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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Sentence not enough for forced marriages

SIR – While I welcome the news that from today, forced marriages will at long last be considered a criminal offence, I fear that new sentences for parents who force their children into marriage are far too lenient.

Last updated 19 June 2014
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Don’t turn nose up at this opportunity

SIR – The Egremont Crab Fair Committee has lost a number of members and helpers due to ill health and personal circumstances. We need to recruit new members to ensure that this year’s Crab Fair can go ahead.

Last updated 19 June 2014
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A bloomin’ brilliant show

seedpixxxx006 SIR – May we – the parish of Whitehaven – through your columns, thank:

Last updated 5 June 2014
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Pregnant pause

cefaiers0506 SIR – I’m writing to ask you and your readers to join me and support the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Fight For Every Heartbeat campaign, which aims to raise awareness of inherited heart conditions.

Last updated 5 June 2014
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Balancing the books at county’s hospitals

SIR – I have as ever read The Whitehaven News. The point that gets me angry this time is the report about the mess the trusts are making of the West Cumberland Hospital’s finances now that they are together with the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle.

Last updated 5 June 2014
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An historic change, delivered by you

CEPOLLBOX09 SIR – The early hours of Friday, May 23, delivered an historic change for the people of Copeland. This change was delivered by the people of Copeland, in what has been described in the local press as a “landslide” victory.

Last updated 29 May 2014
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Isn’t it time to end farmers’ subsidies for windfarms?

ceturb02 SIR – These pictures are of the view of the western fells from my garden in Egremont. One was taken about a month after the other.

Last updated 22 May 2014
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Thank you, Whitehaven!

seedpixxxx006 SIR – Over the last month we’ve organised three events building up in size progressively from the World War One exhibition to the fabulous World War One parade and culminating in last weekend’s Home and Garden Show.

Last updated 22 May 2014
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Pedestrian safety is no laughing matter

SIR – I find the controversy over charging for on-street parking wholly wrong as it is overriding the issue of pedestrian safety.

Last updated 22 May 2014
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Yes or no? Now it’s your turn to answer

elecmayor SIR – The fact that a group of individuals with no political affiliation should feel so desperately unrepresented that they would form together to campaign for change should have been a massive wake-up call to Copeland Borough Council’s Labour Group, whether we agreed with those people and the points they raised or not.

Last updated 22 May 2014
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Recession over? Not from my viewpoint

cegeoffsand SIR – It’s official – the recession is over, was the news announced at the end of last week. So now we can ignore the increasing number of food banks, the rising prices of gas, electricity, heating oil, water bills, council tax, property, food, petrol, train and bus fares... ignore the high youth unemployment and families living in one room.

Last updated 15 May 2014
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Fantastic festival for all

cebeharry080502 SIR – Wonderful weather for a great occasion and, as usual, Copeland folk and hundreds of children turned out for the occasion. Congratulations to the festival team.

Last updated 15 May 2014
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Elected mayors: So how will you vote next week?

SIR – My wife and I attended the “public” meeting at Millom Rugby League club on April 24 convened by the “Yes to an Elected Mayor” campaign group. SIR – I care about this area because I not only live and work here but my family has been in business here since 1908.

Last updated 15 May 2014
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The European elections

EUROPARL SIR – Cumbria is currently represented in the European Parliament by eight MEPs, two of whom are Labour – Arlene McCarthy and Brian Simpson. There are currently no Green MEPs in the North West and only two across the whole country.

Last updated 15 May 2014
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Salmond’s idea is a little too fishy for me

SIR – What would Whitehaven and West Cumbria gain from Scottish independence? Answer: the same as it would get from having an elected mayor of Copeland – absolutely nothing.

Last updated 8 May 2014
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Freedom of Information is sadly lacking

SIR – I am asking the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) to investigate the handling of a Freedom of Information request I submitted to Copeland Council.

Last updated 8 May 2014
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Nuclear legacy needs coherent approach

SIR – Everyone should welcome the progress being made by Toshiba and GDF Suez in moving forward the programme to build new reactors at Moorside, Sellafield.

Last updated 8 May 2014
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Why the policy change?

cekangol0105 SIR – I went to the exhibition about 92 new houses being built at the old Kangol, Cleator, at the Ennerdale Country House Hotel where I was told the derelict site was to be developed.

Last updated 1 May 2014
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Our chance to say: thank you

ceregim010503 SIR – Last year Whitehaven turned out in force to welcome the Army and to say thank you for what they represent and what they do for us.

Last updated 1 May 2014
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Don’t let bully boy tactics kill democracy

SIR – Anne Glazebrook in her letter (The Whitehaven News, April 24) makes the comment: “I am rather concerned about the way the campaign for the mayor is being conducted” – and I’m afraid to say my comments will not in any way allay those concerns.

Last updated 1 May 2014
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