2:11pm Wednesday 16th July 2014
1:30pm Thursday 19th June 2014
11:17am Friday 13th June 2014
AS THE university summer break begins, and students in the University of South Wales move back home for the summer holidays, TV Licensing is reminding them that they could be eligible for a very useful refund of almost £37 on the final quarter of their annual TV licence.
11:44am Wednesday 4th June 2014
11:36am Thursday 22nd May 2014
2:33pm Tuesday 20th May 2014
2:30pm Tuesday 20th May 2014
WALES marks the 15th anniversary of Labour’s record in the Welsh Assembly. For 15 years, Labour has been running Wales into the ground, wasting money and pursuing populist gimmicks while Wales gets poorer and public services are stretched to breaking point.
2:50pm Thursday 8th May 2014
COUNCIL tax payers of Caerphilly CB Council have to ask themselves what they think their council will look like by the next election, in May 2017? Also, how much do they think they will be paying for it?
10:43am Friday 2nd May 2014
12:49pm Thursday 10th April 2014
12:11pm Wednesday 9th April 2014
I’M INCREASINGLY annoyed by the constant attacks on Wales by David Cameron and the Daily Mail. Cameron constantly refers to NHS failings in Wales which he blames on the Welsh Government. Clearly he is determined to convince the electorate that socialism does not work.
2:54pm Thursday 20th March 2014
2:01pm Wednesday 19th March 2014
1:55pm Wednesday 19th March 2014
11:41am Friday 14th March 2014
NATO was set up as a defensive organisation at the end of the Second World War, to combat Russia’s supposed warlike intentions. Since the Cold War ended and the Berlin Wall came down, Nato has grown more and more aggressive and more warlike.
12:40pm Friday 28th February 2014
12:38pm Friday 28th February 2014
2:00pm Thursday 27th February 2014
I NOTICED with concern that fracking is slipping off media agenda. In order to satisfy their gas/petrol guzzling public with their huge cars, the Americans embrace fracking with open arms. Already there have been more than 150 recorded incidents involving contaminated water; many of the underground water tables are polluted, and the latest worrying incident occurred in a small village in Pennsylvania where a fracking well exploded with a huge fire, causing parts of the surrounding inhabitants to be evacuated.
1:01pm Thursday 13th February 2014
12:57pm Thursday 13th February 2014
1:23pm Thursday 30th January 2014
1:06pm Tuesday 28th January 2014
I PLEAD forgiveness for being more than sceptical at the timing of the announcement by CCBC that they have delivered an underspend of £4.5 million. Having listened to many residents of the Western Valley and a number from the Bedwas and Trethomas areas over recent years, all have agreed this local authority has done little for our areas. To add insult to injury this CCBC is now embarking upon consultation on “proposed changes to school admission arrangements in 2015/16” in the Islwyn West Area.
10:54am Tuesday 7th January 2014
WITH THE latest shame to hit Caerphilly council is that taxpayers were subsidising employee car loans for workers who apparently rarely used their vehicles for council purposes. Between April 2009 and March 2013, the value of outstanding car loans declined from £269,000 to £118,000. But over the period 35 people were repaying loans at the low interest rate of 5.9%.
10:47am Tuesday 7th January 2014
WITH the release of secret Government papers under the 30 year rule, at last the truth has come out about the 1984-5 miners strike. Despite all their denials at the time, Margaret Thatcher and the Tories had a hidden agenda to destroy the mining industry, through her well-planned strategy of killing off Britain’s weak, poorly-led Trade unions. She first struck at the engineering unions, and provoked a strike with British Leyland.
3:23pm Monday 6th January 2014
11:27am Monday 30th December 2013
1:02pm Monday 16th December 2013
THIS year’s autumn statement is classic Osborne, full of the usual denials and misinformation that has come to characterise this awful Chancellor. The Institute of Fiscal Studies has run a coach and horses through Osborne’s autumn statement pointing out that there is a whopping £12 billion black hole in his sums, which will mean further tax rises or more cuts in essential services. They also point out that due to wages falling so far behind the cost of living, that for every year Cameron has been in number 10 we are £1.600 worse off.
