I AM disappointed to note that such a respected, if staunchly Unionist, political commentator as David Torrance seeks nevertheless in his latest article to cast aspersions on the modern SNP's inclusive civic nationalism ("Curious case of SNP's shift from ethnic nationalism", The Herald, 14 April).
I NOTE with interest Rosemary Goring's article in which she raised the issue of women in prison ("Why are so many women held in prison?", The Herald, April 14),
I RECENTLY viewed a series of paintings entitled The Stations of the Cross at St Patrick's Church in Anderston, Glasgow.
THE Scottish Government spokeswoman's statement on the Scottish Civil Courts Reform Bill is typical of the kind of excuses we usually hear from Westminster ("Fears court reforms to deny dying former shipyard workers justice", The Herald, April 14).
THE weather is improving, so for many S4 pupils in Scotland, it is traditionally the time to prepare for the exams they will face in the near future.
YET again Nicola Sturgeon has underlined the SNP's determination to rid Scotland of nuclear weapons as quickly as possible ("Sturgeon urges all Labour voters to back independence", The Herald, April 12).
WHILE it is nice to see some positive comments from Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB), its director, Derek Robertson, is naive if he thinks "40,000 litter pledgers" will make any impact on the disgraceful behaviour of many of the population who despoil our towns and countryside, or the millions of pounds spent by our councils each year trying to deal with litter (Letters, April 12).
I WAS interested to note the various comments on proposed expenditure on Church of Scotland properties in Govan (Letters, April 7, 11 &14).
THE Commonwealth Games 2014 organisers must be congratulated on their decision to abandon plans to include live filming of the demolition of the Red Road flats in the Games opening ceremony, whether on grounds of safety, or under public pressure, or after a careful review of the appropriateness of the spectacle ("Glasgow 2014 in U-turn on Red Road flats demolition", The Herald, April 14).
RSPB Scotland's expansion of native woodland at Abernethy through the planting of 100,000 trees is a valuable project that deserves to be applauded ("Forest to be planted with extra 10,000 saplings", The Herald, April 14).
THOSE of us who heard Sir Nicholas Macpherson's evidence to the Public Administration Committee ("Currency union civil servant defends advice, The Herald", April 10) will have been left scratching our heads.
I AM sure that John Muir would have been very proud of the decision taken recently to ask Alex Salmond to officially open a long-distance footpath dedicated to the great naturalist.
AS a progressive reactionary I had to smile at Alan Taylor's irritabilities ("Language classes are all good and proper", The Herald, April 9).
I HAVE been intrigued by the correspondence on Glasgow's Govan churches (Letters, April 7 and 10).
I HOPE that, at the conclusion of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, we will have more to remember than the controversy over the tower blocks.
The proponents of the view that "immigrants can enhance our society" would be hard pressed to find a better example to support their proposition than Nicola Benedetti.