THE idea (Letters, July 23) that the state could save money, which would go into the NHS funds, by cutting down on free bus travel for old people (and in some areas for young ones too) and by doing away with free school meals for all, is irrational.
AT the start of the Commonwealth Games it may be appropriate to ponder on the huge influx of commentators and presenters from the BBC south of the Border.
WHEN there is a conspicuous lack of facts to discuss and consider, journalists have to think of something else to write about.
I NOTE that Alex Salmond wants these Commonwealth Games to be the friendliest and finest games ever ("The sun rises on Glasgow's Golden Games", The Herald, July 23).
THIS is a "constitutional outrage", claimed an angry peer at David Cameron's decision to downgrade Baroness Stowell as Leader of the House of Lords to a part-time member of the Cabinet ("Lords Leader turns down £36,000 to raise pay to full Cabinet salary", The Herald , July 23).
IN this relative 12-day period of referendum ceasefire the reality of many Scots' employment prospects continues to be under pressure.
I WAS amazed to read that the Government was spending more money to trace victims of Equitable Life ("Victims still owed in Equitable Life scandal", The Herald, July 23).
DR Anne Mullin (Letters, July 22) uses Magnus Gardham's article about the future of the NHS in Scotland ("Health at the heart of our big debate", The Herald July 19) to express her fears for the funding of the service in the event of a No vote.
STUART Smith (Letters, July 22) says Scotland's share of oil and gas reserves if it became an independent country would be "subject to negotiation".
I FEEL I must reply to Mark Smith's column on floral invaders ("Weeding out hysteria about floral invaders", The Herald, July 21).
I READ with interest the comments of Michael Greville (Letters, July 19) on the subject of standing authority for the wearing of firearms in Police Scotland.
I REFER to the graphic reports of the events taking place in what at times appears to be our benighted world ("UN demands full access to site of Ukraine crash tragedy" and "Gaza death toll tops 500 as Obama voices concern", The Herald , July 22).
MAGNUS Gardham is right that the health service should be at the forefront of the independence debate ("Health at the heart of our big debate", The Herald, July 19).
IS it too much to hope from your report of an emergency hearing by Glasgow City Council's licensing board ("Licensing board uses power to shut down notorious pub", The Herald, July 19) that licensing boards, supported by the police, are at last going to address the lack of co-operation from manager and licence holders of pubs and clubs which I would argue makes some of our streets no-go areas and is hardly likely to impress our visitors from the Commonwealth?
MARK Smith ("Weeding out hysteria about foreign invaders", The Herald, July 21) correctly states that Rhododendron Ponticum was present before the last ice age, but he omits to mention that post the ice age it did not recolonise.
CATHERINE Stihler (Letters, July 18) accuses Nicola Sturgeon of "cheek" in criticising the No campaign for continuing to spread false claims over Scotland's EU membership.