Letters: Sheltered housing is a necessity

Springburn Sheltered Housing Complex. Picture: Jamie Forbes
Springburn Sheltered Housing Complex. Picture: Jamie Forbes
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I AM now entering my 70th year and am a resident in sheltered accommodation. The residents are a mixture of blind, deaf, hard of hearing, wheelchair amputees and people with learning difficulties as well as numerous infirmities.

We, having worked most of our lives and paid our taxes – some of us still do – depend on each other within the confines of our sheltered accommodation. We are happy to live out the rest of our lives in social cohesion, with the help of council funding and care packages for those of us that need such help.

We have always been grateful for this help from the city council. However, I am now led to believe this is due to end shortly due to central and local government cutbacks.

I would remind all councils throughout Scotland that sheltered housing for the elderly is the precondition for life’s extension.

I would implore councils to reconsider what sheltered housing means to the majority of our disabled population.

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and in some cases deserted by their own families when entering into this era of ageing disablement.

Sheltered housing is no longer a privilege but is now a necessity, today, tomorrow and forever.

Edward Macaulay-Davidson, Montrose Terrace, Abbeyhill, Edinburgh

Rally to support your parents and elders

I WOULD expect everyone would wish to have a long and good life. To achieve this requires reliable and steady employment and a society that is run for the benefit of all.

This has been the aspiration of past generations of workers who struggled to improve their lives. We owe them our gratitude and respect.

The same applies to the pensioners of today who in their time have striven to create better conditions for all of us.

Now today’s generation must help, protect and care for their parents and grandparents whose welfare at the moment is under attack from a vicious, reactionary government determined to undo all the social progress which was fought so hard for.

People who are working today are the pensioners of tomorrow, and the government’s sights are firmly fixed on them.

By playing the divide and rule game, pitting one section of people against another, they hope to achieve their aims.

People working today must rally to support their parents and grandparents. This would be their contribution to the ongoing struggle to achieve a society run for the benefit of all.

A Delahoy, Silverknowes Gardens, Edinburgh

Independence poll is detrimental for Scots

THE Scottish independence referendum campaign has been going on for some time, to the detriment of more important social issues such as the attacks on cuts to pensions and benefits rights, unemployment, housing, and then of course there is the Bedroom Tax.

So far the independence debate has been a very sterile affair between the Unionists and the Nationalists, with more questions than answers coming from the SNP.

Alex Salmond has deliberately changed the Scotland Act without any cross-party debate.

Rather than being a vehicle for tackling the structural inequalities that are happening in Scotland, such as in housing, employment and poverty issues, the SNP is using the Scotland Act as part of its “Yes” campaign.

Chas Dennis, Niddrie Marischal Road, Edinburgh

Flag gesture was so embarrassing

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with Jim Taylor (Letters, July 13).

It was embarrassing to see the idiot Salmond holding up the Saltire at Wimbledon. I suppose we will just have to add it to the many stupid things he has already done and hope the rest of Scotland realise it.

Al Love, Pitt Street, Leith

An opportunity for the narrow-minded

Unlike Jim Taylor, when I watched the final set of the of the All England tennis championship I did not find it embarrassing that Alex Salmond was waving the Saltire, but I did realise what an opportunity it would be for all the narrow-minded unionists to find fault with him.

Wimbledon is not played for by countries but rather by individuals and at this moment in time Andy Murray has not said how he would vote if he were to return to Scotland in time for the referendum.

What I found reprehensible was the fact that the BBC sports correspondent David Bond last Sunday evening managed to equate being British with England winning the World Cup in 1966 and winning the Rugby World Cup in 2003.

That, as a patriotic Scot, is offensive to me, but if Mr Taylor is happy to be thought of as English/British good on him.

Remember, in sport anyone but England.

Douglas Gordon, Liberton, Edinburgh

State of beaches the next day was rubbish

IT was nice to see your photos of people enjoying the sunshine on Portobello and Joppa beaches.

I only wish you had taken photos the following morning of all the bottles, cans, bags, banana skins and broken toys which were left lying about the usually clean beaches.

There are plenty of notices about dogs’ dirt, how about fines for people who don’t pick up their litter?

There are lots of black litter bins along the promenade.

CJ Wilson, Milton Drive, Joppa, Edinburgh