Having been brought up in a mining village in the West Central coalfields I observed the miner's strike, which ended 30 years ago, with mixture of grief and apprehension ("We need a McGahey to combat austerity", The Herald, March 5).
JENNY Hjul covers 30 column inches with her piece on tactical voting without once even hinting at the real problem with the forthcoming Westminster elections ("Tactical voting can be crucial in uniting against the SNP", The Herald, March 3).
YOU report that hospital radio may end ("Hospital radio station goes off the air as patients opt to tune in to tablets and iPads", The Herald, March 3) because patients prefer to spend their time with tablet computers and smartphones.
THE CND poll estimate that three-quarters of Labour election candidates are opposed to Trident renewal may or may not be entirely accurate but clearly reflects significant disquiet about British nuclear weapons amongst mainstream politicians ("CND: Three quarters of Labour hopefuls oppose renewing Trident", The Herald, March 4).
I READ your report on the potential for Scottish spaceports with interest, as I have recently been in California on business and met representatives of the California Space Authority ("Anger as RAF bases are axed from shortlist for spaceport", The Herald, March 4.
THE ongoing drama regarding "the happiest lollipop man in Scotland" is beyond a joke ("Ban on high-flying lollipop man 'bringing council into disrepute'", The Herald, March 4).
CHANCELLOR George Osborne's hint of some reduction in North Sea oil taxation in his forthcoming budget is too little and too late ("Osborne urged to scrap oil tax grab", The Herald, March 4).
Your article on the North Sea oil and gas industry shows that, with the creditable exception of Lerwick, we are trailing behind our competitors in securing the decommissioning work in our waters (Breaking good ...
AS Gordon Brown hits the campaign trail ("Brown claims vision could unite nation", The Herald, March 3), he apparently wants to "repair" our "embittered Scotland".
DAVID Torrance writes of the seminal work of Tony Crosland, The Future of Socialism, published in 1956 ("UK must rejuvenate itself in order to survive in the 21st century", The Herald March 2).
THE righteous indignation and confected outrage expressed by the Glasgow University academics sums up the absolutism of the bien pensant liberal left ("Campus visit from Israeli diplomat is 'breach of trust'" and Letters, The Herald, March 3).
YOUR farming correspondent, Rog Wood, summed up the opportunity: "Scotland's beautiful, natural environment is a basis for big business" ("Scottish farmers need to exploit agri-tourism's economic potential", The Herald, March 2).
YOUR report on the Saltire Prize ("SNP's £10m wave energy contest dead in the water", The Herald, February 28) came as no shock when we consider the backdrop that the UK and Scotland's energy production policies are in total disarray.