NICOLA Sturgeon will shortly pick up the reins as First Minister from Alex Salmond.
WE were delighted to see the Agenda article from Jim Hume ("Mental health must no longer be treated as a Cinderella service", The Herald, October 20), raising concerns over the adequate provision of mental health services in Scotland.
I AM increasingly amused at the lengths to which we, as a society, go to re-invent the wheel.
THOUGH the great American composers of last century get little publicity these days, it was a sheer delight to see the crowds flocking into Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Sunday to hear those great melodies of George Gershwin.
I DON'T object to the charge of 5p for a carrier bag but I do strongly object to paying for the privilege of advertising for retailers.
I OFTEN wonder who buys all the expensive garments and gadgets regularly featured in the Saturday magazine.
I WOULD suggest that the vast majority of people would bite your hand off for what, according to a survey, is a "comfortable" pension of £24,364 per year ("Pension pots are falling short", The Herald, October 20).
I CAN well understand why there should be so much trust in Nicola Sturgeon ("Voters trust Sturgeon the most to deliver new powers", The Herald, October 17).
BRIAN Donnelly's article regarding reserved places for Catholics at denominational schools in the Falkirk Council area once again highlights the inappropriateness of having a divided state education system in Scotland in the 21st century ("Discrimination claims as council keeps school places for Catholics", The Herald, October 17).
ONE of the outcomes of the Smith Commission should be a re-evaluation of how UK international aid is dispensed.
BRIAN Quail's letter (October 15) sums up many of the reasons why people who voted Yes would still be angry and still gather in George Square - and why claiming "only a No vote saved the country" rings so hollow to so many.
FOR 15 years or so I have been walking from Bellahouston Park with a guide, along with a dozen or so like-minded people, under the auspices originally of Glasgow City Council and now under Glasgow Life.
The members of the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS) and the Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) welcome the opportunity for civil society organisations to have some input to the Smith Commission process and will be making submissions to it.
LAST week in an article on armed policing we said there were around 1750 police officers in Scotland.
PETER A Russell (Letters, October 17) brands independence as "a lost cause".
ONE opportunity which the Smith Commission provides is to offer the ideal opportunity for the role of the Scottish Government to be enhanced with the institutions of the European Union.