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I have neither a good job or lots of money. I joined the Army in the mid eighties, out of a sense of national pride, and a long family tradition of protecting our shores, rather than pursue a more lucrative career in the oil. After serving for 12 years I left and joined the Prison service, and had to leave recently due to a very serious health condition, I have a meagre pension and my wife and I scrape by every month doing our best for our kids.
So I guess we are not money orientated, and see things in a different light to the Trumps of the world, who will never understand the tranquil beauty or priceless quality that our surrounding countryside affords us.
We don't need money to appreciate the value of our coastline, and the rich countryside that both support a wide and wonderful array of animals.
Have you ever stopped to have a picnic in the countryside where the only noise is a chorus? Of music from many wonderful birds, that enhance any warm summers day.
I agree that we need jobs and money Bob, but money can never buy or replace the priceless qualities that we already have here in the North of Scotland, from a pauper to a prince we should all rejoice in how lucky we are and do our upmost to protect it and hand a real legacy of beauty onto our children.
Where some see the concreting of our land over as progression, I see it as utmost folly and desecration
Author: Steven Thomson
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