Not complicated

11:26am Friday 31st October 2014

ONCE again the muck is flying across the house regarding immigration, why do politics and decisions that affect us all, have to be so complicated? It doesn’t take a genius to know why most of the core services are in meltdown, it is because they are grossly oversubscribed .

Trade not aid

11:25am Friday 31st October 2014

NEWPORT East MP Jessica Morden (SWA Oct 27) mentions various grants from several sources including Newport council, being used for the regeneration of Maindee. Would that be for the benefit of property owners who shouldn’t have allowed their buildings to fall into disrepair in the first place? I thought there were laws to deal with that sort of neglect?

PM's surprise

11:24am Friday 31st October 2014

HOW ODD that Mr Cameron is surprised and outraged that the UK has been asked to stump up an extra £1.7 billion pounds due to growth. The UK was not alone as nine other countries have also been asked to pay more.

Catholic faith

11:24am Friday 31st October 2014

IT SEEMS that in our world we have originated two opposite thoughts with resonance to Saint Augustine. Many people are attracted to the Catholic church in view of the image of unity in doctrine and the moral authority of its teachings. However, we see that Catholics fall into the infidelity, are absorbed by moral relativism and leave the religious practice. The outside noise can override the inner silence that faith needs to grow.

West's fear

11:23am Friday 31st October 2014

MOST people try to explain the radical Jihadist group ISIS as a problem of “extremism” that results in irrational behaviour. This type of extremism exists because today’s postmodern world fails to provide meaning to life for young people. Young people desire something to live for, and thus look for strong ideals expressed strongly.

Speed frenzy

2:08pm Thursday 30th October 2014

I THOUGHT I had seen it all on Bank Street, St Julians, City of Newport, with the ever increased numbers of speeding bikers, speeding motor racers, heavy lorries, vans, coaches, delivery vehicles, etc, .heading for and from a highly populated area, sports park and 500-pupil Glan Usk School. As I returned from a Caerleon Road shopping spree this week, a bright yellow “Yamaha Racing Team” vehicle carrier zoomed up Bank Street at 35/40 mph M.P.H. from the direction of the Glebelands to Caerleon Road. Newport City Council knows that Bank Street is too dangerous for local residents, schoolchildren, visitors, etc,. and is a top priority for regeneration - – surely the Welsh Assembly Government will agree!


2:07pm Thursday 30th October 2014

WHAT brave person would say: “ There would never be an accident on three main roads at similar times”?

Transfer control

2:06pm Thursday 30th October 2014

FOR too long our natural resources have been run for the benefit of others with few real or lasting benefits trickling down to the people of Wales.


2:05pm Thursday 30th October 2014

LOCAL authorities have a remit to prevent both physical and mental health problems in the communities they serve, using their public health budgets. Millions of pounds are spent every year to prevent people developing physical health problems like obesity, heart disease or cancer. But research by the charity Mind found that local authorities spend far too little on preventing mental health problems and are confused about what they should to do to help prevent people becoming mentally unwell.

All for oil

2:04pm Thursday 30th October 2014

AT LAST -– with 490 of our soldiers killed, close on 3000 maimed , many thousands more traumatised for life, we have left Afghanistan to its fate.

No feelings

1:30pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

MICINER gravis is a rare disease among dogs, though my favourite spaniel had it and couldn’t swallow properly.

Miliband mess

1:29pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

AFTER thousands of Labour voters defected to the Scottish nationalist cause in the referendum, Ed Miliband preferred to gripe about Ms Lamont and her local organisation.

What a disaster

1:27pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

IT is becoming increasingly apparent that the inhabitants of the house of thieves and liars are so far removed from reality that it has become positively dangerous to the British people.

Bomber service

1:26pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

2014 ARMISTICE Sunday Remembrance Service, Blenheim Bomber Memorial, THE Annual Remembrance service will take place at the Blenheim Bomber Memorial, Garnwen, at 11.00 am, when a brief outline of the history of the crash and its crew will be followed by laying of wreaths and tributes, and the service from the national ceremony at Whitehall, London relayed by radio.

Poppy with pride

2:04pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

I HEARD on a current affairs programme that a large percentage of under-thirties have little knowledge of Remembrance Sunday.

Rangers return

2:03pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

ON A WET and windy day in Newport’s Commercial Street recently, I noticed a lady walking ahead of me and deliberately dropping bird-seed which attracted great numbers of pigeons as she progressed towards High Street like the Pied Piper!

NHS solution

2:03pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

THE NHS budget concern suffers from the ‘kitchen cupboard syndrome’ which has, I believe, been around for many years.

The strong arm

2:02pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

SCOTTISH Labour leader Johann Lamont has resigned with immediate effect after accusing the UK party of treating Scotland like a “branch office”. Ms Lamont described some Labour MPs as “dinosaurs” who failed to recognise that “Scotland has changed forever” after September’s referendum.

NHS solution

1:56pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

THE NHS budget concern suffers from the ‘kitchen cupboard syndrome’ which has, I believe, been around for many years.

