Easy targets

10:51am Thursday 28th August 2014

I RECENTLY read more rantings from Councillor Davies. As usual, he attacks the West, Britain and America because it’s safe and easy to do that. Devoid of many facts, he plays right into the hands of the Jihadists murdering Christians in Iraq. He is a coward.

Scots go for it

10:50am Thursday 28th August 2014

IN A few weeks’s time, the people of Scotland will make a monumental decision about the future of their country. The choice is stark: to play second-fiddle in a union run by out-of-touch politicians in London, or to join the world community on equal terms, run their own affairs, and have the ability in their own hands to create a better future for all the people of Scotland.

Unfair challenge

10:49am Thursday 28th August 2014

I WAS told at the tip it would now cost £36 pounds to unload my five packs of laminate flooring, some underlay and a few garden chairs and a few other bits from my own DIY — and that’s the starting price, if you own a pick-up like me. I’m not a builder, there is no advertising, it’s for my own use. I have log burners: that’s my main reason. Many familiesys now have pick-ups crew cabs ect etc for the kids. Toys and bikes can fit in the back. P as well as people that use them to take off-road mx bikes taking them to legal riding places.

Short memories

10:48am Thursday 28th August 2014

I STARTED to read the letter from Councillor G Kirby, obviously with concern for the large number of people in debt.

Nothing fun about wars

10:46am Thursday 28th August 2014

AS THE day of the Nato summit drew near, the Household Cavalry, air force, police and special branch descended on Newport It was to be a fun family day, with displays of Nato’s murderous weapons and machinery of death, a food fair with a Nato theme, and Red Devils fly by. But Côr Cochion, CND Cymru, Palestine Solidarity and the Stop Nato/No NatoNewport campaigns were there, calling for the money spent on endless wars to be invested instead in our health service, schools, and jobs.

Selfish parking

12:58pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

RE the story in the News in briefs (the Argus, Aug 25) about Gwent Police advising residents not to park in the bus stop on Tredegar Street, Risca, or they risk a £30 penalty notice. Will this penalty notice also be applicable to those motorists who persistently park on the footpaths in Risca, forcing pedestrians to risk their safety and walk in the road? There are parking facilities in the town, but ignored by some inconsiderate motorists who find it more convenient to themselves to park where it will cause problems and risk the safety of others. M. Redgers, Mt Pleasant Rd Risca

Not in Newport

12:57pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

I KNEW it was only a matter of time before some dope on the 8 o’clock Today programme on Radio Four referred to the forthcoming Nato summit in Newport as being held in Cardiff!

Dialysis danger

12:56pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

WITH reference to the article ‘Nato Disrupts Dialysis Patients’ (The Argus, Aug 23), I was appalled to read that this event will have a knock-on effect on patients who receive dialysis treatment.

Nato fence flaw

12:56pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

AS I WAS driving along the motorway yesterday, I couldn’t help but admire the huge fence that has been erected in order to protect world leaders at the Nato conference.

Any chemists?

12:55pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

NOT that I use it very much, but today I needed to phone a chemist. A pretty simple task you would think? Well it’s not – unless you already have the name of the chemist you want to call.

Thanks to ward

12:55pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

I AM writing this letter to thank Mr Stephenson, Dr Hussain and the team at neurological ward B4 at Heath Hospital, Cardiff.

Scrap the tolls

12:54pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

I GET tired of hearing from our political parties about the tolls on the Severn Bridge and how they will get rid of them or lower them when in office.

Black bag anger

12:53pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

BLAENAU GWENT council’s executive members will shortly be considering a foolish proposal to change black bag collections from fortnightly to three weekly.

Say no to Nato

12:52pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

WHO is to blame for the Nato summit being held here? I need names so I can do my best to vote them out of office.

Support shows

12:51pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

THE UK Independence Party recently attended the Bedwellty Agricultural Show, which took place on 16th August.

Debt concerns

12:51pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

ACCORDING to a report by the Children’s Society and the StepChange debt charity, more than a quarter of all families in Islwyn suffer serious debt problems.

Celebrating age

12:50pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

AGE CYMRU’S Age Positive Week 2014 Age Cymru is Wales’s largest and leading charity for older people.

What a clown

12:49pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

YET again we have another gem from Newport Highways as work which is being carried out in Duffryn hasn’t been thought out.

Smell the coffee

12:48pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

FURTHER to the letter from C. Pearce (August 7) I will add that the local community officers in Newport are just as ‘friendly’ and useless! Two instances: I am a regular in an Italian coffee shop at the top of Bridge Street. Two community officers are in there almost every day for a lengthy, chatty coffee break. By now on ‘nodding terms’ I asked if their patch included Brynhyfryd Road, they replied ‘yes’ so I enquired why there was a certain car parked on double yellow lines outside Stow Park Church all day, every day, that never collects a parking ticket.

