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TORY leader William Hague must believe OAPs can be easily conned when he says his proposed pounds 5 pensions rise will make us better off - when we're going to lose pounds 104 on our TV licence, pounds 150 on our heating allowance and our Christmas bonus.What is the use of pounds 5 if we are to lose all these bits and pieces? - Mrs J. McAteer, Rothesay.

WILLIAM Hague must be desperate for power when he starts using pensioners as a political football. We may be old, but we are not as senile as he may think.

We can still remember the 24p increase awarded by Maggie Thatcher when the Tories abolished the earnings-related system. - A. G., Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire.

Care fear

I AM concerned about the plight of the elderly in Ayrshire. It is proposed to remove night care in sheltered housing and to substitute a travelling service which may be summoned in case of emergency. Summoned by whom?

There must be many occasions when help on the spot is invaluable and it would seem illogical to dispense with this at night when it is most necessary. - Josephine Graham, Beith, Ayrshire.

Parting shot

AS an ex-employee of DAKS (Polbeth), I am disgusted by the treatment of staff and employees up to and including the closure of the factory.

I wish all of the ex-DAKS workers well for the future and hope they all find jobs. - Veronica Lamb, Livingston.

Money talks

DESPITE fierce opposition, Home Secretary Jack Straw is unlikely to reverse his decision to let Mike Tyson fight in Glasgow.

So why has Straw ignored the law? The answer is in his statement, that "it is in Britain's economic interest to allow Tyson to fight". We are seeing financial gain taking precedence over a matter of principle. - K. Glass, Invergordon, Ross-shire.

Wrong photo

IN your issue of May 9, you reported on the controversial use of prototype neonatal ventilators at North Staffordshire Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent. A photograph showed one of the consultants involved in the incident, Professor David Southall and a piece of equipment with the caption "Professor Southall who has been suspended and, below, one of the machines".

The machine pictured was not one of the prototype ventilators, but a neonatal transport incubator supplied by Hill-Rom Air-Shields which had nothing to do with the experimental equipment. These transport incubators are in use in Scotland and your readers may be unnecessarily concerned to see their premature baby being transported in a standard life-saving piece of equipment which your caption has implied as being experimental and unsafe. - Phil Stevenson, Marketing Director, Hill-Rom, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire.

Sad loss

JESSIE Philp, who supplied the Pray texts for the Daily Record's Voice of Scotland page, has died at the age of 87.

Evil Noye must not get deal

I WAS disgusted to read that road rage killer Kenneth Noye is ready to turn supergrass in a bid to have his life sentence cut. He is an evil villain who killed an innocent man and then did everything possible to evade justice.

His offer to the police should be laughed off and he should be left to rot in his prison cell for the rest of his life. We should not forget that the brave woman who helped put Noye behind bars has had to change her identity and start a new life because of this criminal. - Mrs M. Scott, Edinburgh.

Macca's goal made their night

AFTER Real Madrid scored their second goal through Steve McManaman in the big match last Wednesday night, the delighted commentator just had to say that there would now be English hands on the European Cup.

Is it any wonder that we Scots have become so xenophobic towards the English? - Peter Dornan, Glasgow.


IF anyone is interested in Nelson Eddy and would like to join the Nelson Eddy Appreciation Society, could they please get in touch? - Mrs May Gibbon, 22 Dennett Road, Beverley, East Yorkshire HU17 9NP

WOULD Jim McCarthy, who was born in May, 1962, or anybody who knows where he is now, please phone me as soon as possible? - Christine McCarthy, Flat 2/6, 17 Pinkston Drive, Sighthill, Glasgow G21 1NS. Tel: 0141-564-9678.

LOST between Roslin and Bilston, Midlothian, on March 30, a ladies regimental brooch which is of great sentimental value. Please phone. - Jackie. Tel: 077180-19542.

I AM trying to get in touch with Chris Donaghy, of St Andrews. I would really like the chance to catch up and find out how he is doing now. I would also love to hear from anyone who was in my 5th/6th year class at Madras College, St Andrews, in 1990/91. I have lost contact with so many of them. - Amanda Hyde, 5 Ewart Drive, Dumfries DG2 7LT. Tel 01387-247629.

AFTER arriving back from Spain at around 4am on Friday morning, I left a bag on the luggage trolley in the car park at Glasgow Airport. Would anyone who found it please get in touch, because the bag contains grandchildren's presents. - W. W. Wilson, 19 Lothian Road, Stewarton, Ayrshire. Tel: 01560-483148.
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Date:May 31, 2000
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