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Nobody believes Israel’s justification for violence

The Northern Echo:

9:33am Thursday 31st July 2014

THE Reverend Peter Mullen (Echo, July 29) has clearly swallowed the whole rhetoric of the Israeli Government.

Lib Dem success

9:32am Thursday 31st July 2014

G HARRIS (HAS, July 21) writes a typically biased letter and he obviously has not looked hard to find any Lib Dem successes in the Coalition.

Close the abattoir

9:32am Thursday 31st July 2014

I WOULD like to commend the Boosbeck residents group and their spokesman Nev Brown for their resolve and commitment to getting justice for their cause.

Is this truancy?

9:31am Thursday 31st July 2014

THE story about parents who are prepared to pay a fine for taking their children on holiday (Echo, July 28) reminded me of an earlier incident.

Remploy’s goals

9:30am Thursday 31st July 2014

I WANT to allay any concerns Ken Stubbs has about Remploy’s move from public ownership to become a social business operating in the private sector by March 2015 (Echo, 28 July).

Railway stations

10:46am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE report on ‘little used’ railway stations in the North-East (Echo, July 26) was depressingly negative.


10:46am Wednesday 30th July 2014

ONE thing that we can definitely thank Nick Clegg and the Coalition for is raising the amount people can earn before they start paying income tax. This has helped everyone, particularly people on low incomes and small pensions.

Promises, promises

10:45am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE Government was elected on the basis of three key promises: 1. To wipe out the deficit during five years of parliament (Tory); 2. The abolition of tuition fees (Lib Dems); 3. No top down reorganisation of the NHS (David Cameron).

Israel guilty

10:44am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE Western media has had a high old time bashing Russia.

Street lights

10:44am Wednesday 30th July 2014

DURING the past week or so, Durham County Council has been busy “modifying” street lights in the Crook area.

Flat pack

10:38am Wednesday 30th July 2014

IS the answer to the housing crisis to manufacture quality homes in factories which can be assembled on site.

Our vets are becoming more like fat cats

The Northern Echo:

10:02am Tuesday 29th July 2014

IT seems as if the days of the James Herriot-type of vet is becoming increasingly rare.

Gaza life so cheap

10:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

ON July 21 every newspaper had Russia in the headlines. As tragic as the Malaysia Airlines plane crash was surely the war crimes by Israel in Gaza deserved a mention?

Not whole story

9:59am Tuesday 29th July 2014

I FOUND your comparison of chief executives’ pay in the North- East interesting (Echo, July 25), but a little disingenuous: you mention that Hambleton’s chief executive’s pay is one of the lowest in the North-East and North Yorkshire, but fail to mention that Hambleton is one of seven districts in North Yorkshire.


9:59am Tuesday 29th July 2014

I READ with interest the article “Wartime icon” by Alexa Copeland (Echo, July 15) and so many memories came flooding back.

Tuition fees undair

9:58am Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE Tory party abolished apprenticeships in this country and that is why today we are still short of skilled people.

Moving Memories

9:58am Tuesday 29th July 2014

I WAS pleased to see the new front of house of the old Majestic Cinema, in Bondgate, Darlington (Echo, July 23).

Homegrown cricket not to be seen on television

The Northern Echo:

10:41am Monday 28th July 2014

ON FRIDAY, on national TV, funded by all licence payers (ie: anyone who owns a set), the main channel – BBC1 – was devoted from 9am to 10pm to covering the Commonwealth Games from Glasgow.

Still going strong

10:40am Monday 28th July 2014

VJ Connor (HAS July 22) is wrong – I have not retired, and have no intention of doing so until Old Father Time forces me to do so.

Lib Dem disgrace

10:40am Monday 28th July 2014

I WRITE in response to Liberal Democrat Councillor Mark Wilkes’ comments regarding Labour-led Durham County Council’s decision to adopt the Living Wage only if it is affordable (Echo, July 24).

In Clegg's defence

10:39am Monday 28th July 2014

I WOULD like to ask G Harris of Stockton whether the UK would have been better off had Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, walked away from the coalition talks in May 2010, just like Labour did (HAS, July 21).

Unfair on jeweller

10:39am Monday 28th July 2014

I HAVE known Alex Dobbing of D&H Jewellers in Darlington’s Queen Street Arcade for a number of years and regularly call in for a chat and a coffee.

Pay rise deserved

10:38am Monday 28th July 2014

I THOUGHT it strange to see a non-story as your front page headline on Friday (Echo, July 25).

Planning issue

9:27am Friday 25th July 2014

YOUR report that Councillor Charlie Kay had no idea of the existence of a village where a planning application he was considering was located shows just how defective the decision-making system is at Durham County Council when it comes to planning committees (Echo, July 24).

Lib Dem success

9:27am Friday 25th July 2014

G HARRIS has obviously not looked hard to find any Liberal Democrat successes in the coalition (HAS, July 21).

