From his first days in the job, Scotland's chief constable made road safety a priority.
We are all familiar with the problems facing Scots in their later years - dementia, frailty and the old Scottish problems of heart disease and stroke - and that the National Health Service is struggling is cope.
Should we worry about regional inequality?
It is somewhat rich of Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, to warn of 'political games' from the SNP over the transfer of responsibility for Crown Estate land to the Scottish Parliament.
WITH its distinctive splashes of blue, yellow, white and green, the blue tit is one of the more colourful - to say nothing of welcome - visitors to our garden each year.
IT MIGHT be that Jock Tamson's future bairns will look back on the creation of the Curriculum for Excellence, with its associated new exams, as a great step forward in our education system.
IT is not quite mission impossible, but recruiting GPs has become notoriously difficult.
There is no possibility of a third Heathrow runway being built without controversy.
Yesterday, visiting Edinburgh Women's Aid, Nicola Sturgeon said she believed firmly "that people who have concerns that their partner may have a history of domestic abuse should be able to find out".
THERE is an adage that says "possession is nine-tenths of the law".
THE four children's commissioners of the United Kingdom have united to condemn welfare cuts and plans to scrap the Human Rights Act.
WE have consistently supported the Scottish Government over its policy of having a named person such as a health visitor or school head as a focus for child protection, but as always with well-intended laws the devil lies in the detail or, more usually, the legislative guidelines.
RESEARCHERS at the University of Glasgow are beginning to scent the sweet smell of success.
If the weather forecasters are right and the predicted heatwave does happen this week, many Scots will grab the rare chance for a bit of al fresco wining and dining.
Are junior doctors turning their backs on general practice?