Just read the terrible news that a number of houses in Lerwick are not going to enjoy the benefits of the district heating scheme for a very short period of time ('District heating shutdown', SN 25/2/17).
A year on since I wrote this letter in regards to the disappointing decision by the SIC not to invest in the Whalsay harbour proposal has happened to coincide with another extremely concerning announcement for the isles ('New ferries deal in 2018 vital to protect services', SN 22/2/17).
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.
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.
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.
There is now less than a week left for the people of Shetland to give their views on the future of Shetland Charitable Trust.
I applaud the efforts of all those involved in trying to make Lerwick a more vibrant and viable town.
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).
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.
The whole of Shetland will be absolutely delighted that their three per cent rise in council tax is to raise an extra £258,000, barely enough to cover the cost of installing sleeping policemen along the length of the Esplanade (SIC plans extra draw on reserves plus council tax rise to balance the books; SN, 09/02/17).
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.
Neil Grant, Shetland Islands Council's development director, talks about the imminent and real threat to Shetland's prosperity on leaving Europe (Immigration vital to keep isles economuy afloat; SN, 07/02/17).
In the mid and late 19th century three sisters called Rusland or Russell lived in Norwick in Unst.
"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.
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.
Where do Alistair Carmichael and the Liberal Democrats stand on the EU referendum result? (MP makes case for a further EU referendum; SN, 21/12/16)
Simple answer, their recent attempts to rationalise and justify a second referendum are irrelevant as all these points were addressed and asked during the referendum and the answer is: We are leaving!
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
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.
I see Mr Tinkler has now decided to spread his 'SNP-bad' bile to the Shetland News (A clear path to prosperity; SN, 19/01/17)
I note the barrage of gloom and doom being poured upon us by some of our 'political elitists' in Shetland Island Council.
Even more worrying than his mission to force the closure of Ronas Ward is the "honest truth" statement by Mr Roberts "that Shetland only has a hospital the size of the GBH because of its island location", and "you don't need a hospital like that to provide care for 22,000 people" (NHS chief: closing hospital's Ronas Ward is most 'efficient' way of cutting spending; SN, 16/01/17).
Before we know it there will be no democratic link between the people of Shetland and Shetland's once wealthy charitable trusts.
I agree that overcapacity is a problem and should be addressed (NHS chief: closing hospital's Ronas Ward is most 'efficient' way of cutting spending; SN, 16/01/17).
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.