘banking crisis’ and some of the rich and powerful, who benefited from that by being bailed out by government, probably have nice big houses in the Cotswolds.

Why did MP not vote against war?

Stroud News and Journal:

11:37am Monday 29th September 2014

MADAM — In view of the current events in Iraq and the knock on effect to security in our own country, I would like to know why it was that David Drew did not vote against the invasion of Iraq when the division was held in the House of Commons on March 18, 2003, on which occasion he was the Labour MP for Stroud and he had the opportunity to do so? Military action against Iraq by the US and the UK commenced just two days after this division.

Coppers solder on more appropriate

Stroud News and Journal:

11:35am Monday 29th September 2014

MADAM — May I point out one crucial misleading error in your headline of September 3 “Police HQ targeted by brazen thieves”?

Check before you take the mickey

Stroud News and Journal:

11:29am Monday 29th September 2014

MADAM If your correspondent Lee Prescott is going to take the mickey, at least he should get it right.

Ridiculous to claim word as their own

Stroud News and Journal:

11:25am Monday 29th September 2014

MADAM — How can BSkyB possibly lay claim to a common English word as their own?

Bullying cannot be left unchecked

Stroud News and Journal:

11:23am Monday 29th September 2014

MADAM — In her reply to my letter, Gabriel Millar does not acknowledge the special problems with bullying that arise in Steiner schools because of the belief system shared by most teachers and some families.

Real change can’t come from Green

Stroud News and Journal:

11:22am Monday 29th September 2014

MADAM — Chris Jockel, the Green candidate for the next election, may well “promote policies for real change for the common good”, as Simon Pickering says (SNJ September 3, page two).

It’s national policy holding us back

Stroud News and Journal:

11:19am Monday 29th September 2014

MADAM — Yet again, Neil Carmichael peddles the falsehood that an adopted local plan will prevent unwanted development and create utopias where locals decide on what is built in their backyard.

Much more use if MP works with us

Stroud News and Journal:

11:02am Monday 29th September 2014

MADAM — Neil Carmichael, in his letter to the SNJ (September 10), alleges that the current district council administration has unduly delayed the production of the local plan.

Enough is enough

Stroud News and Journal:

2:14pm Monday 22nd September 2014

MADAM - As we approach a General Election, it is worth recalling a promise made at the 2009 Conservative Party conference.

What you are saying on our website

Stroud News and Journal:

2:52pm Thursday 18th September 2014

ON PLANS by Stroud District Council for weekly food waste collections.

Ukip will not merge with Green

Stroud News and Journal:

2:42pm Thursday 18th September 2014

MADAM — I am writing further to the report in the SNJ of September 3 that Ukip wishes to enter into a ‘merger’ with the Greens in Stroud. This is not the case at all.

More wildflowers, not concrete and car tyres

Stroud News and Journal:

2:40pm Thursday 18th September 2014

MADAM - Reading Karen Eberhardt-Shelton's article re car parks has reminded me of the history of the old meadow on which Weavers' Croft, Field Road now stands.

An unfortunately placed Ukip rant

Stroud News and Journal:

2:34pm Thursday 18th September 2014

MADAM — Brian Cooke’s letter in the SNJ of September 3 was, as usual, intelligent, well thought out and clearly composed.

Simple arithmetic should allay fears

Stroud News and Journal:

2:31pm Thursday 18th September 2014

MADAM — I want to thank you for printing the letter (SNJ: September 3) from Caroline Stephens, the Stroud Ukip candidate.






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