No living wage

1:49pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

MIKE Peart claims that the Celtic Manor pay above average for under 18s. Why then were they advertising these following vacancies Aug20140049 - casual front office receptionist £5 - £6.31 per hour and Jun20140264 - food and beverage associate waiter/waitress at £6.50 per hour! Hardly a living wage, is it, Michael Peart?

Selfless guide

1:48pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to Pontllanfraith Girl Guide, Ms Becky White, who’s just returned from a two week visit to Malawi where she worked with local young women to benefit their community.

Class act

1:47pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

I WOULD like to encourage people to join Charles Street C.E.C. The classes are professionally taught by knowledgeable tutors and offer a variety of subjects. The classes are structured which builds your confidence in the subject. You have access to educational advice, a library and computer facilities. You can also gain certified qualifications which other venues may not offer. This can help you with your career too, as it gives you the edge when gaining extra qualifications for your CV.

Right and wrong

1:46pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

DURING the European Elections, people in Torfaen voted for UKIP in large numbers – they voted for change. We hope that support will continue into the General Election in 2015. We in UKIP are not about being left or right, but are about right and wrong.

Forced out

1:44pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

END of an era? I write with some sadness to report that Risca Circuits is being forced to move from their 35 year base of Risca Leisure Centre due to a policy now being enforced by Caerphilly Borough Council that states all instructor-led classes at peak times must be available to leisure centre members.


1:43pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

IN response to Jim Dyer’s letter: City region is the answer (SWA Friday 26th September). The city of Newport’s current population is about 150,000. The Newport metropolitan area has a population (based on a boundary commission recommendation) of about 310,000. However, this metropolitan population includes a number of Rumney Valley districts which, in my opinion, makes no sense.

Wild flowers

1:12pm Monday 29th September 2014

I would like to say a big thank you to the local authorities in Newport, Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent for the beautiful displays of wild flowers on the verges and roundabouts in our area of Wales. We are just into autumn and the flowers are still going strong, so much nicer than formal bedding. Perhaps something similar could be done along the new stretches of the A465 being built. Keep up the good work.

Station closures

1:11pm Monday 29th September 2014

Many of the country’s train stations shut down by John Beeching were little jewels in their own right. In my opinion, the man was an animal and didn’t do ICI any good either. ICI had a number of such managers during the time I worked for them. It’s disappointing and one could wish for more intelligent ways of dealing with things. I liked Shaun McGuire’s letter on Tuesday 3rd September 3. It hit the nail on the head. Oil is the commodity Alex Salmond wants, but I think we all knew that, didn’t we?

Not just Cardiff

1:10pm Monday 29th September 2014

The UK Government, as always, put all the eggs in one basket and kept it in London. Well, the Scottish referendum has altered all that. The rest of the UK wants a better deal on how the UK is run. When our own package comes to Wales, we don’t want the Welsh Government to put all our eggs in one basket in Cardiff. There are other parts of Wales outside Cardiff.


1:10pm Monday 29th September 2014

I should wish to remind Andrew Nutt about his party’s neutral stance during the Second World War and its hope for independence. Saunders Lewis, the founder and leader of Plaid Cymru, hoped that a substantial number of Welshmen would refuse conscription on the grounds that they were Welsh. Some did. While my father and countless other Welsh men and women fought and died to keep us safe from a Nazi invasion, those who obeyed their leader slept safe and sound in their nationalist beds at night. Back to the present day, the leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Woods, was in Scotland supporting the Yes vote on Independence. She had the audacity to suggest that if Wales wanted a referendum on independence, her nationalist party should be voted into power in Cardiff Bay.

No sign of cash

1:09pm Monday 29th September 2014

I would like to point out that Scotland is one of the richest countries in the world. Why should they not want the oil revenue for themselves?

HGVs causing traffic chaos

1:08pm Monday 29th September 2014

Living on the western edge of Caerleon and working to the west of Newport, the only viable route for me and many others to get to work involves negotiating the Pillmawr Road lane section.

Disabled access

2:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

Regarding disabled access to Belle Vue Park pavilion, Newport Carers Forum has used the pavilion since 2010.

Western greed

1:59pm Friday 26th September 2014

Jim Drewett should realise that anarchists have a long tradition of fighting against fascism, for example against Franco in the Spanish Civil War. Has he heard of anti-fascist action?

Still in Wales

1:55pm Friday 26th September 2014

In your online review of Simon Callow’s excellent one man show, you state that Newport has achieved the scoop of being the only venue in Wales to be hosting it.

