Want to read more?We value our content and access to our full site is only available on subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device In addition your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards Subscribe NowDear Sir During a recent visit to Lanzarote I had the pleasure of meeting a gentleman and his charming wife who I understood came from Campbeltown and during our meal we managed to converse on a number of subjects. The aspects covered were varied including our views on a certain TV programme currently being shown about Scotland but sport was a particular area of interest, especially rugby and how much Bill McClaren’s voice was missed in the coverage of international matches. At the same time I was somewhat fascinated by the fact that the gentleman was a keen follower of TMS – Test Match Special – … [Read more...] about Letter: Lanzarote meeting
An open letter to Brendan O’Hara MP Dear Mr O’Hara, I write to you regarding your recent undated, round-robin constituency letter and its misleading, generalising and obviously politically biased contents. This is to mention nothing of its scaremongering phraseology and use of expressions such as ‘crash out’ of Europe.Are you seriously suggesting that if we do not always agree with the Germans that they would stop buying our whisky, fish and tweeds? Or are they not wishing to sell their cars and wine to us? Or visit us as holiday-makers? I think not. Your party political bias is only too obvious and you should remember that while you were voted in as MP, it was only by a minority of Argyll and Bute residents, and certainly not by the majority of us. In your snide comments about Boris Johnston – of whom I, too, am not a fan – you give not a single example to back up your contention that he is ‘causing serious economic and social harm to both … [Read more...] about Letters to the editor – September 6, 2019
PUBLISHED: 16:37 31 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:37 31 December 2017 Colin Moore, Westgate Street, Hilborough Generic picture of Santa, Father Christmas and Christmas tree. Photo: Angela Sharpe Copy: For: EDP File Archant pics © 2008 (01603) 772434 Archant © 2008 One of our readers thinks Christmas just isn’t what it used to be anymore. Do you agree? The date December 25, 1967, Christmas Day. Fifty years have passed, since I as an eight-year-old boy opened my presents on that morning. Oh, how the world has changed, not for the better in many ways, yes, we have made medical advances, we can run a car on electric (if only 50 miles), we can talk, watch TV, send messages all on our smart phones, but in some ways, we have lost so much more. Our children, for example, have for the most part lost the real joy of Christmas, when I was a child Christmas was the one time of year you got toys that were too expensive for any other time of year including birthdays, I … [Read more...] about Reader Letter: Christmas isn’t what it was
'Appeal to lift nurses' pay cap' SIR - It’s rare that nursing staff feel the need to be ‘political’. We get on with doing the job of caring for patients that we are dedicated to. Many of us cannot imagine doing anything else. But we now find ourselves in a situation that can no longer be tolerated. Since 2010, pay freezes and the 1% cap on public sector pay awards have left NHS nursing staff at least £3,000 worse off, with salaries having been cut by 14 per cent in real terms. The pay cap not only leaves nurses struggling financially, it is fuelling a shortage of nurses that could and should have been avoided. People are being put off joining the profession and many are leaving. There are 40,000 unfilled nursing jobs across England, and this supply crisis is placing the quality of patient care at risk. A recent Royal College of Nursing survey showed that nine out of ten of our members would support industrial action if the pay cap is not lifted. … [Read more...] about Wednesday’s letters, including: Appeal to lift nurses’ pay cap
DEAR Cllr Doina Cornell, I wish to register my deep concern that Stroud Sub Rooms may fall into private ownership. The Sub Rooms is Stroud’s premier venue and a hugely important community resource. It is also a matter of pressing concern that the square in front of the Subs is included in any potential sale, public spaces such as this are also a vital - and increasingly rare - asset to our communities. As a Stroud resident, I very much value the wide range of events staged by the Sub Rooms, as well as the information centre and café, both of which I use regularly. But on a more personal note, and speaking as a committee member of Stroud Book Festival, it would be a huge shame if we were not able to stage future book festival events at the Sub Rooms. Last year, we held sell-out events there with both Jilly Cooper and Ian McEwan. Next year, we have ambitions to bring big name authors to Stroud who would pull in similar sized audiences. I feel strongly that a … [Read more...] about Reader’s Letter: Keep it public!