Stornoway Gazette Letters 2.7.15

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The strategic statement made by church-goers about division of such a strength that it reaches the public square, relates to how any part of the church can continue to claim authority to tell non-church how to live, or to say what god says, or that they are able to interpret the bible.

The broken relationship between church members demonstrates inability to find god in the bible.

Where no one can find a way to integrate and solve dispute it brings into question the whole church.

The vast resources, applied long term and based on a simple message, should result in a completely different set of options than this turning away by long term membership. What god exactly is represented by this open hostility? The god of war?

If established church family living in relatively peaceful conditions cannot agree, or even choose to prioritise The Finding of Agreement, they all forfeit self-identification of church.

It is quite clear that this is culture and tradition, wearing the clothes of church, demanding their own interpretation of behavioural boundaries, rather than a realistic attempt to actually read the bible, or find grace, blessing or answers, within its complex pages.

Church must respond to change; it has to invest in new practice, integrate new tools of technology and social change, and react as a living church, so keeping its standing as something people invest in.

If it cannot recognise god, or demonstrate a simple will to learn and introduce new ideas or interpretation, or teach a guidance to the people related to a single joined up message, it loses its salt.

Then, it is only a confusing, expensive group of people blocking the pathway, overly self-involved and without the facility or even the attempt to locate the facility, to activate the long term social upgrade tool that the bible is; unable to adapt, and cannot even work out how to use computers to analyse its own data; a community, well funded and with a high proportion in employment, that is more interested in discussing an extreme narrative, of what people do in the privacy of their own bedroom, rather than forming policy on current affairs, and in so doing, it forfeits the right to claim to be church, or own or spend the resources held by the church.

The threat for this generation is climate change, population surge, and in resolving dispute about how to deal with these issues.

Leaders have to demonstrate policies on these issues and actively resolve dispute, by clearly defining the will to try and the commitment to solve.

These are the most basic means by which community achieves long term survival.

Any church that cannot address these basics needs to do something different to meet these obligations.

It is without doubt that church is not answering these obligations, as displayed by recent public statements about levels of disagreement.

The question remains, what are church members doing, what does the bible say, how is the church responding to resolve dispute.

H Mansfield

Tong, Stornoway


Royal Mail has launched the annual Dog Awareness Week which runs until July 4th to raise awareness of the issue of dog attacks and encourage responsible dog ownership. Around eight postmen and women a day are attacked by dogs across the UK.

Royal Mail Group is committed to working with customers to drive this number down further.

The number of attacks on average rise by over a quarter during the school holidays.

TV presenter and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Ambassador Paul O’Grady is lending his support to the campaign.

The Awareness Week is supported by the Communications Workers Union and a wide range of organisations and animal charities including Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, National Dog Wardens Association, Dogs Trust, PDSA, Blue Cross and the National Police Chief’s Council.

In a survey of Members of Parliament, Royal Mail heard from more than 40 per cent of MPs who responded who also have personal experience of dog attacks.

Russell Gall, a postman was attacked as he approached the door of a home he was delivering to. The customer released the dog from their car not realising that the postman was there. The dog jumped up at Mr Gall and bit him on his left hand between his thumb and index finger.

Here are some ideas to help:

Ensure your dog is out of the way before the postman or woman arrives. Place your pet in the back garden or a faraway room.

If you have a back garden, please close off access in case your dog could get round to the front when the postman calls.

Dog attacks can happen when you’ve opened the door to sign for an item. Please keep your dog in another room before answering the door and make sure children don’t open the door, as dogs can push by them and attack.

Give your dog some food or a toy to occupy them while your mail is being delivered

Wait 10 minutes after your mail has arrived to let your pet back into your hallway. Keep everything as calm and low-key as possible.

If your dog likes to attack your mail consider installing a wire letter receptacle. It will protect your post, and your postman’s fingers

If it’s not practical for you to keep your dog away from a postman delivering your mail, please consider fitting a secure mailbox on the edge of your property.

Royal Mail


After the Scottish Referendum last September PM David Cameron stated that oil and gas from the North Sea would help the United Kingdom out of the recession.

Now, all we hear is that the Scottish Government predictions were far short of their expectations.

Hundreds of £billions over the past 40 years have been squandered relentlessly with little to show for it, while Norway have over £540 billion of oil /gas proceeds in the bank.

Donald Morrison,

Buckie AB56 4NT

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