UNISON are to be congratulated on taking the UK government to court over the introduction of employment tribunal fees and winning because the Supreme Court decided the government acted unlawfully and unconstitutionally. The fees are now scrapped.
I was surprised to read in Loganair's passenger numbers up - while airline gets a tartan makeover (SN, 01/08/2017) the suggestion (tongue in cheek, surely?) that Shetland travellers might possibly think of giving Loganair the body swerve due to the inclusion of a tartan touch in the airline's new corporate livery, despite it being less lurid than Flybe's purple makeover colour scheme.
Shetland's Charitable Trust is now operating on two thirds of the full quorum and has made provision to be able to fly up trustees from south.
The Shetland Archives is trying to complete its run of the newssheet The Staneyhill Free Press, produced at Sullom Voe.
I am writing to you to see if you might help in any way. On Saturday 22 July, my husband and I walked the path from Isbister to the lighthouse at Fethaland.
SIC planning & building control is working against Shetland.
In my discussions with folk prior to my decision to pull out of being a candidate in the last council elections, the key criticisms for the folk in my rural ward and the barriers to what folk in rural Shetland want were of a planning and rural development nature.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank most sincerely all those who took the time out of their day on 17 July to join Flybe and Eastern Airways at the recent meeting we held in Lerwick and for sharing with us their thoughts and giving such valuable feedback much of which we have taken on board for consideration.
Your headline MP signs pledge to protect environment post Brexit (SN, 18/07/17) and the article which followed made interesting reading.
I see that our MP Alistair Carmichael is once more trying desperately to move the Viking Energy windfarm forward by lobbying the new 'three week old' energy minister Richard Harrington.
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".