SNP are miss­ing the point

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Dear Editor

All of the SNP writ­ers in the past few weeks seem to have missed the cru­cial les­son from the lo­cal elec­tions.

What peo­ple told me on the doorstep was that they were sick and tired of the SNP bang­ing on about another ref­er­en­dum.

Fig­ures came out this month which showed a de­cline in school pupils’ reading, writ­ing and count­ing abil­i­ties. The SNP should be tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for this and start to fo­cus on the day job.

As the new coun­cil­lor for Cam­bus­lang West, I will be con­cen­trat­ing on what mat­ters most - stand­ing up for lo­cal peo­ple and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence lo­cally. Coun­cil­lor Mar­garet Walker, Cam­bus­lang West Why is Mrs May wast­ing cash on the elec­tions?

Theresa May has openly stated on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions that fur­ther sav­ings will be re­quired over the next 10 years.

Can she then ex­plain why she is squan­der­ing £145 mil­lion of tax-pay­ers’ money on hold­ing a gen­eral elec­tion that was not re­quired, other than to pro­vide a boost to her al­ready over­in­flated ego? Gor­don Clark, Princes Gate, Ruther­glen Lib D em man­i­festo does not ad­dress pri­or­i­ties

I want to apol­o­gise to Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown for not un­der­stand­ing his plans for Ruther­glen Main Street.

I see it all clearly now that I’ve read the Lib Dems’ man­i­festo. Cannabis cafes, le­galised pros­ti­tu­tion and ap­proval for the ‘zom­bie’ drug spice.

Now that would make for an in­ter­est­ing re­vamp of the Main Street.

When you’ve nipped out for the shop­ping or to pick up the kids and once you’ve ne­go­ti­ated your way round the hu­man street fur­ni­ture of spice ad­dicts slumped over in their zom­bie co­mas, dodged the pros­ti­tutes ply­ing their trade, you can al­ways pop into a cannabis café for a calm down and chill-out if it all gets too much.

The Lib Dems used to be seen as the bas­tions of mid­dle-class re­spectabil­ity. What hap­pened?

Do they re­ally think th­ese is­sues are a pri­or­ity for lo­cal peo­ple?

Only con­so­la­tion is there is only one of them on the coun­cil.

Let’s hope he sits up the back. Dorothy Con­nor, Ruther­glen Nu­clear weapons pose real dan­ger to­town

With the gen­eral elec­tion just a week away, the can­di­dates would do well to fo­cus their at­ten­tion on what re­ally mat­ters and that is not only ‘Brexit’ but some­thing far more dan­ger­ous: nu­clear weapons be­ing trans­ported along the M74 a few hun­dred yards from the cen­tre of town.

If you ever visit Faslane, as I do on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, you will see a huge com­plex sur­rounded by ra­zor wire and armed guards. And yet the same weapons are loaded onto ve­hi­cles and sent out along the mo­tor­way net­work to Burgh­field in Eng­land.

This is be­cause the fu­sion ma­te­rial in­side the war­head be­comes un­sta­ble and the so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy must be up­graded.

This makes it a very dan­ger­ous cargo in­deed and not one that should be pass­ing through built-up com­mu­ni­ties.

Scot­land has very few en­e­mies and does not need ‘pro­tect­ing’ by weapons of mass de­struc­tion.

It will be­come a tar­get if ever there is a nu­clear ex­change and it is not too dra­matic to say that if ever there is an ex­plo­sion then there will be no Scot­land to pro­tect.

Ev­ery­thing else in the gen­eral elec­tion pales into in­signif­i­cance com­pared to this, es­pe­cially Brexit.

I would urge all con­stituents to ques­tion their can­di­date’s stand on nu­clear weapons.

It is our only chance to make our politi­cians sit up and take note. Su­san Martin, Scioncroft Av­enue, Ruther­glen Thanky­oufor sup­port

On be­half of my mum, my­self and the rest of the fam­ily we would just like to say thank you for such a lovely piece about our dad, Tommy Rooney, in last week’s Re­former.

We were so touched by it. We have been com­pletely over­whelmed by the sheer vol­ume of peo­ple pass­ing on their con­do­lences and even more so at the turnout for dad’s fu­neral on Fri­day. We were truly blessed to have such a spe­cial man in our lives. An­gela Lit­tle, Ruther­glen Coun­cil need to be more open and ac­count­able

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil should be much more open and ac­count­able to its cit­i­zens and to the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in the four lo­cal ar­eas, in­clud­ing Ruther­glen/Cam­bus­lang.

The coun­cil meet­ing has be­come a sham with hardly any ma­jor de­ci­sions be­ing made by the full coun­cil.

Part of the rea­son is the re­stric­tive na­ture of the pro­ce­dural rules and the un­nec­es­sar­ily long time lim­its for lodg­ing mo­tions or ques­tions. I am keen to see the coun­cil it­self re­stored to its full role.

Se­condly, the en­gage­ment with the pub­lic is poor.

Why should there not be town hall meet­ings, per­haps quar­terly where the bud­get and other ma­jor is­sues are ex­plained to lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­ter­ested mem­bers of the pub­lic?

Thirdly, the area com­mit­tees should have greater pow­ers over lo­cal ser­vices and pri­or­i­ties.

At present they do lit­tle more than ad­min­is­ter lo­cal vol­un­tary sec­tor grants.

We need a re­view too of the way the coun­cil deals with lo­cal con­sul­ta­tion with the pub­lic and lo­cal groups com­mu­nity coun­cils, hous­ing fo­rums and neigh­bour­hood man­age­ment.

The ar­range­ments badly need re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion.

Fi­nally, the fact that there is a mi­nor­ity ad­min­is­tra­tion should push the coun­cil to be more open and in­clu­sive, to in­volve the tal­ents of coun­cil­lors of all par­ties and of the many tal­ented peo­ple in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown, Ruther­glen South

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