On Wednesday the Shetland News website carried a report on how the councillor candidates felt about the Shetland Charitable Trust's recent decision on future governance (Candidates oppose SCT's new governance; SN, 26/04/17).
I note Gary Robinson's claim 'I did save Westside schools – and here's how' (SN, 26/04/17). I would just like to ask him to elaborate on what part the statutory FIVE YEAR MORATORIUM the Scottish Government introduced on school closures had to do with keeping Aith School open?
Some of my more excitable opponents have recently claimed that I broke my pledge to my constituents to support the schools in my ward, and that I somehow failed to deliver what I promised.
Following the snap general election called by Tory Prime Minister Theresa May, Shetland SNP were disappointed to read Alistair Carmichael’s comments in last week’s Shetland Times regarding his decision to stand for re-election.
The fiasco/furore over the recent offer of a seat on Shetland Charitable Trust to a person who subsequently decided not to accept the offer, surely raises questions about the judgment of the trustees, does it not? (Younger decides against taking up charitable trust role; SN, 24/04/2017)
Jack Barclay is absolutely correct when he queries why Bressay should be the only island to receive a freeze on their ferry fares ("A typical Lerwick view", SN 24/4/2017).
I would take issue with John Fraser ("Ferry fares freeze", SN 20/4/2017) and his claim that Shetland's "other island communities" don't need access to the facilities in Lerwick.
Unlike residents in some other of Shetland's island communities Bressay is dependent on its ferry to access vital services and amenities in Lerwick.
How disappointed I am to hear of the proposals to force people to use the south boat to travel to medical appointments in Aberdeen rather than use the plane (‘NHS patients to travel to Aberdeen by ferry’, SN 14/3/17).
Now that we know the brave souls who are putting themselves forward for the thankless task of being a local councillor, electors can focus their desires, concerns, suggestions etc and ask their candidates what their aims and objectives are.
The charity regulator's decision to ignore the views of the people of Shetland is entirely unsurprising: the changes to Shetland Charitable Trust proposed by the 'Undemocrat' majority were not illegal (Regulator approves charitable trust reform; SN, 06/04/17)
As of September 2016 Shetland Charitable Trust investments stood at a value of £220 million; money that belongs to the people of Shetland.
In relation to your article referring to smart meters on 25 March 2017 (Fuel poverty warning as energy prices rise).
A couple of years ago I needed specialist care in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. As no member of my family was able to accompany me I travelled with a Red Cross escort to Aberdeen, and was transferred from the airport to the hospital by Red Cross bus.
A basic tenet to democracy is an open, transparent decision-making process which is subject to public scrutiny.
I have two questions for NHS Shetland.
I commend Alan Macdonald on his letter ('More substance, please!', SN 16/3/17). I could not agree more. It is imperative that any debate goes beyond mere rhetoric with tangible solutions offered for consideration.
In the coming weeks we will be hearing from council candidates from all over Shetland. John Fraser ('Hold the health board to account', SN 15/3/17), like many, will be out there to save our future.
It is increasingly apparent that there is a need for elected representatives to hold Shetland health board members and their senior management team to account for performance and decision making.
Over the last few weeks the European Parliament's fisheries committee has been finalising its Brexit position ahead of Article 50.
The handful of largely unelected Shetland Charitable Trust trustees who took a cheap shot at Jonathan Wills last week (Lamentable contempt; SN, 28/2/2017) have a half-baked appreciation of democracy when they criticise him for not backing their "democratic" decisions.
I was interested to read Mr Bjorn Sandison’s letter [‘No magic fix’, SN 27/2/17), explaining why our plane fares are high.
I watched the video and read the report about the rescue of five fishermen from the fishing vessel Ocean Way (‘Five fishermen rescued from sinking vessel’, SN 3/3/17).
I write in reference to the ongoing plans for the so-called traffic calming measures taking place from the bottom of Church Road to the Viking Bus Station, as reported in this newspaper (‘Traffic calming work starts’, SN 1/3/17).
We wish in the strongest terms to defend the integrity of the chair of Shetland Charitable Trust in light of the recent attempt by vice-chair Jonathan Wills to cast doubt on his behaviour and motives.