Shrinking tongue

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Claire Mills (Letters, 23 February) thinks it correct that Highland Council should educate its members in Gaelic pronunciation at the cost of £350 a time?

She has not stopped to think that 99 per cent of the money spent on such an enterprise comes from the pockets of non-Gaelic speakers. I must also take up her erroneous point that “Gaelic is found everywhere in the Highlands”. It is not.

In spite of a lot of time, energy and taxpayers’ money being ploughed into expanding the 
use of Gaelic, the sad fact is that each year fewer and fewer speak that language, and in an ever-shrinking area of Scotland.

Archibald A Lawrie

Church Wynd

Kingskettle, Fife