Article hits right note with great memories
Northern Ireland is a statelet, not a country
Mike Nesbitt a strong and able UUP leader
YOUR correspondent David William (Write Back, April 20) goes to considerable lengths to try to discredit UUP leader Mike Nesbitt, strongly indicating that he does not understand the clearly defined policy of the Ulster Unionist Party. I would like to highlight the misrepresentations which he has made.
Spoiler alert: Assembly candidates offer nothing to convince me they are worth my vote on May 5
OVER a period of three or four days after Alex Kane's piece in the Belfast Telegraph, exhorting voters to use their right to vote and protest at the same time by spoiling that vote (Comment, April 22), I received a plethora of election leaflets from most of the parties contesting the area in which I live. Having looked through them all, I feel I need to comment.
Small prescription charge is way ahead
Our health service has many problems but Alliance is the only party brave enough to step forward with workable solutions to break the current logjam.
Too soon to make film about Howell/Stewart
I have been deeply saddened by successive articles (News/Life, April 20-25) for the upcoming TV docu-drama The Secret.
Lily Christian symbol, not a republican one
In photographs published in the Belfast Telegraph (News, April 25), the Easter Lily emblem is displayed on 1916-commemorating republicans' clothing, including lapels and headgear. It is quite incongruous.
Government must do more for businesses
The recent closure of McGrath Engineering in Lisburn, with the loss of 122 jobs, raises an important issue.
One-hour parking restriction too narrow for drivers to do what's needed and for traders to feel benefit
Nobody likes getting - or paying - a parking ticket. Somehow it feels like paying for something you never agreed to. Sometimes it is warranted, and okay, the guys are only doing a job; but, equally, sometimes it just feels so unfair.
In defence of the UUP’s canvassing
I feel it necessary to respond to and correct Robin Duke’s letter carried in the Belfast Telegraph (Write Back, April 21).
Younger electorate can vote for change
After listening to the media talking about the Good Friday generation and their reluctance to vote for anyone in the forthcoming Assembly elections, I can understand that they do not want to continue with the same old stale policies of the present politicians — they want to see change.
Hypocrisy of Brexit backers over Obama
It is intriguing to note the negative reaction by those backing Brexit to Barack Obama’s proclamations on the advantages to the US of the UK staying in the EU.
President should stick to issues in the States
If the US President thinks it’s such a good idea for us to stay in the European Union why hasn’t he taken his country into the EU?
Minister is out of tune with Ulster Orchestra
I came across a BBC documentary a while back in which the people of Leningrad organised a concert featuring the city’s orchestra during the Nazi siege of the city in the Second World War.
Aid needs spent on genuine refugees
In his letter (Write Back, April 20), Mark Holt deplores the deportation of orphaned refugee children.
A new unifying political party with the vision of a shared future is clearly the only way forward now
With the Assembly elections approaching, it is depressing and predictable to see the usual tribal politics being played out in the campaigns of the main parties - the unionist/nationalist divide goes to the very core of our society.
Whole Life Approach to battling cancer
We are incredibly saddened to hear that award-winning comedian, writer, director and actor Victoria Wood has died after “a short but brave battle” with cancer.
Nominations wanted for WellChild Awards
I would like to appeal to your readers to give some very special children and caring professionals in your area the recognition they deserve by nominating them before the May 2 deadline for the 2016 WellChild Awards.
Vegan diet can help to save our planet
On Earth Day earlier this month many of us united around the common goal of promoting choices that will protect our planet.
‘Workshy William’ not happy to be put on spot
Am I the only one to notice the veiled look of sheer anger on Prince William’s face when Nicholas Witchell asked him about being called “Workshy William”?
The genuine refugees can be helped more when we tackle those who are abusing our generosity
In his letter (Write Back, April 20), Mark Holt deplores the deportation of orphaned refugee children. He is right. We should - and could - do far more to help refugees, especially orphans.
Sorry, Mrs Foster, but your party does take voters for granted, so I'm done wasting my ballot on the DUP
I read with interest Arlene Foster's recent comments that her party "does not take any vote for granted".
Whingers should all follow Pope's example
Fergus Jordan's letter (Write Back, April 20) criticising Pope Francis for taking only 12 refugees to live in the Vatican demonstrates what a country of whingers we have become.
'No fly-tipping' sign at bonfire site hilarious
A word of warning to motorists passing Shaw's Bridge near Belfast: I almost lost control of my car while belly-laughing at the sign beside a large pile of rubbish, the three-month-early beginnings of a bonfire.
Alliance the party for non-sectarian future
The right to vote has been hard-won, with some people dying for the privilege. It should be everyone's civic duty to use their vote.
Charities say thanks for street collections
ACTION MS: Broughshane (Mar 17) £415.98; Draperstown (Mar 18) £340.49; Limavady (Mar 19) £569.75; South Belfast (Mar 24) £842.83; Lisnaskea (Mar 31) £439.21.
Bosses benefit from wellness of workers
There is no doubt in my mind that when people are stressed and worked to the bone they are less productive - it's common sense.
Practice questions publication failed test
It's 50 years since I took my transfer test.
Republic should vote to leave the EU
Imagine the furore if UK politicians came over to the Republic of Ireland and started telling Irish voters how they should vote in an Irish referendum?
Queen's 90th birthday marked on Passover
Not many people may realise what a coincidence it is that the Queen's 90th birthday today also falls on the feast of Passover, which is 14th Nisan in the Hebrew, or Biblical, calendar.
Can councillor McAllister tell us what she has done on the ground to help solve the Twaddell problem?
