SCOTTISH Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie asks for a "second chance" for Alistair Carmichael ("Rennie calls for Carmichael to be given a second chance", The Herald, May 25), but the former Scottish Secretary had plenty of chances to come clean in the run-up to polling day and confess to his tawdry attempt to besmirch Nicola Sturgeon.
I WAS heartened to read Dr David Mathie's letter (May 25)suggesting that now was an opportunity to transform general practice from s the present set of difficulties to a new contractual arrangement for generations to come.
ONCE again the General Assembly has procrastinated ("Church delays final ruling on gay marriage until next year", The Herald, May 22).
CAPTURING the ancient city of Palmyra and valuable nearby gas fields was just part of the gains of Isis across Syria, which have now reached the point that the "caliphate" includes more than half of Syria's territory ("Syrian forces plan Palmyra counter", The Herald, May 25).
I WAS interested to read your article referring to the historic link between Cunard and the Clyde ("Queen Mary 2 visits Clyde for Cunard's 175th anniversary", The Herald, May 22).
THE concerns about uneven provision of early years children's pre-school care ("Calls to create more choice in nursery places", The Herald, May 25) continue to reflect Holyrood's ducking the issue of setting up a full-day nationwide professional early years learning and development programme which, while helping the child would also resolve the issue of parents being tied down by the insufficient hours allocated for state-subsidised care.
IT comes as a relief to hear that Nicola Sturgeon says she is now prepared to make tough decisions to improve Scotland's "unacceptable" education system.
THE time has clearly come for the Labour Party to take a long hard look themselves.
IT is little known that Shakespeare probably wrote the Bible ("Historian claims to have found the only image of Shakespeare in his life time", The Herald , May 20, 2015).
ALL over Scotland because of the cover crisis (teacher shortages for those who don't teach) teachers are barely keeping their heads above the water.
I NOTE with interest the Agenda contribution from Professor Aileen McHarg's ("Tory plans could open the door to a stronger human rights regime", The Herald, May 15) as the comments of W Hunter Watson's (Letters, May 15).
HAVING read your article concerning the proposed GP contract starting in 2017 I am somewhat encouraged ("Doctors to give up key duties in shake-up", The Herald, May 21).
There is nothing tired about the contemporary "nation state" (The nation state is a tired concept, Letters, May 17).
I am reluctantly beginning to come round to Ian Bell's persuasive idea that we should ditch the monarchy, especially as I hear that Prince Harry advocates the return of National Service (Why oh why don't we ditch the monarchy, Comment, May 17).
With reference to Vicky Allan's excellent essay, little did we think that in 1999, devolution in Scotland would set off this process of a people awakening to the realisation that it could actually self-govern, even within the constraints of the time (This is England, Essay of the week, May 17).
Let us, in the best Socratic tradition, apply logic to our situation (Trident whistleblower warns of disaster waiting to happen, News, May 17).