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Opinion & columns

High speed internet is now a necessity

Infrastructure means more than roads and bridges. In 2012 Cumbria needs connections far beyond the next street and town. We need links with the world. And the infrastructure for that is super-fast broadband.

Last updated 5 April 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

No need to panic while a petrol station can still pamper

Panic? Oh come now; we don’t panic. We’re made of sterner stuff than that. And it gives you wrinkles.

Last updated 30 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Controversy will haunt Carlisle Airport

Not a single aspect of the interminably long-running Carlisle Airport saga has passed without controversy.

Last updated 30 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

For role models, don’t allow young to look to our MPs

Why are MPs so boorish, baying, loudmouthed and rude? Or is it too impolite of me to ask?

Last updated 23 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Costly bureaucracy we can’t understand

If you were to define public service restructuring as same old organisation, new name, new budget and licence to spend as if going out of fashion, you might not be far wrong

Last updated 23 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Dinosaurs don’t Twitter well, their claws catch on the keys

An old friend popped up on my phone the other day, to offer a cheery hello. It was a long-time-no-see kind of greeting. And they are always welcome.

Last updated 16 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Vulnerable children have been let down

It was the despairing plea of a youngster that alerted The Cumberland News to deep problems at a Carlisle children’s home.

Last updated 16 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Fuel tax is driving people to poverty

If it feels as though daily life in Cumbria is growing harder thanks to squeezed budgets than elsewhere in the country, there’s good reason for that suspicion. It is.

Last updated 9 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Some crusades are – eventually – just for the birds

It’s a puzzle, if you ask me – which you didn’t, of course. But I’ll tell you anyway. It’s a puzzle.

Last updated 9 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Let Richard Rose's Russ Wallace be an inspiration

Inspirational teachers shape lives, leave lasting impressions and make the difference between tolerated schooldays and a hunger for lifelong learning.

Last updated 2 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Dear or Piccalilli, guess which I’d prefer to hear?

With a name like Pickles, you tend not to worry too much about what people call you. Most made-up monikers are an improvement.

Last updated 2 March 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Time for hospitals trust to move on

For a job that was not a job – since she left it last June – former hospitals chief executive Carole Heatly has continued to collect a handsome £19,000 a month.

Last updated 24 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

There’s no-one I want to get my claws into

Big day, Wednesday – for predatory, knot-tying types. It’s Leap Year day and a momentous date for women with designs on marital bliss.

Last updated 24 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Democracy’s great ...but not too often

It’s an old itch, it’s been there for a long time, but it refuses to go away.

Last updated 17 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Even Cabinet debate beats calorie-counting

Out of the blue, Twinkle made one of her life-changing affirmations – which is always a bit of a worry.

Last updated 17 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Zero tolerance for Carlisle’s racists

Emboldended by drink, fired by hatred, a racist mob terrorised cafe workers in Carlisle – because they believed they could.

Last updated 10 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

If not exactly happy, at ease with grumbles

Happiest lot in the UK? Us? Excuse me but maybe we ought to talk about this. See, so far as I could make out, it was being so miserable that kept the smiles on our faces – which is a happiness of sorts, I suppose. But it’s nothing that might qualify as, well... delirious.

Last updated 10 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Keith’s having a laugh – no, really, he is!

Keith Adams photo I reckon Keith Adams may be onto something. He might actually have put his finger on a trick that’s close to useful.

Last updated 3 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Wannabe Olympians doing Cumbria proud

The cream of Cumbria’s crop – sportsmen and women driven to win glory for their country. They’re already deserving of our bursting pride.

Last updated 3 February 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

It’s a democracy and we have questions

In reality, it’s all over bar the shouting. Like the idea or loathe it, police commissioners are on their way.

Last updated 27 January 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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