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LETTER: Bring back Wednesday parking

Unfortunately the driver had not read the sign properly informing them that they could not use that area on a Wednesday. Stuck to the windscreen was a yellow parking ticket.

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LETTER: Actions speak louder than words for needy

LETTER: Actions speak louder than words for needy

I am a regular listener to a local radio station which recently spoke of the unhealthy conditions many people are living in with rented accommodation and some who have no home at all.

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The polls have closed and the votes are in

LETTER: Labour represents the working class

In response to the last few weeks of campaign issues from the Conservative Party.
Alan Meale and the Labour Party have worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Mansfield for more than 30 years — in my case representing the ex-mineworkers on various issues.
Not many of his constituents are aware of the fact he is one of a number of Labour MPs who have donated their contentious pay rises to various charity’s and organisations in Mansfield.
He was at the forefront in the successful campaign along with the National Union of Mineworkers to reinstate the concessionary coal to the miners which was withdrawn when UK Coal became insolvent.
Alan is chairing the campaign along with the NUM to change to the current situation whereby any miner suffering with pneumoconiosis is sent for an X-ray. Instead the call is for any miner suffering with this debilitating decease to be sent for a CT scan which is a far more reliable means of detecting the decease.
And to prove the point I have recently received a letter from the DWP explaining that in 2016 an ex-miner was turned down for a claim for pneumoconiosis on X-ray evidence.
I advised the man concerned to ask his GP to send him for a CT scan which subsequently diagnosed him with pneumoconiosis. 
The further evidence was sent to the DWP and the decision was reversed and an award was made.
Alan is also at the forefront in the campaign to redress the scandal of the government taking more than £8 billion from the Mineworkers Pension Scheme.
Jeremy Corbyn and recently John McDonnell at the May Day rally in Mansfield publicly stated one of the first things Labour would address is this injustice.
I urge you all to vote for the only party that represents the working class of which I am proud to be one, and that is Labour. In Mansfield Alan Meale.

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LETTER: Election leaflet gives us no peace of mind

I’ve just had Theresa May’s leaflet through the door. 
The Conservative Party seems to be a minor consideration, vote for the person, don’t bother about the party.

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LETTER: Why is the answer to kill everything?

LETTER: Why is the answer to kill everything?

In answer to Gordon Barkes’ letter (Read here), I feel all our wildlife should be protected. 
Why is the answer to kill everything? 
They were brought over to this country by us. 
Putting them on the pill seems a more humane way of controlling them. 
He also states the Government is reluctant to help with the pill situation. This is no surprise. 
Gordon also states that in Ireland since the polecat has been protected the greys have decreased. Well excuse me if I’m wrong, but pole cats also kill young birds etc, so you are killing the greys and allowing another creature that does damage to survive. And what about magpies? They do damage to our wildlife?

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LETTER: A great honour to represent residents

LETTER: A great honour to represent residents

We would like to thank the thousands of residents of Mansfield South who voted for us in the county council elections.

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LETTER: Importance of town to Quaker movement

LETTER: Importance of town to Quaker movement

I note with interest, in the Chad, that Coun Kate Allsop, our mayor, visited Mansfield, Pennsylvania, USA, organised by the Sister Cities Association.

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Burmley and Padiham residents will be going to the polls in the elections for Lancashire County Council and also casting their votes on a referendum to decide if the town should have an elected mayor.

LETTER: Do more to look after the poor and needy

I fully endorse the comments made in a recent letter from David Stafford when he said that people should make sure that they use their votes in upcoming elections, and that the holding of public meetings with candidates would help electors in making up their minds as to who to support.

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LETTER: Brexit view is out of bounds

LETTER: Brexit view is out of bounds

Your contributor Mr Stone is, in my view, in a different universe when it comes to Brexit.

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LETTER: Tougher stance on Brexit is needed

If I was a member of any club, say a golf club or miners’ welfare, which I am not, and I decided to leave I would go to whoever the right person was and say something along the lines of: “I am leaving today and you will get no more subs and your agreements and rules will no longer be accepted by me. You can like it or lump it.”

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LETTER: Protect wildlife, not vermin

LETTER: Protect wildlife, not vermin

A reader’s letter earlier this year gave the impression that grey squirrels are cuddly, friendly and do nothing wrong.

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LETTER: Hard to believe show was by amateurs

I just felt I had to write a few words about an amazing experience I had at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield on the evening of Saturday, April 29.

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LETTER: We should make our votes count

LETTER: We should make our votes count

It doesn’t seem five minutes since we voted on the EU referendum, and not that long since the last General Election, does it?

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LETTER: Who will foot bill for council fine?

LETTER: Who will foot bill for council fine?

I have just read in the Chad about an accident involving county council workmen at Rufford Abbey Country Park (Council Fined £1million After Man Hurt At Park).

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LETTER: Foreign aid doesn’t reach those who need it

LETTER: Foreign aid doesn’t reach those who need it

In a recent letter, Susan Tansley makes the point about our foreign aid and children. Read Susan’s letter here.

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LETTER: No child should go hungry in the UK

LETTER: No child should go hungry in the UK

No child should be going hungry in the United Kingdom these days.
It’s a disgrace that we are more concerned about sending aid to other countries yet don’t have a solution to assure we feed our own first.

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LETTER: System to punish the disadvantaged?

LETTER: System to punish the disadvantaged?

The General Election beckons soon. Are we right to believe government figures on the economy, employment and unemployment?

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LETTER: Voters need to keep an eye on politicians

I voted ‘leave’ in the EU referendum because many poorer people thought it would benefit them.
Those who live longer will see if it does.
That said, I am truly sick of the word ‘Brexit.’ Should not national broadcasters be persuaded to have ‘Brexit-free days’?
We must keep tabs on Theresa May in case she does a clever U-turn during the negotiations.
In my view, politics is, by definition, a devious business, especially at the top. We must not blame the poor dears who chose the profession.
But voters must keep an eye on them. Don’t get caught as they slip slide away from their non-sacred promises.

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LETTER: Providing aid makes us a better Britain

LETTER: Providing aid makes us a better Britain

Britain keeps its promises, particularly to those most in need. 
For ten years, our commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of our national income on aid has been testament to that, and featured in all the major political party manifestos running up to the last General Election.

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LETTER: Can you help me find trophy?

LETTER: Can you help me find trophy?

In March 1982, my father passed away. In June of that year, my mother donated the Kenneth Allen football referee trophy award for the most improved football referee in one season.
My mother also passed away at the end of 2015, and I would like to know what has happened to this trophy and if any footballing referee association of any club has any information that would help myself be reunited with my father’s trophy. If anyone has any information, they can contact me on 01246 239399.

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