Whose fault?

12:47pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

WHO is responsible for the horrific beheading of the US journalist James Foley in Syria?

Save the NHS

11:37am Friday 22nd August 2014

PEOPLE in this country are rightly proud of the NHS, and many are angry at its creeping privatisation now being introduced.

Don't criticise

11:35am Friday 22nd August 2014

WHEN Councillor John Hopkins was leader of Blaenau Gwent Council he presided over a failure in social services.

Ditch the tolls

11:35am Friday 22nd August 2014

THE Severn Bridge tolls must be abolished of course!

Job question

11:34am Friday 22nd August 2014

FURTHER to the letter from C. Pearce (August 7) I will add that the local community officers in Newport are just as ‘friendly’ and useless!

Anger at Nato

11:33am Friday 22nd August 2014

EXACTLY who will be receiving the newly-minted Nato medals? Councillor Bob Bright and co? Paul Flynn? Or maybe the workers at Celtic manor who are being paid the minimum wage by billionaire owner Sir Terry Matthews?

Crocodile tears

2:04pm Thursday 21st August 2014

I AM most amused to see Labour councillors who voted for cuts to public services now crying crocodile tears over the fact that they chose to adhere to the dictates of the capitalist neo-liberalist austerity programme enacted out with such callous viciousness by the Con/Dem government! Remember it was the Labour party who bailed out the bankers/financial institutions with trillions of pounds worth of public monies. Now we are told to embrace austerity (mass unemployment, low wages, food banks and cuts to welfare and public services etc) whilst the mega rich global 0.001 per cent make vast profits by exploiting us!

Stop disruption

2:03pm Thursday 21st August 2014

WITH regards to S Bird’s letter on 8th August 8. I have a loud voice and probably speak for not only St Julians ward residents, but Brynglas, Malpas and Allt-yr-yn who endured the building of the M4 and the blasting of the tunnels and all the disruption and inconvenience it has brought to these areas for the past 50 years, not to mention the fumes and and constant noise. In St Julian’s, we have also had to put up with the building of the slip road to and from the M4 and the access road to Sainsbury’s and Cwmbran. bank Street suffers wit the traffic to the indoor bowling which shouldn’t be there in the first place.A council idea without consultation with residents, a school which should not have been sited there. the residents are not listened to. Now we have a nightmare with traffic building from 8.30am, again at 2.30pm and Edwards Coaches parking in Station Road with their engines running, waiting to pick up and drop off children. They are too big to go over the railway bridge which is the only access to lots of schools and the indoor bowling. Over the past 50 years, the quality of our lives has been greatly affected by noise, pollution and inconvenience. The M4 should never have been situated where it is. This loud voice says “no more” building or blasting in these areas. Our homes and roads cannot take any more strain. I forgot to mention we not only have the M4, but also the main Manchester and Holyhead railway lines running at the bottom of our gardens in Stockton Road to add to the pollution and noise. With all the fumes, we still have a few nonagenarians living in the area who are very active and breathing well!

Delay over injury

2:03pm Thursday 21st August 2014

WATCHING a local football side today and a player who was warming up fell awkwardly and hurt his back. He was helped off and taken to the changing rooms where he was still waiting for an ambulance over four and a half hours later. He gradually got worse, in terrible pain and we considered taking him by car, he couldn’t even put his foot to the floor so this could have made his injury worse. A small ambulance finally arrived only to be told he needed a bigger one. This lad could have permanent spinal damage as far as we know, and when he finally gets to the Gwent will he get seen? I wonder?

Power of flowers

2:02pm Thursday 21st August 2014

I WOULD like to thank the members of the public who have been in touch to praise the wild flower planting in Torfaen. This was a new initiative for us and I think that most people will agree the result is a beautiful corridor of colour through the county.

Banner for city

2:01pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THE Nato commemorative coin is an improvement on the official Nato Summit Wales logo. Note that the Nato symbol (superimposed on the coin’s map of Wales) is centred, approximately, over the Celtic Manor Resort, Langstone, Newport.

England focus

2:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THE news that five cities in the north of England have called for a £15 billon pound 15-year plan to be adopted to improve transport should not surprise anyone. The One North report has called for a 125mph trans-Pennine rail link, a faster link to Newcastle and better access to Manchester Airport. The alliance of five cities (Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield) call has George Osborne¹s backing – he has pledged support to the Crossrail of the North. The proposals are yet another all-England infrastructure project to add to the HS2 rail project, the London Crossrail project and the proposed Crossrail extension to Hertfordshire. Now don¹t get me wrong much of this infrastructure is necessary and very much overdue. However, I do wonder if Westminster is on some subliminal level contemplating the end of the Union and is concentrating resources in England, or is this merely a case of for the UK see England.

