An Old Firm fixture is always likely to focus the mind on some of the old problems of football, and so it is no surprise that the upcoming game between Celtic and Rangers has reignited the debate about sectarianism and whether enough is being done, by the Scottish Government and the clubs, to tackle it.
THE public has a significant stake in the future plans for Prestwick Airport.
Reforms to the Scottish Parliament's committee system are much needed.
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.
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.
Had the referendum on independence gone the other way, it would have produced revolutionary change in Scotland's constitutional arrangements.
THE most common sights in Scotland's back gardens in the 21st century, are, in no particular order, roses, daffodils, starlings, sparrows and trampolines.
Creative Scotland was never going to be able to please everyone with its new funding portfolio.
Scotland's most treasured institution, the NHS, is under unsustainable pressure.
Sadly, it has long been known that deprivation and ill-health are closely linked in Scotland.
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.
A POPULAR question in philosophy is this:
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.
We know who does not want to lead Labour in Scotland.
Education ought to be a means of providing children with equality of opportunity.
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.
There are probably only a few inhabitants of Glasgow who feel rural bus links should be a policy priority for the Scottish Government, few residents of Edinburgh who truly "get" the challenge of living in a remote community without a broadband connection, and not very many Dundonians who wonder when their GP practice will ever have a permanent doctor again.
If it had not been apparent before the referendum, it became all too obvious during the campaign that the Labour Party's utter contempt for the idea of independence, and for those who supported them, was blinding the party to any rational argument.
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It is understandable that David Cameron and his Conservative colleagues are aghast at the £1.7 billion bill Britain now faces as a result of a recalculation of what member countries are due to pay the European Union.
When campaigners talk about vulnerable groups bearing the brunt of austerity policies, it is sometimes hard to know what that means.
EVEN in the digital age there are no short cuts to learning.
Today's report from Unison paints a picture of housing officers at risk of attack from violent clients, classroom assistants dealing with pupils who lash out, and care workers fielding violence from patients who may have dementia or mental health problems.
Don't drink and drive.
THE storm petrel is, pound for pound, one of Scotland's most fascinating creatures.
Home Secretary Theresa May's staff declare her satisfied that there is no compelling reason why Dr Steve Forman should be granted leave to remain in the UK.
Could a rough sense be emerging already of where agreement might be reached in the Smith Commission?
IT might surprise some to learn that the municipality of Zermatt, in the Swiss Alps, has a population of just 5,800.