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South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s SNP leader John Ross should be called to ac­count for his shame­ful re­marks made on twit­ter about Jackie Bail­lie MSP and our lo­cal MP in Ruther­glen Ger­ard Killen has rightly called on him to apol­o­gise for his com­ment.

He tweets “Jackie Bail­lie epit­o­mises every­thing that the Labour’s branch of­fice in Scot­land stands for. Awa an bile yer heid wu­man, ye talk pure mince.”

This was in a com­ment on her state­ment that “vot­ers know that Scot­land’s econ­omy is strug­gling.”

As a Ruther­glen wo­man, I find this com­ment un­gentle­manly, un­com­radely, un­pro­fes­sional, un­e­d­u­cated and un­couth.

It de­means the of­fice of coun­cil leader which he has re­cently been given the priv­i­lege of hold­ing in the mi­nor­ity SNP administration.

It does not au­gur well for the stan­dard of de­bate in coun­cil meet­ings and he should apol­o­gise not only to Ms Bail­lie but also to the elec­torate of South La­nark­shire.

We de­serve bet­ter and he should hang his head in shame. Dorothy Con­nor Ruther­glen South La­nark­shire Bail­lie is “only a wo­man” who should keep her opin­ions to her­self and leave the dif­fi­cult job of pol­i­tics to the men.

It is an opin­ion as out­dated as it is of­fen­sive.

I would also ask why Coun­cil­lor Ross feels the need to tweet in col­lo­quial lan­guage.

Is he try­ing to show us how down to earth he is? Or per­haps he thinks typ­ing in proper English is be­neath him as a Scot­tish na­tion­al­ist.

A quick check of his Twit­ter time­line shows us that Coun­cil­lor Ross is not a pro­lific tweeter, but he is par­tial to the odd retweet.

Sadly, he is happy to back the opin­ions of crazed con­spir­acy the­o­rists and that does not bode well for his ten­ure as coun­cil leader.

He has spo­ken a great deal of work­ing to­gether at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, yet his tweets sug­gest Coun­cil­lor Ross has no time for op­pos­ing view­points.

Hope­fully he will re­flect on his state­ment and apol­o­gise to Jackie Bail­lie and the peo­ple he rep­re­sents as coun­cil leader. An­gry voter Name and ad­dress sup­plied

I no­ticed on Face­book it had been sug­gested that the open­ing of a Costa Cof­fee on Cam­bus­lang Main Street was a good thing for the Main Street.

I also noted many lo­cals dis­agreed with those sen­ti­ments.

It seems some peo­ple can never be sat­is­fied.

The fact is, any es­tab­lished busi­ness mov­ing into Cam­bus­lang is to be wel­comed. It is far bet­ter than the al­ter­na­tive which seems to be an­other empty unit.

Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil should be lauded for their ef­forts to im­prove the Main Street area but we can­not be greedy.

This is not some char­ity shop mov­ing in. Hope­fully Costa will in­spire other big names to fol­low them.

Of course, many peo­ple will con­tinue to use the fan­tas­tic other cof­fee shops on the Main Street and that is their right. I ex­pect Costa will sim­ply en­cour­age those who might not have grabbed a cup of tea rather than take busi­ness away from es­tab­lished shops. John Maxwell via email

Res­i­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to give their views on the op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist in their com­mu­ni­ties.

The South La­nark­shire Part­ner­ship is devel­op­ing its Lo­cal Out­comes Im­prove­ment Plan to cre­ate a shared vi­sion to de­liver im­proved op­por­tu­ni­ties for every­one in our com­mu­ni­ties.

The plan will be the ba­sis of neigh­bour­hood plans that will tackle in­equal­i­ties where they ex­ist the most.

The opin­ions of the peo­ple who form those com­mu­ni­ties will be a vi­tal part of the plan’s prepa­ra­tion and so the part­ner­ship is keen to hear res­i­dents’ views and learn what mat­ters to them.

To en­able peo­ple to play their part, a sur­vey has been cre­ated which will take only a few min­utes to com­plete. It can be ac­cessed by typ­ing this link into a web browser: SLCLOIP South La­nark­shire me­dia de­part­ment

With air pol­lu­tion in the news so much it can be easy to lose sight of what is re­ally at risk if the dirty air many of us breathe, par­tic­u­larly on our daily com­mutes, isn’t tack­led.

It isn’t an is­sue that any of us can af­ford to ig­nore.

Air pol­lu­tion is an in­vis­i­ble but deadly prob­lem which con­trib­utes to an es­ti­mated 40,000 pre­ma­ture deaths in the UK per year. Be­hind that large num­ber is an even more wor­ry­ing truth.

Pi­o­neer­ing re­search funded by the BHF has shown that even short-term in­hala­tion of high con­cen­tra­tions of air pol­lu­tion - par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous ul­tra­fine par­ti­cles found in diesel ve­hi­cle emis­sions - in­creases the risk of a po­ten­tially life threat­en­ing heart at­tack oc­cur­ring within just 24 hours of ex­po­sure. Glas­gow has pre­vi­ously ex­ceeded the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s air qual­ity guide­lines for par­tic­u­late mat­ter.

For the 70,100 peo­ple in Glas­gow city liv­ing with heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­ease, we must take ac­tion now.

Since 2010, the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion has in­vested £3.2 mil­lion into med­i­cal re­search into the link be­tween air pol­lu­tion and heart and cir­cu­la­tory dis­ease.

We’re com­mit­ted to work­ing with po­lit­i­cal lead­ers at all lev­els to clean up the city’s dirty air. Every­one in Glas­gow de­serves that.

Coun­cil­leader com­mentswere dis­ap­point­ing Have your say on lo­cal out­come­s­plan

Si­mon Gille­spie Chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion

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