THE Scottish criminal justice system seems intent on pursuing a course that favours the offender at the expense of society in general ("Clean slate for criminals who get up to four years in prison", The Herald, April 23).
SO Charles Murray (Letters, April 23) arrives on Canna on a beautiful, hot sunny day and asks to be sold a cottage or a ruin.
KM Campbell (Letters, April 23) is correct to point out that there are no certainties regarding the future, whatever the outcome of the independence referendum.
I NOTE with interest Daniel Sanderson's article on the cost of hospital chaplaincy services ("Call to cut millions spent by NHS on religion", The Herald, April 23).
JENNY Hogan's article on the role of renewables contains some half-truths and misleading inferences ("Time truth was told about the vital role of renewables in our wellbeing", Herald Agenda, April 22).
THE appropriate marker for the home of the world's first golden retriever is, I regret to say, a tombstone rather than a statue ("Highland origins of golden retriever to be immortalised",The Herald, April 22).
AS with so many other referendum issues, the credibility of Gordon Brown's case that the best future for pensions in Scotland would be with the UK, is a matter of trust ("Immigrants needed to fix pensions crisis", The Herald, April 22).
FOLLOWING the publication of our Footfall Monitor, your editorial summarised the challenges facing Scottish high streets ("Footfall figures failing high street", The Herald, April 17).
IN her usual compassionate style Colette Douglas Home analyses the pitfalls of loneliness which daily confront a large section of Scotland's ever-ageing citizens ("Technology offers solution to loneliness among elderly", The Herald, April 22).
I WAS interested to read David Ross's article on Canna and the National Trust for Scotland ("No more growth of Canna's population by NTS", The Herald, April 22).
Your article on stamp duty contains a reminder of the iniquitous "slab structure" approach to the levying of this tax ("Stamp duty rise pushes up cost of moving home", The Herald, April 21).
SO Teddy Jamieson is voting Yes in September ("Age concerns", Herald Magazine, April 19).
Falkirk MP Eric Joyce truly is a conviction politician ("Joyce to stay as MP despite new conviction", The Herald, April 21).
ALAN Watson Featherstone of Trees for Life asks us to accept that the expansion of old Caledonian pinewood in places like Glen Affric can be achieved through a combination of natural regeneration and planting and, in 20 or so years' time, none of us will know the difference (Letters, April 19).
TODAY'S issue of your newspaper carries two adjacent items expressing concerns about Scotland's countryside and town centres ("We need to invest and innovate if we want to revive our city centres", Agenda, The Herald, April 21) and David Bridge's letter on the proposed Kintyre wind farm.
SNP ministers and other Yes campaigners rarely miss an opportunity to slip the terms "foreign wars" and "illegal wars" into their interminable anti-UK diatribes.