Backer of tennis champs event cannot be serious

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BILL Drummond seems to be blowing his trumpet a bit too loudly about the tennis champs’ tourney (News, May 25).

Certainly it will be wonderful for local tennis fans, but Mr Drummond’s boast that it will benefit the city financially appears ill-founded.

The money will not be flowing in an economically advantageous direction. For the most part, Scots will be paying to watch top talent from elsewhere. Mr Drummond also fails to mention the £100,000 of public funding his firm is getting to stage the event (News, May 17).That is £100,000 that could perhaps have been better spent on more important concerns such as the state of the roads and pavements.

The temporary stadium structure will not be a great advert for Scottish engineering either. The innovative roof is being engineered by a Wiltshire firm.

Since public money is involved, I think the public ought to be told who is going to profit the most from this event.

Alan Murphy, Learmonth Grove, Edinburgh

Does hot dog critic know his onions?

Middle Meadow Walk often has dogs, children, new students and tourists straying into the cycle marked area. As someone who uses Middle Meadow Walk daily, either as a cyclist or as a pedestrian, I know that very fact encourages users to exercise caution according to the prevailing conditions or hazards. That is as it should be.

Despite the intemperate criticisms of a single councillor (Meadows hot dogs fail to cut mustard with cyclists, May 27), I see no reason why the busy shared route should not continue to operate satisfactorily with the addition of another nearby stall.

It is unfortunate if the councillor concerned considers (as apparently he is reported as doing) councillors should simply follow recommendations from council staff and not exercise their own judgement. It may just be that their exercise of judgement is more in tune with pragmatic solutions and public opinion than Chas Booth when resolving the competing demands in our city.

Cameron Rose, City Chambers, Edinburgh Southside and Newington councillor

We are all better together in the UK

I SEE that Monaco-based millionaire businessman Jim McColl is urging people to vote yes for independence.

He wants to slash corporation tax and abolish capital gains tax – in other words, turn Scotland into a tax haven for the rich.

Of course, if these taxes are cut then either taxes for ordinary people will have to rise or services that we all rely on will have to be cut even more than they are now, or indeed both will happen.

There doesn’t seem much fairness in this vision of an independent Scotland, a vision shared with Alex Salmond and the SNP.

I want to live in a country where we all share the burden and all share the benefits and that way lies in the United Kingdom, sharing with our friends and family in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We are better together.

Frank Russell, Broomhouse Crescent, Edinburgh

Sanity lies in fracking for cheap natural gas

Australia’s one million rooftop solar households could be forced to pay new fixed charges to recover billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies and make electricity fairer for all consumers.

Belgian energy companies are asking for a tax on solar panels from October to ensure owners contribute to using the network.

The Greek Environment and Energy Ministry are planning to impose an extraordinary levy on solar panels.

Still think solar panels are a good idea?

Europe has the highest energy prices in the world because of renewables subsidies and green taxes.

The EU is belatedly urging members to restore competition by “fracking” for cheap natural gas from shale instead of pushing “renewable” energy and the subsidies which cost consumers billions of pounds.

Sanity at last?

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Tigers tamed by the mighty Monarchs

While Hibs supporters were suffering a 3-0 defeat by Celtic in the Cup Final, at the same time in Glasgow Edinburgh Monarchs speedway supporters were enjoying at Ashfield Stadium their team demolishing their greatest rivals Glasgow Tigers by a score of 61-32, their highest ever away win in Glasgow. Well done all the team, a great performance!

John Tulloch, Duddingston Park South, Edinburgh

Caging beasts can aggravate behaviour

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Sarah McClay. Last weekend’s tragedy is just one of a series of preventable incidents in which people have been injured in captive-animal enclosures around the world.

Keeping wild animals in captivity and denying them the opportunity to fulfil even their most basic needs, such as selecting a mate and leading a life without human domination at every turn, can lead to neurotic behaviour and depression. Containing Sumatran tigers – which would ordinarily establish a territory of many miles and who are natural predators – in a limited environment can only aggravate their temperament. Furthermore, it does nothing to protect these magnificent animals in nature.

The ultimate salvation for endangered species lies in protecting their natural habitats, not subjecting them to life sentences in zoos.

Ben Williamson, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals