Our resolve must not waver in the face of such adversity

Swindon Advertiser:

10:13am Friday 22nd August 2014

Over the last few days we have witnessed the horrific and disturbing images of the brutal murder of American photojournalist James Foley at the hands of the barbaric terrorist organisation known as the Islamic State.

We wanted the fire put out and the polluter to pick up the bill

Swindon Advertiser:

5:52pm Thursday 21st August 2014

As work goes on to tackle the fire at the Averies waste site, I would like to explain the huge amount of work that has been going on, much of it requiring meetings with our partner agencies about operational matters. The Fire Brigade has responsibility for putting the fire out. The Environment Agency has responsibility for licensing such sites. The Council has no formal role, but as the smoke was affecting residents and businesses, we used our powers to help co-ordinate activities.

BARRIE HUDSON: Adults just don't know what they are talking about

Swindon Advertiser: BARRIE HUDSON COLUMN: Boot up for a car boot sale in real comfort

3:50pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THERE were fewer A-Level passes this year, which is apparently seen as a good thing by people who like to witter on about falling standards.

ADVER COMMENT: It's all gone quiet over there

Swindon Advertiser:

4:09pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

WE hope Swindon Town manages to solve its public address system in time for the home game against Crewe on Saturday.

Cemetery in sad state

Swindon Advertiser:

4:10pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

I WAS sad to read about more vandalism at Radnor Street Cemetery.

Circus crossing mess

Swindon Advertiser:

4:19pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

MALCOLM Morrison (SA 15 August) makes another valid point, having driven on six occasions in three days around Regent Circus – in all directions.

Time to seize the day

Swindon Advertiser:

4:16pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

QUOTE of the day, “no matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world” SA, 14 August. The quote comes from the movie, Dead Poets Society, which is one of my two favourite movies by Robin Williams who died last week.

Elephant in the room

Swindon Advertiser:

4:14pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

FURTHER to your article on the development in Rodbourne Rec, which may or may not take place this financial year, due to the crucial absence of key staff on holiday and the Bank Holiday.

GRAHAM CARTER: My dear wife feels as if she is playing second fiddle to a pushbike

Swindon Advertiser: This bus tour mystery will be just the ticket

3:52pm Monday 18th August 2014

“YOU love that bike more than you love me,” said my wife, pointing at my trusty steed in the garage.

ADVER COMMENT: Crack down on abusers of hospital staff

Swindon Advertiser:

3:33pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE Respect Us initiative at the Great Western Hospital is entirely justified, although decent people will be disgusted by the fact that such an initiative is necessary.

It’s against the Bible

Swindon Advertiser:

2:26pm Monday 18th August 2014

RE ‘Be loud and proud’, August 13 from Rosemary Duff, she writes: “events such as (Gay) Pride are needed so people can shout out that it is fine and normal to be gay until those who think it’s not get the message”. So, Rosemary Duff, the Christian God who abhors homosexuality will, according to you, “eventually get the message” and write it out of the Holy Bible, so all the diverse elements in our midst may carry on happy as larks?

Put a stop to bigots

Swindon Advertiser:

3:42pm Monday 18th August 2014

WHEN I asked if Gay Pride was still necessary, I wasn’t disapproving of it, merely asking if we had indeed reached equality.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: Their confidence, work ethic and determination to put something back into their local community is amazing

Swindon Advertiser:

1:40pm Monday 18th August 2014

THIS summer, across Swindon, hundreds of young people aged 16-17 will have taken part in the National Citizen Service (NCS). NCS is a scheme that was the personal project of Prime Minister David Cameron.

Waste bid a debacle

Swindon Advertiser:

3:44pm Monday 18th August 2014

I AM writing to vent my annoyance over the recent debacle that Swindon Borough Council were involved with concerning the movement of the waste to the Park and ride in Cricklade Road.

No to plain packets

Swindon Advertiser:

3:40pm Monday 18th August 2014

I WRITE in response to your article ‘Plain cigarette packs will bring in £2m’, published August 14.

We pick and choose

Swindon Advertiser:

3:36pm Monday 18th August 2014

THIS response is from my MP, Mr Robert Buckland, which I don’t agree with, but it is our government’s view, and I quote: “The Government’s position is that the settlement building is illegal under international law, but that sanctions would not be the best way to take action against this breach of law; instead, this is a matter for... the international community as a whole, not simply Britain.

Why is there a delay?

Swindon Advertiser:

3:35pm Monday 18th August 2014

IT would appear to be really strange that the official findings of the results concerning the two black box flight recorders salvaged from the stricken Malaysian airliner MH17 and taken to Farnborough, Hampshire to be analysed, do not yet appear to have been officially released.

Is it understaffing?

Swindon Advertiser:

2:25pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE benefits sanctions system is said to be in chaos with appeals taking weeks or months, leaving people without money and extremely distressed.

Compensate for stink

Swindon Advertiser:

2:20pm Monday 18th August 2014

I DRIVE up and down Drakes Way several times a day and am appalled at the choking, foul-smelling smoke coming from the Averies fire.

Stop being a nimby

Swindon Advertiser:

2:16pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE ‘Not in my back Yard’ brigade or nimby has become a real phenomenon of late. There are stories from across the country of local people rejecting plans that may affect their local community.

My home is haven

Swindon Advertiser:

1:13pm Monday 18th August 2014

I HAVE read letters in the Swindon Advertiser regarding the current situation vis a vis Israel and Hamas.

War dead betrayed

Swindon Advertiser:

1:13pm Monday 18th August 2014

HOW pathetic and gutless are our so-called leaders. I see the Mayor of Calais has promised to give free ferry passes to the human mess in his own backyard so they can come to the UK.

Give us a display

Swindon Advertiser:

1:12pm Monday 18th August 2014

I HAVE lived in Tydeman Street, in Gorse Hill, for 58 years and have run the Sunflower Cafe for nearly 13 years so I feel qualified to comment about the following.

A use for prisoners

Swindon Advertiser:

1:10pm Monday 18th August 2014

I ALWAYS enjoy the Barrie Hudson column in the SA. Last Tuesday 5 August, I found the “It’s just another slap on the wrist” item of interest where Barrie made comment about the lenient sentences passed down to criminals by the local judiciary.

Tattoo was great

Swindon Advertiser:

1:09pm Monday 18th August 2014

THANK you so much for my tickets for the Royal International Air Tattoo. I was over the moon, flabbergasted and so chuffed!

Rules of the road

Swindon Advertiser:

1:08pm Monday 18th August 2014

IF the policy of “shared streets” (in operation at the Regent Circus development) is to be pursued, surely the corollary must be the following?

Inquiry won’t help

Swindon Advertiser:

1:08pm Monday 18th August 2014

WITH regard to Andrew Parkin and his Epetition calling for an inquiry, how on earth is that going to be any benefit to putting this fire out?

BRIAN MATTOCK: We must provide care to those people in need

Swindon Advertiser: ElectionsModule Candidate photo

5:00pm Thursday 14th August 2014

FOR the next two weeks, I am covering for Councillor Renard, who is taking a short break. As well as being deputy leader of the council, I am also the cabinet member for health and adult social care.

ADVER COMMENT: Where's the urgency at Averies?

Swindon Advertiser:

4:13pm Thursday 14th August 2014

THE fire at Averies Recycling has now been burning for three weeks, its foul smoke blighting the lives of all who are unfortunate enough to live or work in the vicinity.

Quite appalling

Swindon Advertiser:

4:30pm Thursday 14th August 2014

AS a resident of the Railway Village, I am appalled to hear the bus company is going to run buses two ways through the village, one a minute!

A sad genius

Swindon Advertiser:

4:38pm Thursday 14th August 2014

IT was indeed a say when the world heard of the passing of Robin Williams.

Wrong policy

Swindon Advertiser:

4:35pm Thursday 14th August 2014

SINCE politicians, who have responsibility for energy matters, have become so occupied with Britain’s carbon emissions, many coal fired generators are being shut down.

Poignant reading

Swindon Advertiser:

4:27pm Thursday 14th August 2014

THE poignant readings at the BBC Remembrance on Monday 4 August made me think of my granddad.

Thanks for the piece

Swindon Advertiser:

4:20pm Thursday 14th August 2014

I AM writing to say thank you for the piece written about my father, Mr Frank Gilbert. It was good and factual.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: The actions of the militants have been brutal in the extreme and the effect has been awful to watch

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

10:30am Wednesday 13th August 2014

This summer our TV screens, newspapers and social media have been filled with international events that have struck a chord with so many people.

ADVER COMMENT: Backing the fight against domestic violence

Swindon Advertiser:

9:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

SWINDON Women’s Aid, we reveal today, is planning a course to help young people aged eight and up who have been affected by domestic violence.

We’ve made it worse

Swindon Advertiser:

10:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

LOOKING back Saddam Hussein was not so bad. This ISIS lot are far worse.

Sex advice is daft

Swindon Advertiser:

9:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

TO read the comments attributed to Laura Hill ‘lead health adviser’ at GWH you might imagine she has an obsession with sex.

Shooting birds for fun

Swindon Advertiser:

1:45am Wednesday 13th August 2014

I READ the letter from Bert Jones concerning the massacre of songbirds in Malta with interest and I agree with his sentiments.

Yes we do need Pride

Swindon Advertiser:

9:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

I ASK myself about the Swindon Pride how many of the trans community were at the Pride, if any? Also the trans are not represented on the Pride commitee.

They’re a motley crew

Swindon Advertiser:

10:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

BRITAIN boasts some of the world’s most eminent doctors, scientists, industrialists, writers and academics, with huge wisdom and experience.

Be loud and proud

Swindon Advertiser:

9:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

I MUST totally disagree with Mr Reucer (Letters, August 11) when he questions if Gay Pride is still necessary.

Readers are spot on

Swindon Advertiser:

9:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

YOUR correspondents are, as I have said before, absolutely right.

It’s outright fantasy

Swindon Advertiser:

9:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

STEVE Nibbs resorts to outright fantasy in defending Israel’s bombing of women and children in Gaza against Axmed Bahjad.

Atrocities elsewhere

Swindon Advertiser:

9:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

MANY have written to the SA recently in outrage concerning the death of Palestinians civilians in Gaza by Israel, with even some trying to legitimise and thus condone such crimes against humanity.

Scant regard for our safety

Swindon Advertiser:

1:55am Wednesday 13th August 2014

I FFEL I must add my comments to the ongoing debate about the crossings in Regent Circus.

Conflict is our fault

Swindon Advertiser:

4:33pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

BRITAIN created the situation in Israel when it handed over British Palestine in 1948 and a Jewish state was declared without a thought from the people already living there. It’s exactly the same error we made with Ireland. Will we never learn?

It’s time to face facts

Swindon Advertiser:

4:32pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

Steve Jack writes to say that the views of those of us who have been critical of Israel’s murderous onslaught on the people of Gaza are inaccurate or not true.

There are no winners

Swindon Advertiser:

4:31pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

In reply to Steve Jack’s letter (putting it straight: Adver 9 Aug). He asks, would we be writing in vehement protest if it was Israel suffering at the hands of Hamas?

Where’s the answer?

Swindon Advertiser:

4:30pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

I doubt if I am the only one on the planet Earth, our only base in the vastness of the universe, to question what is going on all around us.



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