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Letter: The climate emergency is very real, and very worrying

David Attenborough

This reader has become an active campaigner over the last six months in the movement calling for action from governments to tackle the causes of climate change and believes more people need to know about the climate emergency.

Thursday, 18th April, 2019 6:39pm

By Julie Hutchison with 10 readers' comments

Letter: Brexit is bad for your health, wealth and a tolerant society

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Speaking from a position of knowledge, Nick Stuart says there's no chance of creating new trade deals around the world that will even begin to replace the damage of Brexit.

Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019 10:08am

By Nick Stuart with 17 readers' comments

Letter: Isle of Wight’s £20+ million reason for an Isle of Wight Act?

michael lilley

Cllr Lilley says the Isle of Wight will continue to have a financial and legislative gun to its head until we are recognised by Parliament and the Government as an Island.

Tuesday, 26th March, 2019 9:05am

By Michael Lilley with 6 readers' comments

Letter: ‘Flawed reasoning’ behind plans to close village school

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This reader believes the Isle of Wight council's reasoning for closing All Saints' School in Freshwater is flawed and says what the village needs, if the Island Plan is not fantasy, is a new, central, non denominational school.

Tuesday, 19th March, 2019 12:04pm

By Richard Steele

Letter: Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, is wrong, we’re proud of UK Aid

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These Islanders believe that cutting the UK’s aid budget – which was endorsed by Bob Seely MP last week – could seriously harm the UK’s international standing and would be an absurd idea.

Monday, 18th February, 2019 11:20am

By OnTheWight Readers with 9 readers' comments

Letter: Where’s the transparency around new Forest Road incinerator?

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With the Forest Park recycling centre due to open later in the year, this reader asks some pertinent questions about how the emissions from the incinerator will be monitored and calls for more transparency.

Monday, 11th February, 2019 6:15pm

By Anonymous with 9 readers' comments

Letter: Why has Southern Vectis refused £1 bus fare for day of climate change marches?

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Southern Vectis were asked to offer a reduced £1 bus fare on the day of Isle of Wight climate change marches in order to encourage residents to take the bus rather than drive to take part. According to this reader they refused.

Tuesday, 5th February, 2019 6:56pm

By Concerned Citizen with 4 readers' comments

Letter: Could this be a possible way to break the Brexit impasse? asks Reader

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Martin Young invites readers to consider his "possible way to break the Brexit impasse" sent to Bob Seely last week. He believes that if concerns are addressed, (through further negotiations with the EU), he and many others could be persuaded to accept the current negotiated deal.

Tuesday, 29th January, 2019 3:25pm

By Martin Young with 15 readers' comments

Open Letter to Isle of Wight MP: Why am I still waiting 15 months after reporting ‘suspect financial transaction’?

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Isle of Wight resident compares the response rate of Bob Seely (15 months they've been pursuing it) vs the couple of hours it took for Portsmouth MP Penny Mordaunt (a Cabinet member) to respond personally. OnTheWight posed this to the MP. The letter and his reply included within.

Monday, 28th January, 2019 6:52pm

By Anonymous with 6 readers' comments

Letter: Call for Independent regulator to protect children from cyber ‘sexploitation’

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The NSPCC's #WildWestWeb campaign is calling for an independent regulator with the power to investigate and fine social networks if they fall short in protecting children. They appeal to readers to sign the petition.

Friday, 25th January, 2019 8:11am

By Des Mannion

Letter: Solution to traffic standstill on Staplers during months of utility works

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Since the start of several months of utility works began on Staplers Road in Newport, there have been daily reports of miles of traffic and gridlock into the central hub of the Isle of Wight. This reader believes he has the solution to alleviate the traffic pressure.

Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 3:43pm

By Roger Cheesman with 10 readers' comments

Letter: What hope is there for vulnerable people on the Isle of Wight?

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With the cuts to national benefits and cutbacks in mental health and substance abuse services, reductions in council tax support, abolition of funding for cross-Solent travel and the Law Centre, and closure of the Local Area Coordination service – this reader asks what hope is there for the large numbers of vulnerable people on the Island?

Thursday, 27th December, 2018 1:15pm

By Diana Conyers with 21 readers' comments