Letters - Send your letters to views@shetnews.co.uk

Being held hostage

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.

Flights beyond August

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. 

Only direct elections will do

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.

Town improvements

I applaud the efforts of all those involved in trying to make Lerwick a more vibrant and viable town.

Researching family history

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).

Time to resign?

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.

Promises to reduce ferry fares need to be kept

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.


"The Scottish fishing industry has been treated as expendable by the Tory government in the past – using our resources as a bargaining chip when entering the EEC in the 1970's. We must not allow the Tories to sell us down the river yet again." So says the SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson.

Don’t let the facts get in the way

It still amazes me just how wrong Douglas Young can be, (Incompetence; SN, 24/01/17).

First the missile, which was unarmed therefore not a nuclear weapon, second it was launched and went off course in June 2016 and could not be triggered because as stated it was unarmed.


Westminster has clearly shown on the world stage it's complete incompetence to trigger a Trident nuclear weapon and on Article 50, all within 48 hours.

Douglas Young

What benefits?

So many Unionist fighting against Scotland, yet I have never had an answer to this question: What benefits does Scotland get staying in the UK?

Brian Strachan Gillies

A democratic decision

I would like to remind Ian Johnstone (Bile spreading; SN, 22/01/17) that in 2014 Scotland and especially Shetland (by some majority) voted to stay part of the United Kingdom; thereby making Scotland and Shetland part of the UK.

Who guards the guards?

Before we know it there will be no democratic link between the people of Shetland and Shetland's once wealthy charitable trusts.

Will Shetland Welcome Trumpists?

With a infamous son of Scotland now to become the 45th president of the good ol' US of A, surely VisitScotland, and the rest of the tourist industry, will be going all out to publicise the attractions of Donald's homeland.