No one can disagree with councillor Nuala McAllister that the policing costs of Twaddell are sickening and that the failure of unionist parties to provide leadership has contributed to the problem.
Why no stadium tours at Windsor Park?
Why is it that Ulster Rugby can run guided tours of the Kingspan Stadium and the Nevin Spence Centre, but the Irish Football Association don't run guided tours of the national football stadium at Windsor Park?
A home for everyone must be a human right
THE Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Ireland wishes to express its serious concern about the increasing number of homeless individuals and families, both south and north of the border.
Pope could still do more to drive change
Our shame over the treatment of refugees
IN the week when more boats carrying refugees sink in the Mediterranean with the loss of as many as 400 lives, we discover that the Government has deported three times as many orphaned refugee children to countries ravaged by war and poverty than ministers have previously admitted.
Overloaded Assembly is no laughing matter
I MOVED over to Northern Ireland some 18 months ago from Cardiff to take up a teaching post.
How can voters trust Nesbitt, master of the U-turn who keeps changing tack to catch populist wind?
I WAS interested to read last week of the UUP's wish to return to the Executive after the upcoming election, seemingly dropping previous preconditions.
Queen nothing to do with united Ireland debate
As your paper reported, a 12-year-old boy from Dublin has asked Queen Elizabeth to return Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland.
Long's comment on student cuts no vote-winner
Naomi Long, Alliance Party candidate in the upcoming Stormont election, made a very interesting comment in the recent debate on BBC1's The View.
Our views don't interest politicians
We frequently hear politicians (or political wannabes) say what the electorate tells them "on the doorstep" - usually to prop up their point of view.
MMA bloodsport must be banned
How much more proof do we need to ban this so-called sport of mixed martial arts (MMA)? How much longer will this barbarity be tolerated?
Let's form new trade bloc and break away from EU
I am a Eurosceptic based in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and I am convinced that we genuine patriots, who believe in the right to self-determination, should be able to self-govern our respective nations without interference from the European Union.
Democracy being eroded by the EU
It saddens me to watch the steady erosion of all the principles of democracy that we veterans fought so hard for to a team of foreign fellow EU members who tell us what our laws should be. We cannot claim to be a democratic country when we are being made to adhere to and obey laws issued by foreigners.
Catholics need to heed Christ's words when voting
The Vatican recently published the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy Of Love) - a 250-page document (DebateNI, April 13).
Greek situation illustrates why we need Brexit
The EU is a rich man's club - a roll call of the Remain lobby shows this (the CBI, the military, the Employers' Federation, etc).
Election should be child's play
My eight-year-old daughter has suggested a novel alternative approach to the forthcoming Stormont elections.
MMA sport must be banned now
After seeing the pictures and hearing radio discussions about the fight between Joao Carvalho and Charlie Ward, I am at a loss as to how the "sport" of mixed martial arts (MMA) is tolerated in the civilised world.
Candidates must say if they back Twaddell waste
The recent revelation that Camp Twaddell has cost the taxpayer £18m and counting is not only shocking, but horrifying.
Kincora inquiry decisions let down victims
The history of child abuse within the Kincora Boys' Home is a stain on Northern Ireland society.
Northern Ireland is a statelet, not a country Letters
Ugly xenophobia of Brexit campaigners Letters
Article hits right note with great memories Letters
Too soon to make film about Howell/Stewart Letters
Spoiler alert: Assembly candidates offer nothing to convince me they are worth my vote on May 5 Letters
Video: Loud and abusive women led off Belfast to Barcelona easyJet flight by... Northern Ireland
Terrifying moment red light Bangor driver narrowly misses mum and daughters Northern Ireland
Six refugee families win legal action after being refused UK admission UK
Belfast pharmacist quizzed over claims she sold Lyrica to dealer Northern Ireland
Irish 'Pastafarian' who wants to wear colander on head loses bias case Republic of Ireland
Ugly xenophobia of Brexit campaigners
Northern Ireland is a statelet, not a country
Couple turn up at airport for dream Las Vegas holiday...but they booked it from the wrong Birmingham
No gimmicks or empty promises in our vision of peace and prosperity
Don't vote for pro-abortion candidates, urges Church
Nightlife: Villa Mega Tuesdays, April 26 [Photos]
Nightlife: Limelight for Scratch April 26 [Photos]
Nightlife: Bot Wednesdays, April 2016
Nightlife: Alibi April, 2016
Nightlife: Fibbers, April, 2016
Nightlife: Limelight for Circus's 3rd birthday
Nightlife: Filthy McNasty's, April 2016
Nightlife: Bot Wednesdays
Nightlife: Limelight for Sketchy, April 2016
Nightlife: The Apartment Prosecco Party
Nightlife: Limelight for Circus [Photos]
Northern Ireland nightlife: Limelight for Sketchy, April 2016
From Belfast Telegraph
How Northern Ireland MPs voted on accepting Syrian child refugees
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Take the test: Are you voting for wrong party?
Video: Abusive women led off Belfast Barcelona flight
Terrifying moment Bangor driver narrowly misses family
Microsoft looking at DNA for storing your data
No regrets, says soldier who killed 11-year-old boy
Hillsborough: Ingham, who called LFC fans 'tanked up yobs', refuses to apologise
Republic of Ireland
'Pastafarian' who wants to wear colander loses bias case
Hillsborough tragedy - the horror and the anguish [Photos]
Belsonic boasts Fatboy Slim, Corrs and Madness
Revealed: Northern Ireland rich list
Video: Rangers and Celtic fans clash at Belfast airport
Titanic's 'last lifeboat' and bodies found month after disaster
Hundreds wallow in mud madness for Marie Curie
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