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18 Jun 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Excellent treatment at SWAH

Dear Madam, - I would like through your newspaper to say I have great praise for the kind and efficient staff on South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen.
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30 Jul 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Why is MP not recorded as voting on welfare bill?

Dear Madam - When Tom Elliott ran his campaign for Westminster, he campaigned largely on being a viable option because unlike Michelle Gildernew he would take his seat and be present.
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30 Jul 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Victim definition inappropriate

Dear Madam - I am writing in response to a letter written by Kenny Donaldson in the Impartial Reporter on Thursday July 23.
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30 Jul 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Rules will force small farmers out of system

Dear Madam - My small holding of 12 acres attracts a very small single farm payment which used to amount to about £379.
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30 Jul 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Drivers should be mindful of animal life

Dear Madam - Once again I have come across the disheartening sight of a red squirrel killed by motor vehicle traffic on the Glenasheevar Road.
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23 Jul 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Can we afford to step back in time?

Dear Madam, - I am writing this letter in response to a formal warning to the Northern Ireland Executive regarding the on-going budget crisis. First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere anger at the Assembly’s failure to implement the on-going Stormont House Agreement.
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23 Jul 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Referendum needed on who is a victim

Dear Madam, - Interviews for the post of Commissioner for Victims and Survivors are said to have been completed and we’re over one year on since the previous Commissioner, Kathryn Stone’s departure but it is worth reflecting on the Statutory responsibilities a Commissioner is said to have: The Commissioner shall promote an awareness of matters relating to the interests of victims and survivors and of the need to safeguard those interests. The Commissioner shall keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness of law and practice affecting the interests of victims and survivors.
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23 Jul 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

We still need to catch up on cancer treatment

Dear Madam, - The interesting article by Meadhbh Monahan on the serious issue of cancer in the Western Trust area clearly proves the serious issue we face and the fact that one in two people are predicted to be diagnosed with this disease in the coming years.
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16 Jul 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Renewable energy needs to be suited to each area

Dear Madam,- “There’s a place for everything – and everything in its place”.
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16 Jul 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Education Minister’s U-turn on playgroup funding welcomed

Dear Madam,- I am delighted that the sustained pressure brought to bare on Education Minister, John ODowd has resulted in a significant U-turn in the reversal of massive cuts to the Early Years Fund which would have seen devastating cuts to our local playgroups and children’s services in the county.
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16 Jul 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Public should demand nothing less than the best from care facilities

Dear Madam, - It is good to read that the relatives of a resident in the Graan Nursing Home are grateful to the management and staff for treating their sister with dignity whilst in their care, it is disappointing however to read that they believe the regulators dwell only on the negatives.
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16 Jul 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Lessons of kindness and thrift for young people

Dear Madam, - I am tired of hearing and reading about those ‘poor old people’ who are ill-treated by this bad government. This so called ‘bad’ government is now having to make so many cuts to their benefits because our previous government’s overspend. They are doing so because our country, Britain is vastly overdrawn. It has no money, only debts.
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9 Jul 2015 13:00

More dialogue needed with business owners to help resolve traffic problems

Dear Madam - In response to the news item in last week’s paper regarding the traffic chaos resulting from the Johnston Bridges scheme, may I take this opportunity to let your readers know what the Enniskillen Business Partnership is doing to resolve the issue.
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9 Jul 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Postcard campaign launched to save Creamery House

Dear Madam - Many thanks for your coverage so far about the Western Trust’s decision as part of their savings plan to close Creamery House. As you know Creamery House is a statutory residential home in the village of Kesh and is currently the home to seven residents with learning disabilities.
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9 Jul 2015 13:00

We need to offer information to attract tourists

Dear Madam - Looking at newspaper reports I see lots of foreign nationalities mix in Donegal - whereas fewer seem to visit Fermanagh. Donegal Town now has the newly opened Irish House. It also has the seaside and more ruggest scenery - attractive to tourists but otherwise of little use to man or beast.
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9 Jul 2015 13:00 • Editorial Department

Why is there no equality for following up terrorist atrocities?

