Opinion

10 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

As a society we are judged by the way we treat the sick and the old

Local councillors are asking about the possibility of the development of a hospice day care facility for the South West in light of the move of a palliative care nurse from the community back to a hospital setting.

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10 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Hospital problems lie with management

Dear Madam, - As someone who suffers from a congenital disability and has spent a lot of my younger years in hospital, it annoys me when I see or hear all the negative press directed at our health service.

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10 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Cheerful care

DEAR MADAM - May I take advantage of your excellent “Letters” column to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for coming through major surgery in March of this year.

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10 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

How long before Hollyhill car park closes at night?

Dear Madam, - Amongst other residents of Hollyhill, I was delighted to read reports a few weeks ago that the Council had decided to close Hollyhill car park in Enniskillen overnight.

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10 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

We must keep our young people

Dear Madam, - I note in your paper recently a letter seeking to address the needs of the local economy in Co Fermanagh, many of the sentiments which I would agree with.

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10 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

I want the same opportunity as my sisters

DEAR MADAM - I am a P7 pupil at Jones Memorial Primary School and I have heard many things about the amalgamation and I thought I would have my input as a child about to move on to secondary school.

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10 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Why fix what’s not broken?

DEAR MADAM - Surely it’s the students who should have a say in this.....? It is now, when i am studying for the looming GCSE examinations that I realise how lucky I am to be part of the Collegiate Grammar School community, a community in threat from this newly proposed “amalgamation” with Portora Royal.

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10 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Proposed amalgamation not a done deal

Dear Madam, - As reported in your paper last week (3rd April 2014),we, the members of Fermanagh Protestant Board of Education joined with members of the Board of Governors in making a presentation to parents regarding the proposals initiated by the Western Education and Library Board to open a new co-educational grammar school in Enniskillen which would be constituted as the result of closing both the Collegiate Grammar School and Portora Royal School.

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10 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Consider people’s views before consigning school to closure

Dear Madam, - I write to express my concerns regarding the role of the Protestant Board of Education as highlighted by Anti-Amalgamation in your letters page last week.

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4 Apr 2014 12:30

There’s no work gain from back pain

It’s fine to put your back into your work, but not if that means you end up putting your back out.

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3 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Royal seal of approval for local community work

When it comes to putting on a programme of visits for Royals, there is certainly no doubt that Fermanagh can weave a fascinating storyline through some marvellous visits, choose interesting people and capture the moment.

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3 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

If amalgamation proposals go ahead, pupils will have reduced access to grammar schooling

Dear Madam, - I read with interest Mr Morton’s letter of 27 March 2014 in which he attempts to reassure the public in County Fermanagh that the proposed amalgamation of the Collegiate Grammar School with Portora Royal School will not compromise grammar school provision in County Fermanagh.

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3 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Don’t consign our successful schools to just pages of history

Dear Madam, - As many of your readers will be aware the WELB, supported by the current Board of Governors of Portora Royal School, are proposing to “discontinue” Portora Royal School, which has existed for almost 400 years, and to “discontinue” Enniskillen Collegiate Grammar School contrary to the express wishes of the Collegiate Board of Governors and many parents, pupils and members of the community in Fermanagh generally.

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3 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

New school may never happen

Dear Madam, - Why is it that the Fermanagh Protestant Board of Education thinks that it has the right to propose the closure of the Collegiate Grammar School for which it has NO responsibility?

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3 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Not convinced that amalgamation is way ahead

Dear Madam, - As a concerned reader of the Unionist community in Fermanagh, I too feel duty bound to reply to Mr. Morton, Headmaster of Portora Royal School in which he made reference to my letter in the previous week’s edition.

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3 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

How Jews suffered across Europe

Dear Madam, - I suspect that some readers found the informative article in the Impartial Reporter, March 27, on Auschwitz both disturbing and difficult to comprehend; however, it is a good that what occurred should be not forgotten and the Impartial Reporter is to be commended.

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3 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

It’s fantasy that councillors are available 24 hours a day

Dear Madam, - After many years of suffering from swathing cuts in public services and pay-freezes for public service staff it is grossly offensive for the DOE working party (independent?) to raise the new basic allowance for a councillor from £9,800 to £14,200, I note some councillors have reacted positively to the news – I bet they did.

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27 Mar 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Avoid rising repayments from payday loans

Among the signs of recession and tougher economic times are desperate measures being taken by people who fall into debt.

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27 Mar 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Change is always difficult, but it must be embraced

Dear Madam, - As the Head Teacher of one of the schools to which he refers in his letter to your Editor, I am duty-bound to reassure your correspondent, Mr Donald Crawford, that far from grammar school places in Fermanagh having been reduced, since 2000 there has been an increasingly greater proportion of children in the county attending grammar schools than ever before.

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27 Mar 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Investment will have to begin at home

Dear Madam, - The G8 summit is now long gone and the lick of paint around our towns and villages has began to fade.

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