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Dear Jo: Readers Letters.

Our quake heroesTHE brave Scottish rescue teams who played their part in digging out survivors in the aftermath of the Turkish earthquake are true heroes.

Their courage and dedication, amid dangerous and harrowing conditions, ensured that at least some hope survived the awful consequences of the devastating quake.

They, and their fellow relief teams from a score of nations who risked their own lives to save others, are an inspiration to us all.

Bill Ferguson Dundee

-IN an age when people are more selfish than ever, I was proud of everyone who took part in the rescue effort in Turkey.

But now I hope that the government will step in with substantial aid to try and help the Turkish people rebuild their shattered country in the wake of such an awful tragedy.

Claire Simpson Hamilton, Lanarkshire

-THE earthquake in Turkey should bring home to us how lucky we are to live in a country which does not suffer from natural disasters.

L MacGregor Hawick

THE recent row over the release of killer Noel Ruddle from Carstairs just shows that our justice system needs to be seriously looked at.

When people who have committed such violent crimes can walk free on the basis of legal loophole, it is time for action.

Although the specific technicality that saw Ruddle released is to be tackled, who knows how many other similar such loopholes exist in our legal system?

Helen Martindale, Tranent, East Lothian

I DON'T agree that a certificate of fitness would solve the problem of elderly drivers. My husband, who was 72, was told by a doctor he was fit enough to drive after a check-up at the doctors.

Just six weeks later he died.

A certificate would have meant nothing in his case.

A Wright,

Sowerby Bridge, YorksHAMILTON POLL ROW IS LUNACY ACTION to halt expansion by local supermarkets that will increase the traffic on Lanarkshire roads is what matters to local people in Hamilton.

Expanding direct links to the continent, thereby helping exporters and creating new jobs in Lanarkshire.

Exposing New Labor's shortcomings on its so-called ethical external polices - of arms sales to Indonesia, for instance.

All are more important issues for the Hamilton South by-election than whether or not New Labour pulled a fast one.

As far as the SNP are concerned the fact that it clashes with the first day of its annual conference should be an opportunity - not a threat.

Andrew Kerr, Jedburgh
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Dipple, Jo
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 27, 1999
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