HAVING been sat waiting (yet again) for a prescription to be dispensed in the pharmacy of my local health centre and watching a stream of addicts entering their own wee section to get their daily methadone dose I can’t help but wonder at the logic, or lack of it, behind Westminster’s refusal to sanction safer injection rooms.

It appears OK for the taxpayer to supply narcotics to addicts to be taken under supervision in a controlled environment with the profits going to Big Pharma, but not for the individuals themselves to supply their own drugs and the “black economy” to take its cut. Would it not just be easier to dump the outdated Victorian morality and admit that the war against drugs is futile, then to bring the trade into the open and regulate it just as we do with tobacco and alcohol?

Judging by the activities of some very senior politicians many other Victorian values and norms have already been kicked into touch.

David J Crawford, Glasgow G12.

Leave it to the young

IN response to John Birkett (Letters, March 6) suggesting raising the voting age to 21, I would suggest banning adults from the franchise and allowing the 16-30-year-olds to vote. Their seniors have destroyed the planet with their economic growth, and their toxic waste. They do not deserve any say in what must be done to try to reverse the damage, before we are all up the creek without a paddle.

Let Greta Thunberg, Finley Pringle and Extinction Rebellion decide what action must be taken, and leave adults out of the equation.

Margaret Forbes, Kilmacolm.

RECENT weeks have seen sensationalist headlines about high Antarctic temperatures or melting. However, research suggests something different.

For example, Barbara Stenni was lead author of 18 scientists in a 2017 study which mentions “the absence of significant continental-scale warming of Antarctica over the last 100 years. They say the same for Africa.

The Climategate emails, where so-called climate scientists wrongly believed that they were communicating privately, contain hints on how some climate science is really conducted. In an email dated October 11, 2004, meteorologist Matthew Lazzara complains about the selection of various Antarctic weather stations as part of a long-term study of global temperatures, writing “some of the sites suffer from snow accumulation, altering the height of the sensors above the surface......we have not been able to service/visit all of these sites over the last several years.....some of the stations are not operating well”. Conversely he questions why some stations were excluded including one called “Gill” which “represents one of the coldest spots on the Ross Ice Shelf”.

Geoff Moore, Alness.

Clear up fox confusion

HOPEFULLY the reported case of a trapped fox will not be in vain, albeit no prosecution was brought in this case (“RSPCA opts not to bring charges against prominent lawyer”, The Herald, March 6). It does seem the Government guidelines and the RSPCA’s interpretation are at variance on such matters. The public are deserving of fuller clarification. At least the party involved has expressed due contrition in this matter, but that was doubtless due to his callous tweeting immediately following his bludgeoning of the trapped animal.

Allan C Steele, Giffnock.

Handshake alternatives

WITH our traditional press-the-flesh handshake and the more recent awkward flustering lips-to-cheek greetings currently no-go manouevres, I guess many of us will be practising safer Eastern “wave-wave” and “Thai Wai” salutations.

Meantime, in the spirit of Michael Collie’s “Don’t panic” exhortation (Letters, March 6), I suggest a National “Beat the Bug Day” when we extend decorous hands-free “knees and boomps-a-daisy” recognition.

Those of a more exuberant or heroic disposition may like to consider giving it laldy by following up with the Hokey-Cokey to lift the spirits and cock a snook at pestilential microbes.

R Russell Smith, Kilbirnie.

I WOULD suggest that in view of the current concern about protecting the public against the virus, the Government should offer all of the UK public free vitamin D supplements for the next three months.

Robert Reid, Glasgow.

WITH all the advice being given on washing our hands and hygiene, could someone please tell football and rugby players that spitting on the pitch that they are likely to fall over on is not a good idea at any time, but less so now.

Jane Lax, Aberlour.