To the once proud citizens of Edinburgh - have you lost your pride? I am, of course, referring to the fact that you allowed your city council to give the go ahead to build that monstrosity called the ribbon hotel right in the city centre.
Come on people, Edinburgh is an ancient city full of history and historic architecture and this is what the real tourists come to see.
I should have thought you would have learned a lesson after the terrible mistake of allowing that unmentionable catastrophe to be built across from Holyrood Palace.
Edinburgh, the once world- renowned beautiful city with a reputation for ancient architecture, Princes Street shopping and wonderful gardens and squares, is gradually beginning to look like buildings in an outer space comic strip.
And the gardens and Princes Street with the big wheel and other playground additions is becoming another Disneyland.
However, these things won’t stand the test of time like Old Edinburgh has. What then, Edinburgh? I dread to think.
But maybe somewhere there is someone who can design bins that are more pleasing to the eye and that would be an improvement for the city.
Bette Wallace, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
McGrigor has served well at Holyrood
I was saddened by the news that my dear friend, Jamie McGrigor, long- standing MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has decided to step down at the next election.
I have known Jamie for over 15 years and have worked with him for the last four years on European matters. I count him as one of the most dedicated politicians I have ever known, passionate about the area he represents and truly passionate about the interests of his constituents.
Assiduous in his contributions to activities in the Scottish Parliament, his determination to hold Ministers to account and his dogged approach to getting the best deal, not least for fishermen, shows the level of public service he has made.
I am truly sorry he has now decided to step down from the Scottish Parliament. At 65, he is too young to call it a day. Sadly people increasingly don’t realise that those who achieve retirement age still have so much to give.
I’m sure Jamie McGrigor will still contribute enormously to public service in Scotland. We need more of his kind.
Cllr Dominic RC Heslop, City Chambers, Edinburgh
Police failure is an embarrassment
What does it take to embarrass our police force? It’s not long since they failed to find the two young people who sadly died in an accident after having driven off the road.
Now they fail over a period of three months to find a missing lady. Her American friend came over, recruited some volunteers and found the lady within two days. It certainly does not fill me with confidence.
Mrs Sylvia F Wilson, Maxwell Street, Edinburgh
Residents are losing out to Festival visitors
Living in Edinburgh during the Festival can be a rewarding time, as long as you aren’t in a hurry to get around the city.
We try to book up tickets early, as you can often get 2 for 1 on tickets on the first day or so. It also means that you know you have tickets for the shows that are likely to sell out quickly.
I was surprised, if not a bit annoyed to find people in front of us in the queue for Al Murray (pictured) last night had come up from London and managed to get 2 for 1 tickets for his show.
We booked in July and no such offer was available then, so paid full price.
Maybe that answers the question of why more English people go to Festival Shows. They get better deals that Edinburgh residents.
Alun Thomas, Sinclair Close, Edinburgh
Don’t dig up Leith Walk again, Mr Kerr
Would someone explain to new Edinburgh city council chief Andrew Kerr that Leith people have had enough of Leith Walk and Constitution Street being dug up?
We had two years of holes all over the street - in fact, one hole at Balfour Stree had balloons and Happy Birthday banners on it.
Then once again a year later up came Leith Walk ‘impovements’ and we were left with huge, unnecessarily broad pavements and now we have one lane for buses and cars and fewer parking places.
Then once again they decided to install unnecessary new pedestrian lights at the foot of the Walk and that took six months. The old ones were fine - Leith people know how to cross the road.
Now Mr Kerr wants us to go through it all again to put trams down. My answer to him is ‘get on your bike’, we have had enough’ Spend the money on fixing the pot holes all over Leith instead.
Andrew Forrest, Bellevue Road, Edinburgh
New bus shelters are lacking information
Can someone from the council please explain why some of the new bus shelters don’t have a bus stop board indicating which buses stop there?
It is very confusing, especially for the elderly and visitors, and while there is a tracker board, it is sometimes out of operation and only gives Lothian Buses and not those of other companies.
Charmaine Lamont, Magdalene Avenue, Edinburgh