Letters: Early intervention helps children and city budget

Chris Heggie and his son Dylan who has anxiety due to school. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Chris Heggie and his son Dylan who has anxiety due to school. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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Very sad reading about ten-year-old Dylan Heggie facing Prozac treatment due to poor support in his Nether Currie mainstream school (News, August 22).

My sons Tommy and Jake both have autism and are educated in special school settings.

Parking ticket. Picture: comp

Parking ticket. Picture: comp

Edinburgh City Council’s presumption that children with additional support needs should be educated in mainstream schools does not add up when there isn’t adequate training for staff in how to support these children.

When will the council realise that adequate support and early intervention will protect children with additional needs from serious mental health problems, and more importantly to the council will save them money in the long run?

Julia Main, Lothians ASN Parenting Support Group on Facebook

Labour out of touch with its core voters

Reports show that no-one really knows what the Labour Party stands for.

It is so out of touch with its core vote, it even ignores the Labour for Independence movement within the party. Exploiting trade unions monetarily, Labour refuses to repeal Tory anti-union legislation.

Discussing independence at branch meetings is discouraged by Labour controlled union officials. How trade unionists can pay money to people who want to hurt them is something I don’t get.

Labour’s autocracy surfaced recently in East Lothian. With no qualms about standing with the Tories on independence or forming an unholy alliance with their ‘political rivals to lead a coalition council administration in East Lothian, Labour hypocritically tried to berate a local SNP councillor for daring to support a Labour for Independence stall in Tranent.

A Tory Party that accepts it has little support in Scotland could regret trusting its Labour accomplices to lead a negative “No” campaign that has been aptly labelled “Project Fear” because of a nasty scaremongering campaign that often borders on the ridiculous.

Jack Fraser, Clayknowes Drive, Musselburgh

SNP efforts to hush debate are chilling

ALEX Orr’s reaction (Letters, August 20) to Andrew Marr’s comments on the independence debate – arguing that Marr should be excluded by the BBC from reporting and commenting on the independence debate – is a chilling reminder of the forces that would be active in an independent Scotland to still the voices that are not approved by Nationalist enthusiasts.
Norman Bonney, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh

A cynical exercise to make cash for council

The police are quite right to chase up speeding offences and dangerous forms of driving and this type of law enforcement can hardly be termed a “cash cow”.

Some Edinburgh area readers may not, however, in contrast share this view of recent policies by the council’s parking services who have started to fine drivers apparently for moving a yard or three too early into a bus lane so as to be able to turn left amidst a huddle of central traffic which might otherwise block the driver’s left turn.

Similarly, where a driver can only find a parking slot between two badly parked cars and thus straddles unavoidably two parking spaces, wardens now appear to be treating this as an offence not by the poorly parked cars but by the poor driver who finds no complete space but otherwise plenty of room in which to park albeit unavoidably straddling two spaces .

For fines to be imposed on drivers who are trying to go to work or into shops or cinemas might be in the view of many a cynical money-making exercise on the part of the council.

Angus Logan, Coates Gardens, Edinburgh

Young will drive the economy of future

I WELCOME the Scottish Government’s latest campaign to get businesses more involved in the recruitment and training of young people.

Our research has highlighted that young people and entrepreneurs are key to creating growth in Scotland. Creating new small businesses, creating jobs and creating confidence are essential to creating a new, more sustainable and international economy.

Scotland is starting to find its international business voice. Our business leaders have responded well to global uncertainty by working more corroboratively to drive sustainable economic restoration and growth. Partnership working has created a positive climate for start-ups and the business leaders of tomorrow to flourish.

It’s imperative that we now all focus on making the most of the entrepreneurial spark within the country. Young people are an often untapped asset and will ultimately be the driving force behind the success of Scotland’s future economy.

Sandra Rodger, partner, Grant Thornton UK LLP, Edinburgh

No say in how banks spend our money

Many of us are trying to combat climate change by cutting our carbon emissions and working to make our communities more sustainable.

But the banks and pension funds in which most of us invest our money are pouring billions of pounds into dirty coal, oil and gas – yet we have no say in how this money is spent.

The fossil fuel extraction financed by UK banks and pension funds is pushing the planet to the brink of climate catastrophe. It is also destroying the lives of the people who have to live with giant coal mines and oil wells on their doorsteps.

Often these projects are in poor countries, and far from benefiting local people, they pollute the land and water people rely on.

Kevin McGinley, Brunswick Terrace, Edinburgh