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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.
1:59pm Friday 15th August 2014
MADAM - With disposable packaging at an all-time high the UK is experiencing levels of litter on an unprecedented scale. The impact of this has moved beyond mere aesthetic displeasure, seriously posing a threat to both public and environmental health. All is not lost, however, as we can still do something about it.
1:52pm Friday 15th August 2014
MADAM - As the nation turns its attentions to marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, a number of us believe that the Centenary is an opportunity to learn from the lessons of the past. One lesson that stands out particularly strongly to me, as Chief Executive of the military charity SSAFA, is the spirit of bravery and optimism in the face of such terrible times, demonstrated not only by the soldiers at the front but by the families they left behind. We see the same courage in those we support today – be they serving personnel, veterans or family members coping with injury, illness or personal difficulties. The song ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ encapsulated that spirit during WW1, and is still sung and played today. It became what many would call the ‘viral hit’ of the Great War, and we at SSAFA are hoping to breathe new life into it for the Centenary.
1:47pm Friday 15th August 2014
MADAM - Heading off to university is exciting, challenging and sometimes a little daunting, not least for those new and returning students who live with the disabling illness Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.).
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MADAM - In the light of the Government's launch of bidding for more fracking licences across the UK, I hope the people of the Cotswolds will be as successful as those in other areas of the UK in standing up to this dangerous attempt to proliferate the use of fossil fuels.
12:18pm Thursday 14th August 2014
MADAM – In response to Carol Kambites’ letter (August 6) suggesting that those who would like something more radical than the Labour Party “might want to try the Green Party instead”, may I remind her and your readers that 1,542 people took her advice and voted Green in the 2010 General Election in Stroud and thus helped to replace David Drew with Neil Carmichael as our MP, and to bring in the Conservative led coalition.
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MADAM – Last week the Department for Education (DfE) was forced to finally reveal documents requested by the British Humanist Association in 2010 relating to how Steiner schools were approved for state funding as free schools.
11:55am Thursday 14th August 2014
MADAM – On August 3, I as chairman of the council attended a ceremony of the dedication of a bench in memory of one of our local young men named Private Howard Pegler of the 2nd/5th Battalion, who sadly died at the tender age of 19 fighting for his country in what was to be one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history, The Great War.
11:52am Thursday 14th August 2014
MADAM – With the news that the Asda supermarket plan on the Daniel’s Industrial Estate in Bath Road has taken a step closer, now is surely the time to consider the dangerous and alarming side effects this development will cause.
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MADAM – If Dr Richard House (letters, July 23) really believes that mainstream education is responsible for a good deal of mental illness, then would it not be better to reform those aspects which he believes are damaging, rather than promoting divisive schooling based on a pseudo-scientific cult?
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12:02pm Thursday 31st July 2014
ON the decision by a planning inspector to approve the contentious application by Gladman for 150 homes on Mankley Field in Leonard Stanley on appeal after it was were refused by Stroud District Council.
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MADAM – Can I start by congratulating The Baxters Field Action Group and commiserating with those who opposed Mankley Field. The latter was a dreadful decision which goes against every element of local democracy. Instead of Stroud’s MP bleating that this would not have happened if Stroud District Council had its local plan in place, it would be good to think of one action that he has taken to help this to happen? He might like to consider that it was his votes that led to the imposition of the National Planning Policy Framework, known otherwise as a “developers’ charter”. Rather he has instigated unwanted and unnecessary development which will do nothing to provide a future for the Stroud area. The so-called Carmichael Commission is nothing more than a fig leaf to cover his work with local developers. He is now promoting improvements to the A419 when this is merely a pretence to get a new settlement west of Stonehouse, and floating the idea of moving Stonehouse’s station, something which has already been ruled out by the rail authorities, without even having the courtesy of talking to local representatives. Sadly this is what you get when the MP continues to act as Westminster’s man in the constituency and not lead the fight against these dreadful impositions. David Drew Labour & Co-operative general election candidate for the Stroud constituency
11:46am Thursday 31st July 2014
MADAM – I would like to pass on my thanks, on behalf of my husband, Mike Baines, to David Weaver and several members of the public who happened to witness his cycling accident on July 1 in King’s Stanley and who stopped to help him. Particularly Hayley, who contacted me from the scene, David who phoned for an ambulance and safeguarded his bicycle and a John Stayte employee – all played a part in ensuring he was safe, reassured and quickly on his way to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
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MADAM – After the fire and the explosions at the Nu-Pro factory in Thrupp on the evening of July 9, thick black acrid smoke obscured the sun and rolled past our homes for more than two hours. The air stank. The rubble continued to smoke for days.
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1:19pm Wednesday 30th July 2014
MADAM - Most people have heard of the Glorious Twelfth – the day in August when the four-month long grouse shooting season starts on Britain’s moorlands. But they know little else about a ‘sport’ that is staged and undertaken by some of the wealthiest and most influential individuals in the land.
10:56am Wednesday 30th July 2014
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MADAM - The spectacle provided by London 2012 made for sporting history. Now the Glasgow Commonwealth Games will create their own sporting legacy, reigniting the flame sparked by the Olympic and Paralympic Games almost two years ago.
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MADAM - In the months leading up to the election next May, the Conservative party, with their supporting newspapers, will increasingly try to portray Ed Miliband as “weird” and not qualified to be prime minister after the election.