DEBATE TIME: Readers have their say on railway plans and refugees

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Every week we receive dozens of letters from our readers who give their views on local and national issues.

Here are the latest letters from our postbag...

Skittles event was a knockout

‘£1165.50 was raised recently at the Keys public house with a skittles triples knockout tournament in aid of the Royal British Legion Ripley & District Branch...’

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Reinstatement of Ripley railway should be considered

‘The call for Ripley to re-establish a link to the national rail network as discussed in the Ripley & Heanor News September 17th is not a new one...’

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Cameron should improve refugee offer

‘In my view David Cameron is displaying his natural instinct for selection and privilege by attaching conditions to his “generous” offer for Britain to take in refugees...’

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Fault lies with the father

‘Nobody could fail to be moved by the pictures in the press and on TV of the young Syrian lad who drowned off the coast of Turkey on his road to Europe.

However it was not our fault at all...’

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