WHERE in heaven's name does Angela Constance get the evidence to support her claim that 80 per cent of secondary teachers "do not think that reading and writing are vital to their curriculum area" ("Minister: Teachers failing children on the three Rs", The Herald, May 20)?
THE reputation of Cardross Estate has been unjustly tarnished by the court proceedings reported yesterday ("Estate gamekeeper caught buzzard in outlawed trap", The Herald, May 21).
WOULD you send your children to a school where they didn't have a desk to sit at?
I NOTE with interest your article concerning the jailing of former Apprentice contestant Sharon McAllister for refusing to give her ex-partner access to his son ("Apprentice star is jailed after ignoring court order over son", The Herald, May 21).
ONCE again the big banks are fined for "irregular practices" which seem to becoming all too regular ("RBS hit by fine after foreign currency rigged", The Herald, May 21).
I HAVE looked on at the turmoil and infighting , which has, post-General Election, consumed the Labour Party with an interest , which, while it may fall short of being intense, nevertheless is extant.
I AGREE with David Stubley (Letters, May 20) that Scotland is not a zoo.
YOUR report on the statement from Calmac Ferries raised some eyebrows in the communities served by Scotland's largest ferry operator ("Ferry firm says worsening weather is hitting services", The Herald, May 18).
I BELIEVE the so-called new powers set out in the Smith Commission Report are a typical product of political horse-trading between opposing parties, and of little practical benefit to the government of Scotland ("Mundell under pressure to strengthen new Scotland Bill", The Herald, May 20).
I LIVE in the south of Ireland and have never visited Glasgow.
THERE was a book published in 2012, The Strange Death of Labour Scotland, by Gerry Hassan and Eric Shaw.
MANY of the minerals that end up in our smartphones and tablets are sourced from mines in Africa and beyond where battles rage for their control.
WHILE welcoming your coverage of the Carers (Scotland) Bill and the exciting proposals therein ("Ministers look into bill to give support to carers", The Herald, May 18, I would point out that the aims and objectives will only be possible with a significant increase in funding and a change in mindset.
I NOTE that the Ministry of Defence has responded to a whistle-blower's allegations, saying that its submarines, in particular the Trident submarines, are "completely safe" to go to sea ("Trident claims whistleblower will go to police", The Herald, May 19).
ONCE again it is blatantly obvious that Scotland is seen as a glorified theme park to various wildlife single interest groups ( "Springwatch host calls for wolves to be reintroduced to Scotland," The Herald, May 19).