Letters to the editor – Thursday August 5

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Buried treasure in Taynuilt

This summer, people in Taynuilt have been amazed and delighted by the miraculous appearance of swathes of wild flowers such as the Bluebell of Scotland which sprang up all around Muckairn church.

A vision of beauty to glorify God and lift the spirits in these troubled times.

A kirk elder cut paths through them so that they could be enjoyed without being trampled.

Jesus said: ‘Consider the flowers of the fields. Solomon in all his splendour was not attired like one of these.’

Sadly some think these are not fitting surroundings for the final resting place of the folk of the village.

Now it is all mown before it can set seed. The grave stones stand stark above bare grass with rotting cut clumps lying about and the possible addition of trickles of weed killer.
Beauty in the eye of the beholder?

Muckairn church elder.

Looking after our young

We need to make sure that the young – and the very young – get through this pandemic.

In our country is a health system designed to look after the mainstream of health problems – and which mainly affect the old. We still see young people dying and afflicted with disabling conditions, developed before the pandemic, and now, a increasing heath toll divide is emerging in the next generation.

S. Read, Ardrishaig.

Sunday service

One can’t help but notice the plethora of problems that has plagued CalMac ferries over the past few years.  We’ve heard it all – repair problems, technical glitches, major breakdown, unexpected overhaul, complex mechanical difficulties, mounting disruptions, travel chaos, harbour crash – the list of hitches is endless.

While the continuing ferry debacle on the Islands has become a big joke, it is plainly evident that no one is laughing.  Happy smiles, once seen at ports on both sides of the Minch, have suddenly turned into despair and disappointment – and anger too.

Indisputable evidence shows that CalMac has been affected by a sea of sorrows ever since it began Hebridean sailings on Sunday, the Lord’s Day.  Their unwise decision to introduce Sabbath sailings has brought them nothing but endless problems and eye-watering bills.  The financial results have proved to be a massive loss, not a gain.

Yes, CalMac have found out, to their bitter cost, there is a heavy price to pay when we violate God’s law and ignore His commandment, ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.’  They fail to appreciate, as a wise Divine once said, that, ‘The Sabbath is God’s special present to the working man, and one of its chief objects is to prolong his life and preserve efficient his working tone. The savings bank of human existence is the weekly Sabbath.’

The Sunday opening of any door for worldly purposes, whether on land or on sea, does not bring great gain and greater profit. As the words of an old rhyme reminds us: ‘A Sabbath well spent brings a week of content, and strength for the toils of the tomorrow; But a Sabbath profaned whate’er may be gained, is a certain forerunner of sorrow.’  Just ask CalMac, and they will say ‘Amen.’

Mr Donald J Morrison, Inverness.