The strong arm

1:56pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

SCOTTISH Labour leader Johann Lamont has resigned with immediate effect after accusing the UK party of treating Scotland like a “branch office”. Ms Lamont described some Labour MPs as “dinosaurs” who failed to recognise that “Scotland has changed forever” after September’s referendum.

Local heroines

1:55pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

IT WAS with interest that I read in the Argus of Saturday about a service to be held at the grave side of Lucy Jane Saint who was a member of the Queen Mary’s Army Axillary Corps.

Right wingers

12:52pm Friday 24th October 2014

I DON’T understand why a party like UKIP is so appealing to South Wales when the party is made up of Maggie Thatcher fans, former Tory voters and members.

Lost opportunity

12:51pm Friday 24th October 2014

I RECENTLY had the pleasure of attending Taunton’s auction of 22 fibreglass dragons. It got me thinking – whatever happened to Newport’s very own 60 Superdragons (one of which I had the honour of decorating)?

Bike blockade

12:50pm Friday 24th October 2014

MY DAUGHTER- IN-LAW recently travelled from Portsmouth to visit her mother who is in a nursing home and also my husband, who is in St Woolos Hospital. She found she was getting low on petrol so she went to the Aust Service station to fill up. To her horror she found she was penned in by motor cyclists who wouldn’t let her through. She is not a person who panics, but admitted she was frightened.

Allowance cuts

12:49pm Friday 24th October 2014

LEADER of Caerphilly Nationalist councillors, Cllr Colin Mann, has welcomed the Caerphilly Council Labour cabinet’s decision to cut their own allowances by five per cent, noting the initiative comes at a time when the people of the county borough are facing cuts in services (Argus letters, October 22).


12:22pm Friday 24th October 2014

RE: PREPARATION, anticipation, frustration. With another round of eagerly anticipated autumn rugby internationals set to run through November, aside from a collective fingers crossed across much of Gwent, rugby fans and rail users will be preparing themselves for the ordeal of trying to get into Cardiff on overcrowded or full trains.

Letter is so right

1:03pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

HOW I agree with Brendan O’Brien (South Wales Argus, October 21), you are absolutely right in your letter. This is a council that in the past has threatened to prosecute cafe owners and newsagents who put out chairs etc on the pavement, citing the very reasons you say in your letter. The only thing you got wrong is that its the police who should be blamed for not taking action, namely the police, the same police who allow a mass protest on the M4 (how can they find so many police on a Sunday?).

Gimme shelter

1:03pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

WAITING for a coach at Newport railway station, I couldn’t fail to notice how little cover there is there. The weather was atrocious, with rain and very strong winds, and as there was only one small bus shelter, most people had to huddle under nearby trees to get some protection.

Losing faith

1:02pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

I WOULD like to thank the anonymous reader who took the time and money to post me a ‘British Together’ booklet (which at a cost of 70p was an added expense). This has only reinforced my belief in nationalism. After all, the Orange Order celebrates William of Orange, a Dutch Protestant king – how British is he?

Heartless policy

12:21pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

“HEARTLESS” is a fairly emotive word. I wonder if Torfaen Council has ever heard of it? Well, of course, it must have as its policy on cemetery memorabilia appears to be entirely based on it.

Future's sold off

12:20pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE record of Westminster Governments since 1979 for selling off of state assets on the cheap is well documented. Last year Royal Mail was privatised on the cheap and the public left short-changed. Now the 40 per cent share in Eurostar is to be sold off by a Westminster government ideologically opposed to state ownership.

Abortion laws

11:19am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

AT THE October TUC Congress, the Society of Radiographers (SOR) agreed to remit its motion on gender termination. This means, according to the SOR’s October magazine that it has been submitted to the General Council without having to be debated by the Conference.

Total madness

11:18am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TORFAEN Council’s adherence to the failed doctrine of capitalist neo-liberalism and its ideologically driven austerity programme reveals either their total economic ignorance or contempt for the good people of the borough.

Welcome cuts

11:17am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

I WOULD like to comment on the decision of the Labour Cabinet at Caerphilly County Borough Council to reduce their allowances. I welcome the decision, but it is long overdue. Plaid Cymru has been urging Labour rulers to follow their colleagues on Rhondda Cynon Taf and Cardiff councils, but until last week they had ignored our appeals.

Bus stop woes

11:16am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

FOR THE first time ever, on a dark autumn evening, I used the bus stop beneath the car park opposite the railway station.

Residents unite

11:15am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A COMMENT on local authority mergers. The critical minimum population mass for a successful, modern, UK city is about 250,000. The general topography and geology within Newport’s current boundaries seriously restricts any large-scale developments in terms of high-rise buildings such as office blocks and road/rail infrastructure. However, Torfaen’s topography has potential for larger commercial infrastructures. If Torfaen were to merge with Newport, south Monmouthshire and Iswlyn, the combined population could be about 350,000 by 2020. The Newport, Gwent area will remain the poor relations of a Cardiff City region unless they unite. The mayor of Bristol has suggested a merger between Cardiff and Bristol - these two cities would dominate the Severn Estuary (with Newport and Gwent as ‘piggies in the middle’). However, with a population of about 350,000, the Newport/Torfaen/Islwyn/South Monmouthshire area would have the potential to develop successfully and independently.

