The report that Lord Smith could recommend full income tax powers to Holyrood ("Murphy to support handing full income tax powers to Holyrood," The Herald, November 25) suggests that his Commission is about to follow the proposals made by Lord Strathclyde of the Conservatives' devolution commission.
I very much enjoyed Russell Leadbetter's review (The Herald, November 24) of Jackson Browne's concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
David S Fraser, in his letter attacking the Scottish Secular Society (November 25), makes the type of non- evidence-based claims we now expect from religious "creationists".
As an independent business organisation we too would like to add our support to the Cut Tourism VAT campaign, something we have been urging for some time in our Scotland Means Business reports ("Campaign says VAT cut could help create 10,000 jobs", The Herald, November 25).
Without warning, and without any consultation, Royal Mail have inserted new information plates in many local pillar boxes advising of a much earlier collection time for mail, typically changed by almost eight hours from 4.45pm to 9.00am, on Mondays to Fridays.
It is unsurprising David Torrance should express a negative view of events at the Hydro on Saturday ("Tribal struggles return on view of the Promised Land", The Herald, November 24), or that he should seek to present a distempered view of the First Minister's speech - particularly that the Radical Independence movement were regarded as mere "foot soldiers" for the referendum - and now "just a nuisance".
I think most of us have had enough of the aggressive and perverse campaign against free speech by the Scottish Secular Society (SSS).
It is the boast of Celtic, carried on placards inside and outside the ground, that it is "a club like no other", but it is clear after last Friday's AGM that it is managed by an executive board regrettably like every other, happy to see their own remuneration maintained at a high level while being indifferent to the conditions of working people ("Celtic to pay living wage, but hit out at hijacking by politicians", The Herald, November 22).
Now that President Obama has taken steps to deal, at least partially, with illegal immigration in the US , surely his next step, by way of Executive Order, must be to allow the haggis back into his country, ("In search of the Golden Haggis in its special year", The Herald, November 24).
The decision to take the Scotland V Tonga Autumn Test match to Rugby Park, Kilmarnock was an unqualified success.
In more than 30 years in general practice I found Alcoholics Anonymous (the AA) and its ethos of tough love and immediate response when indicated for those genuinely seeking help unfailingly helpful and far better than generally futile medication or burdened psychiatric services ("Therapy and psychology, not medicine, hold the key in the fight against alcoholism", The Herald, November 22 ).
HAVE you ever seen the movie The Matrix?
Humility is meant to be a Christian virtue, but I see no trace of it when representatives from selected Scottish churches sit in seats legally reserved for them on council education committees (Churches win fight to rule on schools, News, November 16).
Your article on sexism was fantastic (Why can't we get rid of sexism?
The other week, your reporter informed us we had a "defendant" in court, and now we are told that Angus Sinclair was convicted of manslaughter for killing a child in Glasgow (The families laid low by Angus Sinclair's evil, News, November 16).
Professor Gregor Gall is correct to highlight the negative impact which resulted from the removal of the socialist voice from Holyrood and the setback suffered by the Scottish working class in not having the representatives it needed (After 10 years, reflections on the damage to the left caused by SSP collapse, Comment, November 16).