Argyllshire Advertiser leader column – May 21, 2021

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It is difficult for us to imagine what life must have been like for the men and women who set out in the 19th century to spread Christianity to remote populations around the globe – not all of whom welcomed these foreigners.

Before meeting a grisly end, Reverend James Chalmers was a reformer. He believed that people should be governed not by a colonial rod of iron, but should be treated with respect and dignity – a notion which seems ahead of its time.

He is remembered in Papua New Guinea, and it is a really touching gesture to offer the painting to Rev Chalmers’ place of birth.

Now we just need to settle on a home for it.

Welcome boaters

The re-opening of the Crinan Canal is very welcome indeed, symbolising the gradual relaxing of life under Covid restrictions.

But we must remain wary of this virus and take all recommended precautions, otherwise the relaxation might be short-lived.

There were seemingly some false starts with the new lock gates and teething troubles to contend with.

Not too surprising with such a large-scale renewal project, and (hopefully) the gates will have settled into easy operation for canal users.