Letters to the Editor – 17.3.22

Reader Neil Lea of Dunoon has captured a beautiful image of the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge. With the monument about to undergo renovations, it seemed a good time to publish this gorgeous photograph. If you have a photograph you would like to share with us, please email a jpeg (1MB) to editor@obantimes.co.uk.

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Fundraising for Ukrainians

On the afternoon of Saturday March 5, there was a four-hour vigil for the Ukrainians. It was held on the Parade, Fort William.

There and on the High Street, locals and visitors alike showed tremendous generosity and compassion. Their donations added up to £600, which was sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

How much the plight of the Ukrainians has touched the public was very plain to see. People just wanted to help.
Anyone wanting to make a donation to help the Ukrainians can still do so, large or small, at any Post Office. Their donations will then be sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee charities.
A. K. Rowan, by email.

Buildings ‘eat up money’

Julie Christie (Letters, March 3) notes how Episcopal Church authorities have not given parishioners a fair hearing on Argyll region changes.

The bare sacramental elements (water, wine and bread) are not expensive. But buildings, clerical wages and clergy pension funds, just eat up money. Scottish

Episcopalians (and other Anglicans) have a future, but we maybe need a time of pruning clergy numbers and buildings.
Our first love and focus must be on Our Lord: not a pharisaical institution. Will the Church of the future be based around informal home meetings, prayer and Bible study?
J T Hardy, by email.

No evidence of farm impact

In response to David Stewart of Appin, I have not missed the point.
I don’t live near any salmon farm but I, like all my colleagues in the aquaculture industry, care deeply about the marine environment. After all, their livelihoods depend on the environment being maintained in the best possible condition as salmon are extremely intolerant of poor quality.

Loch Creran was designated as a MPA first in 2005 and under a different designation in 2014, however the farm there has been operating since 1988 and there is no evidence that it has had any impact on the reef in all that time.
Dr Martin Jaffa, Callander McDowell (Callander McDowell offers strategic planning and marketing for the aquaculture industry).

Ferry confusing…

Joe Reade wrote recently that CalMac’s acquisition for their Mull service – to be called Loch Frisa – has six fewer car spaces than Coruisk, which it apparently is replacing.

That is peculiar, because as Utne she had the same car capacity (40 car equivalents) as Coruisk, and somewhat greater deadweight (348 as opposed to Coruisk’s 250). Deadweight capacity counts if you carry commercials. Coruisk manages it on half the horsepower too, which is a point in these days of soaring fuel prices.

Are CalMac cars bigger than Norwegian ones, or have they somehow made the vehicle deck smaller?
Arthur Blue, Ardrishaig.

Do not legalise euthanasia

What a mess Scotland is in when the ‘powers that be’ are to consider debating whether to pass a law allowing for euthanasia. It seems lawmakers have no value of human life.

We proudly boast of living in a society that is civilised and compassionate, and which cares for vulnerable people – yet now we have pitiless politicians about to debate an inhumane law which allows for a person to be deliberately killed if he/she wishes – all in the name of compassion! What utter hypocrisy.

Doctors are people who we trust to save and cure us, we regard them as the people who have been trained to save our lives but euthanasia gives doctors the opportunity to play God.

The physician’s role is to make a diagnosis, and sound judgments about medical treatment, not whether the patient’s life is worth living. They have an obligation to perform sufficient care, not to refrain from giving the patient food and water until that person dies.

Euthanasia should not be legalised. Life is a gift and not a choice and practices such as euthanasia violate this vital concept of human society.
Donald J Morrison, Inverness.

Pier plan uses outdated maps

With services across Scotland in dire need of investment, we need new boats and new piers to ensure islands’ connectivity and everything that brings.

Meanwhile Argyll & Bute Council are spending £10million on a pier project for Kilcreggan to Gourock – when island communities are cut off regularly.

However, Kilcreggan pier is at risk as the new pontoon-style pier, with associated 150-metre sea wall, will change the character and setting of the village for ever.

If not used daily, like other listed piers in the west of Scotland, Kilcreggan pier will crumble into the sea and be lost forever. The investment would be better placed in a harbour style pier – similar to Carradale – to the east of the current pier.

The design from Transport Scotland, as followed Transport Planning Objectives and Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance, using old maps, has influenced decisions that prioritise moorings that are long gone over dwelling houses that have been missed of the map. Indeed one building labelled Police Station is now a private home.

It is no wonder that our island services are so bad when so much money is about to be wasted on a plan using out of date maps, with a budget that has increased in cost by £9million before its even started and will destroy the last Victorian pier in daily useage on the Clyde.
Tom Walker, Kilcreggan, Argyll.