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Here’s an idea for new York bridge

York Press: Would Marygate be a good place for a new bridge in York?

12:55pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

FURTHER to the closure of Lendal Bridge, if the council wishes to permanently close this bridge, perhaps it should consider opening another.

MPs never learn

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12:53pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE former Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, finally quit after a battle to keep her job.

MPs’ ‘dirty work’

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12:52pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

DAVID CAMERON must have been sighing as news broke that one of the three women in his Cabinet was in trouble over her expenses.

Elgar meeting

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12:52pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE next meeting of the Yorkshire & North East Branch of the Elgar Society will be on Saturday, April 26, from 2 to 4 pm in the Bar Convent, Blossom Street.

The hand of God?

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12:51pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

I HAVE on a number of occasions suggested churchmen stick to God and not politics.

‘Brutal’ problem

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12:51pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Reading Denise Craghill’s review of the “Stonebow Inquiry” (Letters, April 12) I couldn’t help wondering if a huddle of worthies-led citizenry might not be as inimical to the townscape of York as a planning committee bent on splurging a government grant.

Change system

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12:50pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

MANY letters in recent weeks highlighting the inept Governance of York by the Labour council have mentioned the 2015 local elections as the point when York residents will exert ‘payback’.

Nigel Farage is never off the TV in Russia

York Press: Nigel Farage.

12:49pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ONE of the many ironies in the support for Ukip is Nigel Farage’s support for Russia and the fact that he has appeared on Russian state television 17 times since 2010. He is on so frequently that he is listed by the broadcaster as one of their special guests.

Anti-gay legislation

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12:48pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

UGANDA made international headlines last month when President Yoweri Museveni signed the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Act into law, jailing people from 14 years to life for loving someone of the same sex and leading to massive rises in hate crimes.

So-called speed limit

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12:47pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

WE HAVE just seen the council fall flat on its face by ignoring public opinion over Lendal Bridge and wasting an awful lot of money in the process.

Telephone trouble

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12:47pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

SOUTHAMPTON 5315, Locksheath 290 Halifax 62393 and York 769445 are the numbers of the telephones in each house I’ve lived in since about 1937.

The right to die

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12:46pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

RECENTLY I attended the launch of the North Yorkshire and the Humber Dignity in Dying group in York.

Recycling bin(s)

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12:46pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

I WONDER if anyone can explain why it has been necessary for City of York Council to go to the expense of issuing each household with a sticker for their green bin, collection of which every household is eligible for?

Simple pleasures bring real delight

York Press:

10:31am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THANK YOU to The Press for telling us about Mummy Duck and her latest offspring in the Merchant Adventurer’s beautiful garden.

No casinos in city

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10:28am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

QUESTION time. Like many people I am intrigued as to why there are no gambling casinos in York.

Council spends

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10:28am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

BRIAN ROGERS asks why if recycling was ‘sold’ as saving money, council tax has risen since its introduction.

Speed cameras

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10:27am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

 NOW that the council has lost all that revenue from opening up Lendal Bridge, why don’t they buy some hand-held speed cameras and catch all those vehicles exceeding the 20mph limit they are introducing in York streets?

Alternate routes

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10:26am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

WHEN all is said and done about Lendal Bridge, most people would agree how much better it has been around the bridge, the railway station, the Minster and The Theatre Royal, during the closure.

Lip service only

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10:24am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

HERE we go (Press, April 18): £2 million extra for road and path repairs is the first of the popular schemes that our council will be casting our way to get back in our good books after three years of profligacy and ignoring what the residents wanted.

Titanic calamity

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10:23am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE cabinet reshuffle at City of York Council is another example of “rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic”.

Making it clear

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10:23am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

 AS MY opinion, for some reason, has been sought by a number of journalists on MEPs’ expenses may I re-state my view in full so there can be no misunderstanding?

Pedestrians too

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10:22am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

WILL Councillor Levene also be setting up a York Pedestrians’ Forum to balance the views of the recently announced Motorist User Forum?

Nothing to emulate

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10:18am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

JULIAN Sturdy is surely taking the Michael by stating the budget rewards people who have worked all their lives with a private pension tax cut (‘People who have worked all lives deserve pension tax cut,’ The Press, April 11).

Lots of dogs here

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10:17am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

IN RESPONSE to the article headlined ‘Diver’s appeal for stray dogs’ (The Press, April 15), how can anybody want to bring every stray dog in Romania to England?

Not worth cost

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10:16am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

I agree with much of John Cossham’s sentiments (Letters, April 19) about the minority of silly cyclists in York. However, I would like to point out that those countries which have tried to introduce a bike licensing scheme have eventually scrapped it.

Baffled by banner

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10:15am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

HAVING a great interest in Australia, I was baffled by the protesters who unveiled their banner on Clifford’s Tower.

