The Oban Times & WEST HIGH­LAND TIMES

The Oban Times - - Letters -

D emoc­racy is an in­ter­est­ing word, par­tic­u­larly in these un­prece­dented times. Last week a group of peo­ple came to­gether for an ‘Ar­gyll against Trump’ rally, to de­mand that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump end his ‘Mus­lim travel ban’ and the UK Gov­ern­ment can­cels Mr Trump’s state visit.

These peo­ple were well within their rights to protest and the event was a peace­ful demonstration, other than for one up­set by­stander.

How­ever, it was in­ter­est­ing to read the very many posts on The Oban Times’ Face­book page ahead of the rally. A num­ber of peo­ple were not happy it was tak­ing place and many did not see the rel­e­vance to Oban or even Scot­land. One of the re­fresh­ing things about Oban is the num­ber of peo­ple will­ing to speak their minds, re­gard­less of whether you agree with them or not.

But while many are will­ing to speak their minds on­line, what would be even more ex­cit­ing is if all those peo­ple who were un­happy with a lo­cal sit­u­a­tion – or a na­tional or in­ter­na­tional one – got to­gether and con­verted those words into ac­tion. It is amaz­ing what peo­ple can achieve for their com­mu­nity if they are mo­ti­vated enough.

A good place to start could be join­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity coun­cil or The Rock­field Cen­tre?

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