Bruce must focus solely on managing our city

Seagulls get stuck into a bag of rubbish. Picture: Susan Burrell
Seagulls get stuck into a bag of rubbish. Picture: Susan Burrell
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I FEEL a sense of outrage and disgust at the decision of Sue Bruce to take up a post with SSE (News, July 18). That along with utter amazement that our councillors see no wrong in this.

I would have thought she had more than enough to keep her in full employment sorting out the council she has presided over for the last two-and-a-half years.

One department in particular needs a serious overhaul, that being Services for Communities.

Every few months some other failure by this department’s management is reported in the News, whether it be refuse collection, litter, poor maintenance or pot holes.

A recent example is the report in the News on July 19 regarding the shocking state of the city centre.

What’s new? All year the city centre is a mess, but at this time it is much worse.

We hear the constant platitudes from the likes of Councillor Lesley Hinds, offering this excuse, that excuse, but nothing changes. As Sue Bruce appears to have plenty spare time at her disposal, I would suggest she dedicates it to sorting out the entire management structure within the Services for Communities department before it drags this once beautiful city further into the gutter.

She is employed by the taxpayer in this city, and very well paid at that, to work solely on behalf of the taxpayer, so I would suggest she does that, 100 per cent.

David Black, Kenmure Avenue, Edinburgh

Camilla has right to welcome George

I CAN’T believe the letter from Sylvia M DeLuca (Camilla should not have been on scene, July 25).

Camilla is William and Harry’s stepmother and they both have a lot of time for her, so why shouldn’t she go and see the new prince with her husband, his grandfather.

Charles and Diana were a mismatch from the start and that relationship was never going to work. I think we should stop blaming Camilla and move on.

Lynn Gourlay, Pilton Drive, Edinburgh

Response to bin bags was rubbish

The bin in Dalgety Avenue was overflowing and black bags had been burst by birds, so I phoned the council to complain.

The rubbish was all over the road and pavement, which was attracting rats, but I was told that they didn’t have the manpower and if it wasn’t cleaned a few days later to phone them back.

The lorry came and emptied the bucket but all the rubbish was left on the ground – don’t the drivers have brushes to clean it up?

Graham Black, Edinburgh

Stand firm to protect Scots’ age-old values

Norman Bonney (Letters, July 24) of the Edinburgh Secular Society highlights the legislation which excludes Roman Catholics (as well as non-Anglicans) from the British throne. It is true that this is regrettable and some day it may be possible to amend the legislation in question.

However, I suspect that most Catholics will be more concerned in the shorter term that tiny and unrepresentative bodies of a few activists such as the Edinburgh Secular Society are currently campaigning to remove religious representatives, such as Catholic church people, from local authority education committees and no doubt in the longer term to end Catholic schools in Scotland.

Tom Gallagher, the academic and social commentator, has described secularists in Scotland currently as an aggressive elite.

Indeed they are largely centred in Edinburgh, but certainly seem to many of us to be on a dedicated mission to de-Christianise Scotland. That should cause most Scots, Catholics or otherwise, some concern, if we value our traditions, culture, freedoms and age-old values

Gus Logan, York Road, North Berwick

We shouldn’t have to spend a penny for loo

As the public toilets in Edinburgh are a disgrace to a capital city, I was glad to hear that they are to be upgraded (News, July 24), hopefully to the standard achieved in East Lothian.

However, why do this work in the middle of the tourist season when the city is so busy?

Just another of the odd decisions we seem to make in this city.

I was also upset to see that it would now charge us 30p for this facility which is a lot for a child in desperate need . . . not to mention the inconvenience of finding the appropriate change.

I am sure that it will result in an increased footfall for local department stores and possibly increased sales.

Heather Keith, Edinburgh

Gibson’s gone too far with ‘thick’ comment

John Gibson has really overstepped the mark in informing us that “in the army, well, it can be one helluva life, because two fifths of recruits are . . . thick” (July 24).

This comment was made in the light of an MPs’ report which stated that this high proportion of army recruits have a reading age of 11.

Having a primary school reading age when you are in your late teens by no means signifies that you are “thick”.

There are many and varied reasons why a sizeable number of adults show a low reading age when tested, but this does not mean that they cannot take intelligent decisions and make a valuable contribution to society.

The rest of us, if tested, would probably show significant weaknesses in other areas of learning.

The good thing about the recruits is that they are tested, their difficulties come to light and the army addresses them.

In many cases the recruits are successfully taught to read.

Gail Keating, Polton Street, Bonnyrigg