It is always a treat to read local news without the bias shown in national papers. Their philosophy has always been “never let the truth get in the way of a good story” whereas the local press have worked with the utmost integrity and impartiality, reporting on the good and bad.

As I am leaving the Borders after living here for the last 44 years of my life and moving to Blyth in Northumberland, I felt it proper to record my admiration for the local press before I go. Reporting on issues where I was involved as a Trade Union official to get the “other point of view” across, to indulging me in your excellent letters column on a regular basis is appreciated, and shows democracy is alive and kicking for Borders people.

I would only hope that our electorate continue to challenge decisions that are not within the scope of natural justice or in our best interest and keep drawing attention to these matters within the columns of your letters pages. It does no harm to keep them on their toes.

I am, etc.

Rab Stewart Roberts Avenue Selkirk