It’s a golden rule

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10:13am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

JULIAN Cole (April 17) should not despair. The following rule applies to cameras as to anything.

Why don’t we ‘recycle’ our buildings?

York Press: Stonebow House which is claimed by many to be a blot on York’s cityscape

10:11am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

DOES Stonebow House deserve “a new lease of life”?

Time to think about helping Syrians

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11:26am Monday 21st April 2014

DEATH, destruction, starvation. Total civil war is being engaged in Syria.

Anglers aware

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11:25am Monday 21st April 2014

THE item on ‘killer shrimp’ and other invasive species (The Press, April 14) made for interesting reading, again presuming the angler is allegedly responsible for the extensive spread of these ‘aliens’ around the country.

Lives ruined

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11:24am Monday 21st April 2014

NIGEL EVANS, the MP and former deputy speaker, is right in asking that the Crown Prosecution Service pays all his defence costs after being found not guilty of nine serious accusations.

Care for birds

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11:23am Monday 21st April 2014

NOW it is that time of year again when blackbirds swoop across the road to distract from their nesting sites, often getting killed, as one can see when driving around.

Horrible history

11:23am Monday 21st April 2014

SO Coun James Alexander has played musical chairs with members of his cabinet in an attempt to hoodwink York’s electorate next May and I quote (The Press, April 17) “we will focus on York’s local elections standing on our record to stop a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition taking control of the council”.

Smoky bridge

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11:22am Monday 21st April 2014

HOLY smoke. The pollution has returned to Lendal Bridge.

Treasure the photo of those brave men

York Press: Normandy Veterans. From the left are Gordon Collinson, Ken Cooke, Ken Smith,  Roy Rowbotham, Bert Barritt, George Meredith and Douglas Haw. Picture David Harrison. (5489669)

11:19am Monday 21st April 2014

THE splendid photograph (The Press, April 17) of seven of this country’s bravest men was both a delight and timely reminder in one.

Voting counts

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11:15am Monday 21st April 2014

IT IS no secret that young people are increasingly alienated from mainstream politics, reflected by lower turnout in recent elections.

Missing cycle link

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11:11am Monday 21st April 2014

PAUL ANDERSON suggested (Letters, April 12) that expenditure on a cycle lane alongside the A1237 has been a waste of money, as he has not seen one cyclist on it.

Real transparency

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11:10am Monday 21st April 2014

I FIND it interesting that, based on your front-page article of April 16, it would appear that the Labour group, usually so closely controlled by their masters, broke free during their private meeting and voted to open Lendal Bridge.

Generosity is key

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11:10am Monday 21st April 2014

ONE always rejoices over lost sheep found (Letters, April 15 ). Earlier this month, my neighbour David showed me a bunch of keys he had found lying in the gutter in Carr Lane, Acomb.

Lendal trial principles were sound

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11:46am Saturday 19th April 2014

WITH all the overblown rhetoric about Lendal Bridge from Conservative and Lib Dem councillors, it’s easy to forget that the principles behind the trial are still sound.

Officers to blame

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11:45am Saturday 19th April 2014

SO COMMON sense has finally prevailed in the Lendal Bridge saga; now for the recriminations, calls for resignations, etc.

Parking charges

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11:45am Saturday 19th April 2014

FIASCO is such an inadequate word to use when describing the Labour council’s handling of the Lendal Bridge debacle.

Too many cars

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11:44am Saturday 19th April 2014

DURING my childhood only one or two cars would be found parked in any street and children owned residential streets for play.

What about us?

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11:44am Saturday 19th April 2014

Oh Cllr James Alexander, how can you pontificate about housing? You have let the university grow and grow and all those students now rent the “affordable” housing.

Late night buses

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11:43am Saturday 19th April 2014

I WAS surprised to see the Conservative MP for Outer York and ward councillor for Strensall celebrating the return of late-night buses to Stockton-on-the-Forest from May as a Conservative success.

Head of waste

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11:43am Saturday 19th April 2014

IN The Press (Monday 14 April) among other titles Andy Binner is described as “head of waste at City of York Council”.

Silly cyclists give rest of us a bad name

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11:41am Saturday 19th April 2014

MIKE Usherwood again makes assumptions about cyclists (Letters, April 16).

Negative figures

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11:39am Saturday 19th April 2014

WOE betide us Northerners. According to official reports people in the north are 20 per cent more likely to die prematurely than people in the south.

Supermarket waste

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11:39am Saturday 19th April 2014

SUPERMARKETS tell us we waste too much food. Not guilty: I can think of a hundred ways to use up leftover potatoes/slices of stale bread.

Pension dangers

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11:38am Saturday 19th April 2014

WITH reference to the announcement in the Budget that those entitled to a state pension will be able to release part or whole of their lifetime contributions, this has its merits. However, there are hidden dangers.



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