Ian W Thomson's doubts over whether the first-century battle of Mons Graupius ever took place might be at least partially assuaged through study of the place name (Letters, May 20).
I have for long thought the words catholic, evangelical and liberal are the most misused words in the ecclesiastical vocabulary.
I read with interest and some anger the report of the proposed wind farm developments at Glencassley and Sallachy in Sutherland ("Tensions rise over wind farm plans for Highlands", The Herald, May 18).
Nigel Farage and Ukip may or may not be relevant to Scottish politics; what is unarguable is that they are becoming a major force in British politics and have a democratic right to be heard ("Demonstrators defended by Salmond in row with Ukip chief", The Herald, May 18).
I read with interest the report regarding mortality rates at the West of Scotland Heart and Lung Centre at the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank ("Fears over death rates at flagship Scots heart hospital", The Herald, May 17).
BILL Brown's exhortation for voters in the Scottish independence referendum to be "wholly cerebral" and that their vote be based on "a deeply considered and extended analysis of the facts" is surely a counsel of perfection (Letters, May 18).
THE Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery's (SCTS) cardiac surgery audit data for the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, reported in The Herald, illustrates the power of the publication of surgical results, but also the importance of their context ("Fears over death rates at flagship Scots heart hospital", The Herald, May 17).
TODAY at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland we are likely to see one more step towards the secularisation of the Kirk, when it is expected that the commissioners will decide to break with tradition and the Westminster Confession of Faith and for the first time over-ride the long-held and clear teaching of the Bible.
I READ with interest your report on the Battle of Mons Graupius and the matter of its location ("Archaeologist claims to have located site of Roman battle", The Herald, May 18).
I AGREE with Bill Batchelor's condemnation of our complicated tax law (Letters, May 18) but disagree that companies should directly "contribute to all of the costs incurred in running the country".
Ian Bell doesn't like Alex Salmond referring to the Queen as "Queen of Scots" (Queen of Scots?
Christian Allard, the Scottish Nationalist who aspires to be an MSP, continues to support President Mugabe's ruinous commercial farm seizures (I back Mugabe land grab says MSP in waiting, News, May 12).
You've got to admire the Labour Party's nerve.
William Whitson wishes the vision outlined in your recent report on a Blueprint for Scotland could be implemented throughout the UK (Letters, May 12).
As we enter 2014, when Scotland presents its potential for independence to the world, elderly people in Scottish care homes will still be suffering due to lack of resources, individual and organisational apathy, incompetent supervisory regimes and supine politicians whose promises of reform are merely tinkling bells in certain areas of Scotland's elderly care system (The care home killers, News, May 12).
IAIN Paterson (Letters, May 17) takes a sanguine view of the independence referendum.