Letters to the editor – week 23

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Speeding at Barcaldine

After reading your front page story regarding Barcaldine School last week I checked the signage using Google Street View.

The signs on the A828, either side of the school crossing point, are part time 20mph signs. Assuming there is a traffic order in place then the 20mph limit is enforceable when the signs are lit, with the red 20 showing and the flashing amber lights on each corner.

The “Twenty’s Plenty” signs, a green circle with a 20 in the centre, are advisory speed limits, examples can be seen at various locations throughout Argyll and Bute, for example at Glencruitten Road, Oban.
Brian Rattray, Kilmartin.

Libraries are open

Joy of joys, Oban’s library is open again at long last. I recently sat masked, in plenty of open socially distant space, and enjoyed an hour perusing the selection of reading material, chatted to the missed friendly staff and felt very relaxed in Argyll’s lovely local, calming atmosphere there.

In the new normal world of today many of Scotland’s libraries have not yet reopened, but local libraries are much needed. They offer many services and must be used as they are the heart of the community and must not be lost.
Stephen Jones, Oban.

Air ambulance service

On May 22 Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) marked its eighth anniversary after a year like no other.

Throughout the pandemic, our Helimed crews have never missed a beat; maintaining our emergency helicopter air ambulance service across Scotland’s mainland and island communities. In fact we’ve enhanced our service with the launch of a new aircraft – Helimed 79 in Aberdeen last year – which has already had a huge impact on pre-hospital care in the Highland and Island regions.

In our busiest year ever, our aircrew have endured challenging working conditions as they go about an already difficult and stressful job. But they’re not complaining – they fulfil their role with courage and pride.

Our exemplary performance during this national crisis has been a tribute to how far SCAA has come in just eight years and I, for one, are immensely proud of what the SCAA team has achieved. But our operational teams are acutely aware that we are only able to provide this critical service, thanks to the continued public donations which you have maintained throughout these difficult times. So you’re the real heroes in our charity.

SCAA is the People’s Helicopter – funded by the people of Scotland, for the people of Scotland – and our two frontline aircraft are stood by ready to help you, your family, your friends, colleagues, neighbours or anyone in your community when you most need us.

As we mark our eighth birthday, we’re asking the people of Scotland, if they can, to support us into the future. Any donation, however small, to celebrate our anniversary will help to save a life – just like the numerous lives we have already saved over almost 3,000 missions.

SCAA vows to continue to transform emergency care in Scotland, particularly to our rural and island communities, with your support.
John Bullough, chairman, SCAA.

Glory of creation

Creation, Christ and conscience, all call us to repentance and faith; but Pentecost, on the May 23 this year, is often barely noticed.

Irish and Scottish people in rural areas are well aware of the glory of creation. A witness to Christ is also etched into our landscape at stunning ancient ecclesiastical sites, such as the Temple Church ruin or St Clement’s Church in the Western Isles.

Across from the Mull of Kintyre lies the peaceful Ardclinis graveyard on the County Antrim coast, another evocative coastal ruin dating back at least 700 years.
It’s easy enough to pick up a guidebook on Celtic Church or medieval ruins; and science graduates might enjoy reading The Naked Emperor, a scholarly book on evidence for design in creation, by Dr Antony Latham from the Isle of Harris.

The inner search for spiritual peace invariably involves taking space and time to listen to the voice of conscience, though. Maybe that’s why so many people find reflective and interactive studies, like the Christianity Explored Course, so positive and helpful.
JT Hardy, Belfast.