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Roy Hodgson? I’d rather have Cheggers in charge

The Northern Echo:

9:43am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

I’M pleased Wayne Rooney has been named the new England captain. Apart from Joe Hart, there’s no one with the experience to wear the armband.

Abuse scandal

9:42am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ONCE again, a story of child abuse is in the news. How can 1,400 cases go unnoticed?

No malice

9:42am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

I HOPE that my recent letter (HAS, August 25) has provided some answers to Kev McStravick’s questions (HAS, August 23).

Transport needs

9:41am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

I READ with interest your recent article about a conference being held to discuss the transport strategy for the North-East, which is something we desperately need.

Border issues

9:41am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

IF Mr Farage is going to be successful in forcing an EU referendum in the next few months, can we have two questions on our ballot paper here please not just one?

Gaza crisis

9:41am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

KEVIN McStravick talks about innocent women and children remaining in their homes in Gaza (HAS, August 4). It’s a pity they were not allowed to remain in their homes in 1948.


9:40am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

I ENJOY reading of the experiences and diverse opinions of Hear All Sides contributors. I don’t always understand what they are getting at, nor do I always agree. Even so, the letters are usually interesting.

Check your facts about our hospital

The Northern Echo:

10:05am Monday 1st September 2014

I WISH Nigel Boddy had done some research before writing his scaremongering letter (HAS, August 29) about the NHS.

Great taste

10:04am Monday 1st September 2014

ACTOR and director Richard Attenborough, who has died at the age of 90 (Echo, Aug 25), has rightly been praised for his film work.

Dark ages

10:04am Monday 1st September 2014

READING Tony Kelly’s letter (HAS, Aug 26) I think he was speaking for himself, not for the majority of patriotic British people.

Floral tribute

10:04am Monday 1st September 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to Darlington Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society for putting on such a magnificent show of flowers in St Cuthbert’s Hall on August Bank Holiday.

Hospital future

10:03am Monday 1st September 2014

I CONFESS to know absolutely nothing about the proposed closure of our Hartlepool hospital or any of the machinations involved because I was away at the time.

The internet

10:03am Monday 1st September 2014

WHILE it is disappointing that only a third of over-65s in Yorkshire use social media (according to a report by clothing firm Chums) I am sure the proportion of “silver surfers” is much higher.

Modern politics

10:03am Monday 1st September 2014

IF Douglas Carswell, the Conservative MP for Clacton, had merely defected to Ukip it would have been yet another defection.

Child abuse

10:02am Monday 1st September 2014

THE recent reports of sexual and physical abuse of children in care are truly horrifying but are in complete contrast to my personal experience.

Hear All Sides

10:02am Monday 1st September 2014

I WAS amused to read the letter from Peter Jefferies (HAS, August 27) regarding those he calls “Armchair Generals” who write to Hear All Sides.

Fifty years on – appealing for your memories of the Rolling Stones’ shows

The Northern Echo:

9:58am Friday 29th August 2014

TIME passes fast and, believe it or not, it is 50 years ago this year since the Rolling Stones played two shows at the Rialto Theatre in York as part of their 1964 UK tour.

Peace prayers

9:57am Friday 29th August 2014

Thank God for Archbishop John Sentamu’s fasting-andprayer campaign.

Benefits Street

9:56am Friday 29th August 2014

Dozens of low-flying oval shaped objects have been spotted in and around the Tilery estate area of Stockton.

NHS services

9:56am Friday 29th August 2014

FOR more than a decade we have seen hospital services taken away from large communities like ours.

King Richard III

9:56am Friday 29th August 2014

AS a member of The Society of Friends of King Richard III, I was pleased to learn that experts have finally proved that England’s last Plantagenet ruler was not the “weak” monarch with a hunchback and withered arm as vilely perpetuated by Tudor propagandists and Shakespeare.

The joy of bringing the past back to life

The Northern Echo:

10:06am Thursday 28th August 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to all those who organised and participated in Hunwick Village Fayre.

NHS praise

10:05am Thursday 28th August 2014

THERE is always criticism of the NHS and staff in the media but I would like to express my gratitude and sing the praises of the NHS and especially the Darlington Memorial Hospital nursing staff.

Charity donations

10:04am Thursday 28th August 2014

WHY are we bombarded by Save the Children adverts on television?

Public toilets

10:05am Thursday 28th August 2014

I READ with interest your online poll of Northern Echo readers regarding the Market Hall toilets.

Disabled parking

10:04am Thursday 28th August 2014

I HAVE just read about Councillor Neil Foster’s visit to the new £27m development to replace Durham’s former ice rink site.

