Isle of Wight Opinion Pieces

OnTheWight is run on journalistic principles of honesty, transparency and balance. Every so often, there will be a subject or issue that the editors or contributors wish to share that reflects their personal opinion.

These Isle of Wight opinion pieces will be clearly marked as such. We believe their inclusion adds to the diversity of content available to readers.

Jonathan Dodd: Say hello, wave goodbye

Man waving goodbye to people on boat

Jonathan Dodd returns with another thought-provoking Sunday column. This week he says it’s no longer an option to plead ignorance. Read on to find out what he's referring to.

Sunday, 16th December, 2018 9:43am

By Jonathan Dodd with 6 readers' comments

Ordinary people left to suffer whilst MPs argue, pontificate and scheme, say Vix

vix lowthion and brexit bus

Vix Lowthion says that whilst Theresa May’s government has completely lost all ability to govern, ordinary people continue to suffer the unfairness and inequality, instability and disruption.

Thursday, 13th December, 2018 8:09am

By Vix Lowthion with 7 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: The Past is a foreign country

back in time

Jonathan Dodd returns with another thought-provoking Sunday column and this week is talking about the past. Something we all have and something that affects us all in one way or another.

Sunday, 2nd December, 2018 2:30pm

By Jonathan Dodd

Jonathan Dodd: Good times, bad times

masks

Jonathan Dodd returns with another Sunday column. Once again sharing a wonderfully thought-provoking piece of writing that reminds us of why we miss him when he's not around.

Sunday, 25th November, 2018 11:11am

By Jonathan Dodd

Heartfelt plea to stand with others against Isle of Wight budget cuts

Collection of No Cuts banners

Colleen is asking Islanders to stand together on Saturday to protest against the proposed £5.5m of cuts to be made by the Isle of Wight council. She explains why she believes it's important for Islanders to come together over these plans.

Wednesday, 7th November, 2018 9:55am

By Colleen Brannon

Jonathan Dodd: Not good at sport

football pitch

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week talks sport, or rather why he and sport don't mix very well (apart from one).

Sunday, 14th October, 2018 11:22am

By Jonathan Dodd

Jonathan Dodd: The Mountain and the Microbe

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Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week talks about one of his new heroes, Professor John McGeehan, Director of the Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences in the School of Biological Sciences at Portsmouth University. Find out why.

Sunday, 30th September, 2018 9:22am

By Jonathan Dodd with one comment

Jonathan Dodd: Sewing the Town Together

ryde sewn by jonathan dodd

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week shares the detail about something very special that he and many other volunteers have been involved with in Ryde. It's spectacular and something everyone should see.

Sunday, 23rd September, 2018 11:52am

By Jonathan Dodd

Jonathan Dodd: Grand adventures

bear grylls quote and people on great wall of china - jmparrone

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week explores the 'Grand Adventure'. As always a thought provoking long-read, perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, 16th September, 2018 12:19pm

By Jonathan Dodd

Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A personal story of this hidden and debilitating condition

ventian mask

It's Fibromyalgia Awareness Week and International Pain Awareness Month, so felt like the right time to share my personal story of living with this hidden, but debilitating and challenging condition. I hope it will raise general awareness and help others come to terms with their own diagnoses.

Sunday, 9th September, 2018 8:27pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: Tomato skin

tomatoes

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week talks tomatoes, but of course, it's not really about tomatoes, but about something bigger and more thought-provoking.

Sunday, 9th September, 2018 10:05am

By Jonathan Dodd with one comment

Jonathan Dodd: Comfort Zones

All progress takes place

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week talks about comfort zones and why we're going to have to get used to being outside of them in the future. Another thought-provoking read.

Sunday, 2nd September, 2018 10:24am

By Jonathan Dodd with 2 readers' comments