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LETTER: Contribution is appreciated at Stepping Hill Hospital

“Think of what Jeremy Hunt’s doing to the NHS” said the nurse as she strapped the apparatus round my upper arm and prepared to take a reading.

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LETTER: MPs should do the best for the country

LETTER: MPs should do the best for the country

The recent Radio Four Today interview of the Prime Minister by Nick Robinson says it all in my opinion.
Rather than opening with a question to explain the background to her decision to call a snap General Election, Robinson’s first challenge (oft repeated) was of the Prime Minister having performed a ‘U-turn’.
In the months since the UK’s EU referendum in my view he, his BBC colleagues and many re-moaners have grumbled that she has no personal mandate from the electorate, having never fought an election over Brexit.
Now that she is doing just that it seems to be the golden opportunity, for him/them, to do their own U-turn and criticise her for requesting such a mandate.
Robinson also asserted during this interview that it is the role of opposition parties to oppose the government. 
No Mr Robinson, it is not. It is the role of all members of Parliament and indeed all elected representatives in local government to do what is right and in the best interests of the country, including all people irrespective of how they individually voted. This might include opposition, where necessary.

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YOUR VIEW: Is it not better to invest in renewable energy instead of fracking?

YOUR VIEW: Is it not better to invest in renewable energy instead of fracking?

There seems to be an erroneous belief that wind and solar energy cannot be stored. This is not true.

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LETTER: Protect cyclists not diesel drivers

LETTER: Protect cyclists not diesel drivers

I’m pleased to see that Theresa May has pledged to protect diesel-car owners, but I’d much more prefer she pledged to protect cyclists.

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LETTER: Diabetics must take care with chocolate

LETTER: Diabetics must take care with chocolate

Easter is a time for family, friends and, of course, chocolate…

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LETTER: Judge’s domestic violence comments were appalling

LETTER: Judge’s domestic violence comments were appalling

I was appalled when I read that a judge did not jail a man who poured bleach down his wife’s throat and beat her with a cricket bat because she was “not vulnerable.”

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LETTER: If you care about animals, don’t bet on famous race

LETTER: If you care about animals, don’t bet on famous race

Four horses were killed as a result of racing at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, yet there was scarcely any public discussion of the deaths, and the little that did occur was prompted by Animal Aid’s vigilance and energetic briefing of the media.

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LETTER: European doctors are vital to the NHS

Having triggered Article 50, Prime Minster Theresa May must now do everything in her power to control the impact of Brexit on the NHS and protect patient care across the country by granting permanent residence to EEA nationals working in the UK.

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LETTER: Brexit - we are making a historic mistake

LETTER: Brexit - we are making a historic mistake

I was amused recently to be accused by a neighbour, who regularly reads my letters to the Advertiser, of believing I was right and everyone else was wrong. 
He was of course referring to Brexit.
I do not suppose that this gentleman reads the Observer, but for his benefit and for others who do not read the Observer, I quote from a recent edition of that newspaper:
“Like sheep, the British people, regardless of whether they support Brexit, are being herded off a cliff, duped and misled by the most 
irresponsible, least trustworthy Government in living memory. The moment when article 50 is triggered, signalling Britain’s irreversible to quit the EU, approaches inexorably. This week, on Black Wednesday, the UK will throw into jeopardy the achievements of 60 years of unparalleled European peace, security and prosperity from which it has greatly benefited. It is a national catastrophe by any measure. 
It is a historic error. It is a reckless, foolhardy leap into the unknown, a fall from grace in every conceivable sense.”
The whole article, from which I have quoted, should be read by all who voted for Brexit. 
I have yet to hear a persuasive argument from any Brexiteers so perhaps your correspondence page will contain something of this nature in future weeks. 
Hopefully, such correspondents will not merely parrot the vicious world view of the Daily Mail and Daily Express but give hard facts on how the UK will benefit from being outside Europe.

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LETTER: Funding needed to manage trees at High Path

LETTER: Funding needed to manage trees at High Path

Having noticed the work being done for some time on the retaining wall along the High Path, Bakewell Road. 
I was pleased to see someone working there today, so walked along and had a word with him. 
He is Bernard Titterton, a stonemason and dry stone waller from Leek, who has taken on the responsibility for maintenance of the wall and wood. 
As I am a councillor for Buxton central, the ward which includes this path, I am especially happy that this work is being undertaken, as it has been a matter of discontent among townspeople ever since the land above it was sold by Derbyshire County Council. It has changed hands a number of times, but seems to be in safer hands now.
Of course, the wood itself is in dire need of management, especially, as he pointed out to me, a good percentage of trees appear to be dead or covered in constricting ivy. 
Obviously, the kind of management required is extremely expensive, so he would like to find some help with funding. If anyone can suggest a suitable source, please get in touch with Bernard on btitterton@yahoo.co.uk or me on jean.todd@highpeak.gov.uk .

