Letters to the editor 11.04.19

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Brilliant treatment from everyone in the NHS

I had spent a wonderful morning enjoying the early Colonsay sunshine having been out and about since 6am, feeding cows and checking on the new calves.

It was around 8.30am as I jumped down from the tractor, snagging my wedding ring on the door handle. I have to confess, I feared the worst as I felt absolutely nothing and believed I had lost my finger.

I was immediately relieved to see it still in place, although badly damaged where the ring had cut into the finger.

Most amazing, now that I reflect is that within 10 minutes, I was sitting with the doctor in the surgery on Colonsay. Dr Jan Brooks was amazing. She examined the damage and immediately put me at ease. I apologised for spoiling her Saturday morning while she, in turn, apologised for having to send me off Island to get the ring removed at the A&E in Oban.

I was furnished with antibiotics, painkillers and a letter for the hospital in Oban. I was again most fortunate that there was a ferry later that same day.

When I arrived at Oban A&E, I feared having to wait some hours to be seen as my injury was not really that bad in the overall scheme of things. My concerns were completely unfounded. The receptionist advised me that the island doctor had been in touch to say that I was coming.

The nurse who treated me and the doctor who stitched the wound were absolutely fantastic. I was in and out within the hour.

I very much appreciate and respect the professionalism of all those who treated me that day.

Eddie Barclay, Galston, Ayrshire.

Many thanks to all involved in Oban Spring Clean

Well, another Oban Spring Clean has come and gone and I’d like to thank all those public-spirited people who gave up their time to roam the streets and paths with their bags and litter pickers. Their efforts were widespread, not only in Oban, but south to Kilmore and north to Benderloch.

I’d particularly like to thank Claire Rizos, who organised the event and matched people and places to ensure a good coverage. Thanks also to Andy Spence of BID4Oban, who arranged funding for a series of newspaper adverts, to town ambassador Kay McDonald for her help and for giving Keep Oban Beautiful several mentions in her column, to Fiona Scott of the Oban Times for her write-ups and to CGL for printing and laminating posters and banners free of charge.

Thanks must also go to Terry Donovan and the Grab Trust for the loan of equipment and the erecting of the gazebo in Station Square on Saturday to give out information, to Janie Steele of Footprint Alba for her help at the gazebo and for organising beach cleans, and to Andy from the council amenity services for patiently driving around Oban and surroundings to pick up the bags of rubbish.

I would also like to thank Costa, Julie’s, Roxy’s, Taste of Argyll and the Bridge Cafe for offering hot drinks to the volunteers, and to the Rockfield Centre for giving us space to hand out equipment and point volunteers in the right direction.

I do hope I haven’t missed anyone, but in case I have, a very big thank you to everyone who was involved in whatever capacity, both before, during and after the weekend.

Finally, and a little tongue in cheek, let us not forget all those generous people who tossed out their rubbish all over Oban in the first place – without you, there would be no Oban Spring Clean!

Maurice Wilkins, Keep Oban Beautiful.

No empirical evidence to support climate change claims

Jenny Ford from Corpach wrote to praise local school children for protesting against climate change (Letters, March 28).

We must surely object to the use of children to promote a political campaign for the science surrounding (man-made) climate change has been taken over and presented as fact when there is no empirical evidence to support it. Are our children being used as propaganda tools and simply indoctrinated to believe there is a problem?

No one denies the climate is changing naturally but the propaganda exercise to demonise carbon dioxide and penalise mankind for changes that cannot be discerned from the natural process cannot be allowed to prevail and those who celebrate the use of children to promote a political pseudo-science belief should be ashamed of the fact.

D C Gill, Inverinan.

Invasive daffodils are destroying the natural environment

The invasive daffodil is destroying the environment, ruing biodiversity and the sudden blaze of yellow spoils the magic show of the slow emergence of spring.

Daffodils are smothering woodland, green banks, grass verges, church grounds, estate lawns, hillsides, parks, roundabouts, private gardens, copses, thickets, shore fields, hedgerows and lochsides. They are seemingly everywhere at this time of year and, horror of horror, the bulbs remain hidden in the harmed earth, with wildlife in and above it gone forever.

The daffodil is up there with the despised and depressing Japanese knotweed and rhododendron.

Moira Campbell, Gallanach Road, Oban.

Grateful to generous support for diabetes fundraiser

On behalf of everyone involved in organising the recent family fundraiser in aid of diabetes charities at the Argyllshire Gathering Halls in Oban, I wish to express sincere thanks for the very generous support given by many businesses, organisations, musicians and individuals.

The evening raised £2,800, including £500 from the Bank Of Scotland Foundation’s Matched Giving programme for fundraising by bank employees. They money raised has been split between Diabetes UK and the North Argyll Diabetes Support Group to provide ongoing support for families in this area.

In addition, a sponsored swim and cake bake raised (including Gift aid) more than £2,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

I hope our community can hear of the real difference that supporting these organisations makes, enabling research into treatments and a possible cure for Type 1 diabetes to continue, and for support to be given to local families.

Laura Mackay, Deanery Brae, Oban.