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3:26pm Friday 13th September 2013
MADAM - The Governments Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) backed by its masters in the National Farmers' Union (NFU) is leading a campaign of brainwashing the public into believing a cull of badgers is essential.
3:19pm Friday 13th September 2013
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MADAM - Walking down Strouds High Street on the morning after the Parliaments decision on Syria I was met by people who felt relieved that we would not be taking military action against the Syrian Government for a crime against humanity
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MADAM - Jonathan Paul may well be right that fracking can be safe (SNJ/letters 4/9/13) however he writes 'shale gas can be extracted safely...provided that best practice is rigorously applied'. Herein lies the problem. Trust in the global energy industry (which includes fracking) is at a low ebb, and rightly so. The environmental damage and human cost of oil exploration in the Niger Delta (Shell); the Deepwater Horizon disaster (BP); the nuclear meltdowns at Chernobyl and Fukushima (to name just a few) has led to many losing faith in big business and the regulatory bodies. Industry experts are not independent and sometimes get it very wrong. As the Fukushima disaster unfolded experts from the nuclear lobby were very quick to offer platitudes regarding containment, yet we can see from current news that the disaster is far from over. A case perhaps, of experts not being as clever as they thought they were! We are right not to blindly trust this industry - it is (in a democracy) up to them to convince us it is safe. Platitudes and 'could be' 'should be' and 'provided that' just wont do. The UK is a small, densely populated island; it is irrelevant that fracking would not occur in Gloucestershire.
2:27pm Friday 13th September 2013
MADAM - On a recent Saturday a group of residents turned out for an impromptu barbecue lunch at Pidgemore Farm, Nupend to celebrate the conservation of the surrounding farmland located between Nupend and Nastend, the land often referred to in the local plan as West of Stonehouse
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2:06pm Thursday 5th September 2013
MADAM - As a trained geophysicist with experience of working on site with hydraulic fracturing, I feel that many of the points raised in a recent article (Anti-fracking activists from Stroud join protests in Balcombe, SNJ 21/8/13) are
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4:58pm Wednesday 28th August 2013
4:56pm Wednesday 28th August 2013
MADAM - I see that the supporters of the flat earth society are warning the end of the world as we know it if ASDA is allowed to build a store in the town. As a former Daniels employee I would inevitably be disappointed to see the history of this once great firm obliterated by so called progress. And the 250 lowly paid mainly unskilled jobs will be a sad replacement of the 700 highly paid skilled jobs which were lost long ago from the site. But I put pen to paper to challenge the assertions that Stroud will suffer as a result of another supermarket opening. Personally, I would never use ASDA on ethical grounds and therefore the only likely benefit to me is that Sainsbury's will be less congested as some shoppers opt for the new store. Consequently. the main impact is likely be on other supermarkets rather then the town's shops. The death of Stroud's high street has been a topic of newspaper speculation talking down the town for over a century. For example, in 1907 the scaremongering threat to the town was the popularity of the co-operative movement, so much so that the Stroud News (then a Tory rag in competition with the more responsible and measured Liberal Stroud Journal) used to run virulent campaigns against individual co-operators and shops. I rarely use town centre shops (apart from one or two takeaways) simply because they are closed when I go to work and are also closed when I get back from work. Another problem is that my gentleman's outfitters and tailors (M&S) doesn't have a branch in the town and therefore the town also looses my fashion pound - if you can call buying the same cut of trousers for 20 years fashion. Supermarkets and out of town shops over the last 20 or 30 years often trade on Sundays and in the evenings. And I confess to enjoying the environment of a shopping mall on a mid-week evening shop! Meanwhile, shops continue with the pattern of opening hours imposed during the 1940s as an emergency wartime measure. Perhaps the solution to the crisis for the town centre retail trade is in the hands of the town's shopkeepers rather than the planners?
4:55pm Wednesday 28th August 2013
4:53pm Wednesday 28th August 2013
MADAM - In response to Gloucestershire's Conservative County Council leader's letter as Conservative leader attacking the SNJ's editorial which questions the county pension funds investment in arms production and tobacco companies, I applaud your newspaper for taking this stance. It is immoral that the county council is supporting investment into tobacco companies whilst also being responsible for public health. Cllr Hawthorne hides behind some spurious references that Government guidance does not make it easy to make ethical investment decisions. How about asking those that contribute into the pension scheme for their views? Sadly, one can expect no more from a Conservative-led administration who, in line with their national parties policies, will always put profit before people.