Support for head

9:26am Friday 25th July 2014

I AM writing in support of Nicola Leyland, the former headteacher of Shotton Hall Primary School in Peterlee (Echo, July 22).

Fading blooms

9:26am Friday 25th July 2014

I QUITE agree with Dennis Woodcock about the cancelling of Darlington in Bloom due to a lack of entries (Echo, July 23).

Durham’s heritage

9:26am Friday 25th July 2014

AS someone born and bred in Durham City, I looked last week at some of the places I knew as a child. One of them was Flass Well, at the end of Ainsley Street.

Israel’s options

9:25am Friday 25th July 2014

PETER MULLEN suggests that the Israelis have no option but to keep on killing innocent citizens (Echo, July 22), including a large number of children.

Getting the hump

9:25am Friday 25th July 2014

HAS no one from Lartington Parish Council, which is going to install speed warning signs, ever driven through Skeeby, near Richmond, and had to slow to 20mph to climb the awful speed bumps there (Echo, July 21)?

Own goal

9:25am Friday 25th July 2014

THERE has been some talk that the England football team should boycott the 2018 World Cup finals to be held in Russia. Given our recent performances in Brazil would anyone really notice if this threat was carried out ?

We always have a choice when it comes to Europe

The Northern Echo:

9:59am Thursday 24th July 2014

I NOTE that the letter from JW Bearby (HAS, 19 July) suggested the UK has “no alternative but to leave the EU”.

Voting rights

9:58am Thursday 24th July 2014

IN March, Durham County Council received government approval to transfer its homes to its existing management organisations – Dale and Valley Homes, Durham City Homes and East Durham Homes.

Tragedy of deaths

9:58am Thursday 24th July 2014

WE are not always prepared for the impact of death.

Settle differences

9:57am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE evidence we have suggests that fighters in Eastern Ukraine spotted an aircraft at high altitude, concluded it to be hostile and shot it down.

Face of guilt

9:56am Thursday 24th July 2014

AFTER witnessing President Vladimir Putin on the news it was obvious he knows more than he is admitting about flight MH17.

Show must go on

9:56am Thursday 24th July 2014

WE were sorry to read in the paper of the concern by the Castle Players about the generator failure on Friday evening (HAS, July 16).

Praise for organiser of anniversary celebration

The Northern Echo:

9:44am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IN Monday’s paper, there was an article about the celebration weekend for the 400th anniversary of Wolsingham School (Echo, July 21). The one person who should be mentioned above anyone else and has not been was Anita Atkinson.

Cost of dying

9:43am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I NOTE that the Central Durham Crematorium Joint Committee has increased the cremation charge for adults in 2014 by 15 per cent to £630, well above inflation, which is dropping. This follows an 11.63 per cent increase in the previous year.

Flight MH17

9:42am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE best we can hope for following the airline tragedy in Ukraine is an independent and thorough investigation to take place into what happened and exactly who was responsible.

Steven Gerrard

9:42am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

I AM quite surprised that Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football (Echo, July 22), especially as he only needed one more cap to equal David Beckham’s 115 appearances for his country.

We can all rest easy now Cilla is growing old

The Northern Echo:

11:04am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

I AM glad that Chris Foote-Wood is enjoying a healthy fulfilling retirement (HAS, July 15). Long may it continue.But the truth is that for many retirees growing old is a bitter sweet experience.

Football fervour

11:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

I AM not a football fanatic. My life has never revolved around the fortune of any team. I consider the enthusiasm for it as understandable because most people have soul-destroying jobs and the worries of all their responsibilities and finances.

SNP intimidation

11:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

BUSINESS leaders, economists and academics have spoken out about being lent on by the Scottish government to stay out of the independence debate.

Great jobs divide

10:52am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IT WAS disappointing to see the latest unemployment figures showed a rise in the North East, and in particular the youth sector of the figures (Echo, July 17).

Expensive homes

10:52am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Dear ID Planning, In your Planning Support Statement which accompanies Hallam Land Management’s application to build 190 unneeded houses in Parkhill, Coxhoe, you say that 1,140 jobs will be created during the four years of construction, and that the local economy will benefit from a £51.3m injection as the houses will cost £90,000 to build and sell for £270,000 each.

Grave discovery

10:51am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

I NEVER met my paternal grandfather as he died after the First World War and, because my Dad was young when he died, I knew nothing about him except that he was buried in Redhills Cemetery in Durham which is now disused and overgrown. I was always told that he had no headstone – times were tight.

Nick Clegg’s promising career will cost the Lib Dems dear

The Northern Echo:

9:42am Monday 21st July 2014

NICK Clegg, wants people to judge him on his record.

Flight tragedy

9:39am Monday 21st July 2014

IN view of the recent sad event of the shooting down of flight Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 could the same thing have happened to Flight MH370 but over desolate country?

Moving around

9:39am Monday 21st July 2014

ON what basis does JE Bearby declare that migrants in this country “cost a great deal of revenue” (HAS, July 15)?

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