JOHN Milne (Letters, May 27) is well wide of the mark when he equates Alistair Carmichael's desperate attempt to discredit Nicola Sturgeon with Alex Salmond's assertions about his legal advice on Scotland's EU membership after gaining independence.
ROBERT McNeil writes that research by a Dr Paul Piff of the University of California shows that being awestruck shifts our focus away from our own selfish needs towards the greater good and helps us to behave more socially ("Heid-the-awe rather than awesome", The Herald, May 25 ).
AS we await the publication of the EU Referendum Bill following the Queen's Speech, it is notable that both the CBI and aerospace giant Airbus have recently added their weight to growing calls for the UK's continued membership of the EU.
IN the last few years we have witnessed an increase in public concern over the health of our bees.
I NOTE with interest the debate on access to medical schools ("Quarter of all medical students are privately educated", The Herald, May 26).
I READ various complaints about the recent Higher Maths exam ("Teachers say Highers 'too hard'", The Herald, May 23, and Letters, May 23); from my viewpoint point as a GTCS-registered teacher with many years' experience in both the secondary and higher education sectors, I beg to differ.
DAVID Ross's Inside Track article ("Land grabs the limelight in human rights battle", The Herald, May 27) correctly highlights the opportunity given to the landed vested interest cabal in Scotland to criticise legitimate and much-needed land reform, by using the hostile community purchase option to portray a Mugabe-style "land grab".
IT is of course essential that all those in public life bear, without exception, responsibility for their misdeeds ("Carmichael nailed by a lie", The Herald, May 23).
ANDREW Denholm's article on access to medical schools ("Quarter of all medical students are privately educated", The Herald, May 26) contains a core fact "one-quarter of all medical students have attended private schools" - and the quote from Vonnie Sandlan, NUS Scotland president-elect: "It's shameful our medical schools are so unrepresentative of our society at large".
I NOTE that the National Trust for Scotland agrees that reintroducing beavers into Scotland would be a good idea ("Trust calls for more beavers", The Herald, May 25).
THE Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, the Scottish Trade Union Congress, the National Union of Students, the Church of Scotland, and the Electoral Reform Society have repeatedly stated that devolution needs to be driven by the people themselves.
AS our MSPs prepare to debate and vote on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, I would urge them to take a stand for life and reject this unnecessary, unethical, uncontrollable and deeply flawed Bill.
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).