THERE is a public perception that hospital food is very poor and the publicity about nutritional meals being made legal can only add to this misconception ("Hospitals could be required by law to serve quality meals", The Herald, November 18).
THE article by Peter Peacock is a timely reminder of what the EU is about and that the trading agreement is only a part of the whole ("Inside Track:
I NOTE with interest you report disruption caused by night-time freight trains ("Noisy night-time trains found to breach health guidelines", The Herald, November 18).
IT seems that as one exceeds the bus pass qualification age by a few years or so, more and more matters in life pass one by unnoticed.
The warning from Royal Mail that competition from rival delivery firms is putting the Universal Service Obligation (USO) at risk ("Drop in Royal mail profits threatens universal delivery", The Herald, November 20) is utterly predictable.
WE believe the Smith Commission presents a significant opportunity to introduce limited variations on the overall UK migration policy that would enable Scotland to craft its own policy on the issue of high-skill migration that better reflects the need of Scotland's economy and demography and Scottish public opinion.
DURING the Holyrood farewell to the departing First Minister, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie repeats the unsupported charge, echoed over the last few weeks by a few dissatisfied Unionists, that the independence referendum has divided the nation and left wounds that will "take many years to heal" ("Referendum energised our nation", says Salmond on his last day", The Herald, November 19).Where does he see these wounds in our country ?
JOHN Edwards (Letters, November 17) seeks to defend the receipt of charitable status by Scottish independent schools on the grounds of their "positive economic impact".
IAIN Lyall's letter (November 18) claiming that there is a very simple test to know if you are fit to drive - "don't drink any alcohol at all before driving" - has a flaw.
I AM moved by compulsion to erstwhile commend Drew Allan on his entertainment-wise commentary on English as it emerges from the mangle not from the mouths of babes but from their elders and betters when distressed by stress from time to time ("Celebrity goofs are laws of the jungle", The Herald, November 18).
I WRITE on behalf of the Scottish Association of Law Centres.
THE impending economic collapse David Cameron is warning about is entirely due to the economic policies he and other world leaders have pursued ("PM warns over global economy", The Herald, November 18).
THE three Unionist parties continue to assure us that "significant new powers" will be devolved to the Scottish Parliament under the aegis of the Smith Commission.
R RUSSELL Smith (Letters, November 18) in his nostalgic recall of the days when teachers could physically chastise (assault, really) pupils, reminded me of an informal vox pop carried out by my daughter, a teacher, in my local a couple of years ago.
IT may beggar Colette Douglas Home's belief that science cannot find a cure for alcoholism, but what really beggars belief is that she thinks it could ("We must fight the plague of alcoholism which besets our society", The Herald, November 18).
I AM truly saddened that such an intelligent contributor to these letters pages as Allan C Steele should put his name to such a divisive and ill-considered letter as that on hunting (November 18).