12:08pm Thursday 12th December 2013
12:06pm Thursday 12th December 2013
UNBELIEVABLE! The increase for all MPs pay/salary at such a high percentage. What should be considered is the way they are paid. Why should all individual workers, some in same workplaces, be paid at different rates yet all MPs be paid equally throughout the nation. They should all be paid their expenses from a central fund whilst on duty at parliament. But, their pay and expenses whilst in their own constituencies should be raised from their individual constituency and the constituents would be charged through their local rates. It is then up to the constituents to decide what rate the individual MP should receive, even if there is a need for a constituency ballot on it.
12:05pm Thursday 12th December 2013
12:59pm Tuesday 10th December 2013
12:56pm Tuesday 10th December 2013
ALLAN Pritchard, (December 6), expressed the view that the First Minister showed “utter disrespect” when answering questions on the education rating for Wales. I accept his right to make such comments and would fight for his right to make them. However, I cannot but believe that he is being a bit holier than thou in this instance.
11:48am Friday 6th December 2013
12:02pm Wednesday 4th December 2013
12:00pm Monday 2nd December 2013
12:11pm Thursday 21st November 2013
I DOUBT the Monmouth MP David Davies would know an impact if it hit him in the face, I see he is on the committee of MPs investigating the effects of the spare bedroom subsidy, clearly living in an extremely nice part of Wales doesn’t reflect the poorest parts of Wales and the effect it is having on a very lot of people.
12:40pm Tuesday 5th November 2013
HOW CAN our government coolly announce the go-ahead for two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point while at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, workers are still battling to clean up the disaster caused two years ago?
11:30am Friday 1st November 2013
11:21am Tuesday 29th October 2013
IT IS with a great deal of pride I write this letter, as a member of the Newbridge Environmental Group. I wish to thank the staff and children and some parents of Pentwynmawr Primary and Pant Side primary schools for their efforts and enthusiasm on recent litter-picks in both villages, it’s so reassuring to see the children taking part. Every time we go out with them they seem to be even keener than before. Thank you both schools.
11:16am Tuesday 29th October 2013
11:15am Tuesday 29th October 2013
12:26pm Monday 21st October 2013
AS THE secretary and a trustee of (Pontymister Youth AFC) I feel the need to air my concerns regarding getting young children involved in sport. I recently wrote to three schools in the area with the aim of recruiting youngsters under the age of eight to join the club and get them involved in sport and keeping fit. Included were flyers introducing the club. As the turnout to the advertised session was poor, I contacted the schools to follow up my request. I was appalled to be told by Risca Primary School that they were unable to hand out the flyers as they could only send out literature received from Caerphilly County Borough Council. I find this hard to believe when I know pupils are sent home with requests to donate to charities, such as filling shoe boxes with gifts for children abroad. It is appalling to think that they can help such charities, yet cannot help a local charity such as Pontymister Youth by handing out flyers and help by encouraging their pupils to get involved with out-of-school activities.
2:06pm Thursday 17th October 2013
ONCE again I read Cllr Dix has raised the same misinformation he peddled prior to the last council elections, when he claimed Caerphilly council under Plaid lost £15 million in the collapsed Icelandic banks in 2008.
1:36pm Wednesday 16th October 2013
IT IS very interesting to read Cllr Dix (Oct 9), he clearly fixes responsibility for Iceland essential car users allowance and holiday buy outs on Plaid Cymru and not the public servants of Caerphilly.
12:43pm Tuesday 15th October 2013
I’M GLAD to see the independent Public Services Ombudsman for Wales has decided not to take any action against pa a Plaid Cymru councillor at the centre of Caerphilly County Borough Councils’ pay scandal.
12:40pm Tuesday 15th October 2013
11:48am Monday 14th October 2013
1:09pm Friday 11th October 2013
11:51am Tuesday 1st October 2013
11:59am Friday 27th September 2013
BLACKWOOD Town Council have for many years tried to secure a cinema for the residents of Blackwood and the surrounding areas, as this has always been one of the main topics of conversation when speaking to local people.