Shortage of foster parents in Scotland
My name is Katie and I am 16 years old. I have been in foster care since I was eight. I live with my foster carers and their own children, who are like a brother and sister to me.
I love my foster family because they helped me to be healthy. They moved me to a lovely, better school and I have proven that I am clever and good at school work. I feel proud of myself now and I have lots of friends. I like to go to the cinema with my friends.
My foster carers are friendly, kind, nice, reliable and responsible. They don’t shout or hit. They do not make fun of people and never say anything bad about my family or why I cannot be at home. They have helped me a lot.
In Scotland there is a shortage of 850 foster families. My foster carers changed my life, and this Foster Care Fortnight (12-25 May) I would like to ask your readers to consider opening up their homes to help children and young people like me. To find out more about fostering with Action for Children please visit actionforchildren.org.uk.
*This letter was written by a 16-year-old girl who is fostered by Action for Children. Her real name cannot be given.
The knock down council
The Decision Makers at South Ayrshire Council have once again displayed their arrogant lack of concern for the wellbeing and fortune of future generations.
As the formerly under-developed nations of the world start their long journey to economic parity with their former rulers, they put strains on the demand for dwindling supplies of valuable raw materials, resulting in increasing costs and scarcity of those materials.
Two examples come from the building industry, hydrocarbons for the production of plastic sheathing in conduits and copper for electrical and plumbing conveyance.
South Ayrshire’s responsible role would be to preservice and repair existing buildings, instead they choose the path of knock down with promises of rebuild. Note Girvan Swimming Pool and McConnel Square.
For the Ayrshire Green Party
On the bandwagon
With reference to councillor McIntosh’s letter I am pleased that the councillor is thrilled at Mr Trump’s buy-out of Turnberry Resort.
I am sure Mr Trump will be equally thrilled at the prospect of working with the councillor.
This is the leader of the council who has been labelled totally incompetent by Audit Scotland.
The councillor does have prospects with the Trump organisation, should Mr Trump decide to pull down the spa and swimming pool at Turnberry, now that’s an area in which the councillor has no peers, and then he could advise on financial matters, like how to save £10m or £8m or £5m or any number really, just don’t build a new swimming pool .
Councillors eh! don’t they just rip your knitting. Show me a bandwagon and stand well clear.
Pig in a poke
At a meeting in Moffat with Ken Clarke we enjoyed a sensible discussion on the Referendum of September 18th.
The most mature piece of advice offered was: “If you don’t know, vote No”. Not very wise to buy a pig in a poke; especially if Alex Salmond is the vendor.
His White Paper was a wish list based on flawed assumptions.
And a ‘Yes’ vote would close later options.
Another speaker said that, whatever the claims of the SNP, we have far more to lose than to gain by separation. We could not know how lucky we were to belong to the United Kingdom, which offered a quality of life that was as good as any in the world and as fair as could be made in a free society that could only remain free if it was properly defended. Our civil wars should be left in the past.If I can say with modesty that I survived a wound on the Rhine crossing while serving with the 51st Highland Division in the British Liberation Army, I can claim to have “grown up”. This expression is an army code for someone who has experienced the horrors of the battlefield. The experience has bounced the survivor into a different dimension of reality of life which, in some way, makes him a stranger to the uninitiated.
My anxiety is that a vital decision for our grandchildren is being made by ‘Yes’ supporters who have never had it so good, but have never grown up.
It is important that they understand that Britain’s rules on ownership of natural resources were clear before oil was discovered; the UK Continental Shelf Act, passed in 1964, in effect states that the 8% of UK citizens in Scotland own 8% of a natural resource.
The debate over Scottish secession has been shamefully parochial.
Gatehouse of Fleet