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LETTER: Racetrack open for new season

LETTER: Racetrack open for new season

May I draw your readers’ attention to the fact that the local racetrack, better known as the A515, has reopened for the season.
Ideal vantage points to watch the action are free anywhere between Buxton and Ashbourne.
To see frequent thrills and spills, Brierlow Bar, where there are no halt signs from the side roads, Sterndale Moor village, Pomeroy Hamlet, where several incidents occur during the season, and Parsley Hay are particularly exciting.
Over recent years, vast improvements have been made, no expense spared, such as speed limits, indicators every few meters, clear white lines indicating best routes and several automated warning signs (although some of these have not worked for sometime now).
The latest high tech drainage system has recently been introduced. Attention is drawn to this by the lovely mounds of debris that is left for your benefit. Such silly things as a check point, for instance, at Sterndale Moor have been abandoned since this was thought to slow down the users of this track.
A final warning and request to drivers who dawdle along at 50 or 60 miles an hour, could you please find an alternative route, this would make the track much safer for all concerned.

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LETTER: Scottish National Party is third largest party

LETTER: Scottish National Party is third largest party

Your correspondent of March 16 describes Nicola Sturgeon as first minister of “A Tin Pot Parliament”, but fails to mention that she is also the leader of the third largest political party in the House of Commons. 
The SNP won 56 of the 59 seats it contested at the 2015 election. 
One might wonder how many seats it might have won had it contested seats throughout the United Kingdom. As the strongest voice for the 48.1 per cent of the UK that voted to remain in the EU, the SNP would certainly get my vote if it were to contest the High Peak constituency. 
Come on, Nicola, let’s see a 21st-century equivalent of James VI of Scotland.

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LETTER: George Osborne - An insult to our own MP

LETTER: George Osborne - An insult to our own MP

The recent actions of George Osborne are a scandal. 
He quite recently leaves cabinet office and now engages, while continuing as an MP, in financial employment worth huge sums of money. He’s also to be editor in chief of a newspaper. 
Mr Osborne informs us this will only take up mornings, so he will be able to attend Parliament in the afternoons. How insulting this is to hardworking MPs, including our own High Peak member Andrew Bingham. 
Most readers will remember the Westminster expenses’ scandals, and last year the occasions where Messrs Rifkind and Straw, both former foreign secretaries, seemed to sail very close to selling connections, though in the event, and following parliamentary standards’ inquiries, deemed to have broken no rules. 
In Western Europe and the United States there are growing movements of unhealthy populism, and which bode disruptive for community wellbeing. There’s no doubt that here in the UK national politicians are very unpopular, and George Osborne’s recent behaviour simply makes that fact far worse.

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LETTER: Income Tax - Protecting high earners?’

LETTER: Income Tax - Protecting high earners?’

Our MP (March 16), in common with other Tory backbenchers, welcomed Chancellor Philip Hammond’s U-turn on the national insurance contributions of the self-employed. 
He argues that the original budget proposals would have punished those ‘with the entrepreneurial spirit to strike out in business on their own’. The proposal would have meant that those self-employed workers with profits of less than £15,570 a year would actually have paid less in national insurance whilst those with profits in excess of £45,000 would have paid an extra £589. 
Isn’t the truth of the matter that Mr Bingham and his like-minded colleagues are most concerned with protecting the position of those with high earnings to the detriment of the less well-off, including those in the early years of self-employment? Whatever happened to the “Just About Managing?” But he may have had an additional reason. 
Despite the fact that we are all now supposed to sink our differences, he may have wanted to embarrass Mr Hammond (a remainer). 
If so, he suceeded. 
Whatever the reasons the treasury will have £2billion less to spend - or balance the budget - as a consequence.

