Reforms to the Scottish Parliament's committee system are much needed.
THE public has a significant stake in the future plans for Prestwick Airport.
IT IS a sad reflection on the continuing polarisation of opinion over what constitutes sound and humane deer management that the family of the late Lea MacNally feel they have to launch a fund to finance challenges to Scottish Natural Heritage's approach.
Had the referendum on independence gone the other way, it would have produced revolutionary change in Scotland's constitutional arrangements.
It is worth remembering sometimes that, while Scotland has deep-rooted social problems such as communities mired in deprivation, huge health inequalities and in some parts the sort of life expectancy more associated with developing countries, there is also much to celebrate.
MUCH has been said about the need to preserve the nation's built heritage.
Scotland's most treasured institution, the NHS, is under unsustainable pressure.
THE most common sights in Scotland's back gardens in the 21st century, are, in no particular order, roses, daffodils, starlings, sparrows and trampolines.
Sadly, it has long been known that deprivation and ill-health are closely linked in Scotland.
A POPULAR question in philosophy is this:
If anyone imagined that the incoming SNP leader was laying aside thoughts of Scottish independence for the foreseeable future, they might think again after Nicola Sturgeon's latest shot across the bows of the UK Government.
We know who does not want to lead Labour in Scotland.
A bunkhouse is an unlikely symbol of human progress but, against the backcloth of Rum's sad history, its arrival provides the tiny island community with hope.
Rangers fans would like Mike Ashley to make his intentions for the club clear.
Johann Lamont herself said at the weekend that the Scottish Labour Party was a family - her family - and given the bitter, emotional row now engulfing it, she could not have been more apt.
Education ought to be a means of providing children with equality of opportunity.