Dear Madam - Whatever happened to the concepts of ‘equality’ and ‘parity of esteem’, of equal treatment before the law and consistency when making follow-up enquiries into the various terrorist atrocities?
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4 Jun 2015 12:00

The fall of man

DEAR MADAM - There has been much debate going on recently about human rights, homosexuality and same sex marriages, whether they are right or wrong. The answer depends whether you believe the word of God or the opinions of man.
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4 Jun 2015 12:00

Support when travelling in the EU

Dear Madam, - Despite its many intrusions into everyday life in Northern Ireland, we must also recognise that the EU we live in today is better connected by road, rail, air and sea than ever before. This presents people right across our Province with the freedom and opportunity to travel abroad with friends and family on holiday, or to pursue business relationships.
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4 Jun 2015 12:00

Happy 190th birthday

Dear Madam,
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4 Jun 2015 12:00

A heavy defeat suffered off the pitch

Dear Madam, - I generally don’t get too involved involved in what the Impartial Reporter prints or indeed doesn’t print. However on Thursday, May 28 I felt your newspaper breached the so-called impartiality clause with a bombardment of coverage given to the GAA.
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4 Jun 2015 12:00

Search for people affected by diabetes

Dear Madam, - We are searching for people affected by diabetes to help us spread the message about the importance of good diabetes care and support in Fermanagh and Omagh during Diabetes Week (14 – 20 June). I hope your readers may be able to help us in our search. Perhaps they are living with the condition or they know someone who is.
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1 Jun 2015 08:25

New Trafficking Act will empower victims

Dear Madam, - It is easy to assume that the problem of slavery was dealt with years ago. When I began looking into the problem of human trafficking and the need to introduce legislation to address the issue, I was horrified by what I discovered. Far from being consigned to the dimmest reaches of history, I discovered that here in Northern Ireland, men and women, boys and girls are still being used as modern day slaves. My Bill (now the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Act 2015) stems from my desire to help victims and ensure those who prey on the vulnerable in this morally indefensible way are robustly dealt with.
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1 Jun 2015 08:23

Abusive comments

Dear Madam, - With great disappointment I have read the abusive comments from Sinn Fein members/supporters regarding the recent FST election result. As a nationalist I voted for the local SDLP candidate Mr John Coyle. Michelle Gildernew sought my vote but she declines to represent me in Parliament. Empty seat politics is a luxury I cannot afford to be without. Issues such as Austerity, Jobs, Health, Fracking, Trident, Europe and many more need local representation in Parliament. Regretfully the Tories have a majority government and may now bull dose English policies all over Northern Ireland. Again no questions asked from the empty seats of Sinn Fein. In NI we have suffered with a Sinn Fein/DUP coalition government. This inept relationship appears to be about power and sterling and not about representation. It is time Sinn Fein delivered more than hypocrisy. I challenge Michelle to tell the electorate and make public her total incomes and expense claims for the 14 years she did not attend parliament. I view Sinn Fein as offensive to Protestantism and divisive in their own community. I view votes for Sinn Fein to be a protestant hate count. This is not the united Ireland which I aspire to. I seek an Ireland which all religions are welcome equally and nobody need live in fear, an Ireland my protestant neighbour would want to be a part of. The challenge for Sinn Fein is to persuade all of the community likewise. Yours faithfully, Name and address supplied
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21 May 2015 12:55

Furry friends fundraiser

Dear Madam, - On behalf of Bright Eyes Animal Sanctuary, I would like to thank all those who took part in my recent online auction, via my Facebook page “Furry Friends Fundraiser”, which raised £1350. I created the Facebook page earlier this year with the intention of helping to raise funds for Bright Eyes, a charity for whom I have always had huge respect.
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21 May 2015 12:53

Duty to preach what Bible says on homosexuality

DEAR MADAM - There has been much said in recent days about same sex marriage and homosexuality. Is it right or wrong?
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