Letters: What’s not to like about independent Scotland?

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DEVOLUTION has been exceedingly good for Scotland. Devolved issues have allowed the Scottish Parliament to direct resources where they are best utilised.

The NHS in Scotland is much better than in England; child care provision and care of the elderly are superior and will improve still further.

Teachers are aware that education is moving in diametrically opposite directions between Scotland and England.

Michael Forsyth, George Younger, Tam Dalyell and others strongly opposed devolution and now the same old voices are regurgitating why we should not be able to run our own country.

Baroness Annabel Goldie should be ashamed of herself for her condemnation of a Yes vote. She would not be in the House of Lords were it not for devolution.

We have enviable assets and untapped assets including energy (oil, shale oil, coal, nuclear, hydro, timber, wind, tidal).

We have remarkable intellectual property, world class universities, light engineering, shipbuilding, electronics, pharamceuticals, textiles, whisky, tourism and agriculture.

The pound sterling? Why not establish the Scottish pound and be done with it? After all, it works well for the Canadian dollar and the US dollar being side by side.

So, a Yes vote it must be in September. Our grandchildren would never forgive us if we shrink in our determination.

I should remind those who think otherwise that they have George Galloway on their side. Need I say more?

Stuart Wright, Greenheads Road, North Berwick

Back from Australia to seek our relatives

My sister Mary Alan nee Marvill (born in Edinburgh) and I are coming back for a visit in August. We live in Sydney after emigrating here with our parents many years ago.

I have been back for two visits, but my sister has never returned and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for her.

We are hoping this letter can help us trace some of our relatives who may still be in Edinburgh or surrounding areas, as it would be great to be able to have my sister meet up with long lost relatives after all these years.

Our mum Lotte Marvill (nee Montgomery) had a few sisters; there was Joyce, Rena Sissy and Jean. There were brothers, but I can only remember one name, I think it was James or Jimmy. Their mother’s maiden name was Semple.

I am in touch with one cousin, but he is not having any luck in tracing anyone else.

At one stage my grandmother and grandfather lived in Musselburgh, after moving there from Edinburgh.

How good would it be if we could trace someone after all these years.

Fingers crossed.

Jan Ashley, Australia, by email

Old Army friends are reunited by the News

THANKS to the Evening News for publishing a letter ‘Seeking Army pal 55 years on’ (February 13).

In response to the letter and accompanying photo of us in Aden, which was a British crown colony at the time (1959-61), I received several phone calls and comments from friends and acquaintances over five days, drawing it to my attention.

My old friend Bryan, who I had lost touch with, also received phone calls informing him of my whereabouts.

We have had a lengthy chat, reminiscing about the old days and also been in touch by email, exchanging photographs. Bryan and I both thank you for publishing the letter and giving it such prominence.

Douglas A Brown, Milton Road East, Edinburgh

Pavement cyclicts add to injury fears

walking from Debenhams to Boots on Princes Street on Friday at 5pm - a very busy pavement with bus shelters - I was hit on the back of my left leg by a darkly dressed cyclist.

Fortunately I did not fall over, but being 81 years of age, with an eye operation due, I am pleased I managed to stay upright.

I’m afraid I was not very ladylike when I shouted at him as he lay on the pavement.

Do we have to wait until someone is badly injured before anything is done about this problem?

And it would be good if something could also be done about the stop-cocks minus their covers in pavements all over town, especially the New Town?

Being left open, they are ideal for tripping over and breaking limbs.

Mrs MJ Chaplin, St Stephen Street, Edinburgh

Councillors should have a time limit

Prior to 1980 it was the custom for for town councillors to retire after they had reached the senior posts in the council.

This does not happen now and some councillors regard this rank to be held for life.

Councillors decide how millions of raterpayers’ money is spent and some councillors’ attempts at private enterprise have ended in failure.

I suggest that a councillor should not serve beyond 15 years in total.

Dadie R Watt, by email