CHRIS Jack (“The Rangers Have an Opportunity for People with Disabilities”, Herald Sport, December 2) Welcome to a topic that many have chosen to ignore.
The 64-year-old soccer fan, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, cane walking and has played in all four SPFL categories except for one field (Elgin City), I can say with certainty about access to the disabled. Fans in Scotland go from good to bad.
There are two basic issues to consider: one is financial matters and the other is attitudes (the acceptance of clubs, government and government agencies to do the least and lip service to the issue).
I support Raith Rovers and I realize that many small clubs do not have the resources to adapt easily to a conventional stadium to provide adequate access to the disabled, but there can be no excuse for friends with Rangers and other wealthy clubs in the Scottish game. Fans of the disabled (and seniors) have no interest in providing adequate access, let alone attractive facilities.
But aren’t these clubs smart? I can go to the mall anytime and see the same disabled people everywhere. I go to a football match and I am the only one with a walking stick. I accept that not everyone is as determined and stubborn as I am, but does that not indicate that there is a market that is not there? Like me, I would like to give the “walking injured” a seat with easy access, but no one seems to care.
Small clubs need money to make the necessary changes and is there really a role here in the national lottery in grants and soft loans? The Scottish Government’s political will and pressure will make a significant difference, but nothing will come of it from Scottish Sports Minister Mari Todd. Todd?
Soccer is a game for our country. It is a disgrace to find him.
James Miller, Glasgow
Back to basics in horticulture
Bill Irving’s observations (The public’s interest in gardening is just as evident in backyard gardens (“How Local Garden Clubs Grow”) The new enthusiasm often does not marry anyone. Generations cannot provide banking services, and they often rely on information they find on the Internet.
In the past, local fruit and vegetable associations were important places to learn. Committees were made up of one sector and another. The now retired president of my local community began each meeting by bringing in samples of flowering plants in the garden and giving a quick talk on each.
According to Mr. Irving, the epidemic, which means the activities of the fruit and vegetable community, has been severely curtailed, but even before that, communities were slowly changing. It was becoming more and more difficult to attract young people, let alone volunteer to serve on a committee. The older audience in the winter talks seemed to be more interested in enjoying a slide show than in learning better expansion points. The annual trip was considered a success based on a pleasant bus ride and good tea. The annual show was once an opportunity to see the best in the flower and to perfection, but recent shows have spread themselves in the thinnest, trying to attract more spectators by including various sections related to fruits and vegetables.
If the new generation of gardeners want to learn the skills to contribute to climate change mitigation, I suggest that fruit and vegetable associations return to their original purpose of a hundred years or more. Organizations that help newcomers learn basic gardening skills and make annual exhibitions the best place for local fruits and vegetables should be restored. Only by examining their needs today can they attract young members to the local fruit and vegetable associations to ensure a sustainable future.
Jenny Molison, village of Inversk, East Lotan.
When wisdom resembles life
I would say that Scott Squad is a very funny program on TV, which makes me laugh even when I see it myself.
Jack Dochettry, Chief Commissioner of Cameron Mikelsen, said in a statement that high-ranking Scottish police officers are often involved in ridiculous political maneuvers.
He won my nomination for being the funniest person on Scottish TV.
Dennis Forbes Grant, Aberdeen.
Allow them to connect pin
The next letter in the Greek alphabet, as every schoolboy knows or deserves, is probably the next letter in the Greek alphabet, and perhaps the next covide alphabet “π”, and here it is spelled “pi”, and Not like the Greek world, “pee” or “pea.”
What a wonderful prospect!
Gordon Robinson, Perth.