4:51pm Wednesday 28th August 2013
MADAM - I am trying to locate an elderly lady, Mrs Margaret Measures, who used to live at: Burnhead, Wells Road, Bisley. I have written an article about her late husband, Wing Commander WEG.Measures AFC, RAF retired, who was my Squadron Commander at RAF Hednesford when I was called up for National Service in January 1953. Long before that, he was a Battle of Britain pilot flying Spitfires and Hurricanes. I would like to contact Mrs Measures or her children. If anyone knows their whereabouts please let me know at; 3/1108 Main Road, Eltham, 3095, Victoria, Australia. Phone No. (03) 9439 7577, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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4:42pm Wednesday 28th August 2013
MADAM - It is interesting that a report linking cases of measles in our area with the unvaccinated Steiner community here was followed by a letter from Bernard Jarman, warning that the vaccination campaign will result in more cases of autism. Anthroposophists do not want children vaccinated because they believe it will interfere with their karma.
4:39pm Wednesday 28th August 2013
MADAM - Whilst it is good to read that the Labour Party is in favour of investigating the formation of a unitary authority, this is a complex issue and will inevitably take some time to achieve before any savings that there may be can be realised.
10:22am Monday 19th August 2013
MADAM - With reference to your comment of August 7 about the privatisation of Royal Mail, your readers may be interested to understand what the recent announcement by the UK Government means for our customers, our business and our people.
10:18am Monday 19th August 2013
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10:07am Monday 19th August 2013
MADAM - Having read with interest the numerous comments regarding planning applications for yet more supermarkets in our area, surely instead of another major setting up shop here, the one addition that would be welcomed by many would be either Aldi or Lidl, which provide a whole different approach to supermarket shopping and equally important, provide stiff competition to keep the 'majors' on their toes.
10:04am Monday 19th August 2013
ON the call by Conservatives on Stroud District Council for a unitary authority to run services in Gloucestershire. Posted by joyus1uk: I find it very interesting that this announcement is made now. I have searched hard for a mention of the unitary authority in the Conservative manifesto for the last local elections but their appears to be no mention of it. Unless they have cloaked it in their usual woolly words. On the other hand the Labour Party have for a long period of time been in favour of unitary authorities and have included it in previous manifestos and have campaigned on the issue with the local electorate. I also find the quote of Cllr Paul Carter very interesting. "This is the latest in a long line of initiatives that the Conservatives have put forward to save money for the council." Is this the same party that over the years ran a cabinet style administration that constantly increased the allowances of the executive members. Good to see Johnny-come-lately's finally coming round to an idea that is right for the times. Come off it Tories, own up, this is new and unusual thinking by a group happy to cost the council taxpayers vast sums in allowances and expenses in previous years. I wonder if the MP for Stroud is involved in this or indeed has he even been asked to contribute to the thinking behind this move. It will be interesting to see how this spins on from the Tories now that they have lost the argument over the change in allowances. By the way I note that of today's date only four of the 21 members of the Conservative group have donated any money to charity. That is 17 to go I suggest readers keep an eye on this too.
9:50am Monday 19th August 2013
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3:25pm Wednesday 7th August 2013
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3:19pm Wednesday 7th August 2013
MADAM - It is important that the planners and councillors of Stroud District Council think carefully about the 'change of use' issue on both sites designated for the development of two large supermarkets.
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3:10pm Wednesday 7th August 2013
MADAM - Having read the letter by Howard Price in the SNJ, I have to agree, he is right on the effects of alcohol and tobacco, why do governments not tackle is robustly, because it generates a huge amount of income for the government of the day.
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1:28pm Wednesday 31st July 2013
MADAM - As joint Hon Secs of the horticultural section of Stroud Country Show, we would like to say a big 'thank you' to everyone (too many to thank individually) who helped to make our side of the show a big success
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1:09pm Wednesday 31st July 2013
MADAM - Following a very successful silver wedding anniversary party held at Stroud Rugby Club on Saturday, July 6, we made a collection in lieu of presents for our two favourite charities, one which helps those with multiple sclerosis and the British Lung Foundation.
1:05pm Wednesday 31st July 2013
MADAM - I am quite prepared to accept, as Hilary Fowles says in her letter, that the total bill for councillors allowances has gone down by some £50,000 but this ignores the fact that the saving could have been a further 40 per cent higher if the 8.3 per cent increase in basic allowances had not been forced through by the Labour led coalition
12:58pm Wednesday 31st July 2013
MADAM - As a member of the licensing and regulation committee of Stroud District Council, I was one of three on a panel, recently, required to address an application for drinking alcohol on the part of the forecourt of the Stroud Subscription Rooms.
12:56pm Wednesday 31st July 2013
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