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.

‘Fight for what you believe in’, says young Isle of Wight campaigner involved in several causes

cameron palin outside county hall

Continuing OnTheWight’s series about young Islanders doing positive things with their lives, we meet Cameron Palin. 16-years-old and involved in many causes important to the Isle of Wight community.

Sunday, 10th March, 2019 1:21pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: Babel Towers

Tower of babel and strassborg building

Jonathan returns with his Sunday column. This week, as wars are waged in the media and on social media, he points out that conflict only leads to waste and a disregard for those who aren’t winning, and asks what is the alternative.

Sunday, 10th March, 2019 11:44am

By Jonathan Dodd with one comment

Getting involved, staying active and making a difference, the key to a positive life

child swimmer

Continuing OnTheWight’s series about young Islanders doing positive things with their lives, we introduce Beth Pitts. As Head Girl at Cowes Enterprise she's involved in many activities and outside of school coaches junior netball players and assists at a swimming school.

Sunday, 3rd March, 2019 4:13pm

By Sally Perry

Jonathan Dodd: Shorts

running legs

Jonathan returns with his Sunday column and this week shares more of his though-provoking advice for life. As always, a great read.

Sunday, 24th February, 2019 10:07am

By Jonathan Dodd

Young Isle of Wight photographer tells us, ‘Enjoy what you’re doing and always challenge yourself’

Blossom and trees by Ethan Drummon-Harris

Continuing OnTheWight's series about young Islanders doing positive things with their lives, we introduce Ethan Drummond-Harris. A 14-year-old who, despite his ADHD diagnosis, is finding his way in life through doing the things he loves. He shares some thoughts and photos with us here.

Sunday, 17th February, 2019 11:01am

By Sally Perry

Jonathan Dodd: Neeson Sense

liam neeson by Glyn Lowe PhotoWorks

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week shares his views on how someone should be applauded for wanting to become a better human being, rather than be pilloried for it on social media.

Sunday, 10th February, 2019 6:44pm

By Jonathan Dodd with 2 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: Winter is going

Melting snow in the Memorial Park by E Gammie

Jonathan returns with his Sunday column and this week discusses Hyperhidrosis. Is this something you experience, or are you one of those 'coldists' who constantly ask, “Aren’t you cold out here in just a shirt?”

Sunday, 3rd February, 2019 11:15am

By Jonathan Dodd with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight scooterist lands deal with Halfords for his latest products

Blake Extreme Island

When Blake Nash was riding scooters at the skate park during his school years, he says he was mocked by others. A few years later and he has a growing scooter business with nationwide chain, Halfords, being the latest stockist of his products. He says that when things get tough, "you’ve just got keep going".

Sunday, 27th January, 2019 5:08pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Budding young Isle of Wight photographer: ‘Just enjoy it and have fun trying new things’

Luke chandler - beach huts 640

Since being given a camera for his birthday, 13-year-old Luke, tries to go out every day to photograph something new. He says, “You don’t need lots of money to go out and just take photos and see the Island from a different perspective, just enjoy it and have fun trying new things".

Sunday, 27th January, 2019 11:48am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: Down by the riverside

grass by the riverside

Jonathan returns with his Sunday column and this week shares some great advice for the start of a new year.

Sunday, 13th January, 2019 11:29am

By Jonathan Dodd with one comment

Jonathan Dodd: Your real face

variety of facial expressions by nickgray

Jonathan returns with his Sunday column and starts the year "as mad as hell", and is "not going to take it any more!"

Sunday, 6th January, 2019 6:48am

By Jonathan Dodd

Jonathan Dodd: A Recovered Heart

christmas present

Jonathan Dodd shares his Christmas story. It's a little different from his usual style, but if you're a fan of his work, we're sure you'll love it.

Tuesday, 25th December, 2018 6:47am

By Jonathan Dodd