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.

Islands Roads switches bench – to point AWAY from the sea view (updated)

backward bench ventnor - with coast

Incompetence or a total disregard for others? It's hard to tell, as Island Roads replaces a bench and faces it away from the view and on a massive wonk!

Thursday, 25th April, 2019 6:37pm

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: Nothing to see here…

nothing to see here sign

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column. This week he looks at new words and the meaning behind them. As always a great read.

Sunday, 21st April, 2019 11:40am

By Jonathan Dodd with 7 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: Foibles and character traits

Panorama of Keswick countryside

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column. As always, a great long-read.

Sunday, 14th April, 2019 6:48am

By Jonathan Dodd

Opinion: Why 5G is feared by some people

5g on a typewriter by Twitter Trends 2019

Rich Cattle says that RF radiation is bombarding us all the time and always has been. He can't understand the opposition to 5G and explains why here.

Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 4:19pm

By Richard Cattle with 14 readers' comments

‘Dream – believe – achieve’ says 12-year-old Islander with Olympic dressage aspirations

Charlie Adkins riding Henry

Twelve-year-old Charlie Adkins has been involved with horses since the age of two and hopes to one day compete in the Olympics - in the meantime, he's picking up awards and accolades left, right and centre.

Sunday, 24th March, 2019 1:31pm

By Sally Perry

‘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