SCOTTISH independence means the world to me. It’s what makes me optimistic for the future when I and my family can live in a small, progressive and fair country.

I want to live in a country where everyone is respected and treated as a valued member of society regardless of what they do for a living, how much their income is, who their parents were, or where they went to school or university.

I am not looking to live in a “world-beating” country or a country that believes it is superior to all others.

I do not want to live in a narrow minded toxic Union where Scotland is treated as an afterthought and continuously degraded and talked down to.

The people of Scotland will I’m sure create a country we can all be proud of –an international, outwards looking and progressive place where we can live in the safe and secure knowledge that any decisions made for us are made by our elected representatives whoever they may be, and not at the say of a foreign government.

As was famously said after the first independence referendum “The dream shall never die”. It lives within myself and all like-minded folks. I’m certain that our dreams will be fulfilled.

Liz Lowrey, Abernethy

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AS a callow youth in 1974, I was old enough to cast my vote. It was then for a candidate who supported independence, and remains thus to this day.

I’ve travelled the world, firstly as a young merchant seaman, subsequently in business, and finally as a secondary school teacher. The weird and wonderful thing is that the countries I travelled to had one thing in common, their independence from other countries.

Scottish independence, to me, means living in a country where our democracy is respected, our rights honoured, and our votes meaningful. Why shouldn’t I live in a country where the populace has control over the outcome of its vote, rather than the same old, same old conundrum?

Fairness, equality, respected democracy and a better future for my children, and theirs, and theirs, that’s what Scottish independence means to me.

Graham Leadbitter, Independent Scot-in-waiting

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INDEPENDENCE for me was about ma step-kids’ futures and ma step-grandkids, now its about ma baby daughter Indee and her future. A want Indee brought up in a nation where decisions are made by the elected Scottish government not by those 500 miles away.

Scots are born sovereign and have the right to self determination like any other nation around the world.

Gary J Kelly