Opinion

25 Mar 2015 01:30

Scotland has the best of both worlds

SIR, Over the past few weeks, the UK Government has been engaged in a public information campaign designed to explain to your readers how the devolution settlement is evolving. I wanted to expand on what we are doing – and why.

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25 Mar 2015 00:30

Research project

SIR, We would like to draw readers of the Border Telegraph to a research project we are conducting at Heriot-Watt University on the contemporary issue of having a job (or are self-employed), yet low pay keeping the individual or family within or close to the poverty line.

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17 Mar 2015 09:30

Earlston Community Council disbanded

SIR, As chairman of the selection panel for Earlston’s Citizen of the Year award, I thought it appropriate to write to you on behalf of myself and the other panel members, following the disbandment of the Earlston Community Council last week.

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16 Mar 2015 11:30

Lost millions raises questions over competency of council

SIR, It’s not often I write to a newspaper, but I am outraged by Scottish Borders Council squandering over £2 million on a project that will never get off the ground.

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15 Mar 2015 09:30

Council issued with tapestry ultimatum

SIR, I find myself becoming angrier by the minute with those SBC councillors who believe it is acceptable to commit my family and thousands of other families across the Borders to pay off a debt that has not as yet been incurred, but soon will be as a result of their belligerence.

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14 Mar 2015 09:30

Bus company should put passengers First

SIR, I would like to refer to a recent letter entitled 'Cold Reception from First Bus’. I came across a similar situation during a journey from Galashiels to Peebles on Tuesday, February 17.

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13 Mar 2015 09:30

Melrose fends off 'furry terrorist threat’

SIR, After months of fretting over the future of their prestigious Gold Britain in Bloom award, Melrosians can at last sleep soundly in their beds tonight, secure in the knowledge that Melrose and District Community Council has fended off another furry terrorist threat.

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12 Mar 2015 05:30

Foodbanks, cuts and austerity omitted from election leaflet

SIR, I have today received what would normally be defined as an election leaflet but in my many years of interest in politics I have never received anything like this one.

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11 Mar 2015 05:30

Is MSP still working?

SIR, I write to seek clarification from John Lamont, local MSP and the Tory candidate for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk at the forthcoming Westminster election, about whether, like his Tory colleague Sir Malcolm Rifkind, he currently has too much time on his hands?

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9 Mar 2015 11:30

Something has gone seriously wrong

SIR, At the hearing of the green bin petition on October 23 last year, the Waste Treatment Unit planned for Easter Langlee was hailed as the panacea for all the council’s waste management problems. No fears about its delivery or performance were voiced.

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5 Mar 2015 11:30

Borders public need to know

SIR, I am certain that many pensioners would like to know more about the proposed changes to pension credit. I am sure the agriculture sector, whose income will be affected by leaving the European Union, would like to hear his views on the promised in/out EU referendum.

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28 Feb 2015 13:30

Poor show from SNP in Borders

SIR, I have no hesitation in saying that the SNP government at Holyrood are doing a good job. However, I cannot say the same for the SNP councillors leading the coalition at Scottish Borders Council.

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26 Feb 2015 14:30

Anyone who thinks No was last word on referendum is ludicrously mistaken

SIR, The appeal for “fresh thinking” in R Walker’s letter might have been directed at any of our political parties, but its target was exclusively the SNP.

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19 Feb 2015 14:30

Borders Railway attracts a flood of complaints

SIR, I would advise that I have recently received a copy of your newspaper for January 21 from a friend in Edinburgh. And I would like to write about your article entitled “Pensioners cut off by underpass floods”.

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16 Feb 2015 09:30

Scott’s Selkirk sadness

SIR, I have recently received a copy of your paper and I have to say I was very sad to learn that it may be the end of the delightful and greatly enjoyable Scott’s Selkirk Christmas event.

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12 Feb 2015 19:30

Unfair and undemocratic

SIR, Can we really believe what councillors tell us?

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9 Feb 2015 10:30

Borders 'Twix brothers’ are fooling no-one

SIR, I keep receiving letters from the Twix brothers (you have seen the TV adverts), who have a factory pushing out the exact same product while at the same time telling the world they are different and are always falling out due to these differences.

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7 Feb 2015 11:30

Protect our National Health Service

SIR, Every day we hear that people aren’t interested in politics. Well, that’s certainly not true in Peebles.

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4 Feb 2015 15:30

Petitioners demand special meeting in Earlston

SIR, Since last year’s announcement that Earlston Community Development Trust had been unsuccessful in obtaining Lottery funding for their play park proposal in Earlston, there has been no futher communication to the residents of Earlston or the Community Council, about their intentions.

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26 Jan 2015 09:30

Don’t think teachers have an easy time!

SIR, I write with regards to Mr Heatlie’s letter last week concerning teaching today.

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