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Gazette Letters 4.12.14

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Nearly 95% of the country's Leach's Storm-Petrel population can be found on St Kilda - but even there numbers are declining.

Petrel-heads join forces for St Kilda study

COMBINING their innovative skills and resources, a range of conservation partners have come together to find out why one of Britain’s least common seabirds is in decline.

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Gazette Letters May 3rd

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Misleading representation

YOUR article 'Stall Stooshie' about a complaint by one of your readers of his treatment at this year's Stornoway Carnival could give rise to such a misleading representation of Stornoway & District Round Table that I felt compelled to write.
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Support for motocross charity challenge

FURTHER to last week's article about the Hebridean Men's Cancer Support Group and motocross event.
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No legitimate reason

It seems astonishing that the Golf Club has been turned down for a second time in its application for a seven day licence, for no legitimate reason.
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Tourist attractions - Sunday opening

As a visitor to the beautiful Island of Lewis for many years - I married into a New Tolsta family - I very much appreciate the different way of life I experience when visiting.
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Disappointing trip to Stornoway

During a recent cruise holiday our party visited Stornoway. We found it to be a dirty town and we were very disappointed and surprised that there was no Harris Tweed centre on the quayside.
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Crofting Bill Passed

Yet another nail in the crofting coffin - pay £1,000 to be on yet another register, or be fined £1,000 - isn't that called extortion?
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Fish farm concern

The suggestion that a fish-farm should be established in Broad Bay would be a major disaster for two reasons. Firstly, disaster for the environment in this area of natural beauty and secondly, permanent harm to the bioethnos. The same problem applies to other plans for the Outer Hebrides.
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Stornoway Airport – a traveller's tale

Can I be permitted to say a few words regarding my young daughter's experience recently on one of her many trips to Yorkhill Hospital?
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Voting record

Fresh from telling outright untruths about the Hebrides Range when Labour were stopped from cutting 125 island jobs they have now gone into the territory of wilful misrepresentation of House of Commons voting with their negative electioneering.
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A major player?

Scottish National Heritage's chairman, Mr Andrew Thin visited Barra on the 29th October 2009 to host an "Area Evening Reception" he claimed to recognise about half the people in the room and he let us in on a secret, The National Trust For Scotland are pretty major players out here.
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Commonsense dead

David Roberts' sensible letter in the Gazette of 25 March included the words "...commonsense is a word that will shortly disappear from the Oxford Dictionary."
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Poor political show

As the election approaches, the usual insults are being thrown by all parties.
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The WI Christian Party

I don't seem to know how the Christian Party are going to be any different from any other notable Party into politics. They already make feeble claims and usually there is a track record to back-up what they can do, assuring supporters, but there's no past record to speak of.
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Council Tax freeze

Again and again we see the SNP government come up against their own bad decisions. Their decision to freeze council tax for the last three years means that they did not raise at least £210 million in tax.
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Freedom and Rights

I believe in the current Sunday opening debate there is a conflation and confusion of rights and freedoms. Man may have the freedom to do as he pleases but he does not have the right to do as he pleases.
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Reflections on Sunday leisure

In regard to the debate on weekend leisure facilities in Stornoway I guess it would do a lot less damage to all concerned to have it open on a Sunday, as opposed to the destruction of lives and property that happens every weekend through pubs being open.
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Lack of policy

Regarding last week's Letters Page, New Labour's "strategy" locally - I use the term loosely - for the coming election was signposted clearly.
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