Letters to the editor 25.04.19

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Use delivery companies that do not charge extra

I was most interested to read about the man having trouble getting deliveries from John Lewis (‘Retailer won’t deliver to Isle of Oban), The Oban Times, April 11).

I live in Dalavich, on the front near the road, and see John Lewis and Harrods vans go by – yes, Harrods – and if they can come all that way from London, does it not make all those other over-charging companies look rather stupid?

I deal with companies that deliver for free only, and believe me, they are out there.

I bought a wooden farm gate and also a side gate on the internet, both delivered free and that was from Devon, so when I see those notes saying if you live in PA postcode area it will cost extra, it makes my blood boil.

Thomas Middleton, Dalavich Village.

School strikers are fighting for the planet’s future

There is not space in a short letter to summarise the mass of evidence that D C Gill has managed to miss (Lochaber Times, Letters, April 11), published in thousands of scientific papers, demonstrating clearly that the steady warming of the Earth over the past 50 years is almost entirely man-made.

The scientific method, and scientists themselves, may not be perfect but it has proven to be the best approach to understanding the world, and burying one’s head in the sand is scarcely a credible alternative.

Fortunately, some of our children are better schooled in the scientific basis of climate change than their elders. They understand the links between human activity, greenhouse gases, planetary heating and the potentially devastating consequences for humanity and the natural world that may follow.

They have chosen, entirely of their own volition, to act. The school strikers have actively resisted the involvement of adult organisations with their movement, precisely because they do not wish to be anyone’s pawns. They have acted of their own accord, inspired solely by a single Swedish schoolgirl who has done her homework.

D C Gill’s views are the past. Some of our children have decided that their future is worth fighting for.

Philip Gillibrand, Kinlocheil.

Change the way you think to improve environment

When I read the article titled ‘Councillor slams worsening litter’ (Lochaber Times, March 28), I started to wonder what drives people to litter.

I believe the reason lies in the universal plague where people don’t believe they are enough and as a result don’t respect themselves. Because when you like and respect yourself, it shows up in how you treat your environment. When you like yourself, your life is extraordinary, and you cherish your environment.

As a therapist, I meet so many people who don’t like themselves and, by extension, they create environments and lives they don’t like either. People need to learn to like themselves – not because they are perfect, or had perfect parents, or experienced no adversity – but because everyone is
enough, everyone is lovable.

We are all born knowing we are lovable and enough, but we unlearn this behaviour as our environment gives us messages and experiences that
cause us to take on negative self-belief.

The good news is that science shows us we can change. When we change our thinking (rewiring our brain), we change ourselves. Emotional healing
and feeling good about ourselves is available to everybody.

I’m talking about a sense of radical self-love. And it’s easier to achieve than you think. Try this: take a lipstick or an old eyeliner or a dry-wipe marker and write on the mirrors in your house: ‘I am enough.’ Say it to yourself in the shower, when you brush your teeth, when you go out in the morning. Keep saying it to yourself because the brain learns by repetition.

Change how you speak to yourself because the brain only responds to two things: the words you say and the pictures you create. Change what you say to yourself with more of ‘I am enough’, ‘I am worthy of love’, ‘I am
lovable’.

Your mind is yours to change. Feeling good about yourself is available to you and living in a beautiful clean environment is a manifestation of this.

Michelle du Preez, Kinlochleven.

Appeal for help to trace origins of songs

Recently we presented one of our Scotland in Scenes, Songs, Music and Stories shows (‘Lovely Argyll’) in Oban and Dunbeg, and included the song Bonnie Oban Bay.

We believe the melody was composed by John MacDonald, who moved from Coll to live in Oban, but we would like to know who wrote the words, as we always acknowledge the composers of songs and tunes.

Also, do any of your readers have a copy of the words to a song entitled The Shores of Loch Fyne, composed by the legendary shinty goalkeeper for Kyles Athletic, Celly Paterson?

Alistair MacNeill (4S Stravaig), 41 Lady Jane Gardens, North Berwick, EH39 4ER.