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LETTER: Looking for Royal Navy Jack

LETTER: Looking for Royal Navy Jack

I doubt very much if the reader who only writes the occasional letter to “Letters to the Editor,” realises just how well read that letter will be. 
Local newspapers around the country, like this one, recently printed a letter of mine about those who have served in the Royal Navy trying to find their old shipmates. 
The response has been fantastic, there are now over 40 Royal Navy reunion weekends organised around the country. 
For those who are seeking the camaraderie of the past, the reunions are listed on the RN Shipmates web site: www.rnshipmates.co.uk and if your readers want to get in touch and start a search, the contact is there.
For those not on email drop a line to Mike Crowe, 7 Heath Road, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 8PG, and I will send you a list and all details. 
A stamp will help the pension. (Please leave the stamp on its own backing paper.)
Typical are the HMS Cavalier Association reunion, the Field Gunners, HMS Illustrious Association, along with HMS Ark Royal, HMS Collingwood, HMS Loch Fada and of course the RN Shipmates reunion itself for those without an association and many, many more, take a peak.
See you there, and thank you local newspapers.

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LETTER: Beard shave done, so now what?

LETTER: Beard shave done, so now what?

I, Pete Corbett would like to thank the friends and family of Guy Kirk-Lynch who had his beard shaved off for charity at The Anchor Inn, Tideswell.
He raised £414 for Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance at the event and now is looking for a new challenge to carry on his support of DLRAA. 
Thank you on behalf of DLRAA.

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LETTER: Rotary fundraising thanks all round

LETTER: Rotary fundraising thanks all round

Rotary Club of Buxton wish to thank the Buxton Advertiser for Lucy Ball’s advance feature regarding our 50:50 Charity Swimathon. 
The March 11 event was a great fundraising success. Five teams (Bathing Beauties from Cut & Curl, Buxton Barracudas, The Sheldon Sharks, Dolphins and Jack Maney’s) had a good swim and enjoyed themselves. They raised: £1,500 plus for Neema School Trust, Kenya; £200 plus for Bowel & Cancer Research UK; and £50 plus for Class Room in the Clouds, Nepal.

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LETTER: Wise head on young shoulders

LETTER: Wise head on young shoulders

How heart-warming it was to see the letter from 15-year-old L.H. I applaud their commitment to their beliefs and their interest in politics. 
It is good to see that they also read their local newspaper. 
As they continue to learn about the UK democratic system they will realise that a cornerstone of our politics is the right to oppose and to peacefully protest. 
That is one of the things that makes us a democracy and not a totalitarian state. 
Dictators shut down arguments they don’t like, democrats keep arguing. After all those who did not like the result of the 1975 referendum carried on arguing, for 41 years, until they achieved their goal. 
Now it’s the turn of those of us who wish to remain in the EU to have our say. 
That is what British democracy is all about.

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LETTER: Kitchen fitters to the rescue

LETTER: Kitchen fitters to the rescue

Kitchen fitters working on my recently-finished holiday cottage, Gaia lodge, walked out the day before the granite templaters were booked and that had serious repercussions for me because Gaia lodge was booked solid ten days later for a month and we had already put the templaters back so there were no more degrees of freedom with them. 
But one phone call to Max and Jo of Inside Out, Buxton, and within two hours their father, John Graham and his builder Dave Wood had stepped in and started fitting my kitchen. 
They worked flat out until the base units were in for the templaters. Not only that, they took a risk with me and ordered £10,000 worth of bespoke kitchen without any deposit on the understanding that I would pay within three weeks, which of course I did. 
Max, Jo, Brian, Jim, John Graham and Dave have all been amazing. I have been using Inside Out for more than five years and in that time I have probably spent in the region of £30,000 with them for various builds from Upper Hurst Farm Caravan and Camping site toilet/shower block, my home - a cowshed and hayloft barn conversion. 
They are like family to me now. I am a spiritual teacher and I teach that collaboration is key. This is a first class example of collaboration.

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LETTER: Staff are making an effort at Bowerfield House

LETTER: Staff are making an effort at Bowerfield House

With reference to your article about Bowerfield House in a recent issue of the Advertiser I would like to make some further points.
My wife has been a resident in this home for some years now and whilst I acknowledge there have been a number of issues which the Care Quality Commission have quite rightly highlighted in their report following the inspection at the end of 2016, I do feel that the entire team presently employed at Bowerfield House are putting in a great deal of effort to address these issues and I am confident they will meet the required standards when the CQC make their follow up visit in a few months time.
It is also worth noting that the CQC have significantly tightened up their inspection regime, rightly so in my opinion, a point which should not go unnoticed by many other care homes across the country.

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