Letters to the editor


From our edition of Friday, February 10, 2012

Hot air?

Sir,– It is well known that all we read in the papers should not be taken at face value.

The statement in last week’s Journal and Gazette by Clark Cross is a case in point.

He extracted statements from The Mail on Sunday, (January 29), but failed to also mention that the Met Office had challenged the accuracy of this article before publication, where they stated - “However, what is absolutely clear is that we have continued to see a trend of warming, with the decade of 2000-2009 being clearly the warmest in the instrumental record going back to 1850.”

Whilst the protagonists argue, I would recommend to readers to consider saving energy now and thereby saving money.

If the experts prove to be wrong and there are no dangers from projected global warming, then you will be the richer.

More importantly if the predictions are correct then you will be prepared to face the consequences.

If you do nothing and the scientists are correct then you and your families will be ill prepared. To do nothing and hope seems irresponsible.

The majority of scientists indicate that the changes may be considerable.

To take some actions now seems to be the only logical response. – Yours etc.,


Easter Carribber, Linlithgow


Sir, – Historic Scotland has taken the decision to lock the gates of the Rose Garden in Linlithgow throughout the month of February. The reason they have given for this decision is persistent dog fouling.

This decision deprives the elderly and infirm of easier access to the Peel.

Does Historic Scotland have a hidden agenda with regard to access to the Rose Garden as the gates remained closed on several occasions last year for no apparent reason?

I understand that action should be taken against inconsiderate dog owners who allow their pets to foul but is penalising the general public the answer to this problem?

Historic Scotland seem to be implying that it is only the dogs which enter the Peel via the Rose Garden that are responsible for this mess.

If this is the case surely the miscreant owners and their mutts will gain access to the Peel by one of the other three entrances thus making closure of the Rose Garden gates a futile exercise. – Yours etc.,


by e-mail

Life affirming

Sir, – I am always amazed and delighted to hear of the wonderful achievements of stroke survivors.

My darling wife of 43 years is herself a stroke survivor which is why we are both supporters of The Stroke Association and the annual Life After Stroke Awards.

The awards not only recognise the courage and determination people have shown in their recoveries but the unselfish support that carers and volunteers provide.

Nominations for the 2012 Life After Stroke Awards are now open.

You may know somebody who has demonstrated out- standing courage and determination rebuilding their life after stroke.

I’m asking you to do something wonderful for someone really special and nominate them for an award today.

Strokes can happen to people of all ages and the award categories recognise courage across the different age groups.

I’ve heard some truly inspirational stories and would nominate them all if I could.

Nominations close on February 24 and you can get more information or a nomination form by visiting www.stroke.org.uk/lasa or emailing lasa@stroke.org.uk or calling 01527 908911. – Yours etc.,



Well read

Sir, – Listening to TV today with regard to the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth brought back memories of a set of books held by my father and contained on their own bookshelf.

He asked a ‘‘friend’’ to deliver them to my brother for use by his family. They never arrived and so, somewhere in the area, I’m sure they are still read.

If anyone knows anything about them it would be nice to know that they have brought pleasure to a lot of readers.

Please contact me and I will pass on a message to my brother.

My father was L. A. G. Kirton Vaughan, my brother being Andrew. – Yours etc.,


(Trixie Kirton-Vaughan)

18 Dumers Close,

Radcliffe, Manchester