Locks changed

12:27pm Friday 19th September 2014

In days gone by, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves would shout the password Open Sesame and gain access to the cave that stored all the treasure, but MPs and councillors of today have changed the password to “expenses” and gain access to the cave of treasure.

Clergy query

12:26pm Friday 19th September 2014

Reading Tuesday’s Argus, I was surprised to see a female was to become a priest and earlier, a married man was to become a priest.

Short changed

12:26pm Friday 19th September 2014

Labour, Lib Dems and the Tories all say they are different from each other and all have sold Wales down the river, by promising the Scots more extensive power and not changing the unfair the Wales Barnett Formula.

No option

12:25pm Friday 19th September 2014

Terry Banfield, you didn’t tell us what you would have done with Hitler. Would it have been a peace camp at a Newport park perhaps?

Canal woes

12:24pm Friday 19th September 2014

During the last year, I have noticed a marked deterioration in the condition of the canal in my local area. This is a great pity and reflects badly on Newport Council, which is responsible for the stretch of the Brecon and Monmouthshire canal running through Newport.

Child care

1:32pm Thursday 18th September 2014

CAN someone please explain to the people loading children into their car that doing it whilst standing in the road is stupid and dangerous.

Bank behaviour

1:32pm Thursday 18th September 2014

SO, THE banks have threatened to withdraw from Scotland if a Yes vote wins.

Right to life

1:31pm Thursday 18th September 2014

WHAT a muddle our society is in!

Central hotel

1:30pm Thursday 18th September 2014

I WAS born in Pill in 1933 and have seen a lot of changes during the years, some good and some not so good.

Benefit street

1:30pm Thursday 18th September 2014

I WISH to make an observation regarding the extremely biased television programme shown on our screens by Channel Four, aka Benefit Street.

Scots broth

2:15pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

IF it’s a yes or a no vote in Scotland, one thing Alex Salmond has achieved is to sow the seeds of hatred amongst the people there for many years to come.

Recycling fuss

2:14pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

MY neighbour called me over today and she was very upset. Apparently, she had put a small amount of peel in her garden bin and the bin men had refused to empty it. She is 86 years old and does her best with the recycling, but this incident has really upset her. I bet if it was a big, burly man they wouldn’t have said a word. Anyway, apple peel can be composted. I can’t believe that it should be an issue. Instead of having a go at her, why don’t they have a go at the people who don’t recycle at all. They are the ones whose bins are so full that the lids won’t close and recyclable items can be seen sticking out of them.

Miner matter

2:13pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AT the outbreak of war, men who had no religious beliefs suddenly became highly religious. Mr Peart is right. Why was his father, who was an experienced miner, taken out and his job given to an objector? And how does Mr Tony Bond compare Bevin Boys to our brave troops, some of whom died fighting for our country? Why is it only the Bevin Boys have had recognition? Why weren’t all miners given recognition? The miners trained them!

Peace service

2:07pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

ON behalf of the trustees and myself, may I sincerely thank all those who attended our Service of Peace and Conciliation in Bettws on Thursday September 11, remembering the 9/11 tragedy. The Bettws in Bloom charity have held this annual service since 2002.

HSBC closure

2:06pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

I’M glad to see both Labour politicians in Wayne David MP and Jeff Cuthbert AM have written a letter condemning the closure of the HSBC bank in Bargoed.

Offensive T shirt

2:05pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

IN TESCO recently, I came across a tasteless piece of trailer trash, a woman in her late 30s, wearing a delightful jumper emblazoned with “I’ll relax and f**k off”. Unfortunately, there were no asterisks and the full message was in large, bold letters.

U turn on wage

2:04pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

PLAID Cymru have announced that their 2015 general election manifesto will include a commitment to introduce the Living Wage for 250,000 low-paid workers in Wales.

Asset stripping at university

2:02pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

I HAVE not seen a business plan showing why it is necessary to close the Caerleon campus of the University of South Wales.

Bank blow

4:10pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

I SEE that Barclay’s Bank are closing their Caerleon Road branch on 14 November. What a blow shot in the arm for busy traders as there is now no nearby bank in the area. Traders will have to risk taking their day’s takings to Commercial Street where there is no handy parking, Maindee with likewise parking or Cwmbran.

