Letters: Let’s resolve to make the Lothians healthier

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Congratulations to the Evening News and to NHS Lothian for the adult and honest coverage of the challenges confronting the local health service and the positive news that there is to report of progress being made in overcoming them (News, January 7).

But much more is needed to promote good health than hospitals, surgeries, nurses, doctors and support staff.

It falls upon all of us to make our personal contributions by cutting down on excess alcohol consumption, rejecting harmful cigarettes and other drugs, eating healthily, exercising regularly, making new friends, joining a club, respecting others and helping those we know who need assistance.

If we all make a new resolution along these lines we can all help one another and the health service to make the Lothians a healthier place.

Norman Bonney, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh

No-one deserves an award more than Tom

I AM sure the citizens of Edinburgh would back a campaign to ensure that Tom Gilzean is honoured with the freedom of the city (News, January 4).

Tom, 93, is an ambassador for this city and has raised an outstanding £100,000 for the Sick Kids hospital while out in all weathers.

He also assists tourists with much information about his beloved Edinburgh, every day dressed in his usual tartan outfit – remarkable.

The Lord Provost’s remarks were so negative. Come on, let’s see Tom gets a well-deserved award and the city treat him to a luncheon for all his efforts.

N Joe Taylor, Montague Street, Edinburgh

How warming creates the ice .. confused?

Climate change denier Clark Cross chuckles at what he sees as the irony that scientists “looking for evidence of global warming were trapped by local cooling” (Letters, January 7).

Perhaps he is unaware that the increase in Antarctic sea ice is due not to local cooling, but to (fresh) meltwater from Antarctic glaciers, which freezes at a higher temperature than salt water.

Consequently, the extra ice that trapped their ship is most likely to be the result of warming, not 
cooling.

Steuart Campbell, Dovecot Loan, Edinburgh

Chancellor who does not seem to care

GEORGE Osborne has proved beyond doubt that we now have a chancellor who does not give a monkey’s for the consequences of his ill-thought-out policies.

His despised bedroom tax was supposed to save the Government 
£500 million a year. However, because people cannot find bigger or smaller homes because the houses aren’t in stock, these people are being forced to move into private accommodation, which is more expensive than council or housing association rent.

This therefore costs the Government more, because they have to pay the rent to the councils to pay the private landlord.

Yes George, thanks to you we no longer have a chancellor who gives a monkey’s about researching the effects of his policies before he puts them in place.

Alan Lough, Boroughdales, Dunbar, East Lothian

Bobby could be cool canine coin collector

THE number of tourists flocking to Edinburgh to visit Greyfriars Bobby’s grave and drinking fountain has increased substantially thanks to the internet.

As illuminating the statue has proved to be a success, I would like to propose that a coin slot be inserted into the fountain’s pedestal, the donations going to assist the work of Scotland’s animal welfare organisations.

I’m sure that Baroness Burdett-Coutts, who donated the fountain to the city, would approve if she was alive today.

Stewart Wilson, Abbeyhill Crescent, Edinburgh

Bus shelter is put to shame by rail revamp

The revamped railway station at Haymarket does really bring this interchange straight into the 21st century.

But what has happened to the bus shelter for all Corstorphine bound users on the 12 and 26? Just a garbage bin shelter for our ankles. We certainly deserve better.

Colin C Maclean, Hillpark Avenue, Edinburgh

Loud voice from an aggressive minority

Neil Barber, local secular activist, claims that some secularists are “religious” (Letters, January 6).

I doubt this given that he himself has referred to Christianity as a “superstition”.

Indeed, Mr Barber’s own lobby group has only a few dozen members but demands the removal or at least reduction of what he calls an “anachronistic” church voice from schools and education committees, from remembrance parades, from scout and guide organisations, from broadcasting and so on and presents its rather shrill views to us in the media frequently.

I do not think many people of faith will be naive enough to support the views of Scotland’s tiny but relatively loud (in the view of many), if not aggressive, secular campaigners.

Gus Logan, York Road, North Berwick