Brownlee brothers

10:03am Thursday 28th August 2014

I WAS watching the triathlon, from Stockholm, on Saturday afternoon television, and seeing the Brownlee brothers win was marvellous. The country needs more young people like them. It’s that sort of spirit we need to put the great back into Great Brittan - not the yobs on street corners idling their time away.

Scottish vote

10:03am Thursday 28th August 2014

I AM surprised that First Minister Alex Salmond thinks an independent Scotland would take over five years to get rid of nuclear submarines.

When pop fades, the magic of Motown will live on

The Northern Echo:

10:01am Wednesday 27th August 2014

THERE has been some interesting recent correspondence in Hear All Sides about the Chart Show.

Chubby Brown

10:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

WHAT is the justification for the paltry fine given to Chubby Brown? The legal system at times seems barmy.


9:59am Wednesday 27th August 2014

HARRY Mead (Echo, August 13) is rightly aghast that a Bangladeshi double murderer is allowed to settle here on the basis of his right to family life. But the odd murderer is only a small part of the problem.

Praying for peace

9:59am Wednesday 27th August 2014

IF I commence a project, whether making a fence or planting potatoes, I know how I will proceed and what the final successful outcome will be.

Giving to charity

9:58am Wednesday 27th August 2014

WHY is it that millionaire celebrities expect people on modest incomes to give to charity?

Fair societies

9:58am Wednesday 27th August 2014

COLUMNIST and broadcaster Simon Jenkins wrote an article that underlines the thinking that would lead to the kind of human behaviour that would enable fair societies to be developed and maintained.

ATM support line

9:57am Wednesday 27th August 2014

WITH regard to your report about bogus cash-point devices which are operating in North Yorkshire (Echo, August 25).

Armchair generals

9:58am Wednesday 27th August 2014

I AM amazed at the amount of letters in H.A.S. regarding wars and trouble in the Middle East by a group of armchair generals.

This futile fast is a complete waste of time

The Northern Echo:

9:51am Tuesday 26th August 2014

WHILST I think that the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has his heart in the right place, I feel that his act of fasting and praying for peace in our time for six days will not make the slightest bit of difference.

Great War trip

9:51am Tuesday 26th August 2014

BETWEEN November 8-13, I shall be leading a group from the north of England to the Cenotaph ceremony in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday.

Wishful thinking

9:50am Tuesday 26th August 2014

WE ought to stop kidding ourselves that we have representative government in this country.

Fall thanks

9:50am Tuesday 26th August 2014

ON Saturday, August 16, I had a fall in Bondgate, Darlington.

TV’s big bully

9:50am Tuesday 26th August 2014

HELEN WOOD’S shock win in the recent Big Brother final was merely a victory for bullying.

Bush to blame

9:49am Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE present conflict in Iraq is the direct result of President George Bush’s determination to invade.

A criminal act

9:49am Tuesday 26th August 2014

FOLLOWING his recent suggestion that Durham should have shooting galleries for drug addicts, a suggestion based on the premise that if they get their hit for free, addicts will refrain from crime to feed their habit, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg suggests we should go easy on shoplifters.

England appear to be back to their brilliant batting best

The Northern Echo:

10:03am Friday 22nd August 2014

AFTER being so critical of the English cricket team over the past few weeks I must now eat my words and congratulate them on a remarkable performance beating India so easily.

Bus free-for-all

9:59am Friday 22nd August 2014

FURTHER to the recent bus crash in Tubwell Row where members of the public were very lucky to avoid been badly hurt when a bus collided with a bus shelter.

Offer is unfair

9:59am Friday 22nd August 2014

THIS week I received a leaflet from Saga offering car insurance from as low as £176.

Gaza conflict

9:58am Friday 22nd August 2014

I HAVE pondered long on what would be required to make Israel accept a Palestinian state as its neighbour.

Admirable Nelson – the one-eyed miracle moggy

The Northern Echo:

10:02am Thursday 21st August 2014

I WOULD just like to say well done to Andrea Huntley-Crow and her husband Dave for adopting Nelson, the one-eyed cat (Echo, July 7).

No way out?

10:01am Thursday 21st August 2014

PREDICTABLY, events over recent weeks will have acted as a recruiting sergeant for anti- Semitism and Muslim extremism.

Halt this outrage

10:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE controversy regarding British born Jihadists returning to Britain after fighting for Islamic State (IS) in Syria has serious implications, particularly when they openly threaten to return to Britain and attack the people in all manner of barbaric ways.

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