Just my views

4:09pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

THANK you, J Jones (Argus, September 5), for your information regarding chemists listed in Yellow Pages. You are right, of course, but I was in fact referring to the smaller Phone Book which has three sections and is more convenient for most to use. Thank you also for following my letters and you will have to bear with me if they are not always to your liking. They are simply my views and not pronouncements of right and wrong. Maybe you can stick one in some time, perhaps with a hint of controversy, and learn that you can’t please everyone. Jim Dyer, Stockton Road, Newport

Stammer help

4:08pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

YOUR article ‘Gwent teen overcoming stammer using Educating Yorkshire method’ (Argus, September 10) did an excellent job in educating your readers about The McGuire Programme, but did not address other sources of information about stammering.

Share the pain

4:08pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

I NOTICED that the First Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle involved a streamlining of his team and a cut in the number of Cabinet members. Contrast that with the attitude of Labour-run Caerphilly County Borough Council, which on becoming the administration actually increased the number of members of its Cabinet from nine to 10.

Terry Matthews

4:07pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

WITH reference to the letter from B Sheryn (Argus, September 10) concerning Terry Matthews’ contribution to the local area and the lack of recognition it has received, I would like it to be known that in my Grassroots report for July, I referred to the excellent address given by Superintendent Mark Warrender concerning preparations for the Nato Summit.

Campus still has a future

3:56pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

RATHER than shut it down completely, I would suggest that it would be better to gradually redevelop the Caerleon campus over a period of, say, ten years.

It totally sucks

4:53pm Monday 15th September 2014

IF YOU use a vacuum cleaner half the power of your present one, it will take twice as long to clean, so how does it save electricity?

War hero quest

4:52pm Monday 15th September 2014

I AM TRYING to find more information about men honoured on the WW1 memorial at St Thomas Church, Overmonnow, Monmouth. We know very little about these gallant men and I’m hoping readers can help.

Yobbish problems

4:51pm Monday 15th September 2014

MAY I request one of your staff take a stroll around the area in which your offices are situated any evening between 6pm and 11pm. Feel free to do this stroll any evening and I think you would be as shocked as we are with the growing number of kids and hooligans of all ages and both sexes.

Yes for Wales

4:50pm Monday 15th September 2014

 CAN we in Wales condemn the yes vote in Scotland? The London parliament are grovelling, this is unbelievable. I am not a Welsh advocate for independence, but what they are offering, albeit a panic situation, is unbelievable.

Bye to Empire

4:49pm Monday 15th September 2014

AS A WELSH nationalist, the worst kind of nationalism is British nationalism as it brings out religious, cultural/language and colour of one’s skin into question.

Scot madness

4:49pm Monday 15th September 2014

I CAN fully understand the Scots’ passion for their beautiful country as I can the Welsh for Wales. What baffles me is how such a large number of the population can be drawn towards the abyss by yet another of history’s odious little “corporals” – one Alex Salmond.

Playground fears

1:01pm Friday 12th September 2014

I CANNOT open the Argus these days without seeing yet another story about children’s play equipment set on fire by (I assume) “bored” youths. The latest attack was at Greenmeadow Community Farm last week. Have these individuals got nothing better to do than ruin things for everyone else? Apparently not!

Bridge subsidy

12:58pm Friday 12th September 2014

WHEN it comes to the much disliked Severn Bridge tolls, the often ignored elephant in the room is the subsidy applied to the Humber Bridge. When last in office at Westminster, New Labour chose to quietly (and regularly) subsidise the Humber Bridge tolls, yet it made no move whatsoever towards doing anything about dealing with the tax on jobs, businesses and commuters which are the Severn bridge tolls.

Drop sarcasm

12:57pm Friday 12th September 2014

JIM Drewett obviously has no understanding of the nature or the warmongering antics of Nato which are indeed fascist! That’s why people demonstrated in Newport against a bunch of corporate backed sociopaths who make Hitler seem innocuous by comparison! Please note NATO’s support for the Nazi backed government in Ukraine! So, please Jim, do me a favour, drop the sarcasm and engage your brain!

One over Cardiff

12:57pm Friday 12th September 2014

THE best thing about the Nato Summit was Newport having something Cardiff doesn’t have - The Celtic Manor Resort. Many thanks and Congratulations must go to Sir Terry Matthews (a fellow Monmouthshirarian and proud of it) for his foresight, determination and self made money to build a world class venue that has put Newport on the world map twice in four years.

Damp squib

12:56pm Friday 12th September 2014

OK, where were they - the estimated 20,000 plus protestors, the barbarian hordes who would inevitably plunge the Nato Summit into chaos? Well, presumably they stayed at home. Perhaps there was something more worthwhile on the telly.

