Letters: City future healthy thanks to much-maligned trams

Project has taken much work to put together

Project has taken much work to put together

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WITH the tram network beginning to take shape despite the controversy at the beginning of the project, it looks like the future for public transport here has at last begun a new age.

An opportunity for Edinburgh’s economic future will be given a much-needed boost.

The project was very much the target of controversy and disagreement from the Scottish Government, commerce bodies, the business sector and the general public.

But these people failed to realise the importance of what is really a golden opportunity to create something that will forever play its part in keeping the city at the frontier of providing jobs for generations to come and benefit business in the long term.

Not least, it will help to 
give the city a healthier 
environment.

Chas Dennis, Niddrie Marischal Road, Edinburgh

Christians are losing argument

Otto Inglis (Letters, July 31) says there is no support beyond politicians and the media for same-sex marriage. This is nonsense. There is, for example, strong support among Christian and Jewish denominations who do want to hold same-sex weddings on their premises.

He adds that the real agenda is to “drive Christianity and the Christian moral outlook out of public life”. This too is nonsense.

All views and opinions are welcome and must be considered on their merits.

What Mr Inglis really means is that Christians are losing the argument, and he doesn’t like it because of course we must all do what Christians dictate, although I am sure Protestant Christians take no notice of what the Pope 
dictates.

Alistair McBay, National Secular Society, Edinburgh

Parents too busy for luxury food

I WRITE regarding Nick Nairn’s comments about the children’s programme Woolly and Tig (Chef slams TV ‘junk diet’, News, July 28).

Clearly business isn’t booming for the old pan-frier if he has the time to sit around watching programmes for the under-fives.

He tells us that he has children of his own and that it would worry him “if they were younger and watched the programme”. If his kids aren’t even watching it, why is he?

He is complaining about a three-year-old girl eating a fish finger. His reaction to this would be very funny if it weren’t so elitist.

Perhaps he has the time to spare shelling pea pods and steaming edamame beans on for his own kids, but busy normal working parents simply don’t always have that luxury.

D Krachan, Dudley Avenue, Edinburgh

No help as car is sprayed filthy

My grandson was visiting me on July 25 at Stenhouse Crescent, Edinburgh. He parked his new car just outside my house when the garden waste truck came along.

It was spewing out some kind of liquid and it sprayed all over my grandson’s car and all over the road. The guys from the truck said he should phone the council to have his car professionally cleaned. He did this and was passed from one person to another.

He asked to talk to a manager and was told the manager would phone him right back – he is still waiting.

He had to go and pay to have his car cleaned as it was absolutely stinking.

One hour later they sent out a truck to clean the road!

These managers should be ashamed of themselves. I bet they would be the first to complain if anything happened to their new car.

Elizabeth Cowan, Stenhouse Crescent, Edinburgh

Waiting for news of the festive bus

At this time of the year Lothian Buses starts planning its festive season schedule.

In recent years I have been fobbed off by Lothian Buses when I have asked why there is no No 12 service available over Christmas/Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, and yet the No 26 still managed to run every ten minutes.

Surely a No 12 bus to and from Ratho via Broomhall, Corstorphine say every 30 minutes or hourly cannot be too big a drain on the festive bus services?

Ian Murray, Broomhall Loan Edinburgh