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Bird-brained

Sir, – We in Glenhove Road were happy when the News and Chronicle printed all the complaints about the seagulls. We now have baby seagulls and there must be about 50 keeping us awake at night.

The other night we’d all had enough. We investigated and there are only three people who feed them in Glenhove. All we want is a good night’s sleep and to get out our houses without getting attacked. We walk about like zombies sometimes with lack of sleep. They attack other birds, they mess windows and we can’t get our washing out. We have to wash our car every day because of the droppings. – Yours etc.,

MRS JANET McINTYRE

Glenhove Road

Cumbernauld

Gone to the dogs

Sirs, – I am completely taken

aback at the callous and uncaring attitude of Jim Wilson, Buckfast spokesman (Broken Buckie bottle leaves dog in Agony- June 6), who glibly advises dog owners to “watch out for broken glass before letting their dog off lead”. Mr Wilson is clearly deluded if he thinks that the problem caused to a large extent by the sale of his product in this area can be so easily avoided and so lightly dismissed.

The majority of dogs require to be exercised in areas where they can happily run free without the threat of serious injury. Exactly how can even the most cautious owner even begin to take his advice?

Pressure to have this product put into plastic bottles has been intense for some years, reasons cited for not doing so have ranged from cost to environmental reasons, neither of which is the least acceptable when the on-going damage to animals, including costs of veterinary care, and the associated costs of clearing up this environmental disaster are taken into account.

It really is time for Buckfast to take a hard look at its policy, and for Mr Wilson to adopt a much more realistic and positive attitude to working towards the eradication of this serious problem. – Yours etc.,

ENID ORMEROD

Treasurer

Cumbernauld Dog Training Club

Drinking challenge

Sir, – List MSP Mark Griffin claims that Labour supports the minimum alcohol pricing bill. When has the Labour Party ever actually voted for minimum pricing?

Mr Griffin himself voted against the SNP’s minimum pricing motion at North Lanarkshire Council in March 2010.

Labour’s final, fig-leaf excuse for opposing the SNP Bill is an assertion that the supermarkets stand to profit from minimum pricing. Why, then, did the supermarkets oppose minimum pricing? Why too, did Mr Griffin oppose the recent SNP proposal to raise a £30 million annual health levy by taxing supermarkets?

I’m just back from Canada. There, alcohol is sold in government run stores. The taxpayers make all the profits from alcohol and regulate the whole trade. The workers in these government stores are also better paid. To me, this seems a sensible arrangement for the good of society. – Yours etc.,

COUNCILLOR TOM JOHNSTON (SNP)

Ward 4 (Abronhll, Kildrum & the Village)

Road manners

Sir, – To the ignorant man who used his horn repeatedly at the crossing on the rooftop parking, Cumbernauld, maybe he should have knocked me down to prove his accusation of me not stopping. I hope he had a nice day, I certainly did not! – Yours etc.,

BETTY GREER

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