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THE casualities among troops in Afghanistan have hit the headlines yet it has almost passed unnoticed that in the last year 122 aid workers have been killed in attacks in various countries. It's time we appreciated the work these selfless people do and it's high time for governments to ensure their safety. Soldiers at least have a fighting chance. - James Dunne, Hamilton.

THE story of Jaycee Dugard, kidnapped aged 11 and held captive by a paedophile for 18 years, has rightly shocked the world. I just hope and pray this young woman can find the inner strength to rebuild relationships with her family after such devastating trauma. She must not allow one evil man to blight her entire existence. - Mrs L. Young, Inverness.

I'D like to applaud comedian Eddie Izzard's 1000-mile "marathon a day" effort to raise money for charity. Not for him a fleeting glimpse on Children In Need while plugging his latest TV show or DVD. This is hard graft and I hope he raises a bucketload of cash for Sports Relief. - I McKie, Stirling.

I LAUGHED at Allan McGregor's fiance Leah Shevlin moaning about the Gers support giving her a hard time. She seems to think she's up there with Victoria Beckham or Coleen Rooney but she's just a wannabe. The best bit was her insisting Allan was a born romantic - because he goes to the garage to buy her chocolate. - Bryan O'Rourke, by email.

RE: B. Curran's letter about the post. Posties are working twice as hard to get mail to customers but are frustrated by management. We take mail from big companies and have to deliver them before any other post, we sort "return to senders" for no cost and try to deliver thousands of letters with wrong postcodes and no addresses, so please have some thoughts for us ordinary posties. - Marion Johnston, by email.

FACEBOOK can be fun but also has a dark side. It gives a platform for bullies like Keeley Houghton, jailed for using the site to threaten to kill a little girl. I congratulate judge Bruce Morgan for his clear message that internet bullies face jail. - Colin Moffat, Peebles.

RE: the freeing of the Lockerbie bomber. May I offer condolences to the Scots who have suffered such a pointless blow to their country's honoured reputation forged through hard work, bravery and sacrifice. The whole episode makes me ashamed of my Scots heritage. - Ross Flavel, Anchorage, Alaska.

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SURELY no one can be surprised that Channel 4 have finally decided to pull the plug on Big Brotherthe only question is what took them so long? No one cares about the antics of loudmuth Lisa and Co in the current series. This show should have been killed off years ago. - Alex Kerr, Edinburgh.


"All of us should eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for. It is God's gift." - Ecclesiastes 3:13 (Good News Translation) DO you think your work is a dull routine? A cleaner was interviewed by a reporter. She said: "I don't get bored. I use cleaning materials God made. I clean objects belonging to people God made and I make life more comfortable for them. My mop is the hand of God!" Always look for the Creator in what you do. To leave footprints in the sands of time, wear work shoes.
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Date:Aug 30, 2009
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