Mil­ton view Fury over lol­lipop chop

Hamilton Advertiser - - HAMILTON VIEW -

There were two sto­ries that dom­i­nated the Ad­vertiser’s so­cial me­dia chan­nels this week.

The first to catch our read­ers at­ten­tion on­line was South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to axe school cross­ing pa­trollers across the county.

Par­ents re­acted with fury last week to the news that their school cross­ing pa­trollers are to be axed de­spite a huge pub­lic outcry ear­lier this year.

Back in April, peo­ple power led to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil back­track­ing on their move to axe 22 pa­trollers across the county af­ter par­ents con­tacted the Ad­vertiser to voice their con­cerns.

But last week, in a let­ter dated Septem­ber 4 to schools who will be af­fected, the lo­cal author­ity an­nounced that 20 of the pre­vi­ously stated 22 posts will be re­moved per­ma­nently from Septem­ber 26.

Ann Rodger posted on Face­book: “Put­ting chil­dren at risk!

“I can only see this go­ing one way and that is a child’s life be­ing lost.

“We all teach our chil­dren how to keep safe when cross­ing the road but the sheer vol­ume of cars on the roads now make it dif­fi­cult, even for an adult to ne­go­ti­ate.”

Is­abel Cooper said: “They don’t care about our chil­dren just about them­selves.”

Moi Steele Mc said: “The lol­lipop per­son lost their job at St John Ogilvie a while ago since then two kids have been hit by cars and both got bro­ken legs.”

Jacqueline Rhoney posted: “This will be ok till some­thing tragic hap­pens then they will lis­ten.”

Mandy Hunter said: “This is just so wrong .”

Theresa Mc Spadyen said: “Jeez in the grand scheme of money that’s NOT the way to make a sav­ing. One di­rec­tor would more than cover all their salary.”

Christine Car­ruthers said: “Maybe ev­ery­one will stop, look and lis­ten for traf­fic in­stead of tex­ting or on the phone. What with the amount of par­ents walk­ing kids to school now what is the need for lol­lipop man/ woman?

“Oh I for­got gab­bing and Snapchat­ing is more im­por­tant than the kids they pro­fess to be look­ing af­ter.”

An­other story to dom­i­nate the Ad­vertiser’s so­cial me­dia head­lines was our ar­ti­cle on can­cer sur­vivor Lynn Cameron.

Lynn, who was di­ag­nosed with in­cur­able brain can­cer al­most four years ago, has cred­ited cannabis oil for her sur­vival.

The 48-year-old was given just “six to 18 months” to live in De­cem­ber 2013.

Fol­low­ing ses­sions of chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy, she opted to try cannabis oil in a des­per­ate bid to save her life.

And now she is part of a new cam­paign group, Med­i­cal Cannabis Re­form Scot­land, push­ing “for the re­form of the cur­rent pro­hib­i­tive laws around the use of cannabis for med­i­ca­tion”.

Lynn told the Ad­vertiser: “I took a seizure on Novem­ber 30, 2013, prior to which I had been quite well.

“I had a scan on De­cem­ber 10 at Hairmyres Hos­pi­tal and it showed a mass, and I was taken straight into South­ern Gen­eral at that point.

“I was op­er­ated on De­cem­ber 16, and on De­cem­ber 27 I was told that I had stage 4 ter­mi­nal brain can­cer.

“So I un­der­went the chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy com­bined, but was told even then I would live six to 18 months at best. A good friend sug­gested cannabis, but I was too scared be­cause it’s il­le­gal. I also found it hard to be­lieve that it would cure brain can­cer so ad­vanced.

“But as the scans were show­ing there was no change to the mass, I even­tu­ally thought, ‘I’m go­ing to break the mold here and try that’.”

The story it­self amassed more than 30,000 shares on Face­book alone and at­tracted many com­ments.

Caro­line Smith posted: “I used cannabis oil for my can­cer 13 years ago and it has never come back. I went to Hol­land to buy it. No side ef­fects and I needed two months of treat­ment. Saved my life.”

Mar­ian Maguire said: “I’m so glad you have beaten this ter­ri­ble dis­ease, I wish we had tried that, just to see!”

Linda Maclean said: “Wake up re­searchers, get in­ves­ti­gat­ing and get this treat­ment out there .So proud of you Lynn and may you have a long and happy life.”

Clare Mitchell said: “Love this story and so happy you sur­vived. Wish­ing you a long and happy life.”

David An­der­son said: “It’s wrong to refuse peo­ple ac­cess to this. End of dis­cus­sion.”

Con­cern Mar­garet Mo­han, Louise Colvin, Tina Frew and Michelle Lap­pin at the busy Fall­side Road cross­ing in Both­well

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