THANK you for highlighting the problem of urban foxes (Monday).

Some years ago our then teenage daughter was walking home late in the evening when she came across a fight between a fox and a cat.

She took a detour to avoid them, but was followed by the fox.

Whichever route she took the fox followed, until she became quite alarmed.

She phoned us on her mobile and her father went to meet her with a broom. Only then did the fox back off.

The message must get across now that these are wild animals, which are becoming bolder around people.

One was even seen walking along a crowded station platform, being patted by various passengers as it passed them.

It may be that foxes would not attack adults, but what if they felt cornered by someone? What if that someone was a child?



IN response to Stewart Gordon's letter in the Evening Times on Monday, his argument was that there was a risk to independence.

I could similarly state that 'significant doubt and risk surrounds remaining in the UK'.

All governments are elected on a manifesto, their vision of what they hope to achieve.

At that stage we are seldom presented the detail, but the broad picture. Who in their right mind would expect the Chancellor to present his budget for five or 10 years from now in the current manifesto?

No-one, yet that is what the likes of Mr Gordon are asking for.

I'll agree with him, there are risks, but I'm being presented with two visions of the future, and I'm afraid his UK comfort blanket one just doesn't appeal to me. I'll risk saying 'Yes'.

James Cassidy


THE news that more than half of all Scots due to retire in 2013 won't be doing so is not such a big shock.

Not because they have undying passion for work, not for arrogant refusal to stand down. It's more likely because they cannot afford to stop.

George Drummond