Letters to the editor: January 22, 2016

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Included in this week’s letters to the editor is a thank you to the organiser of a Christmas service which raised over £700 for charity, memories of the MÒd, and criticism of the SNP and the Scottish Government’s schools target register.

Letters to the editor should be submitted with the correspondent’s name and address (and a telephone number, not for publication), to news@buteman.com.

(Copy of a letter sent to Ian Sinclair, organiser of Carols by Candlelight)

On behalf of Smile Train I would sincerely like to thank you for raising £719! Please pass on our thanks to all who helped make this donation possible.

We are committed to helping children in some of the world’s poorest countries receive the cleft repair surgery they so desperately need.

We use the ‘teach a man how to fish’ model focusing on training local doctors to perform 100 percent free cleft repairs in their communities. Those doctors then go on to train other doctors creating a long-term sustainable model.

It costs as little as £150 to cover a cleft repair surgery and with thanks to supporters like you we are able to create a new smile and second chance at life every five minutes.

Thank you so much for being part of this!

As a token of our appreciation please find enclosed a certificate of thanks which we hope you will proudly display.

On behalf of all the children you will help, thank you!

Hannah Weston, community and events manager for fund-raising, Smile Train UK

York House, Wetherby Road, York

Mòd medal winners named

The MÒd medal winners pictured in your photo feature on page 8 last week were in fact the Gold Medal winners of 1952, Donald M. MacLeod from Islay and Anne Gillies from Glasgow.

Anne, the sister of Alasdair Gillies, winner of the Gold Medal at the Inverness MÒd in 1957, went on to marry Calum Kennedy from Lewis.

Calum, in turn, won the Gold Medal in Aberdeen in 1955, before establishing a stellar musical career which saw him dubbed ‘The King of the Highlands’.

Such was his standing that when newspaper headlines around the world screamed ‘Kennedy Shot’ on November 23, 1963, groups of women throughout the Highlands sobbed ‘Calum Bochd’ (‘Poor Calum’)!

As a footnote, the MÒd of 1952, the last time the event was held in Rothesay, was also the first to be broadcast on television.

Iain L. MacLeod

Dunnottar, Academy Road, Rothesay

SNP are letting down pupils

Research has found that 60 per cent of deprived school children don’t attend schools on the Scottish Government’s target register, meaning thousands are missing out on support to close the attainment gap.

This is yet more evidence that shows a very substantial number of deprived pupils do not attend schools in deprived areas.

The Scottish Government policy in only targeting selected schools and local authorities registering a high deprivation index has limitations. This approach is failing to target support to all deprived pupils in Scotland who do not attend schools in deprived areas.

They are not doing enough to close the attainment gap or to increase opportunity among our county’s least privileged.

There is a significant problem particularly in Argyll and Bute that too many of our disadvantaged young people are not getting the best opportunity to do well and this must change.

Our children deserve the means to better themselves not matter what back ground they come from.

Alastair Redman

23 Shore Street, Portnahaven, Islay