A gross hypocrasy
When everyone was signing the petition against Trumps’ temporary travel ban, where were they when the leader of one of the world’s most despotic countries was on a State Visit and being feted by the great and the rich?
The Chinese Premier leads a country notorious for its human rights abuses and deaths of millions of people especially in Tibet where the people are being ethnically cleansed.
For example, can you imagine being sentenced to life imprisonment for sending an email?
This is what happened to Wangdu, who lives in Tibet – a country illegally occupied for 65 years.
All he wanted was for the world to know his people’s plight.
At the moment no-one knows which concentration camp he is in.
Where were the petitions against the Chinese?
Where were the petitions against the King of Saudi Arabia and his visit?
Another leader totally opposed to freedom and who ruthlessly enforces an extremist version of Islam on everyone.
To me, it all smells of hypocrasy.
B McKenna, Overtoun Ave, Dumbarton
There were a couple of good points in Bill Heaney’s Notebook last week which will interest many people.
I can see that new school (OLSP) in the distance from my house and it looks humungous, even from up here about a mile away.
I would hate to live anywhere near it. And the stuff about the artificial grass is very scary.
Some of the young people up here with toddlers have put it on their lawns because it is maintenance free. Or at least it’s said to be. I hate it for other reasons though no insects, birds, bees or worms etc.
Nature in the garden scuppered food chain gone for the birds and the bees.
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I find it very disturbing that in their latest budget the Scottish Government has yet again not improved their Mental Health strategy which they allowed to lapse in 2015.
Young people are still waiting more than a year for treatment. If you have a broken leg you get seen the same day but with a broken mind a delay of months is unacceptable. Families can be destroyed by mental illness whatever the age of the patient. Since statistics show that one in four of the population will suffer mental illness at some time in their life it is a major concern.
Willie Rennie the Scottish leader of Liberal Democrats says their councillors will work in partnership with local health services and schools to encourage them to identify young people with mental health problems and enable them to deliver better support for these patients.
Margaret Horrell, via email
Just after the EU referendum result the Scottish Tory leader said: “I want to stay in the single market.
Even if a consequence of that is maintaining free movement of labour”.
The Scottish Government says that if the UK government compromises on at least negotiating to keep the UK in the European single market - which Ruth Davidson agreed supports 43,000 Scottish jobs - that they will not hold an independence referendum.
Ruth Davidson says the Scottish Tories would “oppose any attempt” for a second independence referendum but then oddly also said that ‘any attempt’ for a second independence referendum should not be blocked by UK government.
So why is she not supporting the Scottish Government’s compromise for the UK government to at least negotiate to keep the UK in the single market - which she said she supported - if she doesn’t want an independence referendum? Are the Tories trying to provoke one because they think they will win it...just like David Cameron thought he would easily win his EU referendum?
Graham C B Roberts, via email
The number of people setting deliberate fires is an increasing problem for our local fire crews.
I was disapointed to read the details in last week’s Lennox Herald.
How many people have to be tragically killed in house fires or accidents before people sit up and realise who idiotic this is.
Anti social behavior can be a terrible nuisance for residents. But if it involves fire, it can be deadly too.
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Crisp morning View of Loch Lomond at Loch Lomond Shores. This picture taken by John Donald, from Bonhill while out an early morning walk.