Letters to the Editor – 15.7.21

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Thumbs up from visitors

We have just returned from a short stay in Fort William and would like to say how much we enjoyed it and how pleasant and interesting we found Fort William.

In particular we were struck by the very pleasant, engaging and efficient service we received in every hospitality venue we frequented. Also the taxi and bus services were also very efficient and available, and as usual the taxi drivers were interesting and engaging.

Well done, Fort William, we will be returning.
Donald and Lois Lothian, Auchtermuchty, Fife.

JMT crowdfunder

With regards to the article, JMT Landmark Campaign in a recent Oban Times/Lochaber Times, about the latest ‘fundraising’ effort by the John Muir Trust for the ongoing maintenance to the infrastructure for visitors to the Nevis area managed by them, if the John Muir Trust bothered to carry out deer control properly, retrieve the shot deer they leave lying around and sell the venison as other ‘Sporting Estates’ do to try to make ends meet then they would not have to beg for money in this manner.
W MacDonald, Ballachulish.

Support charity for dads too

Becoming a parent and welcoming a baby into the world should be one of the happiest moments in life. But for parents whose babies start life in neonatal care, those positive feelings of optimism and joy can quickly be replaced by doubt, worry and fear. For parents whose babies have been born since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been even harder.

It can be especially tough for dads who are often forced to return to work while their baby is still in a neonatal unit. That’s why Bliss has long been calling on government to give both dads and mums an extra paid week off work for every week their baby is in neonatal care.

We know many dads find it really difficult to talk about their feelings and often experience a sense of guilt when separated from their partner and baby. At Bliss, we’re keen to let all dads know that our services are there for them too, whether they need information or support.

For more information visit bliss.org.uk/dont-forget-dads
Peter Bradley, Information and Support Manager, Bliss Scotland.

Journalism lecturer on the search for local radio listeners

A journalism lecturer is on the hunt for local radio listeners to help with a research project.

Alex Kocic, a lecturer and programme leader for BA Journalism at Edinburgh Napier University, is working on a study of local radio in Scotland as he does his PhD.

He wants to find out what people make of radio in Scotland, how often they listen to the radio, which stations they like and which ones they avoid, how satisfied they are with the stations’ local news provision and if there is anything people would like to see improved.

‘Scotland lacks significant regional and local news provision by radio,’ said Alex. ‘It finds itself in a peculiar position of not having any local public service radio, neither in major urban areas such as Glasgow or Edinburgh, nor in the rural ones like the Borders or Highlands, except for a few, limited BBC Scotland opt-outs.

‘My study aims to establish whether the current local news provision in Scotland – dominated by a network of commercial radio stations and supplemented by a national BBC station and a range of community stations – serves Scottish audiences well or not.’

Alex is looking to recruit participants for a focus group, lasting around 45 minutes, to be held online in July – face-to-face might be possible subject to government lockdown rules.

To express your interest and to find out more, email Alex via a.kocic@napier.ac.uk
Alex Kocic, Edinburgh.