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6 Jul 2015 09:30

Use of children has aggravated play park row in Earlston

SIR, I would like to raise the subject of Scottish Borders Council allowing children, some as young as five-years-old, to be used by Earlston Community Development Trust (ECDT), in its attempt to secure funding from the Big Lottery for a play park at Mill Meadow.
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3 Jul 2015 09:30

Disastrous decision should be overturned

SIR, As a member of the Innerleithen and District Community Council, I sat round the table in the council office at the monthly meeting in June 2015 and listened to Councillor Stuart Bell give out the statement on behalf of the Scottish Borders Council about the intention to shelve the prestigious AIMUp project here in Innerleithen.
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2 Jul 2015 09:30

Withdrawing from EU would be hugely damaging

SIR, In the year of Scotland’s food and drink, it’s encouraging that farmers gathering at the Royal Highland Show have emphasised to Scottish Secretary David Mundell their support for the UK’s continuing membership of the European Union.
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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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21 Jun 2015 14:30

The Christine Grahame Column

SCOTTISH National Party MSP Christine Grahame represents the residents of Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale in the Scottish Parliament. Here, she writes exclusively for the Border Telegraph...
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20 Jun 2015 14:30

The John Lamont Column

CONSERVATIVE MSP John Lamont represents residents of Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire in the Scottish Parliament. Here, he writes exclusively for readers of the Border Telegraph...
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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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19 May 2015 11:47

Grateful for 18 years

Sir, Following last Thursday’s general election, I would be grateful if, through your columns, I could thank everyone locally for allowing me the great privilege of being the MP for the Borders for the past 18 years?
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19 May 2015 11:46

John is humble as dust settles on polls defeat

Now that the dust has settled on last week and I have caught up on some sleep, I wanted to briefly reflect on the last few months.
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19 May 2015 09:19

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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19 May 2015 09:18

'It’s going to be a year that I’ll never forget...’

IT is regarded as one of the best-kept secrets in the Borders.
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19 May 2015 09:17

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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19 May 2015 09:17

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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19 May 2015 09:16

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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19 May 2015 09:15

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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