A gross hypocrasy

Lennox Herald - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

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.

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