Letters to the Editor January 5th

Christmas is a time for taking

Whilst most of us see Christmas as a time for giving, someone, or some people on the Uists decided it was the time to steal a pensioner’s heating oil while she was off island spending Christmas with her grandson.

The thief (or thieves) are likely to have known that the oil tank at the house they stole from belonged to an elderly widow.

So at a time of year when we should be looking out for each other there are people who are only looking out for themselves and causing loss and fear. This is not the first such theft on Benbecula and it probably will not be the last unless the thieves are stopped.

If you know anything about such thefts then please act to stop them before any more elderly and vulnerable people are hurt by any further mindless thefts. PATRICK CURRIE, North Yorks

Skye New Year’s Day Dance

The Free Church Continuing attack the New Year’s Day Dance held in Portree.

The Rev. Richard Ross’s letter, Gazette 29/12/11, sounds like there is a cavalier disregard for the Sabbath Day (though not Sabbath Day in God’s words).

There are responsibilities relating to the Forth Commandment, he says, though it seems he himself turns a blind eye to the details of the Fourth Commandment Day.

The organisers of the dance stated through the media the last church service ends at 7pm and they wouldn’t be in the hall until 8.30pm Sunday.

‘There won’t be any interference from us and we don’t expect any from the church’ - seems reasonable enough.

There appears to be more of a Christian attitude here than from the Reverend, sorry to say.

As New Year’s Day begins on Sunday, it would follow that it wouldn’t really be a New year’s Dance if it was to be held on the Saturday or Monday, would it?

This Reverend appears to have have difficulty over the observance of days except when it comes to Sunday. If he would carefully read the Bible Book of the Acts or the Apostles or acts of the Holy Spirit he would have to concede the Sabbath Day is still Saturday with no references in God’s word of a Sunday Christian Sabbath.

If he chooses to make his own rules okay, but when he expects others to conform to his set of rules it becomes a classic example of lecture-ism which is not the way of Christianity or God’s word.

Generally people are shown to be flexible, like the dance organisers, but Ross’s approach is unwarranted and also un-biblical as well, with no biblical references to support it. As for the Sunday transport comment it is ridiculous. DONALD MURRAY, Inverness

Ordinary Christian seen as crackpot

It was with much alarm that I saw a recent news item informing that in future religous observance in schools may be at the discretion of the school headmaster alone, rather than it being a council/people led matter.

This and other similar ideas have become more and more apparent in our schools and other instituitions of late, but sadly I have also personally witnessed quite a lot of socialist/left wing propaganda making its way from schools into our homes via the pupils.

It’s both sad and troubling to see this happening in our Christian Isles, and as far as I can see very little resistance is actually being put up.

It’s usually only the Free Church, or the Presbyterian churches that seem to be flying the banner of Christianity and all alone.

It at times look like any ethnic group, quango, or gay rights organisation etc, can be seen and freely allowed, as well as protected to argue and fight their case - even going as far as Brussels, but the ordinary Christian is looked upon as a crackpot if he protests even in a small way.

Am I the only one who is astute enough to see and witness this, or are the rest just sticking their heads in the sand? Mr A CAMPBELL, South Uist

Banking on an increase

I was astounded to learn that Scottish local government minister Derek Mackay has frozen councillors’ pay for another year.

I was impressed by the argument, when our banks were in crisis, that restricting the remuneration of senior bankers in failing banks would lead to a diaspora of banking talent as all the best bankers left for higher paid jobs with only poor quality staff still in post.

This argument surely applies to local government and it would be regrettable were Mr Mackay’s freeze to lead to our councils degenerating into a morass of the unemployed and unemployable, especially as strong and wise leadership will be required to steer councils through the difficult times ahead. JOHN EOIN DOUGLAS, Edinburgh