In wrong place

12:45pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

I agree with your previous correspondent in protesting about the change of venue for the post office. Not only is it further away from the railway station, bus station and market, it is also 900 yards from the top of Bridge Street. As your readers know, Bridge Street is the commercial centre of Newport. Many firms of solicitors, accountants and employment agencies occupy this area, indeed the whole range of service operations are to be found in the immediate area.

Post office

12:44pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

I DISAGREE with Dame Rosemary Butler when she says that the new post office will be easily accessible. Not if you are elderly and your bus stop is opposite Newport railway station.

Going mad

12:43pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

HEALTH and Safety gone mad?

Question for PM

12:33pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AFTER THE recent statement made by David Cameron on Iraq ,the question should be put at PM’s Question time “Does Mr Cameron live in this country or is it just an accommodation address?”

Objectionable

12:32pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A SINISTER deal is currently being cooked up between the European Union and the USA. I am referring to something called The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Post office trek

1:06pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

SO DAME Butler is delighted to open the newly relocated post office, which she and the powers-that-be think is easily accessible to who? People living that end of town, not people from the east.

Why the move ?

1:05pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

I TOTALLY agree with S Symonds concerning moving the post office into the In Shops. It was ideally suited where it was originally. What’s going to happen to that building now? I’m not disputing that a post office was needed at the top of town but wasn’t it possible to keep the original post office and just open a new smaller one?

Fare is not fair

1:05pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

IN Newport recently with my husband and grandchild who is 16 months old and in a pushchair, we were going to visit my daughter in Maindee. We went to catch a green bus, number 8c.

A great city

1:04pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THANK you to J Creed, Bournemouth who is coming home to Newport – the best letter I have read in the Argus for a long time. Wonderful to read such positive comments. I totally agree. I was born and bred in Newport and really love my home city and feel completely at home here.

Curb these lines

1:02pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

AS a regular user of the Southern Distributor Road both day and night, I am surprised that the cause of accidents there has not been identified. In my opinion, the cause is neither design of the road nor drivers’ lack of due care.

memory lapse?

1:02pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

I NOTE that Paul Flynn MP has blogged the following regarding the Pill ‘peace camp’. “The No to Nato protest group has invited unlimited numbers of people to set up a peace camp on playing fields in a residential part of Newport. They did not consult local people. Now they have demanded that the cash-strapped council provide full toilet and rubbish clearance facilities.”

A lesson to learn

1:32pm Monday 18th August 2014

A LESSON for Cllr Ray Davies – what about £40 million that was made available to the Labour Welsh government by London to help with English councils tax freezes? But the money is not ring-fenced, so ministers in Cardiff could spend it on other things. As a Labour councillor, you need to ask why wasn’t this money used for Welsh councils.

Sort our city out

1:30pm Monday 18th August 2014

BEING a Newport resident since birth, I love this city of ours, warts and all, and would love to see it flourish once again as a thriving, throbbing metropolis.

Deserve more

1:29pm Monday 18th August 2014

A FRIEND I’d not seen in a long time recently visited. After lunch She wanted to pop into Newport to go to the Midland Bank. I advised her there no longer was one. She also wanted to pop to Top Shop for something. I advised there no longer was one. She was incredulous saying, “Why? There used to be two!” After at least being able to get her business done at the HSBC, she suggested we pop into Marks and Spencer’s. Again I advised her there no longer was one.

Family reunited

1:29pm Monday 18th August 2014

A COUPLE of weeks ago you kindly published a letter I sent to you with the hope that you might be able to help me to contact the descendants of my great grandfather, members of the Grainger family, who had lived throughout the 20th century in Cardiff.

Global excuses

1:28pm Monday 18th August 2014

FEWER cars? In response to Clive Shakesheff’s letter of August 5, I fully endorse these comments.

Pigeons love it

12:16pm Friday 15th August 2014

REGARDING the ‘pigeon bridge’ on Chepstow Road; I can’t see how people are happy with the netting put up by Network Rail – it’s totally pointless as the pigeons have easy access in and out and continue to mess on passers-by.

Brilliant night

12:15pm Friday 15th August 2014

LAST week, I had the pleasure of attending the gala opening of the Maxime Cinema on Blackwood High Street. The cinema looked fantastic throughout – they have done a brilliant job of refurbishing it.

TA request

12:15pm Friday 15th August 2014

MY FATHER, David Winmill, was in the Territorial Army prior to the First World War I. His unit was the Royal Field Artillery Newport. They were mobilised in July 1914 and sent to Pembroke.






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