Dear Editor,

 It seems the National Park and/or West Dunbartonshire Council think that , as Loch Lomond has no tide, the water level remains constant. This pole and lifebelt were placed (on then dry land) when the water level was lowest for years. The level can vary by as much as eight feet and can be over the top of the wooden poles seen in the water . Not much chance of getting to the lifebelt unless you have fallen in! Perhaps it’s to stop them being vandalised? Picture taken before the present heavy rain will bring the level up to winter normal.  Are there similar examples up and down the river and Loch? Bird picture shows the more normal winter level.  Keep up the good work with the Democrat– much appreciated.

Sam Gibson

Dear green place is an ironic setting for COP26 

Glasgow, first known affectionately in medieval times as the “dear green place”, is it seems teetering on the cusp of becoming perhaps known in the 21st century as the place where the survival of the dear blue planet was finally set in train.

The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow

The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow

The irony, if this happens, is exquisite. Glasgow can credibly lay claim to being a key part of the origin story of capitalist industrialisation along with its carbon-based energy foundation.

It was in Glasgow that Adam Smith provided the theory of capitalism driven by its animal spirits in pursuit of profit and growth.

It was in Glasgow that James Watt invented the coal-based and steam-driven engine power that industrialised the world and now threatens the planet.

It was in Glasgow that the slave-based fortunes of the merchants in tobacco, sugar and cotton were available to finance the rise of Glasgow to become industrialised as the second city of the British Empire.

Stewart Sweeney

Adelaide, Australia

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