This government is spending millions on upgrading the road between Glasgow and Edinburgh to save 20 minutes of journey time (Scotland's ferries: geographic discrimination or good value for a lot of money? SN, 19/10/2017).
Jonathan Wills has hit the nail on the head with his latest letter They are all internal ferries (SN, 19/10/2017). It is time to be realistic and demand what market loving liberal minds have chosen to think impossible.
The basic problem with public funding of our ferries is that no government (including the one in which Tavish Scott was transport minister) has ever understood that all of the Scottish ferries we're talking about are 'internal' services, by definition (Scotland's ferries: geographic discrimination or good value for a lot of money? SN, 19/10/2017).
It's been disturbing and distressing to watch blame for the current difficulties at Shetland Amenity Trust being heaped, publicly, with neither subtlety nor grace, on someone who is no longer here to respond.
Open letter to: Council leader Cecil Smith, Convener Malcolm Bell, the Education and Family committee, and all elected members.
Last week's Shetland Times article with Barbara Rosie was brilliant, and a fantastic prelude to the hostel reunion, which takes place this month. However, when reading the words "Anderson High School Halls of Residence", it was a reminder that this is still the current proposed name for the new building.
Whilst I agree with Mr Smith that a Scotland-wide approach to school funding may not be appropriate for Shetland, it will inevitably come. (SIC raises concerns over future school funding; SN, 2/10/17).
I am responding on behalf of trustees at Shetland Amenity Trust to the comments that have been made in your letters columns about the current position at the trust.
I should say at the outset that trustees are well aware of the kinds of concern that your correspondents have raised and they are addressing them. As Robina Barton's letter recognises ('Staff must not be made scapegoats for the failings of others'; SN, 01/10/2017), there are two separate issues here, finance and governance.
Like group of latter day Ophelias', trustees of Shetland Amenity Trust sit on the sidelines, wring their hands and decry their departed Hamlet; "O, woe is me, T'have seen what I have seen, see what I see!"
Open letter to the trustees of Shetland Amenity Trust
I have thought long and hard about whether to write this letter but I am deeply concerned that staff at the Shetland Amenity Trust are facing job losses because of longstanding issues of financial management that are not of their making (Amenity trust prepare for job losses; SN, 28/09/17).
I read with surprise your recent article on the SIC's "ambitious" ten year plan (Ten year plan to boost isles' economy; SN, 27/09/2017).
There have been a number of demands in recent weeks for a large capacity interconnector from Shetland to mainland UK rather than the smaller capacity one proposed in the plans to replace Lerwick power station (Minister backs larger interconnector calls; SN, 22/09/2017).
In response to many comments, concerns and complaints about SIC Planning, and whilst considering standing in the last SIC elections, I put forward serious concerns about how unfit for purpose the planning system is in Shetland via letters to the media, Facebook posts, and questions to elected members.
In the past week or so there appears to have been a godless panic regarding the size of the proposed electricity cable connection to Shetland.
On behalf of all at Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary, we would like to send out a great big thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising appeal over the last four months and helped us reach our target of 500 pledges of £5 a month to help secure the sanctuary's long term future.
We all love a good moan don't we? In Shetland that historically revolves around two subjects – the weather and/or the cost of travel or level of service to and from the islands – or sometimes even the two combined!
So the war of the island airlines has commenced. Domination of the northern skies is in full "flight". Both companies are going into great detail of their commitment to their "loyal" customer base. Thick and thin we'll stand by our favourite airlines....
A few weeks ago I wrote about the concerns I discovered considering standing in the last SIC elections and my own and friends' personal experiences with the SIC planning department.
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.