Letters to the editor – 23.9.21

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Art or despoliation?

Is bath-tub man (Oban Times, September 16) a welcome artefact adorning the seascape, which otherwise, in its natural form, attracts such admiration from locals and tourists alike, or is it another example of environmental despoliation, akin to any of the abandoned waste materials that, unfortunately, adorn our coastline?

I’m inclined to the latter and wonder why an old bath is thought to improve on what nature already provides?

In this world of copycats, how can we be sure that other similar artefacts won’t be added to the litter on our shores, encouraged by this example?

And, apart from the rock-bolts fixing this object to the skerry, what is the difference between it and a fly-tipped bath?
Ian Reid, Kilnwick

Rest and Be Thankful

Now the Holyrood election is over and the SNP have been re-elected, they’ve obviously lost interest in solving the problems at the Rest & Be Thankful.

Before the election we had a Cabinet Minister at the A83 Task Force meetings promising action and launching a consultation on the preferred route. At the latest meeting we didn’t even get a junior minister – only civil servants.

The meeting was very disappointing. The consultation ended four months ago. Progress towards a permanent solution to the problems at the Rest and Be Thankful is moving at a snail’s pace. We were told it could be 2023 before the SNP even announce their preferred route.

The SNP don’t realise the urgency of finding a solution. It’s high time our MSPs actually did something to make a solution happen.
Councillor Alan Reid, Cowal.

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We hope your readers will join us in celebrating this amazing moment for Mary’s Meals and continue to support us to reach the next hungry child.
Daniel Adams, Executive Director, Mary’s Meals.