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We more than pay our way

Open letter to Mr Inglis Lyon, managing director, HIAL.

Dear Sir,

I am writing to object to your proposed implementation of car park charges at Sumburgh Airport.

Missing issues of Postal News

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:

Urgent solution needed

The Zetland Motor Cycle Club (ZMCC) committee wish to express their support for Steve Henry and Shetland Motorbike Training (SMT).

The moon but not Unst

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?

Wir Shetland mystery?

I write to your letters page to enquire about the possible resignation of James Titcomb, the chair of Wir Shetland.

Microplastics the real issue

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.

Patronising rhetoric

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.

Praise for health and care services

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.

His faux facts

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.

Why less than Orkney?

It hasn't gone unnoticed that Shetland has received £5m for ferries from the Scottish Government, which is around 80 per cent of its ask, whereas Orkney has received £5.5m which is fare MORE than their original ask according to media outlets and the councils themselves (SIC to receive extra £5m for island ferries; SN, 31/01/2018)

Oldest trade union

I suspect not many people know that the Educational Institute of Scotland is by far the oldest trade union in Shetland. The local branch was founded in 1847, shortly after the national organisation. Does anyone know where the branch's historical records are? I would be very interested to know.

Claiming credit for other people’s work

Tavish Scott has been our elected representative since 1999 (almost two decades). During that time the Lib Dems have been in a coalition government with the Tories, his pal Alistair Carmichael was Secretary of State for Scotland and Tavish was transport secretary.

Uphold the tradition

Whilst I can sympathise with Dorothy O Brien's sentiments 'Just shocking' (SN, 06/02/2018), it is also really heartening to hear the secretary of the Lerwick Junior Up Helly Aa committee stating that on a personal level he understands the desire for change to the boy only aspect of the event. Wonder if others of a like mind would also speak up.

‘His faux outrage’

Regrettably, Humza Yousaf has once again chosen to play politics and attack MSPs who have stood up for the interests of Orkney and Shetland at Holyrood (Sniping from the sidelines; SN, 01/02/2018) while he and his SNP colleagues were trying for months to pretend that their long-standing commitment to fair funding did not exist.

Sniping from the sidelines

Let's face it, most people don't hold politicians in the highest regard. For too long far too many politicians have said one thing and done another. Tory MSP Jamie Halcro Johnson has demonstrated that hypocrisy to the highest degree during this week's budget vote in Parliament.

Shetland Heritage Centre proposal

The Shetland Classic Car Club proposes that a Shetland Heritage Centre should be established among the remaining unused buildings on the Campus at the Knab (which will comprise the original AEI building, the Janet Courtney Hostel and the Science Block).

Disgusting mess

Whilst on a walk to the Sands Of Sound beach on a beautiful winters day, just a couple of weeks ago, I could not believe the disgusting sight of bags upon bags of dog waste just dumped at the side of the gate.

A big thank you

Friday (12 January) is my last day as the meter reader for SSE (Scottish Hydro) and I thought it fitting to write a little letter to the public of Shetland.

Morally indefensible

Whilst glancing through the situations vacant in the Shetland Times of 22 December 2017, I noticed that an entry from Mareel for drinks and beverages staff on zero hours contracts was advertised.

Medics series very well received

We hope you have all been managing to watch the Island Medics programme that has been on BBC1 each day for the last fortnight. If not you can catch up on BBC iPlayer.

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