I have lived in Nesting for four years and enjoy the area very much. I got a young Border collie last year and spend roughly three hours a day exercising and socializing her, and, of course, picking up her mess after her.
Regarding my letter the other day about businesses opening on Sundays in Lerwick (When is Lerwick going to move into the 21st century? SN, 30/05/2018), I have done a survey of the responses to the letter which are on the Shetland News Facebook page at https://business.facebook.com/shetlandnews/ , and I thought readers might like to know the results.
Hyperbole does not a business case make when it comes to the Unst space race (Shetland's place in space sector 'compelling'; SN, 29 May 2018).
Further to Dorothy O'Brien's letter (When is Lerwick going to move into the 21st century?, 30/05/2018), I have to agree that with all the SIC's hoo-hah about the tourists, and totally destroying the road system in Lerwick with speed bumps and stopping cars from parking on the street, they have done absolutely nothing about cafes or shop's being open on a Sunday.
Shetland News has reported on Scottish and Southern Energy's "consultation" with prospective windfarm (and tidal and wave power) developers, held on Wednesday 23 May (Cable talks the latest step to energy talks; SN, 23/05/2018)
I would like to applaud Craig Johnson's request that the SIC look into the viability of allowing Loganair to start flying to Scatsta Airport (Open letter to Loganair and the SIC; SN, 30/05/2018).
Due to the extortionate parking prices at Sumburgh Airport the cost of using your service is no longer competitive with NorthLink ferries (Inter-island travellers exempt from parking fee; SN, 29/05/2018).
TWO friends of mine arrived on Saturday evening for a week's holiday. They have never been to Shetland before and were very excited about it. They settled into their accommodation and got up on Sunday, looking forward to exploring the town.
I worked at Sullom Voe from 1979 to 1982. The year I left a large tubular cross was erected overlooking the voe.
I would like to congratulate Hans Marter on his End of boom reveals economic weaknesses piece (SN, 14/05/2018).
Open letter to Humza Yousaf, Scottish Government minister for transport and the islands.
Dear Mr Yousaf
I AM extremely disappointed with the press reports following your visit to Shetland last week. You are reported as saying that " HIAL have looked at various options ... but the only option is to bring in car parking charges ...".
A few weeks ago there was an article in the Shetland Times showing a tunnel alignment from Whalsay to Vidlin.
IN last week's Shetland Times (20.4.2018) Ryan Taylor, in his article on livestock exports, quotes vet Jim Nicolson as saying: "....all sheep, cattle and ponies shipped from Shetland are provided with appropriate space, water and feed. That will ensure they exit the ferry in very good condition."
WHEN HIAL chairwoman Lorna Jack admitted she went into the meeting with councillors and MSP Tavish Scott on Monday hoping that we would "give HIAL support" for the car parking charges at Sumburgh airport, she quickly and unambiguously found out that was not the case. (HIAL sticking to its guns on car park charging; SN, 20/042018)
Open letter to Mr Inglis Lyon, managing director, HIAL.
I am writing to object to your proposed implementation of car park charges at Sumburgh Airport.
The Shetland Archives has received the following issues of the duplicated publication Shetland Postal News, distributed to post office staff throughout Shetland in the 1960s and 1970s:
The Zetland Motor Cycle Club (ZMCC) committee wish to express their support for Steve Henry and Shetland Motorbike Training (SMT).
"The public part of the meeting lasted exactly nine minutes..." ("Charitable trust funds grow to £261 million", SN 9/3/18). Is this a record?
In response to the news from last week's digital forum (More broadband upgrades in the pipeline; SN, 23/02/18) and Tuesday's news in the national media (Vodafone to install 4G network in the moon), perhaps Tavish Scott, EE/BT, HIE, and Stuart Robertson's R100 team might like explain to us terrestrials why Vodafone will be able to deliver 4G speeds to the moon (yes that's right, the moon!) next year, before the afore-mentioned digital forum presenters can even agree on how they might reach the North Isles of Shetland with 'super-fast' broadband?
I write to your letters page to enquire about the possible resignation of James Titcomb, the chair of Wir Shetland.
I regularly read the online newspapers Shetland News and Shetland Times to keep me updated on political matters on the islands. I am a bit surprised of the "low" levels of the inter-islands ferry economy debate and also the "one time plastic bottles dumped along the road" debate.
So councillor Stephen Leask wants to introduce legislation to severely curtail or even ban birthday busses and hen/stag busses because of inferred underage drinking and general alcohol abuse by those who choose to partake in such activities.
Last year a member of our family suffered an acute mental health disorder and had to be taken to Cornhill hospital in Aberdeen. As a result, the last few months have been a difficult time for everyone involved, especially the immediate family.
I wouldn't normally award attention to someone so obviously desperate for it, however, I must correct two of Tory list MSP, Jamie Halcro Johnston's erroneous pronouncements.