I have two questions for NHS Shetland.
I commend Alan Macdonald on his letter ('More substance, please!', SN 16/3/17). I could not agree more. It is imperative that any debate goes beyond mere rhetoric with tangible solutions offered for consideration.
In the coming weeks we will be hearing from council candidates from all over Shetland. John Fraser ('Hold the health board to account', SN 15/3/17), like many, will be out there to save our future.
It is increasingly apparent that there is a need for elected representatives to hold Shetland health board members and their senior management team to account for performance and decision making.
Over the last few weeks the European Parliament's fisheries committee has been finalising its Brexit position ahead of Article 50.
The handful of largely unelected Shetland Charitable Trust trustees who took a cheap shot at Jonathan Wills last week (Lamentable contempt; SN, 28/2/2017) have a half-baked appreciation of democracy when they criticise him for not backing their "democratic" decisions.
I was interested to read Mr Bjorn Sandison’s letter [‘No magic fix’, SN 27/2/17), explaining why our plane fares are high.
I watched the video and read the report about the rescue of five fishermen from the fishing vessel Ocean Way (‘Five fishermen rescued from sinking vessel’, SN 3/3/17).
I write in reference to the ongoing plans for the so-called traffic calming measures taking place from the bottom of Church Road to the Viking Bus Station, as reported in this newspaper (‘Traffic calming work starts’, SN 1/3/17).
We wish in the strongest terms to defend the integrity of the chair of Shetland Charitable Trust in light of the recent attempt by vice-chair Jonathan Wills to cast doubt on his behaviour and motives.
It was interesting reading the recent letter regarding the disparity in cost for travelling long distance and getting to and from Shetland (Being held hostage; SN, 22/02/17).
The Lord Lieutenant says he hopes the new council, to be elected on 4 May, will take up the four seats offered on the Shetland Charitable Trust, which he currently chairs.
Just read the terrible news that a number of houses in Lerwick are not going to enjoy the benefits of the district heating scheme for a very short period of time ('District heating shutdown', SN 25/2/17).
A year on since I wrote this letter in regards to the disappointing decision by the SIC not to invest in the Whalsay harbour proposal has happened to coincide with another extremely concerning announcement for the isles ('New ferries deal in 2018 vital to protect services', SN 22/2/17).
My experience of the Up Helly Aa celebrations was indeed fantastic. Even more than my wildest expectations - in spite of, should I say, the inclement weather.
October visitors intending to tune up their travel arrangements for Shetland’s Fiddle and Accordion Festival or flock to Shetland’s Wool Week are finding that the only way to travel to and from Shetland is by NorthLink ferry.
In addition to the arguments put forwards by Jonathan Wills (Less than a week to rescue the trust; SN, 15/02/17), it is particularly important that everyone concerned with those at the margins of Shetland society; the poor, the disabled, those affected by domestic abuse or by dependency issues, indeed all those who Bill Smith used to simply describe as being "less able to look out for themselves" consider how much more good a truly reformed Shetland Charitable Trust, closer to the people it should serve, benefiting from the regular public discussion elections for trustees would provide, could achieve.
There is now less than a week left for the people of Shetland to give their views on the future of Shetland Charitable Trust.
I applaud the efforts of all those involved in trying to make Lerwick a more vibrant and viable town.
I am researching my several times great grandfather Magnus Winwick (Wynwick) who was born in the late 1700's. He served in the Royal Artillery from 1808 to 1816 when he was discharged (age 25).
The story about Steven McKimm beggars belief to say the least (Mareel no-go for 34 yea old Trainspotter; SN, 10/02/17).
When he tried to see a film with an 18 rating and got turned away for allegedly being underage, then ignoring his next move without even batting an eyelid, is as I say totally unbelievable.
The whole of Shetland will be absolutely delighted that their three per cent rise in council tax is to raise an extra £258,000, barely enough to cover the cost of installing sleeping policemen along the length of the Esplanade (SIC plans extra draw on reserves plus council tax rise to balance the books; SN, 09/02/17).
Back in December, transport and islands minister Humza Yousaf informed the Fair Ferry Fares campaign that neither he, nor Transport Scotland (TS) would be working towards an April 2018 timescale before we saw our promised reduction in our ferry fares.
Neil Grant, Shetland Islands Council's development director, talks about the imminent and real threat to Shetland's prosperity on leaving Europe (Immigration vital to keep isles economuy afloat; SN, 07/02/17).
In the mid and late 19th century three sisters called Rusland or Russell lived in Norwick in Unst.