Letters to the Editor - 20.01.11

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Sir,

I couldn’t agree more with Mr Guild who wrote in response to Mr Alan Bell’s letter regarding the safety of Kirriemuir people on the roads of the town.

Mr Guild pointed out so many facts in his letter, one being that Mr Bell ‘would appear to have something to say on everything’ and that Mr Bell often chooses to share his opinions with all in the ‘Kirriemuir Herald’.

I, for one, agree that the adverts by Guild Homes are for people’s own good.

If it wasn’t for these adverts, with pictures, myself and a lot of others would be blind to the dangers coming our way.

I feel Mr Bell saw an opportunity to have his name next to yet another unsuccessful rant on a subject which is clearly very important for all to see.

I again, for one, would also like to see exactly what Mr Bell has done or intends to do for the people of Kirriemuir?

At the moment, we as a community can probably, most definitely, give it to Mr Bell that he is some what of a speaker, not one that I often agree with.

Have you ever thought of becoming an MP Mr Bell or do you prefer to use your time writing letters and ranting rather than putting your vocabulary of many words into action?

Yours etc.,

Daryl Beech.

Sir,

As chairman of Forfar Branch of the RBLS it has come to my attention that some members of the ex service community have misgivings with regard to the ability of this organisation to organise and run the annual Armistice and Remembrance events here in Forfar.

I have been informed that a local Regimental Association has expressed disquiet with regard to the competence of the RBLS and our ability to carry out this function.

It is worthy of note that the Forfar branch of The Royal British Legion Scotland celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.

As such, I and my illustrious predecessors have carried out this function on behalf of the Royal burgh of Forfar for the majority if not all of those years since 1921.

Between my immediate predecessor and myself we have some 59 years of military service between us and, as such, I believe that we have a little more knowledge than some of our critics (who ever those individuals may be) with regard to the organisation of these two important special events in the town’s diary.

Over the years, and most certainly during the 17 that the responsibility has been mine, these events received nothing but praise from the public at large and indeed all of the various military and non military participants.

It is even more astonishing that this item was of such concern to the association concerned that it was deemed appropriate to discuss the matter in open forum before first airing their concerns with those responsible.

It may show a little of their understanding when one of their number decided that the matter was of such importance to them that he would raise it with the Provost of Angus, with, I would assume, the very much mistaken impression that the event was in some way the responsibility of Angus Council.

I may be quite wrong in my assumption that for the past 90 years we have been getting it right and if that should be the case then as chairman of the organisation that has provided and indeed completely funded the service and parades for all those years I and the committee and members of the RBLS Forfar would welcome other members of the public’s comments.

We, as an organisation, pride ourselves on following our motto of service not self and if change is required then I would ask all Forfarians to please let us know.

Yours etc.,

Charlie Brown,

chairman,

Forfar Branch RBLS.

Sir,

As I live by the Greens car park, I have been interested to see the amount of work being carried out resurfacing paths, building a little bridge and generally making the place look more appealing.

I have no objection to something being done there, but, in my opinion, it is like the ‘icing on the cake’ when much more important things need done - many of them to do with the safety of the community, e.g. holes in the roads and clearing pavements.

It seems remarkable that the skatepark, which was finished over a year ago, small but well-used as it is, is still without lights.

I was under the impression that the young people had been promised lights there before the days grew shorter in the autumn and still there is no sign of them. Now that surely is a safety issue?!

Where are the priorities of this Alliance Council?

Yours etc.,

Bob Findlay

Sir,

I was pleased to read Councillor Colin Brown’s comments in the Dispatch dated January 13.

While I am not taking sides in the debate it is good to see Angus councillors trying to rise above previous immature and petty exchanges.

One thing puzzles me – and I speak as someone who encouraged Mr Brown to stand for the council having been impressed by his original and impartial stand on issues as a Community Councillor for ten years up to 2007.

How is it possible for an independent councillor to write such a spirited defence of the Angus Alliance and still claim to be an independent?

Mr Brown uses the term “we” several times in his article.

I have no difficulty with any group of councillors in any local government area forming an administration or an alliance but such an alliance puts an end to any semblance of an independent label.

This would go for Councillor Myles and the Provost. Both are hard working and, in the 30 years I have know them, I have found them to be quite independent minded.

Surely two issues need to be clarified before the next election.

The voting public needs to know exactly what candidates’ views are on a range of issues such as closure of rural libraries and which flag is to be flown on council buildings and where they feel cuts are possible and where expenditure is a priority.

The public also have a right to know if candidates who oppose each other prior to the ballot, are likely to kiss and make up their political differences afterwards in the form of coalitions and mergers.

At the very least if a new political group assumes power then it is only fitting that each member of that group adopts that new name and drops their previous designation.

This is particularly so when an independent member totally subscribes to and adopts the views of any alliance.

You need look no further than the Arbroath councillor Bob Spink to see how an independent councillor acts and votes: each issue considered on its merit and an opinion stated without obligation to any political grouping.

One of the reasons I did not seek re-election in 2007 was that I felt and still do feel that there is no need for party politics in local government and that includes local groups that act as political parties by deciding the result of votes in secret meetings before any public debate take place.

Yours etc.

Ron J Scrimgeour,

Forfar (via e-mail).

Sir,

May I take this opportunity to apologise for having an opinion on the shabby way Angus Council have treated Kirriemuir in relation to the allocation of supermarkets.

I believe we were used as retail cannon fodder in order to build a retail empire, and job nucleolus in Forfar, evidenced by recent decisions.

With the refusal of Sainsbury and approval of Asda I don’t believe A. N. Other large supermarket will ever come to Kirriemuir, which is why I asked the question.

The use of cartoons in literature has been with us for centuries as a form of humour, ridicule and propaganda.

The irony has always been in the readers’ interpretation of the motives behind the illustrations and guessing which was which in the circumstances.

It is, however, a sad indictment of our society that recent laws originating in Europe have caused more than a little humour with regard to safety.

Who among us hasn’t laughed at some of the outrageous regulations foisted upon us through “Elf and Safety” Law, banning children from playing for fear of falling over.

However, we have been fortunate in having a sound education along with experience, and the capability of what used to be known as common sense, so that we may assess our own individual safety.

Furthermore, we educate and train professional people to assess possible dangers in our midst, and recommend alternative courses of action.

With particular regard to vehicles I believe there exists a rigorous training and licensing procedure for the drivers of lorries and we must rely upon their professional judgement when moving among our streets while always being aware of our own safety.

Wouldn’t it be a very different world if all entrepreneurs made it their priority to improve the health, safety ,welfare and wellbeing of others, as opposed to the selfish struggle to achieve ever increasing fiscal targets.

For myself I remain a long-term tax paying resident voter who abhors unfairness, injustice, social bullying and mendacity, but can unfortunately fight only one battle at a time, and I fear apathy is a struggle to the end.

An ambition would be to have the honour and privilege of representing Kirriemuir on the council, but sad to say my principles preclude me from accepting large amounts of tax payers’ money in the form of benefits, salary, expenses, pension or “parachute payment” at a time when we may all have to struggle.

Yours etc.,

Alan Bell,

Roods,

Kirriemuir.