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Opinion & columns

Avoid growing pains Inspirational fighter

In July, as part of its mission to provide significantly more affordable housing, the government set a new target of three million homes to be built in the UK by 2020.Our hearts go out to Penrith 16-year-old Brad Reed and his family following the devastating news that the leukaemia with which he was first diagnosed more than five years ago has returned.

Last updated 19 September 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Resolve to prosper

A new year beckons with all the accompanying possibilities and promise a turn of the calendar’s page represents.

Last updated 19 September 2008
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Criminal idea would penalise our police

IT BODES badly for forces of law and order when the chief inspector of constabulary envisages future policing as a shrinking, penny-pinching operation, stealing from law-abiding Peter to pay Paul in his area of higher crime.

Last updated 19 September 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Sue was inspiration

Sue Bennett’s life and work touched hundreds more people in Cumbria than the family and friends who are mourning her tragically premature death, aged 47, in a canoeing accident on the River Eden.

Last updated 19 September 2008
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A birthday celebration with champagne and sausage? It could only be done in Cumbria

We were a mixed bunch. Motley even. All ages, shapes and sizes; complexions ranging from Mediterranean tan to Cumbria pasty face. Sipping Pimm’s through cucumber, we were in celebratory mood.

Last updated 19 September 2008
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I can stand divorce, death and drama – but a wayward apostrophe still gives me the willies

They’re back then. Some with smiles, some with scowls, some with new blazers bought for the growing into. A new school year has begun.

Last updated 19 September 2008
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Dental work needed

IT was less than two years ago when The Cumberland News reported on a shortage of NHS dentists.

Last updated 19 September 2008
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Inspirational couple

TYING the knot is one of the happiest days of your life.

Last updated 19 September 2008
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Think again on fees

Local authorities have been contracting out their services for many years so we should not, perhaps, be surprised that Cumbria County Council spends large sums on consultants’ fees.

Last updated 19 September 2008
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Kiss, make-up and get on with the job

Big rows over little differences are never worth the bitter acrimony nor the knock-on difficulties and pain they cause. Grown-ups know that.

Last updated 12 September 2008
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I can stand divorce, death and drama – but a wayward apostrophe still gives me the willies

They’re back then. Some with smiles, some with scowls, some with new blazers bought for the growing into. A new school year has begun.

Last updated 12 September 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Case for Carlisle Airport is proven

IT isn’t over until it’s over and what is clear at Carlisle’s stalled airport development right now is that no fat lady is tuning up to sing just yet.

Last updated 5 September 2008
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Daffodils to define us? Now there’s a notion to make you smile – more than anywhere else, too

Never mind the daffodils, what about the pies? Surely there’s more to Cumbria than a soppy old poem about nodding spring flowers.

Last updated 5 September 2008
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More to school life than good results

Hxresultwk35A IF CHANGES to the traditional school year would improve the standards of our children’s education then they are certainly worth considering.

Last updated 29 August 2008
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Life without loved ones is like a bank holiday without a carnival where men dress as ducks

Anne Pickles photo It was an eerily quiet bank holiday Sunday. No decorated floats, loud music, fun fair rides or crowds – just a handful of beery smokers, standing ankle deep in cigarette butts piled outside the pubs.

Last updated 29 August 2008
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No looking back for excellent students

IT may or may not be true that school exams aren’t what they used to be. Year on year improvements in results tend to add weight to a persistent argument that they are less of a challenge. But what that point of view has to do with today’s GCSE successes isn’t even debatable.

Last updated 22 August 2008
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I could take or leave the Olympic ballyhoo, if it weren’t for those unsporting Aussies

How do you make a browbeaten Brit chipper? Give him a clutch of superheroes and a medal tally to gloat about. That’s the pure gold lesson of Beijing.

Last updated 22 August 2008
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A purchase thwarted by those three little words that strike fear into the heart: health and safety

His cheeks flushed with an intake of breath matching the suction action of a Dyson. It was so fierce his eyes bulged – and I’d an idea I might be in trouble.

Last updated 22 August 2008
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Best roads do not have to lead south

IS ANYONE still here? If so, we can conclude that the recommendations made by think tank Policy Exchange have not yet been taken up and that Cumbrians are still managing to resist the collective urge to uproot and move 300 miles south.

Last updated 15 August 2008
Published by http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk

Good luck, United

CARLISLE UNITED manager John Ward is urging his troops to “take that extra step” as a new season gets underway tomorrow.

Last updated 8 August 2008
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