Letters, March 11 2022

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Artist Hyman Shapiro

The Campbeltown Courier printed a story in February 2019 about a painting, Village in the Valley, by H Shapiro.

A reader then wrote to you, letting you know that the painting was by Hyman Shapiro and informed you that he had three children.

I am one of Hyman Shapiro’s granddaughters. He had five children, not three.

Before he was married to Gretl, the potter mentioned in the reader’s letter, he had two daughters, Gladys and Ruth, by his first wife, Margaret, who died of tuberculosis.

My mother Ruth, like her father, is a talented artist who has exhibited paintings.

Maggie MacRitchie, Glasgow.

Thanks to paramedics

My wife had to call the emergency services for me last Friday night at 3.30am and, 10 minutes later, an ambulance arrived and the two paramedics provided me with great care and attention before transporting me to Campbeltown Hospital.

I would like to thank them for the care and attention given to me.

They do not receive as much gratitude from the public as they should and I would like to put on record my heartfelt thanks for their dedication and help in a very stressful period.

Keith Abendroth, Campbeltown.

Commitment to my community

Do the people of Campbeltown and her surrounding South Kintyre communities truly believe local frustrations are being heard in Kilmory?

Or have our three sitting councillors been napping this past decade, resting on their laurels, in the belief they are unaccountable to voters.

It has been 10 years since the people of South Kintyre have voted in a local election. If you want to continue having the same conversations, raising the same issues, exasperated with the same results, then return the same trio at the polls on May 5 and expect the same for the next five years.

As a young man, I made a commitment to serve my country as a Royal Marines Commando; now, I am prepared to make that same commitment to my community.

I promise to proudly serve the people of South Kintyre to the best of my ability and present a strong new Conservative Unionist voice.

If we do not meet on the doorstep in the coming months, can I encourage you to make your mark, on May 5, for a positive change to South Kintyre’s immediate future.

Tommy Macpherson, Saddell, Scottish Conservative & Unionist candidate for South Kintyre.

Expensive books dumped

I write after thousands of pounds worth of educational books were thrown in the bin in Oban.

It is essential that our council’s leadership makes sure that hard-pressed council taxpayers are being provided with value for money. This in my opinion is a prime example of a failure to do so.

The council leader talks a great deal about environmentalism but how is this environmental?

This is particularly saddening given the fact that so many teachers often struggle for ample educational booklets.

My constituents are asking why our council taxes are having to go up when mountains of perfectly good books are being thrown in the skip?

It is beyond belief that this can be allowed to happen. These expensive books could be put to much better use than this.

Councillor Alastair Redman, Kintyre and the Islands.