A FAIR article by the new Provost of Glasgow (Glasgow Times, Monday), I would assume that it is not just the town centre of Glasgow that comes under his watch.

It appears to me that the council in Glasgow has only got tunnel vision for the city centre, as all suggestions for upgrades appear to be focused there, with George Square being the main focus.

The outskirts of Glasgow surrounding the city appear to have all sorts of problems and these are not being addressed with the any urgency, and I would ask him take this issue on board.

One example regarding the area where I live, is Dumbarton road in Whiteinch, a section of the road has been flooded since December and after some phone calls to highlight this nothing has been done, also the kerbside gutters and pavements are a disgrace.

There does not seem to be any action or policy to clear the drains and clear the grime and litter from the kerbsides. This is the same in many communities.

George Square will still be there for the foreseeable future and the proposed money set aside for improvements there should be used to make the outskirt areas more desirable places to live.

W Burns


BETWEEN 1971 to 1975 when I was a student in Glasgow I observed first-hand how the people of Glasgow, contrary to the reputation of the city, were warm, accepting and hospitable towards the stranger in their midst.

The growth of Chinese restaurants, the Indian curry houses and the Pakistani owned corner shops were proof that the city had become a multi-racial population. The arrival of Sikh temples and Islamic mosques in the city demonstrates a multi-faith society where there is a welcome for all, those of faith as well as those of no faith.

In 1955, Billy Graham the American evangelist, presented the Christian Gospel in the Kelvin Hall to packed crowds for six weeks. Tens of thousands attended those meetings and thousands of lives were changed by believing the simple Gospel of hope and forgiveness, through a personal faith in Jesus Christ. Billy reminded the people that Glasgow City Council’s motto, at least in part was “Let Glasgow flourish with the preaching of the Word and the praising of His Name”.

Fast forward to 2020, what a change has taken place in dear old Glasgow, indeed in the nation of Scotland as whole. Franklin Graham, Billy Graham’s son had booked one night in Glasgow to preach that same Gospel of God’s grace and love, only to find the venue has cancelled their contract with him because the council had received some complaints.

In Scotland today, it seems that in our inclusive, liberal and more tolerant society, any minority view or sect is to be respected and given a public platform, except for the Christian message of hope and love.

Joseph Yule

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