NICOLA Sturgeon raised the stimulating question - what happens if England and possibly the other UK countries vote to get out of the European Union and Scotland votes to stay in?
DUNCAN Orr-Ewing, Head of Species and Land Management for RSPB Scotland, does not let the facts get in the way of his argument (Letters, October 29).
I NOTE with interest your report that the Rev Dr Angus Morrison will take up the role of Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland next May ("Returning Church of Scotland Moderator issues warning", The Herald, October 29).
THE Scottish Government highlights a shortfall in revenue in response to our concerns over the new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax, seemingly discounting the hugely damaging social and economic impact that penalising the middle and upper rungs of the housing ladder risks ("Fears over impact of property tax on hard-working families", The Herald, October 28).
THE 15 per cent increase in use of "bank nurses" who step in to plug gaps in wards by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC) at a cost of £36m ("Union warns NHS relying on temporary staff", The Herald, October 27) is a sad reflection on NHS management.
AS a previous member of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) working group which has been tasked with making charging arrangements more consistent across Scotland, I take offence at the comment made by a Cosla spokesperson that "a minority of third-sector organisations would rather shout from the sidelines than sit round the table" ("Disabled people below poverty line forced to pay for services", The Herald, October 25).
PROFESSOR James Pickett brings trenchant realism to his assessment of post-referendum politics (Letters, October 27).
TIM Baynes of the Scottish Land and Estates Moorland Group accuses wildlife charities of speculating on the illegal poisoning case in spring 2014 involving the death of 16 red kites on the Black Isle, in his words "straining the relationship between land managers and conservationists" ("Landowners hit out at wildlife group claims on raptor killing", The Herald, October 27 and Letters, October 27).
I AM in complete agreement with the comments of Duncan MacIntyre (Letters, October 28).
I NOTE with interest the plans announced by the Scottish Government to reduce the country's drink drive limit ("New lower drink-drive limit before Christmas", The Herald, October 24.
THE decision by the UK Government to reject the call by its own House of Commons Transport Committee for an inquiry North Sea helicopter safety, supported by National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) and the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa), who directly represent many of those working in the offshore oil industry, raises many questions ("Helicopter crash widow hits out as inquiry call is rejected", The Herald, October 28).
JOHANN Lamont's departure is a big story, but not a surprising one Lamont ("Labour in turmoil as Lamont resigns", The Herald, October 25).
EMERITUS Professor James Pickett's letter (October 27) is at odds with the evaluation of the Scottish economy as outlined by world-renowned economists Joseph Stiglistz (Nobel prizewinner) and Andrew Hughes Hallett.
THE heavy promotion of Scot Squad, the latest in the tradition of Rab C Nesbitt, Still Game, Chewin' the Fat and others, demonstrates BBC Scotland's belief that the only form of comedy which is appropriate for television is patronisingly coarse portrayals of the working and non-working class, an attitude doubtless fuelled by a self-congratulatory sense of comradeship with the characters.
SADLY, I cannot fully agree with all the fine sentiments expressed so well by William Scott (Letters, October 27) regarding the route out of child poverty.
IAN Palmer's letter (October 25) raises a number of contentious issues.