Sunday, 4 December 2005

"Disgusted of Berneray" writes...

Finally, after more than a year here, I've plucked up the courage to write a letter to the Stornoway Gazette. It's on the subject of road tunnels (in that, it would be a good idea if we had a few to connect up the Outer Hebrides to the mainland). Refreshingly, the newspaper website links to a copy of the full letter. I wonder what replies it will generate. I suspect there will be a few along the lines of "Daft idea, as no-one will pay for it" - which misses the point. But we will see.

The Gazette is possibly the only newspaper in the UK - or even the world - where you can write a letter of essay length and have it published, unedited. It's one of the highlights of our week. Many of the letters are of epic length, quoting biblical scripture and obscure religious reference that tax the most knowledgeable church goer. Most of the rest concern the applications to cover much of north and west Lewis in wind turbines. So mine might make a refreshing change; the editorial for this week encourages debate on the "tunnel" issue. I await next weeks edition with interest.

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