Hurry back

12:54pm Friday 12th September 2014

NEWPORT has hosted an amazing event, The air and ground security was impressively shown both by the military and the police. The Red Arrows symbolise the very best of British and many flocked to vantage points to see them. At long last, it looks likely there will be an increase in the Nato spend on military defence. In this increasingly violent and unstable world, we cannot be left open to any kind of attack. There has to be the best military hardware that money can buy. As the Nato Summit concluded, I watched in awe as three Osprey Tiltroter aircraft flew over my home en route to the Celtic Manor in order, I understand, to escort President Obama on his return journey. We need to be hosting lots more prestigious events like this to attract more visitors to Wales and, judging by people’s reactions in the presence of President Obama, there’s just one question, when will he be back?

Hurry back

12:06pm Friday 12th September 2014

NEWPORT has hosted an amazing event, The air and ground security was impressively shown both by the military and the police. The Red Arrows symbolise the very best of British and many flocked to vantage points to see them. At long last, it looks likely there will be an increase in the Nato spend on military defence. In this increasingly violent and unstable world, we cannot be left open to any kind of attack. There has to be the best military hardware that money can buy. As the Nato Summit concluded, I watched in awe as three Osprey Tiltroter aircraft flew over my home en route to the Celtic Manor in order, I understand, to escort President Obama on his return journey. We need to be hosting lots more prestigious events like this to attract more visitors to Wales and, judging by people’s reactions in the presence of President Obama, there’s just one question, when will he be back?

Danger junction

3:05pm Thursday 11th September 2014

I HAVE been holding back from writing this letter for a long time, but I feel so strongly about this issue I have to share it.

Clegg U Turn

3:05pm Thursday 11th September 2014

HOW despicable can Nick Clegg be, how ill-informed and idiotic does he think the general public of Great Britain isare?

Hypocrite MP

3:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

TORFAEN MP Paul Murphy surely must be competing for the Hypocrite of the Year award when he states, “We must do more to investigate what causes radicalisation and what we can do to stop people going to fight with IS (Isis)”.

Bevin not Bevan

2:59pm Thursday 11th September 2014

MR PEART of Blackwood, the instigator of sending conscripts to work in the mines during the Second World War was Ernest Bevin, not Aneurin Bevan.

Distorted view

2:58pm Thursday 11th September 2014

WHERE on earth does M Peart get his distorted view of history from? Bevin Boys were not all “conscientious objectors”.

Bins confusion

12:38pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

IN reply to Cllr Hopkins’ letter regarding bin proposals. Is this another case of amnesia?

Council's shame

12:38pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

HAVE I read correctly your article about domestic abuse (September 2)? Is Newport council setting up an expensive working party to investigate female genital mutilation? This city has gone completely bonkers if that is the case.

Tories for ever?

12:37pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

THE impending Scottish vote for independence fills me with dread. Should the Scots let their heart rule their head and vote for separation from the UK, it will impact greatly on the rest of the “union”.

A bridge too far

11:59am Wednesday 10th September 2014

NOW that the hullabaloo from the Nato summit is dying down, one thing is clear — there were far fewer protesters at the event than expected, somewhere in the region of 500 against a pre-summit estimate of 10,000.

Thanks, Sir Terry

11:56am Wednesday 10th September 2014

I AM writing to express my surprise and disappointment at the lack of recognition of the hard work and inspirational leadership of Sir Terry Mathews and his team, headed by Simon Gibson, at the Celtic Manor Resort. Sir Terry has held many wonderful, world-renowned and prestigious events, not least the Nato summit, at the Celtic Manor Resort.

Who did it?

9:47am Tuesday 9th September 2014

WELL, for crying out loud, who authorised 9,500 cops just for 150 heads, at the Celtic Manor. That beggars belief.

Was it worth it?

9:47am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Roads quieter than since early 80s so I’m told. Police on the streets, so the whole place seemed safer. One question for all the swampies out there, the couple of hundred of you.Was it really worth it, all that fuss you caused?And can you tell us how you would have dealt with Hitler? Offered him a peace pipe, perhaps?I know it was before the days of Nato, but the world had to stand up, and thank God it did rather than set up a camp.

No to negativity

9:46am Tuesday 9th September 2014

I am fed up with the negative letters in Thursday’ s Argus regarding the Nato Summit. Firstly, the inaccurate details. There are not “thousands of policemen at every roundabout”. There are in fact two on each intersection of the roundabout, not causing any problems to anyone. I have felt very safe during the past few days and apparently the crime rate has plummeted in Newport. Secondly, the M4 between Magor and Newport will be closed for the duration of the Summit? Untrue.






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