Letters to the editor – week 22

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Islay’s poor ferry service

CalMac management’s shocking handling of our ferry service is taking its toll on local businesses which depend on Islay’s growing tourist trade.

We simply cannot allow CalMac to continue to make the same errors every year without consequences.

Also, I have been unimpressed with our roads department management’s sluggish response to a large number of complaints from residents and myself about the potholes across Islay.

Councillor Alastair Redman, Islay

Walk your way


I’m inviting your readers to get their walking boots or trainers on for the Stroke Association and sign up to the summer marathon challenge, Walk Your Way.

In April 2013, a year after my own stroke, I took on​ the London Marathon. It was a huge step in my recovery and helped to draw attention to this devastating condition while raising money for a wonderful charity that I’m proud to be an ambassador for.

Walk Your Way takes place between 17 June and 1 July to raise money to support stroke survivors and their families.  You can walk the whole 26.2 miles in one go, do it over a few days or spread the distance over the two-week period and get sponsored to do it. It’s your chance to take on the distance of a marathon on your own terms.

For many stroke survivors like me, getting your life back means overcoming life-changing disabilities and emotional difficulties. By taking part in Walk Your Way you’ll be helping to reduce your own risk of stroke, and the vital funds you’ll raise will help the charity to support more stroke survivors to regain their independence.

Sign up to Walk Your Way now: stroke.org.uk/WalkYourWay

Michael Lynagh, former Australian rugby union international

Focus on the road


What is it with people who drive cars while doing other things?

As a driver I often see people behind the wheel talking on mobile phones, sending texts, touching up make-up in the mirror and, on a few occasions recently, the same man has been shaving while bowling merrily along the A83 trunk road – while in a van belonging to an Argyll and Bute public agency.

It just takes a split second for an accident to happen through losing concentration behind the wheel.

Put down your smartphone, make-up bag and electric razor before either the police catch you or an accident happens.

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