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1 Jul 2015 05:30

Don’t judge a book by its cover

SHERIFFS should not expect people to dress as they do, and they certainly must not allow people’s appearance to affect their judgements.
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29 Jun 2015 09:30

Council should not be wasting millions on pie in the sky projects

SIR, I read with wonder at the simple economics of how our beloved Scottish Borders Council operates in order to balance the books and give real value for money to us, the council tax payer.
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27 Jun 2015 09:30

Leave the Victoria Park as a free open area

SIR, A proposal has been made to build an all-weather pitch in Peebles with a surface suitable only for football and rugby games, but not hockey, basketball or netball.
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25 Jun 2015 18:30

Charles Kennedy was a class act

SIR, Charles Kennedy was a class act and it’s difficult to pen a fitting tribute to this fine man.
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17 Jun 2015 10:30

Parking charges should be scrapped

SIR, Recent news reports concerning the introduction of parking charges in Peebles have stated that because some people are being hit with penalty charges due to being unaware they need to display a ticket even during the free period then the solution is to charge for all parking time.
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14 Jun 2015 08:30

Taxpayers benefit from early retirals

SIR, I refer to the letter from Rab Stewart printed in the Border Telegraph on May 27 regarding the council’s decision to approve early retirement and voluntary severance packages for 38 teachers. Mr Stewart, in his letter, questions the benefit that would be derived from allowing teachers to retire early.
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11 Jun 2015 08:30

Mixed messages over referendums

SIR, I refer to the Article published on page 10 in the Border Telegraph of June 3 written by Andrew Keddie which is headed 'Kerr says EU exit would be 'absolute disaster’ for Borders.
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10 Jun 2015 09:30

Is it a question of priorities?

SIR, I have just returned from a trip to northern Spain where there are marvellous roads. I thought that country was poor and Scotland rich. Is it a question of priorities?
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10 Jun 2015 09:30

MEPs’ secret vote

SIR, I am writing to raise awareness of the very low key (virtually secret) Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, trade deal being heavily forced on to Europe by the US government; who themselves are being pressed into pursuing this deal by large, hugely influential, global businesses who wield massive financial clout over all nations.
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8 Jun 2015 09:30

I do not believe in the abuse of wild animals

SIR, Although many social issues were raised during the recent election campaign what was not mentioned was that the Conservatives in England promised the return of legalised fox hunting should they return to power in Westminster, albeit on a free vote.
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7 Jun 2015 09:30

Council's spending makes no business sense whatsoever

SIR, Scottish Borders Council’s report, Managing Our Workforce, has left me a bit stumped as to any benefit that would be derived from allowing a number of teaching staff to leave early.
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7 Jun 2015 09:30

What does the Scotland office actually do?

SIR, I’m sure Mr Mundell MP was sincere in thanking voters who narrowly helped him survive a 27 per cent swing to the SNP’s Emma Harper.
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9 May 2015 09:30

What do we have to do to get the politicians to do the sensible thing?

SIR, It is exceedingly uncommon that I find myself agreeing with Nick Wirsten on nearly every point he makes in his letter (Selkirk bypass is a pipe-dream, Border Telegraph, April 29), but I do.
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5 May 2015 09:30

Border voters aren't daft

SIR, in recent weeks, I've pointed out your readers, the Border voters aren't daft. I also pointed out they are rightly totally selfish when it comes to voting. Now is the time to prove it.
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4 May 2015 09:30

Is it a question of priorities?

SIR, I have just returned from a trip to northern Spain where there are marvellous roads. I thought that country was poor and Scotland rich. Is it a question of priorities?
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3 May 2015 09:30

Selkirk by-pass is a pipe-dream

SIR, Back on April 8, the idea of a Selkirk bypass dominated your front page and we had Scottish Borders Council’s Transport Portfolio holder, Councillor Gordon Edgar, going on about the same.
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1 May 2015 09:30

No means No

SIR, While I have the greatest respect for our local Councillors, who do generally do a good job under very difficult conditions for very little reward or recognition, I felt that I must respond to last week’s article by Councillor Willie Archibald.
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30 Apr 2015 09:30

Tactical voting not very tactical

SIR, A letter in your April 22 edition caught my eye, “I deserve a proper MP”. Quite right, we all do.
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23 Apr 2015 09:30

Politicians have nothing in Reserve

SIR, neither the Tory candidate nor the LibDem candidate has yet expressed their opinion on the virtue of spending one hundred billion pounds to renew the Trident Nuclear weapons system in a time of financial cut backs and food banks.
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20 Apr 2015 09:30

Questions over Earlston Community Development

SIR, I am writing in response to the letter that was printed last week from Earlston Community Development Trust (ECDT). I was extremely dismayed at the way they have responded to a previous letter and the fact they they have made a direct attack on the author of it.
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19 Apr 2015 13:30

Thanking you

SIR, We would like to thank everyone who supported the recent 87th Selkirk Scout and Guide Concert and helped to make it such a success.
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16 Apr 2015 09:30

Roll on May 2017

SIR, I note that going by what Councillor John Mitchell intimated (Border Telegraph, April 8), that any losses made by the Great Tapestry of Scotland would be met by the local taxpayers.
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6 Apr 2015 09:30

Heart has been ripped out of Galashiels

SIR, I assume Scottish Borders Council are very proud of their achievements within Galashiels.
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4 Apr 2015 14:30

Who is kidding who?

SIR, According to Mark Twain, politicians and nappies must be changed often, and for the same reason.
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2 Apr 2015 14:30

Who will best represent us at Westminster?

SIR, The voters of Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk have a huge decision to make in a few weeks time. Who will best represent us at Westminster?
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