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LETTER: Walks to explore heritage

Following the letter last week from Dr Mike Knapton of the British Heart Foundation imploring people to keep active I thought your readers might be interested in the walks led by the Peak District Mines Historical Society.

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YOUR VIEW: Is it not better to invest in renewable energy instead of fracking?

YOUR VIEW: Is it not better to invest in renewable energy instead of fracking?

There seems to be an erroneous belief that wind and solar energy cannot be stored. This is not true.

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LETTER: Protect cyclists not diesel drivers

LETTER: Protect cyclists not diesel drivers

I’m pleased to see that Theresa May has pledged to protect diesel-car owners, but I’d much more prefer she pledged to protect cyclists.

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LETTER: Diabetics must take care with chocolate

LETTER: Diabetics must take care with chocolate

Easter is a time for family, friends and, of course, chocolate…

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LETTER: Judge’s domestic violence comments were appalling

LETTER: Judge’s domestic violence comments were appalling

I was appalled when I read that a judge did not jail a man who poured bleach down his wife’s throat and beat her with a cricket bat because she was “not vulnerable.”

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LETTER: Joy and sorrow at poignant exhibition

LETTER: Joy and sorrow at poignant exhibition

After seeing your recent feature, I visited Matlock records’ office to view the excellent exhibition which explores the history of sexuality and gender identity in Derbyshire.

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LETTER: If you care about animals, don’t bet on famous race

LETTER: If you care about animals, don’t bet on famous race

Four horses were killed as a result of racing at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, yet there was scarcely any public discussion of the deaths, and the little that did occur was prompted by Animal Aid’s vigilance and energetic briefing of the media.

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GP services may be affected over the Easter weekend

LETTER: European doctors are vital to the NHS

Having triggered Article 50, Prime Minster Theresa May must now do everything in her power to control the impact of Brexit on the NHS and protect patient care across the country by granting permanent residence to EEA nationals working in the UK.

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LETTER: Joy and sorrow at sexuality and gender identity exhibition

LETTER: Joy and sorrow at sexuality and gender identity exhibition

After seeing your recent feature, I visited Matlock records’ office to view the excellent exhibition which explores the history of sexuality and gender identity in Derbyshire.

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LETTER: Solar compactors - who pays for these new toys?

LETTER: Solar compactors - who pays for these new toys?

Derbyshire Dales District Council are indulging in a selective rollout of a new US-based eco-wheeze - “Bigbelly” solar-powered compactors of rubbish deposited in public places.
So far abundance has been rained on Matlock Bath rather than on Wirksworth. Instead of these high-price objects being plastered everywhere, there has been a selective weeding-out of existing rubbish bins.
Very sensibly, there is now no rubbish bin at all to serve a food takeaway next to a newly opened pub.
Who pays for the new toys, and what good do they do?
My direct approach to the council with similar enquiries has been met with replies amounting to “Don’t worry your pretty little head”.
I do worry. 
The contraptions apply solar energy - a source currently disregarded in Government policy - to produce a grey sludge with supposed benefits as a fertiliser.
Couldn’t existing rubbish bins be emptied regularly and the product diverted into the existing recycling scheme?
And couldn’t the takeaway and pub site have the old rubbish bin back?

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LETTER: Housing - just a hotbed of angst

LETTER: Housing - just a hotbed of angst

Among, no doubt, many other readers I received a mailing in the post last week. At first, I thought it was a missive from a fundamentalist religious sect predicting the end of civilisation as we know it (unless you join their cause of course).

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LETTER: Saddened at political ‘point scoring’

LETTER: Saddened at political ‘point scoring’

In response to the letters in last week’s Mercury (Lib Dems-John Tresadern and NHS-Cllr SueBurfoot), I would like to make a few comments.

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LETTER: Doctors ready to leave due to Brexit

LETTER: Doctors ready to leave due to Brexit

A survey of European Union doctors by the British Medical Association has found more than four in 10 are considering leaving the UK in light of the EU referendum result.

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LETTER: UK is third worst in Europe for congestion

Recent research has found the UK to be the third worst country in Europe for traffic congestion (INRIX study, February 20, 2017).

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Deadline today to defend your free press

LETTER: Abolish law and protect press freedom

I strongly object to the threat to press freedom contained in section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act.

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LETTER: How will history view the changes?

LETTER: How will history view the changes?

In the year 2066, 50 years after the referendum which resulted in Britain exiting from the EU, people looked back and thanked their lucky stars that this decision had been taken to escape from the political nightmare that this organisation had become.

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LETTER: Democracy is disappearing

LETTER: Democracy is disappearing

For some time now it has been obvious to me that the majority of MPs are totally out of touch with the British electorate and the higher they climb, the more out of touch they become.

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LETTER: Harsher action on mobile using drivers

LETTER: Harsher action on mobile using drivers

In response to the recent rail strike, Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling quoted “no increased risk” from the Rail Safety and Standards Board, and has threatened to ban rail strikes. He also, said: “if I had the power to end it, I would.”

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LETTER: How will history look back on 2016?

LETTER: How will history look back on 2016?

In the year 2066, 50 years hence, the history books of England might read something like this:

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LETTER: Andy Murray does have personality

With regard to the recent letter on Andy Murray and his suitability to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

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