Bridge blocked

12:53pm Monday 20th October 2014

I SEE that our wonderful police went out of their way to help protesters bring the second Severn crossing to a standstill (Argus, October 13). A police spokesman is quoted as saying it was an appropriate place for protesters to gather while ensuring minimum disruption to motorists.

Thanks for help

12:53pm Monday 20th October 2014

THE MAESGLAS Amazon Girls Football Team would like to thank everyone who supported our bag-packing in Tesco, Cardiff Road on Saturday, October We raised more thanover £235 and it was due to the hard work of the youngsters as well as goodwill from shoppers that we were able to raise such a sum.

Picture perfect

12:52pm Monday 20th October 2014

I ATTENDED the launch of the Newport Monopoly Board at the Celtic Manor as my photograph of the Kingsway Centre is on the board. It was an exciting morning to see my photograph on the specially constructed large board.

No more wars

12:51pm Monday 20th October 2014

ARMCHAIR warrior Nick Webb should be honest. He should know from recent history that the only success from another war will be the military industrial complex.

Time to go

12:50pm Monday 20th October 2014

TORY MP and the bedroom tax architect, Lord Freud was clinging to his job as Welfare Reform Minister on Wednesday night after he suggested that some disabled workers are “not worth” the national minimum wage and should be paid just £2 an hour. Does he also think that Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson should get less allowance from the House of Lords as she is wheelchair-bound? If he switches to UKIP, I say, let him go.


12:49pm Monday 20th October 2014

NATIONALIST Mr Andrew Nutt says: “Thanks to a useless Labour Party in Wales, the people of our country have lost their aspirations to succeed.” Could Mr Nutt tell us if he thinks there’s any problem at all confronting Wales that isn’t the fault of Welsh Labour? (Wet weather, perhaps?) And could he also tell us if his fellow Welsh Nationalists also have such a low opinion of people in Wales?

Positive move

12:49pm Monday 20th October 2014

MANY Thanks to Wayne David MP, who along with 274 other Members of Parliament from all parties won an important victory for the beleaguered Palestinian people. The vote to recognise Palestine as a state is not binding on the UK Government, but it is a huge step forward to that long-fought campaign to win justice for a population suffering under an illegal occupation for over 50 years.

Learn to drive

11:16am Friday 17th October 2014

I SEE the silly season, as far as car drivers go, has started (Argus, 14/10/14) in that there were eight drivers in two separate accidents on the M4. Today, drivers cannot drive properly - eight drivers are testament to this. It is not rocket science to slow down in rain. and keep your distance.

Cemetery plot

11:15am Friday 17th October 2014

IN RESPONSE to a poem by Patrick Madden regarding the cemetery at St Peter’s, Blaenavon. I have asked many times why the graves of the town’s forefathers couldn’t be restored?

Rugby woes

11:15am Friday 17th October 2014

THIS month, I HAVE been supporting Newport rugby for 82 years. I don’t remember the early years as I was in the equivalent of today’s pushchair.My father, Bill Hoare, who was a member of Lysaght’s Band actually played in the band on Rodney Parade every first team home match from October 1926 until the war stopped regular matches.

Hospital angels

11:14am Friday 17th October 2014

AT A TIME when the media seem to claim that all sorts of misconduct has been committed on elderly patients, here is another view. On August 22nd, my wife was admitted to Sycamore Ward in St Woolos. She was blind, had secondary cancer from an eye removal and suffered with Alzheimer’s disease.

Traffic solution

11:13am Friday 17th October 2014

THOSE people who so glibly insist that a by-pass is the only solution to the (much exaggerated) problem of congestion on Hardwick Hill should understand that it is not acceptable to try to solve a perceived problem in one location by moving it elsewhere. The only conceivable route for a by-pass would put a great deal of fast moving, heavy traffic through the middle of the Thornwell estate and create a danger for Thornwell residents, including children who need to cross the existing road to get to school.

GI Jones appeal

3:25pm Thursday 16th October 2014

DOES anyone have any information or a picture of the GI Jones? She was a wooden barque made in Newport, circa 1868, by brothers by the name of Jones. On her last trip in 1883, she sailed from America with a cargo of phosphorus and was headed for Falmouth in Cornwall. Early in September, as the ship entered the channel, there was a great storm and the ship was wrecked at Men Dhu Cove at Perranuthnoe.

Mindless attack

3:24pm Thursday 16th October 2014

I THOROUGHLY agree with Jennie Griffiths’ verdict of the laser pen attack on a resource rescue driver as being thoughtless and dangerous. I would add to this such adjectives as moronic, cretinous, mindless, brainless, feckless, clueless, thuggish, oafish, idiotic, inane and asinine.

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