In response to the Shetland Island Council decision last Monday concerning the future of Promote Shetland one may wonder what do I and my brother Gradon, as Stamfordians, in south Lincolnshire, about 600 miles south, know and enjoy about Shetland?
As a Shetland-born business woman based in the United States and deeply involved and committed to the knitting and design of Shetland wool products, I was very dismayed to hear that Shetland Islands Council (SIC) has not re-awarded the contract to Promote Shetland.
Does the announcement that SSEN will lay a subsea cable dedicated to replace the power station in four years time mean an end to the disastrous and destructive Viking (white elephant) windfarm?
Theresa May's failed attempt to strengthen her position ahead of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations has resulted in a hung parliament, creating more instability in these uncertain times.
Local people may be forgiven for breathing a huge sigh of relief that the general election is now over. For my part, I found it a highly enjoyable experience, traveling throughout Orkney and Shetland and meeting and listening to folk from a variety of backgrounds.
So Cllr Alistair Cooper says: "We need Promote Shetland to be back in business" (Promote Shetland contract to be re-tendered; SN, 12/06/2017).
"Development committee chairman Alastair Cooper said none of the bids received had met the specifications the council had been asking for.
"The focus of the new contract, he said, was not so much on the tourism aspect, but on encouraging people to move to Shetland and for businesses to invest here."
There has been great anger and dismay expressed throughout the isles at the decision by a small cabal of Shetland Islands Council employees not to award the Promote Shetland contract to any outside body (Trust loses Promote Shetland contract; SN, 07/06/2017)
The news that SIC employees have decided not to award the Promote Shetland contract to any of the bidders because they failed to meet the required standard for submissions might make a suspicious mind wonder if this decision might have been made for reasons other than those publicly stated (Trust loses Promote Shetland contract; SN, 07/06/2017).
It is said that we often totally underestimate the value of what is closest to us and then miss it, when it has gone (Trust loses Promote Shetland contract; SN, 07/06/2017).
Other than marching against the Iraq war through the streets of Lerwick, one of my earliest memories of being politically active was listening to Alistair Carmichael speak about human rights at our Amnesty International group.
I have been relatively quiet in this pre-election period but there is one point which keeps cropping up (and not just in this election) that concerns me.
In response to the various letters, comments and views made on austerity and cuts, I thought your readers might find the following figures interesting.
I am very happy to see that [SNP election candidate] Miriam Brett has committed to focus on issues of gender equality if elected.
I can't understand why the Lib Dems, Tories and Labour are so very, very exercised about having a second independence referendum once we know the terms of the Brexit 'deal' (if there ever is one).
When, at a local hustings, the question was asked "Is this a two-horse race?" my answer was "Yes – me and them".
At the Althing debate, I asked a question about foodbank usage among voters in Shetland, which is increasing year on year.
Having just read Theo Smith's letter (Always someone else's blame; SN, 02/06/2017), attacking his former(?) friend Peter Malcolmson for having had the insight and courage to change his mind about what is both best politically and in representative terms for the future of Orkney and Shetland in relation to Westminster, he himself seems to demonstrate the same illiberal behaviour he wrongly accuses Peter of.
This is to the organiser/ driver of a lorry carrying a big boat on Friday the 2nd June about 1pm. I was driving north on the A970 from Voe towards Brae when a lorry was coming in the opposite direction going south.
I am sorry that my old friend Peter Malcolmson thinks that the Liberal Democrats left him, rather than him leaving them (Insurance policy; SN, 01/06/2017).
The Conservative candidate for Orkney and Shetland in next week's general election, Jamie Halcro Johnston, was the first to sign the Brexit pledge by the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) to exit the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Conservatives also intend to secure the best possible deal from Brexit for industries and the coastal communities across the whole of the UK.
The visceral and irrational animosity of the Liberal Democrats for The Scottish National Party was on display for all to see and hear at the BBC Hustings on 30 and 31May.
I voted Leave in the Brexit referendum.
I did so because the EU is not democratic and because of the damage done to the fishing industry by the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
Any pretence of fairness by the BBC was shattered by their handling of the hustings on Tuesday evening. I was cut short, not allowed to make my points and even excluded from some questions. Others, meanwhile, were allowed to ramble on to their heart's content. This programme did no credit to the BBC.
In the last Prime Minister's Questions before the 2017 General Election, Theresa May refused to guarantee the "triple lock" policy that guarantees pensions will rise in line with inflation, earnings or 2.5 per cent – whichever is highest.