THE letter from Angus MacDonald (October 21) demonstrates the bitterness towards the decline in crofting agriculture that is felt by many people whose hearts are still in the Highlands and the land of their ancestors, even though they themselves may have travelled far from home.
THE demand from Brussels for an extra £1.7 billion of British taxpayers' money is a travesty.
THE news that Harry Roberts is to be freed after a life sentence for the murder of two police officers is shocking and just goes to show that Home Secretary Theresa May and this Government give scant regard to the police service ("Fury over decision to free police killer", The Herald October 24).
OUR society has never known such levels of medical expertise and ability to control pain.
WITH the SNP still to decide on many of their Westminster candidates for the 2015 election the inference on BBC1's Question Time was that Alex Salmond might be attracted to that institution once again ("Salmond hints he may stand as MP in 2015 poll", The Herald, October 24).
THE success of the by-laws recently trialled on the east side of Loch Lomond is now being followed by plans to roll out similar measures for all the other areas of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park affected by the blight of irresponsible wild camping ("£10m move to cut wild camping at Loch Lomond.", The Herald October 7).
I SHARE Iain Macwhirter's unease that the Smith Commission process only involves politicians ("Please make sure you have your say on more powers", The Herald, October 23).
SO-CALLED "relaxation" of the speed limits for heavier vehicles on, for example the A9, seem to me quite odd, given that as a motorist I am regularly overtaken by buses, large freight trucks, supermarket vans and the like when I am driving my car at the limit prescribed for non-heavy vehicles ("HGV speed limit pilot to begin on A9", The Herald, October, 22).
I NOTE Care Not Killing describes the Assisted Suicide Bill as unnecessary, uncontrollable and unethical ("Suicide proposals 'unethical and not necessary'", The Herald, October 22).
AS a former board member of John Wheatley College I was delighted to see that Kelvin College, its successor, has continued the tradition of serving the educational needs of the east end of Glasgow as a priority.
THE UK Government's treatment of American musician Steve Forman, who is fighting deportation, is a disgrace ("Percussion legend forced out of Conservatoire post in immigration rules wrangle", The Herald, October 23).
ALAN Hinnrichs again insists there will be catastrophic global warning (Letters, October 23).
IAN Bell writes about the Milburn report suggesting ingeniously that too few cuddles have an effect on a child's life chances ("It is not difficult:
THE Rev David Collins (Letters, October 22) is mistaken.
This year is poised to become the hottest recorded.
I NOTE with interest the letter from Iain Stuart (October 22) on the subject of driving skills.