Church open day

1:54pm Friday 26th September 2014

Travelling along the A48 from Newport to Cardiff approaching Cardiff Gate, on the hill on the right is a white church with a bell tower.

City region is an ideal answer

1:53pm Friday 26th September 2014

It would seem that Newport City Council had an excellent debate on 23rd September about WAG suggestions for local government reorganisation.

Display ship

1:24pm Thursday 25th September 2014

COULD not the Friends of Newport Ship and Newport City Council negotiate with Tredegar House about displaying the ship in the grounds. Thousands of visitors go to Tredegar House every year and would be able to see it.

Monsters inc

1:23pm Thursday 25th September 2014

ON Saturday, a games convention called Dragondaze was held at Newport Centre. It was opened by the Mayor of Newport and all profits went to Barnardo’s Young Carers.

Canal disgrace

1:22pm Thursday 25th September 2014

I TOTALLY agree with Neil Pritchard (Argus, September 19) about the state of the canal in our area. I used to enjoy walking along the path, often taking food for the ducks and moorhens. It’s so overgrown now, you would have a job to see them. The canal itself is choked with bulrushes and other vegetation and if this isn’t dealt with, you won’t be able to see any water. If Caerphilly can keep it’s stretch of canal in good order, why can’t Newport?

Jeep discovery

1:22pm Thursday 25th September 2014

READING about the theft of the replica Jeep from the vintage car rally at Tredegar House reminds me of another incident involving a Jeep at the house many years ago.

War recreated

1:20pm Thursday 25th September 2014

TO MARK Monmouth School’s 400th anniversary, the Sealed Knot is coming to town. The founder of the re-enactment society was Old Monmothian Peter Young.

Living wage

1:19pm Thursday 25th September 2014

CLLR Gez Kirby, Pontllanfraith, has made it quite clear he doesn’t understand my letters over the living wage for council workers. I am not against the living wage. In fact, everybody should be on the living wage and not just Caerphilly council workers (what about the public sector workers living in Caerphilly who don’t have the living wage?) My biggest worry is wages being raised at the cost of public services. So if Cllr Kirby is happy to pay the living wage, then I take it he is happy to defend any closures and cuts in public services.

Bad light

12:57pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

THE recent BBC Wales TV show Hotel 24/7 made for some eye-opening and cringe-worthy viewing.

Wages truth

12:56pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

IT’S been announced the average managers’ salary in private industry is £36,000. Caerphilly Council pays three times that. They also pay ‘The Living Wage’. Of course, it’s not their money, so they don’t care.

Waste of money

12:55pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

READING the Argus on Monday, September 22 about the troubles at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr hospital, the only thing I can say is what a waste of £172m. The Aneurin Bevan Health Board must take the blame for the problems at the hospital.

No respect

12:55pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

THOSE familiar with Greenwood, the ten storey tower block in St Julians, Newport, will I am sure have noticed that it has been transformed from pink to green.

What now?

12:49pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

WELL it’s nice to know, care of Carwyn Jones, that after the Scottish voting, the old union is dead. So, we are left with the question, what is going to happen with the new one?

Thanks to staff

2:39pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

I’ve just realised I haven’t done this yet, so here we go.

College closure

2:38pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

I am sad to hear of the possible closure of Caerleon College.

Wage hike talks

2:31pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Ed Miliband promise to increase the minimum wage to £8 an hour by 2020 – a step in the right direction and will be welcomed by millions of low paid workers.

Powers needed

2:28pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

It took one day after the Scottish ‘no’ win for the better together campaigners to fall apart and start bickering.

Damage is done

2:28pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

So, Scotland has voted against independence and Britain is to remain ‘united’.

No friend of UK

2:26pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

ALEX Salmond is no hero and certainly no friend of the UK.

A great idea

2:19pm Monday 22nd September 2014

What a wonderful suggestion put forward about the closure of Caerleon campus! The site is such a perfect setting for Caerleon Comprehensive School and not far from their current site, one which pupils would be proud to attend.

A great idea

2:18pm Monday 22nd September 2014

What a wonderful suggestion put forward about the closure of Caerleon campus! The site is such a perfect setting for Caerleon Comprehensive School and not far from their current site, one which pupils would be proud to attend.

Don't rush it

2:18pm Monday 22nd September 2014

In response to the editor’s article: Could education still survive at campus? I would repeat my suggestion given in my letter of Tuesday September 16, that it would be better to gradually modernise Caerleon campus over, say, a 10-year period.

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!

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